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Self-doubt the greatest threat to a woman’s career, says City high-flyer

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 | By DeeDee Doke
Self-doubt is the greatest threat to women who want to succeed professionally, legendary City high-flyer Nicola Horlick has told a London audience.

“It’s important to tell your daughters they can succeed,” Horlick said to listeners consisting mainly of women on Wednesday morning at a breakfast seminar held by multi-sector recruiter LMA Recruitment.

In particular, she emphasised, “fathers telling their girls they can do anything they want is really important”.

Horlick is currently chief executive of crowdfunding platform Money & Co. She was nicknamed ‘Superwoman’ by the media in the 1990s for achieving success in a traditionally male-dominated sector while raising six children, although she acknowledged that personally she did not have any self-doubt. “I think it’s because my father really believed in me,” she said.

She said she did not face gender discrimination during her rapid ascent to director-level roles in fund management, and in fact flourished in the male dominated environment.

“I can’t say anyone has ever treated me badly,” she said. “I was seen as being a good professional... and gender didn’t matter.”

In her early career, Horlick pointed out, she was “entirely dependent” upon men for promotions. “I had male sponsors who really believed in me,” she said.

Horlick began her financial career as a graduate trainee at investment bank S G Warburg. She has been a leading fund manager in the City for more than 30 years and has set up and managed several investment businesses.
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