At Schwab, we're focused not only on recruiting women to join our company, but also on understanding how they think about and use money and what they need from an investment services firm.
"Having seen so much change in this industry, it's really important to be engaged in the conversation. I want to see more people like me in financial services."
-Gretchen Gardinier, managing director, Investor Services
"As an employer that supports me by being flexible in the ways that I need, Schwab makes me feel connected in a very personal way."
Leslie Tabor, managing director, Product Management & Marketing for Schwab Advisor Services
Women in Finance: Leslie Tabor
Listen to Leslie's story
Simple guitar music plays throughout.
Onscreen text: Charles Schwab. Own your tomorrow.
Onscreen text: Leslie, Managing Director, San Francisco
Leslie: So I'm a mom. My daughter's two years old. And so right from the get-go, since this is about being personal, I know we don't hear a lot of people talking about this, my husband and I had a tough time getting pregnant. When you're in that space, mentally it's challenging, physically it's challenging, financially it's challenging. I would say Schwab, through that experience, was very supportive in being flexible with my schedule if I needed to be at certain appointments.
To this day now that I'm—yay!—successfully a parent of a two year old, there's a different set of challenges, but that continued flexibility with my schedule has been really helpful, because you just never know if your child's gonna be sick one day. Things always happen unplanned. And so having an employer that is going to support me by being flexible in the ways that I need, not through a paycheck or not through benefits, but being flexible because my husband and I were having challenges in starting a family, it makes me feel connected in a very personal way
Onscreen text: Charles Schwab. Own your tomorrow.
The Charles Schwab Corporation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversifying its workforce. All applications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. (0817-7W2V)
Women's Interactive Network at Schwab (WINS)
More women are earning advanced degrees and higher salaries, resulting in greater purchasing power. This is changing the way women approach their financial futures, and it's why we believe it's critical that our female employees get involved, actively develop their careers, and help lead our company in reaching out to those women who need help, support, and guidance.
WINS is an employee resource group dedicated to helping women employees advance their careers, demonstrate their leadership capabilities, and create outreach programs that help other women become more financially literate.
Recruit more women into the financial services industry: Schwab leaders often host site visits for young students in order to expose them to Schwab's mission, values, and culture, as well as communicate opportunities we provide in the financial services industry.
Empower employees to take ownership of their career development: Through programs like Career Path Chats and Executive Chats, women leaders and role models share their insights into the range of career paths available at Schwab, provide guidance for building a successful career, and inspire employees to explore different career-building opportunities.
Build relationships to support women in the community: Across our organization, our WINS chapters actively partner with various nonprofits like Dress for Success and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. to host events and lead financial literacy programs that help women gain greater control of their financial lives and futures.
Women at Schwab
Women in Finance: Susan Strelow
Susan Strelow is helping front front-line Schwab employees to better understand the importance of the woman investor. Learn more about her experience at Schwab and her perspective on women and investing.
Q: What attracted you to financial services in the first place?
A: After working at a number of different firms in sales, I realized I could be selling anything. I could be selling drugs to doctors. It wasn't about the markets. It wasn't about planning. It wasn't about helping people at all. I wasn't sure financial services was the right industry for me until I got to Schwab, where helping people achieve their dreams versus pitching them something really mattered. So it was Schwab that really made me commit to this field.
Q: In what ways has Schwab helped you develop your career?
A: I've been extremely fortunate that every boss I've had at Schwab has cared about me as a person. I've had, on an informal and formal basis, a variety of mentors throughout my career. The kind of people who genuinely care about your development and aren't afraid to provide feedback and opportunities. If it feels a little uncomfortable, that probably means you should do it. And that's okay at Schwab because I think we create a safe environment to take calculated risks. We want people to think through ideas and take smart risks to see if an idea might work.
Q: In what ways has Schwab helped you develop your career? (Continued)
A: We support people trying new things, and I think we really encourage diversity of thought. Not everybody here thinks alike. We want people to come in with new ideas. That's how we grow, and that's how we get better. We're always saying, "What did we miss? How would you come at this?" Over time, this encourages great thoughts, good behaviors, and new leaders within the company.
Q: Why is it important that more women get involved in the financial services industry?
A: In my experience, women tend to make more referrals, so they tend to be more loyal. Women tend to be less prideful in making financial decisions, and they're quicker to raise their hand and ask for guidance and help. They think through longer-term plans and their counterparts tend to focus more on short-term performance. I think it's important that more women work in our field because it creates a balanced approach and a diversity of opinion and thought that matters to clients and employees.
Q: What advice would you give to a young woman thinking about financial services?
A: Don't be scared. Jump in. Take calculated risks. And believe in yourself. Women have a tendency to not stand up and volunteer and take things on until they're 90 to 100% sure. Men, if they're 40% sure, they're like, "I'm in." So, don't be shy. Be confident. One of my favorite quotes I shared at a recent symposium is, "Bite off more than you can chew. And then chew it."
Meet Our Employees
Read about our people, why they choose to work at Schwab, and what makes our culture special.
"I've been with Schwab through good times and tough times, and it all goes back to Chuck. He gives us the moral compass of who we are as a company and how we see through client's eyes. That has kept me here and it will keep me here."
"I’m passionate about the development of others. I have had the good fortune of working with amazing leaders at Schwab and I am so glad to have the opportunity to pass that experience on to others."
Schwab recruits qualified women
The financial services industry at times seems to underrepresent women's interests. That's why it's so important to Schwab that we recruit qualified women to work here.