A woman in the financial-services industry who was raped four years ago at the home of a former colleague is speaking out for the first
time since the attack. Her story and others like it are garnering
more attention and discussion in light of crude comments
made by investment advisor Ken Fisher, which have put
a fresh spotlight on all types of bad behavior in financial
services — including those that are criminal in nature.
After “processing it” and discussing it with a therapist and
others, “I’m now empowered … to bring awareness that [rape,
along with physical and verbal harassment] exist and for us all
to be allies” against them, said Mary Moore of Advice Pay, an
online billing and payment platform for financial planners. “So
now when others see something [untoward happening], they
will stand up.”
Shortly after she was raped, Moore described what hap-
pened to her to another person, “She did not believe me. And
if a victim gets a negative reaction immediately then they will
not share [the truth] with others. I want those who hear [about
these incidents] to know how important it is to believe [the
victims]. And I hope those who have had this experience know
that they are not alone and that they are supported.”
She and her husband Alan Moore, CEO of XY Planning
Network, believe the media should be willing to publish stories
from anonymous sources, since many victims are not comfort-
able sharing their names and then their stories do not get told.
They want women “to be aware and empowered” by such
accounts, Alan said.
Mary also shared her story with Sonya Dreizler, who was
present when Fisher made his recent lewd remarks at the
Tiburon CEO Summit on Oct. 8. Dreizler, head of the ESG-investing consultancy Solutions with Sonya, has since posted a
blog series with “real stories of sexual harassment, assault and
discrimination” in the industry.
In one blog, Dreizler recalled an event when she was
“invited up to a fellow attendee’s hotel room, propositioned at
a networking mixer and invited to a strip club for a business
meeting.” Similar incidents were told to her by 40 women,
most of whom wish to remain anonymous.
After beginning work on the project last year, she put out
a request on Twitter for stories from women in March. “The
response was overwhelming,” she said in the introductory
“Within 24 hours, dozens of women messaged me with their
stories. As women who know me vouched for my ability to keep
their privacy, more stories rolled in. … Women I have never met
poured their hearts out to me. The palpable fear associated with
telling these stories was also remarkable,” Dreizler explained.
Her aim for the “Do Better” series has been for members
of the industry to genuinely and patiently listen “to women’s
experiences to better understand the problem” before moving
to address it,” she said. “Unchecked bad behavior runs ram-
A Call to
Our poll and a recent blog series
show the need for new attitudes and
approaches toward harassment, as
Ken Fisher’s crude comments have
sparked renewed interest in it.
By Janet Levaux