Jenny Whiteman: A Vision for Visibility

Jenny Whiteman is a Director of Legal Services at the international business of Federated Hermes, based in London, a role she has held for over 12 years. She previously worked as a solicitor at Eversheds. She lives with her wife and two children in London.

As a former colleague of Jenny’s I was thrilled to talk to her about her career journey and how she moved through the ranks in private practice initially and subsequently in an in-house role. We talk about what attracted her into law, and what she enjoys about in-house practice.

We move then to talk about Jenny’s experience in the workplace as a gay woman and as a working parent. We speak about the startling statistic that gay women in the workplace are twice as likely to not be out than gay men, and why Lesbian Visibility Week is even needed to raise awareness of this fact. We mention the inclusive gestures that would contribute to more freedom to bring one’s whole self to work and the fact that there is still a lack of prominent gay role models in this respect.

This podcast was made possible with the kind support of David Mooney, as well as Tom Soto of the Diverse Communities Impact Fund.