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LEGAL & GENERAL: Company culture: who to listen to, challenging the status quo and why it’s a good time to be a girl

Season 1, Ep. 9

In episode nine of The Lens, Oli Barrett speaks to Dame Helena Morrissey, DBE Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management and Kristy McKenzie, Engagement Manager at The Bakery.


Listen to the conversation on how tomato picking was Dame Helena’s first and hardest job (1.05) and how her philosophy background taught her to think and sweep away challenges in her early career (2.29). She also shares how she overcame the initial negative responses to setting up the 30% Club (6.12) and provides tips on how you might find out about company culture before you join (13.20). Kristy talks about the impact a placement year had on her University success (14.23) and about the importance of listening to yourself when considering your next career move (19.13). Together, they discuss why they both think now is ‘A Good Time to be a Girl’ (the title of Dame Helena’s book) (26.10) and how they are trying to overcome the taboos around talking about money with your friends and family (35.20) and share their thinking on the part financial education plays in resolving financial vulnerability.


The Lens is a Business in the Community podcast exploring responsible business in a digital age, powered by Fujitsu and supported by McCann. Business in the Community is The Prince’s Responsible Business Network. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.


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