When Helen Shan began her career, she looked up to leaders who were able to break through glass ceilings and pave the way for the next generation. Now that she’s in a leadership role, Shan sees the importance of not only advocating for diversity, but also putting time and effort into initiatives that will ensure there is representation in the rooms where decisions are being made. “It’s time to act, as well as advocate,” says Shan.
Shan described FactSet—a global financial data and analytics company that provides clients with flexible, open data and software solutions—as a, “40-year-old start-up.” As the business has grown over the years, so has their need to innovate. “You get more ideas when you have more perspectives, and that comes from diversity,” says Shan.