DISCUSSION Interview with Erika Karp

by Yolanda Villafuerte _______30th December 2013

Interview with Erika Karp in Inside Invester Relations:

When Erika Karp talks about diversity, the line between her personal values and professional persona doesn’t just blur, it disappears.

‘I am who I am,’ she professes. ‘I happen to be a woman. I happen to be over 40. I happen to be gay.’

She also happens to be a managing director and head of global sector research at UBS, in charge of around three dozen of the investment bank’s most senior analysts and the firm’s global investment review committee.

With a wife and three young daughters, Karp is one of the financial world’s most prominent and successful lesbians, an embodiment of the power of diversity that she speaks and writes about extensively.

Since joining UBS in 1999, Karp has helped found the UBS executive diversity council (which has since been dissolved), and UBS Pride, the bank’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employee network.

She is also a senior adviser to the firm’s All Bar None women’s group and serves as the investment bank’s environmental and human rights representative to UBS’ group executive board.

Diversity, Karp points out, is ‘painful but profitable’, frankly admitting that her own personal experience has greatly informed her efforts to bring corporate sustainability from the fringes to the mainstream of UBS’ research.

Read the full interview here.

To improve public procurement – use the Trust Test

Public procurement is too often solely made on price, and not enough on true value and to account for areas...

Serving All? How can employers support financial inclusion?

In January 2020, Tomorrow's Company co-hosted a major Financial Inclusion Summit, to launch our report into the role of employers...

Five ways businesses can think differently about mental health

Mental health in the workplace has gone from a fringe idea to being mainstream and top of the agenda in…

How can we #BalanceforBetter? By celebrating being good enough

Too often gender balance only celebrates women who have broken the glass ceiling. We need to do better for everyone...

Our favourite stories this week January 1-6 2019

Dear Readers, Here are a few articles published in the last few days that address issues – such as mental…

Featured Voice: Helen Buhaenko

We need a social contract that is fair, so that everyone has the chance to progress.

csuite podcast #76 – How connected brands drive growth

Joining Russell Goldsmith at the London offices of GSK to discuss this issue, were Kerry O'Callaghan, VP for Global Brand...

csuite podcast #75 – Social Mobility Live, 2018

Tomorrow’s Company is proud to announce a partnership with the c suite podcast, a monthly show covering topics such as Marketing…