A woman in the investment business who was present when advisor Ken Fisher made lewd remarks at an industry event last week is speaking out on what she says is the “unchecked bad behavior [that] runs rampant at many financial services conferences.”
Sonya Dreizler, head of the ESG-investing consultancy Solutions with Sonya, has started sharing “real stories of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination” in the industry in a series of blog posts.
Her aim is for members of the industry “to first continue listening to women’s experiences to better understand the problem” before moving to address them.
These incidents were told to her by 40 women, most of whom wish to remain anonymous.
However, one of the women, Mary Moore of AdvicePay, has explained her story on Facebook. Her husband, Alan Moore, co-founder of XY Planning Network, also said on Twitter that she is the woman described in the second story of Dreizler’s Friday blog post. Mary “was raped at her boss’ house” four years ago, he told ThinkAdvisor in a phone interview.
Mary Moore says she is speaking out out now after “processing it” and discussing it with a therapist and others: “I’m now empowered … to bring awareness that this [type of behavior] exists and for us all to be allies [against it]. So now when others see something [untoward], they will stand up.”