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Not seen, now heard: How Sonya Dreizler is bringing women's stories to light

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In a new episode of Financial Planning’s In|Vest Podcast, the impact investing consultant explains what prompted her to start collecting accounts of harassment, assault and discrimination.

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Sonya Dreizler advises RIAs, mutual funds, custodians and fintech firms about how best to make use of ESG data and socially responsible investing products through her firm Solutions with Sonya. Late in 2018, though, she says she noticed a survey showing that men in the financial services were far less aware than women about cases of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination.

In an effort to supplement her own experience with those of one or two others, she sent out a request on social media and through her email newsletter. Within a day, she had about 40 more stories, which ultimately turned into last year's influential 10-blog series, “Do Better.”

By sharing the anonymous stories, Dreizler says she’s trying to close the loop on issues often glossed over by the men who make up the vast majority of financial advisors and wealth management professionals.

Sonya Dreizler of Solutions with Sonya advises wealth management firms on impact investing and ESG data.

“Women clearly know this is happening because they’ve experienced it,” Dreizler says. “But most men do not have direct experience with it. Most men are not assaulting, harassing or discriminating against women, but there are serial harassers that have an outsized effect on the women in financial services. But if men have not seen it themselves or been a victim of it themselves or perpetrated it and the women aren’t telling their stories because it’s dangerous for us to do so, how would the men know this is happening? And so that’s when I got the idea.”