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This year, Carol’s focus has been mentoring and developing women leaders, participating in several mentoring programmes (both internally and externally), including a reverse mentoring programme. She uses her position of influence to further advance female potential, particularly at senior levels, and to act as a proactive ambassador for gender parity both within and outside BNY Mellon. Carol led the BNY Mellon partnership with the 30% Club in Ireland to co-sponsor the ‘Women in Management’ report, now in the fourth year of this five year survey, with results showing increased participation rates of women at all levels in the management hierarchy. She supported the implementation of BNY Mellon focus groups following Business in the Community’s Project 28-40 report, seeking to identify hidden tensions within workplace cultures that may explain why UK employers are struggling to create a more gender-balanced workforce. Externally, Carol is a co-founder of the 30% Club in Ireland and is currently country lead for the Ireland chapter.  Under her leadership, the 30% Club in Ireland has grown to 250 Chairs and CEOs of Ireland’s largest businesses committed to better gender balance in senior decision making.  The 30% Club Ireland’s cross-company mentoring programme has supported more than 700 women and in 2019 will offer 22 executive education scholarships.  Carol is also personally supporting, the ‘Balance for Better Business review’ under the leadership of the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, which will set voluntary gender targets for Irish Business.  Carol is a Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) and holds an MSC in Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute / University College Cork.

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