JiHye Bae

Head of Credit Cards
Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK)

JiHye is a senior leader for the SCBK D&I Council Gender Charter, where she takes the lead in implementing gender diversity programs, and has organized a special Balance for Better lecture series for staff. She also ran programs on career development, mentoring, and a lecture series linked to external institutions as Retail Banking Leader for SCBK's Women's Network. JiHye and the Network conduct regular meetings on leadership, overcoming unconscious bias, and international finance, and she promoted the activities of the Network through media engagements. Externally, JiHye has conducted economic education and cultural events for migrant women from multicultural families in conjunction with SCBK and the Jongro-gu Multicultural Family Support Center. She has also been instrumental in the implementation of the Women’s Venture Scale Up Program, in partnership with the Korean Women Venture Association.

Eunice Heath

Corporate Director, EHS & Sustainability

Through the WIN+5 program, Eunice has provided mentoring and coaching support for women across functions at Dow. Through these engagements, women leaders have been able to position themselves for broader accountability in their roles and for promotions. Eunice has been a panelist and keynote speaker for Dow WIN’s partnership with EY, EY PowerUp, sharing experiences as a successful African American woman in business. Beyond WIN+5, Eunice mentors many women in the business, and was appointed MBA Leadership Development Program Director last year, focusing on accessing top talent from prominent MBA schools and diversity conferences. Among many other high-profile speaking engagements, Eunice spoke at FAMU College of Engineering’s Freshman and Sophomore Engineering Program, with an emphasis on what it takes to be a successful woman in engineering. Consistent speaker on special panels for women in business from student leaders at the FAMU School of Business to GreenBiz women leaders in sustainability.

Hayley Kahn

Senior Brand Manager of BABE Wine
Anheuser Busch

Over the past four years, Hayley has co-led Anheuser-Busch’s largest ERG, Women in Beer & Beyond. Here, she has fostered a community for women and allies to connect, share, and grow within an industry that has traditionally leaned more male-centric. She has organized speaker series with female executives, networking events, and coffee chats for colleagues to foster relationships, as well as recruited on college campuses to attract more women into the company. Hayley is passionate about enhancing the portrayal of women in advertising. As a founding member of Anheuser-Busch’s Culture Collective, Hayley reviews marketing creative across brands to prevent potential unconscious biases, reduce negative stereotyping, and elevate inclusion and diversity. Outside of Anheuser-Busch, Hayley founded The Supper Series (@thesupperseries), a speaker series that brings together women over dinner to learn from female entrepreneurs across various industries and donates all proceeds to the Food Bank for New York City.

Jennie Koo

Head of Operations Risk Management
Capital One

Jennie is the UK Chapter Lead for Capital One’s gender BRG, empowHER, and brings a gender lens to the REACH ethnicity network. On joining Capital One 18 months ago, Jennie focused on increasing visibility and awareness within her leadership team, quickly getting appointed to lead empowHER’s UK chapter. In the midst of a global pandemic, Jennie joined forces with a newly formed parents network to drive increased awareness of the pressures of lockdown and the danger of the current situation setting gender conversations back years. As such, she has been driving focused policy change opportunities around increased working flexibility. With intersectionality in mind, Jennie has taken on the work stream of community engagement and role modeling within schools and charities which focus on social mobility. She also volunteers on the board of Women in Banking and Finance, establishing a regional presence to support women in the Midlands & North regions.

Justine Zwerling

Head of Primary Markets Israel
London Stock exchange

Within the Women’s Inspired Network (WIN) at the London Stock Exchange, Justine has launched and forged partnerships with many organizations to promote gender diversity and women’s inclusion and empowerment throughout the world of finance. She founded the Jewish Women’s Business Network at London Stock Exchange Group, which supports gender and neuro-diversity throughout the City and internationally. Justine volunteers with numerous organizations, with Clare Josa and Joy Burnford to combat imposter syndrome and to raise confidence. Board Advisor to Israel Bonds. Board of Sahi, supporting the lives of young people at risk through building communities and giving. She encourages diverse hiring from grassroots to board director-level, supports interns from the U.S., U.K. and Israel to gain summer placements and mentoring. Advises SafeUP, helping women in distress globally 24/7 with safe guardians for virtual support and physical help. Founding member of the UAE Israel Business council, cultivating friendships and impactful business partnerships.

Michelle Morgan

Associate Director

As Associate Director at Mindshare, Michelle has been working with Dove/Unilever on breakthrough advertising campaigns around women’s self-esteem, alongside cultivating gender diversity within Mindshare itself. As the Events Lead of Mindshare’s ERG, The Collective, Michelle has created experiences which bring women’s and minority voices to the forefront. With Dove, she led an award-winning campaign to reframe the concept of beauty, working with Hearst editors from Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine and others to integrate powerful images of diverse beauty and change young girls’ perspectives on antiquated beauty standards. Michelle was also involved in a panel for Dove’s Self Esteem Project, an educational curriculum developed to strengthen girls’ self-esteem. She has also been involved in a mentoring program which pairs young professionals with teenagers to provide advice and encouragement through their high school years.

Melisa Turano

Head of Sales
HSBC Bank Argentina S.A.

For three years, Melisa chaired the BALANCE ERG at HSBC Argentina, which is dedicated to supporting the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. She has built a team structure with four working groups and designated champions to execute multiple initiatives simultaneously, creating new leadership and development opportunities. Main initiatives carried out during her mandate includes workshops with parents and children, meet-ups with senior executive women, workshops for female entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods alongside credit support to boost their projects, and training on unconscious biases and domestic violence. Melisa is also co-founder of ‘Mujeres al Mundo’, HSBC program aimed at accelerating women’s inclusion by providing training, networking, mentoring and financial services, which has already impacted on more than 400 businesswomen. Through her work, she believes each day is taking a step to fulfill a greater purpose, contributing to create an environment in which everyone has equal opportunities and rights.

Jo Moffatt

Practice Director

Jo is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She co-chairs the Transportation ED&I Leadership Team at Atkins, where she champions part-time and flexible working, having hosted a ‘power part-timers’ event last year, inspiring women to consider flexible working and helping to challenge line managers’ views. She founded an internal coaching program and is currently trialling a two-way mentoring program. This June, Jo launched a Senior Women’s Network, providing support and momentum to women across the Transportation business in Atkins, and Jo is leading Women in Rail and International Women in Engineering Day involvement. She is Deputy Chair of the Chartered Management Institute’s CMI Women Board, who have delivered events encouraging sponsorship of women, with themes around BAME, finance and STEM. Jo has been instrumental in the Institute’s Covid-19 response events and is also planning events reflecting on 50 years since the launch of CMI Women.

Shubha Polisetty

Associate Director - Technology Delivery Lead
Accenture Solutions Private Limited

At Accenture’s Advanced Technology Centres in India (ATCI), Shubha leads the Returning Mothers Program, the Parents@Work and the AnitaB.org relationship. She enabled 1400+ women to jumpstart their second-innings at work with mentorship, training and staffing support. Shubha ensures that new mothers are offered technology roles with customized learning, re-skilling and growth opportunities. She focused her efforts to retain/re-staff returning mothers, leading to a drop in attrition. Additionally, she launched the ‘I-for-Inclusion’ campaign, engaging 30,000 employees and their children during the pandemic. Shubha is the ACTI AnitaB.org relationship lead and has established chapters in Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, and Chennai. She jointly led the I&D Council for a global Consumer Goods client, driving conversations across countries. Shubha leads technology delivery for APAC clients. She started her career in an electrical power plant where she was the only woman on the shop floor. Since then Shubha has been relentlessly advocating to make workplaces better for women.

Ramat Tejani

Programme Lead
Amazon Web Services

Ramat leads AWS GetIT an Amazon Web Services’ skills and gender diversity programme, which aims to empower female talent and build confidence and leadership skills, and to encourage more young people, especially girls, to consider a career in technology. Ramat also sits on the board of the Amazon Black Employee Network (BEN) in the UK. She is responsible for developing and executing strategies to support the professional development of BEN UK members in areas such as employability and realising their potential.  Beyond AWS, Ramat has coached almost 100 women in the last two years, utilizing her mentoring and confidence coaching skills through The Inspiration Box, a personal development platform. She is also part of The Mentor Circle, which was set up during the pandemic to combat widening inequality in the UK for young people.

Olaide Olumide

Assistant Director
Department for Business

Olaide Co-Chairs the Women Empowered Network, where she has re-launched and re-branded the Network to emphasize gender equality as a collective issue and recruited a senior male Champion to lead 'WE Allies'. She led the network’s first International Women's Day Leadership Conference for 200 women championing intersectionality and public and private sector collaboration to tackle gender equality. Olaide spearheaded the development of the first BAME Women Working Group successfully influencing seniors to commit to delivery through the departments trailblazing Race Action Plan. She was featured in the Government Equalities Office #WomenWhoInspiresMe series celebrating women who have challenged gender stereotypes. As a member of the UKsec Steering Committee, Olaide advocated for a session to address gender diversity challenges in the cybersecurity sector. Externally, Olaide runs Shades of Success, an online network for BAME women, mentors women within the Civil Service whilst volunteering in outreach activities through Inspiring the Future & Urban Synergy.

Margaret Gribben

Performance Manager
Irish Life

Margaret chairs the Women@Work and alumni network, and heads the steering group. Over the last two years, the network and other initiatives she leads have achieved numerous recognitions as industry leading best practice. These initiatives have significantly progressed the agenda with senior leadership & boards, both approving gender targets and a new gender dashboard to provide data and board papers to track progress. Externally, Irish Life is recognized as industry best practice in Diversity & Inclusion following a number of D&I audits. Margaret is Program Director for the LifeCareers Mentoring Program and chairs the steering group. This program has become a benchmark, spawning national and international mentoring initiatives. Margaret is the internal network lead of the 30% Club Ireland Financial Services network, mentors through Pathways in Technology, and instigated and leads a partnership with Skillnet Ireland’s Women TechStart & ReBoot Program, supporting women with technology skills to return to work.

Larissa Dudley

Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Engineering Asia Pacific
Goldman Sachs

Larissa co-chairs the Hong Kong Women's Network at Goldman Sachs, where she planned the firm’s International Women’s Day conference, featuring prominent internal and external women leaders, and sessions with senior leaders on resilience, career development and leadership. She was instrumental in Goldman Sachs’ sponsorship of The Women’s Foundation and Girls Go Tech, including a STEM competition for female students. Within the Engineering Division, Larissa has organized four roundtables with divisional leadership to hear from women engineers, organized roundtables for women engineers with senior visiting engineers, presented at recruitment events targeting women, and spearheaded a volunteer event with the Women Entrepreneurs Network, among other initiatives. Externally, Larissa is part of a 12-person team who will trek 150km across Kyrgyzstan over eight days to raise funds for Women for Women International.

KC Boas

Vice President

KC co-founded the Women in Retirement Group in her department at BlackRock, which focuses on career development and community building for its members. She leads programming across five offices, alongside a team that seeks to strengthen male allyship and gender diversity across the business. KC is also the Global Strategy Manager for BlackRock’s Women’s Network, and spearheaded a global campaign for International Women's Day where she engaged thousands of employees across 63 offices in a gender equity pledge. Last year, she was asked to join the firm’s Global Mosaic Leadership Team as an inaugural member – working in concert with BlackRock’s Inclusion & Diversity Team to cultivate and advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm and in the communities in which it operates. Outside BlackRock, KC is an ambassador for Girls Who Invest and an associate board member for the Council for Economic Education.

Samantha Price

Head of client engagement

Samantha is the Founder and a current Board Member of the Morson Group’s Diversity Champions. The group continues their #gendersnobarrier campaign, and has formalised a partnership with the Northern Power Women. The Morson Group Diversity Champions support The Girls' Network with strategic support and events which have included a rail industry experience day. Samantha has supported the Morson Group in the initiation of a series of reverse mentoring sessions for directors from Morson’s population of future women leaders. As a co-founder of the Women Leaders in Transport Network and helping to formalise a partnership with Women in Rail, sponsoring its Big Rail Diversity Challenge she has formalised the Morson Group’s outward facing gender inclusion programme within the rail industry. Additionally, across the Group’s strategic client portfolio she works with each organisation to understand their current inclusion practices and to provide a diversity improvement road map for the group’s service to them.

Olivia Maguire

Portfolio Manager
J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Olivia is an advocate of diversity and inclusion (D&I), both within J.P. Morgan and at industry level. She collaborates with internal business resource groups to help foster leadership and networking opportunities and advance the firm’s commitment to diversity and community involvement, including chairing EMEA Asset Management’s Women on the Move, and partnering with Black Organization for Leadership Development and Voices for Employees that Served). Olivia has mentored colleagues and supported entrepreneurs and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the firm’s philanthropic initiatives and charity partners, including the Female Founders Accelerator Program, The Schools Challenge and The Service Corps (Detroit and Dublin). Externally, Olivia participates in D&I focused forums, panels and roundtables and is a member of the CFA UK Inclusion & Diversity Committee, the Bank of England’s Money Market Committee and SONIA Stakeholder Advisory Group. She also chairs the Investment Committee for the Institutional Money Market Fund Association.

Ana Perez

Senior Director Consulting

Ana chairs OWL (Oracle Women in Leadership Network) where she has developed and curated an improved program of events and increased membership from 100 to over 600. She has created a peer network for senior women leaders through a program of women-only dinners for senior executives. She has expanded the program to include participation in the 30% Club cross-company mentoring scheme, and has also developed OWL’s membership of Women on Boards to provide access to external opportunities. Ana is also a trustee and company secretary of Smart Works Reading, a charity that provides interview coaching and suitable clothing for women, through which she has supported over 800 women in the Thames Valley.

René Lumley-Hall

Director, Product Management
BNY Mellon

In her leadership position within BNY Mellon, René has hired and coached women into her team to support large scale, high profile digital and product management efforts. She spearheaded a global Women’s Initiatives Network image consulting event to support women in the workplace with stylists and shoe retailers to provide appropriately-priced, yet polished options for professional women. René has been an Advisory Board Member of the Student Leadership Network for 10 years, a network of all girls schools intended to equalize education and success. She established a Yoga Instruction and Wellness Education practice to provide tools to encourage women and Black and indigenous people of color to thrive through holistic health and wellness. René is a Case Writer, Presenter and Judge for multiple cohorts of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, who work to transform career trajectories of thousands of Black, Hispanic and Native American women and men.

Emily Hanson

Marketing Director

Emily chaired GenderM, where she and her team highlighted International Womxn's Day by bringing women from different parts of GroupM and varying seniority to the spotlight.  Emily ensured the content aimed to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary people, women of colour, women with disabilities and all other marginalised genders. She and her team also championed successfully for free sanitary products to be available in toilets. Last year, Emily stepped into a leadership position at Bloom UK facilitating events with inspiring speakers and workshops. She also took part in The Exchange, a pilot reverse mentoring program between senior men and women to break down the gender divide. This year, Emily remains on the leadership team at Bloom, looking after how the network expands globally.

Aimée Sykes

Business Liaison Manager
University of the West of England

Aimée spent a year as a Co-ordinator for the Women’s Forum at UWE, where she implemented and managed a social media presence. During her tenure, membership almost doubled and event attendance almost tripled. Aimée’s efforts formed a partnership with the Red Box Project, leading to each UWE campus hosting a donations box, and additionally the forum raised finds for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and CoppaFeel. Aimée encouraged collaboration with other staff networks at UWE, to ensure an intersectional approach. Aimée also founded the Aurora Alumni Network at UWE. Outside of work Aimée has written regular article for the City Girl Magazine, providing guidance to young women on careers that led to the magazine creating a Careers segment. Last year, Aimée was appointed Head of Communications & Engagement for WHEN (Women’s Higher Education Network). Since then she has contributed to a large increase in social media following and recruited many volunteers.

Innocentia Dogbe

Head of Credit Cards
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana

Innocentia is Council Secretary for the Standard Chartered Bank Diversity & Inclusion Council, and has been involved in the formulation of a D&I Country Plan for the past three years, alongside working with the various ERGs to activate programs in line with the country plan. Innocentia began a partnership with Mentoring Women Ghana, an offshoot of Vital Voices, which focuses on providing young women with the opportunity to learn from more experienced women. Last year, she was selected by the U.S. Embassy in Ghana to participate in Fortune-U.S. Department of State Women’s Mentoring Program. Through her work as an alumna of The Ark Foundation Ghana’s Women’s Leadership & Human Rights Institute, Innocentia has trained women in rural areas on financial literacy, economic empowerment, and domestic violence. During her tertiary education at the Takoradi Polytechnic, she served as Women’s Commissioner, aiming to get more women interested in leadership roles.

Joanna Obstoj

Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

A Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in Poland, Joanna sponsors the Women’s Network in Warsaw. When the Warsaw office first opened, Joanna was passionate about hiring female talent at all levels, and co-founded the Women’s Network to provide members with a platform to enrich leadership skills. She has been instrumental in orchestrating the Network’s success by inviting external speakers to events, offering one-to-ones and formal mentoring to members, and helping leaders to be creative in this forum. In 2017, the IT for SHE program was launched in partnership with Goldman Sachs, with the aim of helping talented women studying technology enter the job market. As part of this award-winning program, Joanna has been involved in Europe’s biggest themed camp for young women in IT, ‘Women Tech Camp’, as a formal mentor to encourage girls to learn programming. Joanna is also sponsor of the Warsaw LGBT Network.

Stephanie Ramos

Events Manager
Internet Creations

In 2017, Stephanie led the successful effort to implement comprehensive paid family leave at Internet Creations with equal access to men and women. She went on to found and co-lead the women’s ERG, WomenSurge, aiming to allow women and their allies to come together and support each other through life transitions, personal and professional development, and career challenges. The group have achieved high engagement with both women and ally members through monthly educational programming which speaks to improved conflict resolution, promoting speaking opportunities, and holding social gatherings to promote fellowship. Externally, Stephanie served as a vote captain for TheSkimm, where she helped to increase millennial voter turnout in the 2018 U.S. Midterm election. She has also served as a mentor and advocate for PaidLeaveUS, and participated in the first-ever Ways & Means Committee hearing at the House of Representatives on Family Leave.

Mairi Dean

Buro Happold

Mairi co-founded and chairs FAIR (Fairness, Awareness, Inclusion, Respect), which aims to promote intersectional dialogue, understanding and action at Buro Happold. FAIR leverages the voices and achievements of women and minority groups in the business, launched a bookclub to promote broader engagement on issues faced internally and externally, and acts as a sounding board for HR and leadership on inclusion strategy. This year, Mairi and her team expanded FAIR across Buro Happold’s UK offices and are in discussion with colleagues setting up FAIR in Europe and the Middle East. Mairi is also a co-lead on a WomEng collaboration, where she develops STEM workshops for girls and trains colleagues to become WomEng Ambassadors. The team reached over 200 students this year and aim to reach 400 by December. Mairi’s team developed an online workshop to be delivered during lockdown, and engages with parents and teachers to encourage girls into STEM.

Margherita Fontana

Purchasing Director EMEAI
Dow Chemical Inc.

Over the last four years, Margherita led the Dow Women’s Inclusion Network, WIN,. Under her leadership, the WIN ERG has helped move the needle for representation of women at leadership levels. Margherita developed and implemented a strategy for the EGR which introduced bold initiatives, such as sponsorship of female talent in partnership with INSEAD Business School, an equal pay initiative with EDGE to gain Equal Pay Certification for Dow Switzerland, a role model stories initiative to showcase Dow’s hidden heroes, and the MARC Catalyst workshops to promote male as allies in driving gender equality. Margherita has engaged with the European Chemical Industry Council and the European Petrochemical Association on devising D&I best practice to be shared across the chemical industry in Europe. She is one of the founding members of  ETH Zurich Circle, to promote women role models in STEM education, and mentors young MBA women graduates through the INSEAD Women in Business Club.

Debbie Phillips

Head of Campaigns

Debbie is the Global Chair of NatWest Women’s Network, and in the last year she has introduced a global speed mentoring program, launched a book club, created a global calendar of activity and hosted the bank’s top 100 leadership conference to encourage leadership engagement with challenges in gender inclusion. She advocates for the network and for the bank at external fora to share best practice on D&I. As Head of Campaigns, Debbie applies a gender lens to her day job, supporting the CEO’s communications, and leading PR campaigns designed to resonate with a female audience, such as the Women in Business campaigns addressing women’s investment. Additionally, Shelley established The Breakfast Club, initially conceived to create more women-friendly networking opportunities, but now tackling issues that disproportionately affect women in the workplace. Externally, Debbie is a communication committee member for WACL, a member of Bloom, and a Brownie Guide Leader.

Jess Gosling

Senior International Policy Advisor
UK Government

Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech, Jess champions intersectionality at every opportunity. She used her role as a Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador in her Directorate to recognise the intersectionality of culture and gender, organising the rollout of #IamRemarkable training for 100+ colleagues across government, a Google initiative that encourages women to speak openly about their accomplishments. Externally, Jess co-founded the Growth & Grace Collective, a global professional platform changing the narrative of upskilling and development with a focus on women’s issues, like the gender pay gap. Over their first year, they upskilled 2500+ people across 70 events focused on social mobility, women’s issues and D&I, hosted events with a truly global attendance and won the UK Social Mobility Honour Role in 2019. She has spoken at many global events, conferences and leadership sessions, and has built her network to 5,000 women globally.

Paola Maffezzoni

Head of Marketing & Communications
GroupM Italy

Paola is the Operations Director on the Winspire board, a cross-agency WPP Italy local project whose aim is to support female talent into leadership positions, build gender balance, and undertake D&I activities with internal and external audiences and stakeholders. After WPP’s participation in the Female Employment Manifesto, organized by Valore D, Paola mentored through ‘Quick Fix Training: speed mentoring for colleagues to discuss how to become a future leader’. Moreover, Paola was instrumental to organize a series of activities, such as the training program for WPP women carried out with industry player as Facebook Italia and called ‘Fast Forward’, and she implemented a ‘I’m Remarkable’ workshop with Google Italia. Paola has been collaborating with numerous associations within the industry to develop D&I strategy and activities and embedded into the company. Externally, she has contributed to the ‘Women4Women: Hack your campaign’ bootcamp on digital media, among other initiatives.

Hanne Tuomisto-Inch

Head of Chrome and Web partnerships EMEA

Hanne chairs Women@Google UK, and has previously led the ItsUptoMe allyship campaign to energise leaders, managers and employees, which resulted in the implementation of inclusive hiring practices and a culture of inclusion. With Women@, Hanne co-led the UK part of global walkout to end forced arbitration, increase transparency, and launch a sexual harassment investigation report and an investigation care support program. A key Women@ focus for 2020 is the gender pay gap, and the network is challenging leaders to focus on progression and setting ambitious goals, with recommendations now incorporated into the UK DEI market plan. Women@ has launched a career conversation series with the Black Googler Network, reintroduced Stretch training in the UK, run a ‘How to Own the Room’ future female leadership pilot, and a three month Grow Your Career Your Own Way program. Externally, Women@ hosted the first Each for Equal summit this year, among other impactful initiatives.

Elena Koycheva

Senior RFP Writer
BlueBay Asset Management

Elena contributed to the establishment of BlueBay’s Women’s Forum, and has since been elected Co-Vice Chair, where she led a proposal to restructure the Forum’s activities to become the Diversity and Inclusion Forum, building greater intersectionality. She has contributed to a D&I vision and strategy, and has worked on strategic projects, such as organizing working groups on data, volunteering, and interview practice. Elena has also supported the inclusion of BlueBay’s female portfolio managers in the 100 Women in Finance FundWomen initiative, and backed the participation of BlueBay’s employees in the Women in Investment Festival 2020. Externally, Elena leads the CFA UK Careers in the Investment Sector Working Group, and supports greater D&I awareness as a CAIA London Chapter executive. Elena mentors in the CityHive, Women in Banking and Finance, and the CFA UK cross-industry mentoring programs and is a Diversity Project Ambassador.

Sarah Chapman

Technical Manager

Sarah is the Founder and Lead Events Orgniser for the Bracknell Wellbeing and Inclusion Forum, which hosts speakers discussing topics impacting women, such as unconscious bias, managing maternity, mindfulness, menopause, confidence, mental health, self-promotion, mentoring, and personal brand. Sarah won the WISE Outreach and Engagement Award, and featured in 3M’s success in winning the prestigious Catalyst award. As a role model for women in STEM, Sarah is a successful Technical Manager in a traditionally male-dominated industry, championing flexible working, wellbeing and inclusion through her role as a mentor and champion for female colleagues. She has appeared on the BBC, including as a guest on Sunday Politics, and has spoken at the House of Lords. She has spoken about how diversity drives innovation at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, and her STEM Supper Club featured in the Kids Zone of the 2020 WeAreTechWomen Conference.

Leya Teo

Edelman Shanghai

Leya leads Edelman’s Global Women’s Equality Network (GWEN) APAC, a global initiative dedicated to fostering an environment where women of all backgrounds can enjoy equal opportunities to grow, lead and succeed within and beyond Edelman. She began by initiating ‘Lean-In Circle’ sessions and a cross-market talent mobility program in Beijing. In 2018, she was selected as Edelman APAC’s representative at the IWF World Leadership Conference. Leya was later elected Global Lead for mentorship programs and APAC Lead for GWEN. She created ‘SHERO Showcase’ to invite inspiring women leaders to speak in Edelman offices and ignited a new mentorship program across 3 China offices. Over the years, Leya has represented GWEN in partnering with external organizations to drive a broader impact in business and the community. With more than 500 engaged members across APAC, Leya continues to work with the GWEN committee, committed to ensuring women feel motivated and empowered.

Alice Jefferis

Senior Associate – Global Financial Markets
Clifford Chance LLP

Alice is co-founder of the global gender parity group Accelerate >>> and chairs its UK arm. She led on design and delivery of a reverse mentoring scheme, collaborates with other affinity groups to ensure intersectionality and incorporates diverse feedback to ensure inclusivity. Alice helps support and launch Accelerate>>> in unrepresented offices across Clifford Chance's network and actively promotes gender parity internally and externally through a targeted strategy. Over the last two years, she has successfully campaigned for and helped deliver the signing of the Law Society's Women in Law Pledge, the introduction of time-specific diversity and inclusion targets and equalisation of shared parental leave. She has also worked with Spark21, a charity aimed at raising visibility of women in law, and following the onset of COVID-19, persuaded Clifford Chance to allocate funds to enable the London Black Women’s Project to open a new refuge required due to increased domestic violence.

Camila Davoglio

Head Underwriting Centre Brazil
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Camila is a local ambassador for Swiss Re’s D&I group, Impact, organizing local meetings and discussions. Camila has acted as a member of the committee dedicated to gender equality, Women in Leadership. She co-founded the Associação das Mulheres do Mercado de Seguros (AMMS), a women’s association in the Brazilian insurance market. AMMS champion women’s inclusion through events, sponsorship, a podcast, and live webinar sessions. Camila’s role is to procure sponsorship, prepare strategy, choose topics for discussion across the year, and create a set of best practices for the industry. This year, Camila will appear in a book telling the story of 30 women in the insurance market.

Nikki Jamieson

Business Support Lead for Chief Digital Information Officer
NatWest Group

Within the NatWest Group, Nikki acts as a gender champion in Technology & Digital, and is a member of the NatWest/RBS Women ELN, NatWest Gender Employee Led Network (ELN), the Women in Technology ELN and as an ally in the Rainbow ELN. She promotes intersectional D&I in all aspects of her work, bringing together gender, LGBT+, ethnicity, disability and multigenerational age groups to foster greater inclusion. Additionally, Nikki is a member of Enable, the disability ELN, and is an MS Ambassador both internally and externally. She mentors numerous women across the group, including through the CEO-4 Female Talent programme, which she attended herself last year. She is currently helping the Families and Carers ELN to find solutions for those juggling caring responsibilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nikki has supported an all-female cohort through the ‘Determined Leader’ development programme, and assisted many women technology graduates on the necessary soft skills to succeed in a largely male-dominated working environment.

Anoushka Mehta

Head of Gender Lens Finance, Americas

Anoushka recognized that HSBC could play a larger role in promoting gender equality with its clients and the communities where it operates. This realization led her to successfully propose and then lead Gender Lens Finance (GLF) at HSBC. GLF is a formal, business-led initiative that aims to leverage HSBC’s position and products to extend financing and resources to women globally. GLF has become a part of HSBC’s business strategy by addressing gender equality as both a social and business imperative. Anoushka also founded the “Coaching Circles” program within the firm’s gender equality Employee Resource Group. Participants in Coaching Circles receive group coaching from senior managers on career development. Based on its success in the US, Coaching Circles is being rolled out to HSBC markets globally. Anoushka has represented HSBC on WeConnect International’s “Council Scaling Women-Owned Businesses” and currently serves as a global board member at Women for Women International.

Divya Steinwall

Director, Head of Sales Enablement & Business Management for iShares Canada
BlackRock Asset Management

Divya is the chair of the Canadian Chapter of BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network, where she focuses on providing educational opportunities to support career advancement. During her tenure, network membership has increased by 23% and male membership by 83%. The network has piloted a local two-year facilitated training program to develop important skills for career progression, encouraged participation and leadership involvement in an annual program for female associates, and coordinated events with external partners to hear from senior industry leaders and expand professional networks, among many other initiatives. Divya has mentored through the Women in Capital Markets’ UniConnect Mentorship Program, and is an Executive Committee Member for the Toronto Chapter of 100 Women in Finance, where she co-heads the education subcommittee. She is also a Board Member for the Canadian Chapter of Women in ETFs, where she co-heads the Mentorship Committee.

Tanisha Sharma

Junior Business Analyst
News UK

At News UK, Tanisha is a member of the steering committee for Women in Tech, where she will be presenting on ‘Expressing Accomplishments’ at the upcoming event, and hosted 12 year old school girls at News UK to give them Tech insights and promote women’s inclusion in STEM. Tanisha has participated in a GenZ forum event discussing gender balance, age barriers, and women’s inclusion in the media; and she engaged in a Women in Agile meet-up, influencing women from outside News UK to promote diversity and STEM careers. Externally, Tanisha founded SHEisRARE, a non-profit dedicated to break down barriers to women’s inclusion, instil passion for STEM careers in young women and to see more women in leadership roles. She featured in the 1 Million Women in STEM campaign, volunteers as a STEM Ambassador with STEM Learning UK, and has participated in high profile interviews and media engagements discussing gender diversity.

Preeti Mascarenhas

Head of Product & Strategy

Preeti was instrumental in the development and delivery of GroupM’s ‘Walk the Talk’ initiative, designed to empower women to identify and achieve their purpose by providing the tools to confront barriers and create a more balanced vision for the future through sharing experiences and learning to become more effective leaders. This year, Preeti was honoured at the Women Leading Change Campaign Asia Awards for her leadership in fostering innovation in the media and marketing industry. One of many campaigns headed by Preeti which sought to bring change was NAYI SOCH, designed to challenge stereotypes and build new role models in India, which was shortlisted at Cannes. Previously, Preeti headed a campaign with Indian cricketers to question why they shouldn’t have their mothers’ names on their jerseys, which was well-received across the country.

Shelina Janmohamed

Vice President, Islamic Marketing

Shelina is a member of the Ogilvy UK and WPP UK Inclusion Boards. She has chaired key public and internal sessions, such as an industry discussion on unconscious bias in the gender space. Shelina has represented Ogilvy at their International Women’s Day celebrations, and hosted a women’s speed mentoring scheme last year. In addition to her work on gender diversity, Shelina is a member of Ogilvy Roots, focused on ethnic diversity, and is on the steering committee of WPP Roots. Externally, Shelina is a Board Member for IMPRESS, the UK press regulator, and is an Advisor for the AMAL Foundation, an arts body encouraging investment in Muslim art and culture. She is serving as a judge for this year’s Gerety Awards, celebrating women’s work in advertising, she is a judge for New Blood at the D&AD awards, and regularly contributes to industry press discussing women’s experiences through an intersectional lens.

Sueli Nascimento

Senior Product Manager
SAP Brasil Ltda.

Sueli leads the Black Employee Network at SAP Brasil, has previously led the Business Women’s Network, and is now a member. She has run monthly sessions with internal VPs and external guests on gender equality, personal experience and successful projects, and she has developed a close relationship with the Communications and HR departments, participating in programs and processes to showcase and champion the company’s women. Under her direction, SAP Brasil signed the ‘Women’s Empowerment Principles’ with the United Nations, and she brought men into the gender discussion through her introduction of the UN ‘HeforShe’ program. She is coaching numerous women for leadership positions, and is involved in talks at universities and other companies on gender equality and women in technology careers. Sueli helped to introduce a mentoring program for returning mothers, and created a room for breastfeeding at the São Paulo office. Externally, Sueli is a member of ‘Ser Mulher em Tech’.

Sally Keane

Head of Sales

Sally co-founded Parents At LinkedIn UK, an ERG working with managers to understand the experience of colleagues returning to work after having children and offer appropriate support. Sally creates a safe space to have open conversations about difficult topics by sharing her own experiences with infertility and miscarriage. She offers mentoring to female talent across different levels of seniority both within LinkedIn and outside of her network. Sally has been a member of Bloom since 2017, holding several leadership positions, and is the president for 2020. In the past 6 months, Sally and her team have brought over 200 women into the organization, launched a mentoring program for over 600 women, and introduced Bloom Boost, a bridge between the mentee program and a mentor partnership in association with the Believe charity.

Nina Ma

Technology, Data & Analytics Senior Associate

Nina is a member of the national comms team for PwC’s Gender Balance Network, and is a committee member for the Midlands. She is also a member of the Women in Tech team in the Midlands, which organizes office-wide Lunch & Learn events to attract and retain female talent in the tech sector. As a core member of the Women in Technology Data & Analytics team, Nina aims to create an environment where everyone feels empowered, inspired and supported to bring their authentic self to work, allowing greater career progression. Nina is also a #IamRemarkable trainer, a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. Last year, Nina was a member of the advisory board for GirlDreamer, a charity aiming to empower millennial and GenZ women of color and provide them with life-changing opportunities.

Lin Yue

Executive Director
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Lin is a thought leader on decoding cultural, gender and generational differences and how it impacts career strategies. Across industries, she is a highly sought-after speaker and she’s an advocate for women to find their own voice by building awareness of their unique experience and help them achieve not just equality, but equity. Within the firm, Lin works with Chinese and Asian professionals groups, addressing differences between Asian professionals and tailoring their career strategies. Lin is the President of the Rising Women’s Network in London. She is also a founding member of UK Chinese Women Connect, which helps women in breaking the glass and bamboo ceilings. She is also an executive member for Chinese Women in the City. Lin has pioneered a diversity session for Chinese professionals in light of recent racial injustice events. She is also active in Charities work especially for BAME communities, and a mentor with Migrant Leaders.

Kam Dhillon

Head of Services Marketing NWE

Kam has over 20 years of global experience in key leadership roles, developing go-to-market strategies focused on accelerating revenue growth and driving customer value. Throughout her career, Kam has been a champion for gender equality. She has been the Co-chair of the Women’s Business Network for over three years, where she has worked on a range of initiatives, including Gender Pay Gap, female mentoring and development programmes, and running events to encourage young women into STEM. As a result of initiatives such as these, Fujitsu was named Times Top 50 Employer for Women. Kam works collaboratively with other women’s business networks from Fujitsu’s customers, partners and third party organizations to share best practice and drive awareness.

Katherine ‘Katia’ Ramo

Associate - Technology, Media, IP & Competition

Katherine is the Founder & Chair of CMS ENABLE (disabilities & wellbeing) Network, a member of the UN Stakeholders Group for Persons with Disabilities, & Co-chair InterLaw Diversity Forum disAbility Network. She is a member of CMS Women, BAME and an ally to LGBT+ Networks. She is a core member of CMS equlP, helping technology start-ups scale & supporting women tech entrepreneurs. Katherine leads substantive impactful global conversations, mentoring, advocacy, media, writing and speaking engagements to champion equality for women and disabled talent. Katherine is always called upon internally, and externally by clients, diversity organizations, the UN, and regulatory bodies, to provide advice regarding disability, often with a specific gender lens. She introduced monthly mindfulness sessions at CMS to build resilience and mental wellbeing and in CMS’ film of the Lord Mayor’s appeal, ‘This is Me’, destigmatizing mental health. She is in the First 100 Years Project, celebrating Women in Law.

Abisola Barber

Vice President, Markets Business Manager
Barclays Bank PLC

For two years, Abisola sponsored a bespoke investment banking internship program targeting women from wider university and subject pools to further increase diversity of both gender and background in the bank. Through Barclays’ gender network, Win, Abisola annually delivers networking and mentoring offerings to over 300 interns across the Barclays Group. She has stewarded new external partnerships for Barclays, launching last year to an audience of 61% female and 84% ethnic minority students and graduates from across the country. In the wake of the pandemic, Abisola spearheaded a strategic pivot: transforming her development program offering into a virtual platform whilst continuing her focused support for diversity in the talent pipeline. Outside Barclays, Abisola collaborates with universities, student societies and other organizations to advance female talent, and for the last five years has been delivering insight and confidence workshops on personal development, personal brand, and commercial awareness at top UK universities.

Smridhi Gulati

Dechert LLP

As an active member of Dechert’s Global Women's Initiative (GWI) in London, Smridhi is a champion for gender equality, helping organize major events for the group and oversees a female focussed "soft-skills" training and development program. Smridhi is involved in the firm's global Sponsorship and Sustained Support program, which helps senior women associates navigate the path to partnership. Her pro bono and charity efforts are diversity focussed: having handled the UK piece of a global pro bono project relating to the fair and equal treatment of female professional athletes; supporting Inspiring Girls International, an organisation seeking to raise the aspirations of young girls by connecting them with female role models; and helping organize a clothing drive for the "Dress for Success" charity in London providing support (including professional attire) for underprivileged women looking to get into work. Furthermore, Smridhi serves as an ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors which supports underrepresented individuals get into law.

Kim Rowell

Assistant Editor, BBC News & BBC Three

Kim seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in all her work, alongside clients, collaborators and contributing parties, as well as amongst her team and fellow employees. Her work as a leader, mentor, hiring manager and volunteer in this respect saw her achieve a 'Women of the Future' award in 2018. Kim has extensive experience in the mental health arena, in particular working with journalist Bryony Gordon at the Telegraph, creating three series of a hugely popular podcast which attempted to break down the stigma attached to mental health. Kim now hosts the Women of the Future podcast, featuring alumni from the Women of the Future Program. Her intention is that these women's stories will allow the audience to gain insight to aid them on their own paths. Her children's book 'Townie Spider' published in 2019, and was named in the 'Top 7 Books for Children's Mental Health' by Motherdom, a magazine for parental mental wellbeing.

Dipti Kulkarni

Vice President, Senior Business Support Manager
Bank of America

Dipti Kulkarni is a Business Support Manager for the Consumer, Small Business & Wealth Management Technology team at Bank of America. An advocate for diversity and inclusion for almost a decade, she received the Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion award in 2019. An active member of the bank’s Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) for Women group, she recently spoke at their Domestic Violence awareness event to encourage and inspire women to speak up against domestic violence. She actively mentors young female talent from multiple universities to pursue careers in technology. As a recognized artist and poet, Dipti works on one subject every year and writes a poem inspired by her artwork from the series ‘Women's Rights and Empowerment’ that depicts challenges women may experience throughout their lives. Dipti recent interviewed with GirlTalkHQ about her effort to create awareness around human trafficking through her recent art and poetry.

Jennifer Lee

Head of Technical Innovation

Jennifer was on the Leadership Board for Girl Develop It Boston thru 2019 and continues to be very active with the Women/Girls in Tech Community. She organized a 3-day Hackathon hosted at Audible and has established a relationship between Audible and Resilient Coders, a nonprofit that trains people of color for careers as software engineers. In 2019, Jennifer advocated for establishing an Ally Group at Audible and as part of the pilot has held monthly meetings and worked with HR to create a roadmap for diversity initiatives and for holding the company accountable on D&I ambitions. The group's advocacy led to their latest class of interns having majority women for the first time. Jennifer is a co-lead for Amazon Web Services Boston Meetup group and leverages her position to lead by example and inspire greater female membership.

Amandeep Khasriya

Senior Associate
Moore Barlow

Amandeep is Co-founder of the Women in Leadership Group and Diversity and Inclusion Committee at top 100 law firm Moore Barlow. She spoke at the annual Partners conference on gender diversity in 2018 and was a keynote for the Diverse Law legal conference on gender. As well as being the Founder of Women Back to Law, Amandeep is a committee member at the Law Society Women Lawyers Division and has worked on many projects promoting gender diversity. These included speaking at their menopause resource launch event, researching into the impact of Covid-19 on women and ethnic groups, and presenting to Open University students on gender diversity. Amandeep also volunteers at Hillingdon Women Centre, providing workshops on CV and interviews - helping women gain financial freedom following domestic violence.  She has recently been invited to participate in the Oxford Faculty of Law inspiring woman lawyer project which aims to create an oral history of inspiring women lawyers.

Alpha Mae Arias

Client Services Manager

Alpha has been with IBM Cognitive Process Services for 11 years supporting Clients in transforming their HR processes using Analytics, Automation and Enterprise Cloud platforms. Apart from delivering client value with her US Payroll Profession, she also volunteers in leading Business Resource Groups earning her "Be Equal" and "LGBT+ Allyship" Badges.  She locally introduced IBM Global programs "Nursing Mom Breast Milk Delivery service",  #Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and launched the "Unleashing Your Leadership Potential" training to help increase women representation in Management. A regular speaker during Women's Month and LGBT+ PRIDE event celebrations, she collaborates with external HR leaders thru Forums and IBM Design Thinking workshops. Working for a 100-year-old company with rich history, Alpha's journey tells how working with technology and diverse minds could out THINK anything.

Kenesa Ahmad

Partner, Co-founder

Kenesa Ahmad is an attorney and risk advisor, widely recognized as a leading expert in privacy, data protection and information security. In 2017, Kenesa co-founded Aleada, a boutique information privacy and security consulting firm based in San Francisco. She started the company with her two fellow co-founders of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), a non-profit organization established in 2014. Kenesa’s objective with Aleada is to put into practice the WISP mission: to advance women in the converging fields of privacy and security. Aleada has made a commitment to recruit and hire individuals from diverse backgrounds seeking to enter or transition into the privacy field. Aleada specifically focuses on providing career opportunities for individuals re-entering the workforce from caretaking or family rearing roles, second career job seekers, and new graduates.

Stephanie Danner

Sr Director, High End Brands
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Stephanie is a women leader in a male-dominated industry and one of only a handful of female partners in US Sales at Anheuser-Busch. She is constantly advocating for gender diversity in advertising and employment within the beer industry. She has worked to promote and develop women leaders within the company, providing mentoring to 5 women who are currently progressing in their careers. Stephanie has recently joined the Make a Play Foundation where she will supporting a group of under-represented student athletes in career-building activities and projects.

Akansha Goyal

Vice President, Product Control

At Barclays, Akansha is part of the department's diversity and inclusion initiative where she has been involved in mentoring and talent development. She has also been engaged on initiatives around female talent review, development and retention with a focus on providing guidance on career progression to top talent within the department. As an ambassador for Masters in Finance at London Business School for more than five years, Akansha has been involved in interviewing candidates for the program across the globe and personally guided and mentored several prospective candidates from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about female education and has worked with multiple small schools to promote and encourage female education by providing mentoring to female students.

Yvonne Luu

Senior Communications Officer

Yvonne is co-chair of Peabody’s Gender Network and established their inaugural reverse mentoring programme which includes several Board members and Directors as the first tranche of mentees. Her success in involving members of the Board and senior leadership team has not only given this initiative significant profile but has also provided the potential to effect real change at the very top echelon of the organisation. Yvonne also led the planning and delivery of Peabody’s largest ever International Women's Day celebrations which included a high profile panel event held in collaboration with five other large housing associations at which three Chief Executives joined the speaking panel. She is a Young Women’s Trust Champion which is a charity supporting young women struggling to live on low or no pay.

Rachel Welch-Phillips

Bird & Bird LLP

Rachel is the Founder and Chair of Embrace, Bird & Bird's inaugural intersectional BAME network. The network achieved many successes in a very short period of time through social media campaigns, community outreach and a series of internal events to engage with key stakeholders and improve representation, retention and attitudes to intersectional diversity within the legal profession. These successes were recognised when Embrace won the Outstanding Multicultural Employee Network award at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2019. Embrace has maintained a strong focus on community engagement and dedicates hundreds of hours to uplifting youth in BAME communities, particularly BAME women and girls who often have the fewest doors of access and opportunity open to them. Alongside her work with Embrace, Rachel is an active mentor through formal and informal channels to high school and university students, trainees, and other women who aspire to become lawyers in the City.

Mary Agbesanwa

Management consultant

Mary joined PwC on their Women In Business program and has been involved in a campaign to encourage more young women to apply to PwC through sharing her experiences and inspirations. She delivered a Level Up Workshop focusing on promotions, sponsorship and relationship building to members of the Gender Balance Network and is a mentor in the firm’s diversity mentoring scheme. Outside of PwC, Mary is Co-founder of the Now You’re Talking Network for professional women millennials and has conducted a series of inspiring Instagram Live Series with female entrepreneurs and professionals covering topics from communicating confidently on camera, tapping into your emotional intelligence, and developing a positive money mindset. In May she was selected from over 6900 applicants across EMEA to be a McKinsey Next Generation Women Leader.

Freddie Cormack

Assistant to the Chief Information Security Officer

Freddie is the Co-chair of the Transgender Group at BP which has transformed transgender awareness within BP globally. This includes creating senior management engagement resulting in many public shows of trans support from leaders including BP’s new CEO. Freddie has developed many "Safe Space" training sessions and is also an active member of BP's Women in Industry group advocating equality for women in BP. Outside of BP, Freddie is a Founder and Committee Member for "Trans in the City", a collaboration of over 75 organizations to actively promote corporate transgender awareness.

Christina Mallon

Global Inclusive Design Lead
Wunderman Thompson

Christina is a member on five inclusion boards (WPP DEI Council, WPP Culture Council, WPP Sustainability Council, WPP Innovation Council, and Wunderman Thompson DEI Council) where she advises on women's issues and their intersection with disability. On the Wunderman Thompson DEI Council she created an Inclusion framework and scorecard for individual disciplines to give everyone the steps and measurement to a more inclusive culture. She created the Inclusive Experience Practice which uses Inclusive Design Methodology to create inclusive products and experiences for her clients' customers. This methodology forces the creator to ask who they are leaving out of the experience that they are creating and pushes them to take the time to learn from the groups that they're leaving out. Christina is the Chief Brand Officer of a non-profit, Open Style Lab, which is an inclusive design education hub which teaches women and girls with disabilities about STEM through adaptive fashion design.

Shelley Tiltman

Employee Experience & Inclusion Senior Manager

Since joining Cognizant in 2019, Shelley has been instrumental in re-energising UK&I Women Empowered, recruiting 24 new and active committee members, to drive inclusion and empowerment. Combined with her role as Engagement and Inclusion Lead, she has organized and hosted number of events to educate develop and support employees. She is part of the team looking at the gender pay gap and shares recommendations to enhance attraction, retention and development. Shelley is a driving force behind other Affinity groups including Embrace, the LGBTQ+ Ally network and promotes trans rights. She is core member of global diversity & inclusion network spanning 52 countries. Shelley’s broad external network helps to bring insights to the internal networks, always sharing food for thought. Shelley is extremely proud of the sense of community and support the Affinity groups bring to colleagues. Shelley writes thought leadership articles on many aspects of diversity and tirelessly campaigns for equality.

Suki Heather

Creative Director

Suki was part of the initial Women's Global Council that brought together senior women across the AKQA network. The council introduced several initiatives in their local studios including, unconscious bias training designed to help build a more representative workplace, returnships designed to attract back into industry those who've most likely left to be a parent, and apprenticeships to encourage entry level hiring from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. During her time at AKQA, Suki has worked with management to introduce free feminine care products in all female toilets of the London studio. Suki’s work has been featured in prominent publications that focus on women in design including Hidden Women of Graphic Design, Women of Graphic Design, Femme Type (TYPE01) and Graphic Burd - all of which have highlighted her work to draw more attention to visibility of women in the creative industry.

Bjial Majithia

Assistant Director

Bijal is an ambassador and mentor for 'The Girls Network,' which seeks to empower girls from disadvantaged communities. She is also an ambassador and educator for 'Binti International' with a mission to provide menstrual dignity to all girls all over the world. She has been featured on BBC Radio 2 'Pause for Thought' to represent the Hindu voice on topical issues as well as a panellist for Women on the Wharf, the BBC, Tempo recruitment and Lloyds Banking Group. At EY, she has helped to drive and deliver strategic D&I initiatives as well as highlight the conversations of ethnicity, gender and faith within the workplace. This includes championing campaigns and hosting events to discuss taboo topics and create a culture of openness.

Parris Brown

Relationship Manager for Canada

Parris is a Board member of the Women@Audible Impact Group and the Lead for the group's Global Membership & Engagement Committee. She has worked with Cornerstone, a hiring initiative Audible created in partnership with the city of Newark. Working as an Ambassador she engaged with a local job resource group to identify and support candidates from the community including college students, recent graduates, and those with work experience, but lacked some skills employers seek. Parris also volunteers as a Leadership Coach with Braven, a nonprofit founded with a mission to empower first-generation minority college students, where she assisted many of the young women, beyond the Braven program. Parris is a proud member of Eureka Grand Chapter Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, Inc., State of New York, Alpha Chapter No.1. This organization prides itself on serving communities with charitable events, especially for women and children, all while uplifting women in achievement.

Yusra Hussain

IT Advisor - Asset Management, New Energies

Yusra has taken part in many different projects in the past 2 years supporting women from diverse backgrounds. This includes an E-mentoring program for children aged 14-16 in an East London school and a STEM mentoring program for Shell women in the early part of their careers. This initiative was set up to connect young women in STEM with senior women and men interested in helping them develop professionally, with a specific lens on STEM and the challenges associated with it. Yusra launched the inaugural Women in STEM @ Shell awards and hosted Shell’s largest Bring Your Child to Work Day, with 150 children between the ages of 9-15, taking part in STEM workshops, talks and showcasing both female and male role-models. In response to COVID19, Yusra is working with Robogals as a special program lead to bring online STEM content to girls across the world.

Jagjeet Doheley

Learning Services Manager
British Retail Consortium

Jagjeet co-leads a project to inspire inclusion within retail environments and is partnering with the Centre for Inclusive Leadership to hold Inclusion Dialogues with industry leaders to inspire change. She leads personal branding sessions for women in leadership and has helped women leaders and business-owners build confidence to move up the ladder and to solidify their brand. In her previous role, Jagjeet ran mindfulness sessions to encourage wellness practices based around gender and energy levels.

Claire Foster Chart. PR, FCIPR

Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs
Direct Line Group

Claire champions diversity at every opportunity with a specific focus on paying it forward. She helped create the ‘My Life’ parental leave transparency and flexible working policy at Direct Line Group, launching it externally to set an example across business. Her research in this area was used in support of a Parliamentary Bill led by Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson to make all large organisations publish their parental leave and pay policies. Claire is a former Vice President of Women in PR, helping women reach their potential through mentoring, events and championing gender issues. Claire has now joined the Executive Board of Global Women in PR, an organisation dedicated to supporting female talent in the PR industry. Despite being on maternity leave in 2019, Claire won the PRCA’s City and Financial Professional of the year and became a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Sarah Primrose

King & Spalding LLP

Sarah Primrose is a member of the Financial Restructuring group at King & Spalding. Her practice focuses on representing debtors, lenders, and  creditors in Chapter 11 reorganization cases along with other bankruptcy-related litigation throughout the country. Sarah is part of the firm’s Women's Affinity Group where she helps promote both internal and external events supporting women and fostering professional development. As a member of the King & Spalding Hiring Committee, she recruits new hires and serves as a formal mentor for summer associates along with first year associates. Externally, Sarah’s commitment to gender equality includes current and past service as a member of the United Way Young Professionals Board for Greater Atlanta, as a Board Member for the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation-Georgia Network, as part of the Junior League of Atlanta promoting women’s leadership development, and as a Wellsprings volunteer working directly with victims of sex trafficking.

Rachel Anderson

UI/UX Designer
RobustWealth Inc.

Rachel Anderson is the Founder and Host of the RobustWealth Roundtable; an interview series for the awareness, advocacy, and advancement of women in finance. She has also led Women by Women; a program created in recognition of International Women's Day and Women's History Month which displayed artwork depicting women created by female artists. Among other initiatives outside of RobustWealth, Rachel founded the Future Financial Planners Community for rising finance professionals and Newbee Community which supports women entering technology. She is also a frequent speaker for initiatives advocating for women and presented at the Seattle Design Festival. Rachel is an active member of 100 Women in Finance and Females & Finance, as well as a top contributor on TechLadies where she shares material on women’s leadership and financial empowerment. This year, Rachel was featured as a Reinvented Magazine STEAM Dreamers Role Model and nominated for Woman of The Year. 

Joanne Legge

Head of Cyber Behaviour Change

Joanne chairs bp WIN IT&S, the internal network for women in information technology at bp, developing and implementing a strategy to increase women’s participation, progression and recognition in IT roles. This includes ownership of the company Yammer tool to promote internal and external opportunities, running network sessions, driving nominations for external IT awards, providing mentoring opportunities for both women and men at all levels, and engaging with bp’s senior leadership to ensure female talent is recognized globally. Externally, Joanne is a judge for the FDM/Everywoman Women in Technology awards, judging several categories including ‘Leader of the Year’. Joanne achieves this on top of her role as Head of Cyber Behaviour Change, driving cyber security awareness and education programmes across the Company.

Rocio Cárdenas

Informatic Technician
Fujitsu Technology Solutions

From November 2019, Rocio is participating in the Fujitsu Radar program, a year-long Program designed to learn tech streams and find future leaders. Through it, Rocio has volunteered with Fujitsu’s D&I group and has participated in a #IamRemarkable workshop in partnership with Google. In April, Rocio became a certified #IamRemarkable facilitator, and carries out these workshops to demonstrate empowerment, finding satisfaction in seeing others benefit and more proactively seek out career development opportunities. Rocio’s #IamRemarkable sessions are fully inclusive, exposing the many struggles women and other underrepresented groups face in business on a daily basis. The initiative aims to give a voice to women and minority groups to talk about their achievements with pride. Furthermore, Rocio is being among the top positions in the Radar Program every month so far. Additionally, she just has started studying a degree at university to keep motivated herself outside the company as well.

Marion Bentata

Vice President
State Street

Marion co-chairs the State Street UK Pride Network, where she acts as a role model for gay women. She regularly appears on panels to discuss the specific issues faced by LGBT+ women and she organizes events with a strong focus on women. In the last two years, Marion has organized two book launches at State Street, one dedicated to the lives of older lesbian and bisexual women, and the other dedicated to the former Press Officer to two Prime Ministers who shared her views on gender equality and the LGBT+ community. Marion always looks to increase diversity when hiring new talent and reminds the management team of this imperative. Within Interbank, where she was the second female co-chair, Marion continues to work tirelessly to increase the representation and visibility of women.

Leah Kimata

Information Security Risk Officer
Standard Chartered Bank

In her previous role at KPMG, Leah mentored women in her unit towards becoming senior members of the firm. At Standard Chartered, she is one of the senior management team, and mentors women in the T&I unit on various elements of cyber security. She has also volunteered for initiatives targeting girls and women in technology. Externally, Leah is a member of African Women in Fintechs, and has been involved in panel discussions on payment security and discussions on women in Fintech.

Joyce Cheng

Assistant Director
Edelman Hong Kong

Joyce leads the Edelman GWEN (Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network) initiative in the Hong Kong office. She formed the #WeStepUp employee campaign to encourage greater inclusiveness. Her voice is heard on the issues that matter – workplace diversity, equality, employee welfare, team dynamics and delivering the best possible work for clients. She has introduced initiatives on career development and training, work-life balance policies and improved benefits to reward retention and more. In her five years at Edelman, she has forged a stand-out reputation among peers and senior management through leading by example and action. As a result, she constantly inspires and guides junior colleagues around her. Joyce is currently a leading member of the #BetterTogether, an evolution of #WeStepUp covering wellness, D&I, improved HR policies and unconscious bias training at all levels. #WeStepUp and #BetterTogether contributed to Edelman Hong Kong winning the HR Asia Awards Best Companies to Work For 2019.

Patricia Souza

Senior Consultant

Patricia is a member of the EY Luxembourg D&I task force, which oversees the implementation of the D&I balanced scorecard firmwide. Furthermore, as a part of her goal to drive Inclusion amongst her team members, she developed a successful training session on inclusion and belonging, which is now under consideration to be scaled up for other areas and service lines. In addition to her contributions to the D&I task force, Patricia has actively brought together her People Advisory Services team, initiating a running group to bring together women and men in her team promoting an inclusive atmosphere with allies at all levels. She is also co-creating D&I within Workforce Advisory (WFA) at EY Luxembourg and EY Belgium. Outside EY, Patricia is building a D&I network of experts to tackle the issues this community is facing and promote a more inclusive and equitable society in Luxembourg. Additionally, she is also working as a member of the Hacking HR Luxembourg to promote debates on human topics, including D&I.

Kai Deveraux Lawson

Global Director of Community Engagement

At WPP, Kai’s role has allowed her to highlight top women and leaders of color throughout the network. She supports all employee resource groups, providing marketing, financial, and membership support. She works to provide a platform to showcase WPP’s diverse employee talent and retain a strong pool of talented women and people of color. Externally, Kai co-hosts and produces the Mixed Company Podcast, where she advocates for cultural issues, especially those affecting women in advertising. She has spoken on various panels to bring the importance of diverse representation in advertising to the forefront. Additionally, Kai leads the Fishbowl Women in Advertising Bowl.

Plaxedes Makura

ILDP Manager (Legal, Disputes)
Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP

Plaxedes joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2017 when the Johannesburg Alternative Legal Services (ALT)  practice group was launched. ALT Johannesburg forms part of a market-leading, innovative global team of 350 lawyers, technologists and legal analysts operating across 11 locations.  Plaxedes, a qualified lawyer, practices as a Disputes Manager specialising in managing complex document reviews, on large international and local matters,  She also manages the International Legal Development Programme (ILDP), which offers high-performing legal graduates the opportunity to gain work experience as a Legal Analyst through a structured learning and development programme. During the ILDP recruitment process and in day-to-day interactions, she encourages the team to be mindful of racial, cultural and gender diversity. She was instrumental in establishing the ALT Johannesburg, Social, Diversity, CSR and Mental Health, and Awareness committees. Personally, Plaxedes founded Pink Power, a breast cancer awareness initiative to raise funds for patients who cannot afford treatment.

Hope Ditlhakanyane

Venture Partner
MEST Africa

In her previous role at A.T. Kearney, Hope co-led the Women’s Network, hosting numerous programs aimed at improving women’s safety, access to opportunities and general workplace experience. This included organising women’s breakfasts, self-defense workshops and diversity & unconscious bias training for all staff, backed by the leadership team. Externally, she founded the Superwoman Hub, a 1,000+ strong community of high-impact African women. The community’s mission is to connect women and empower them to take on leadership roles, through awareness and advocacy. Superwoman Hub regularly hosts leadership programmes, advocacy initiatives such as the #50FacesOfWomenIn Africa series, as well as events such as the Women in Africa conference to connect women leaders across the continent. Over the next year, she will be launching a fund aimed at supporting and scaling women-owned businesses across Africa. 

Léna Elisabeth David

Boston Consulting Group

Last year, Léna took charge of the Women@BCG initiative in Switzerland as a co-head with a male Managing Director and Partner. Together, they introduced a set of new diversity policies and a retention and advancement program for women in Switzerland. Through their work, the office in Switzerland became the first BCG office worldwide and one of the first employers in Switzerland to introduce a fully paid gender-neutral parental leave. The new program furthermore includes revised flex-time and part-time working models, a support process for returning mothers, and sponsored access to childcare support. It also includes improved sponsorship models for senior women, mentoring for junior women, unconscious bias training for all staff and a speaker series on diversity topics. Léna presented the BCG Swiss diversity journey at a regional Women@BCG conference covering Europe, Africa and South America, and leads senior officer meetings to raise awareness and to discuss solutions to advance diversity at the firm.

Louise Hennessey

Senior associate
Allen & Overy

Louise was appointed Chair of A&O’s women’s network, WiN, in November 2018, and was tasked with revitalising the network and formulating the shape and strategy of the committee. Since then, WiN has organized numerous successful events and seminars to promote gender equality in the firm, including collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, and discussion groups profiling recently promoted women partners to inspire junior women associates and to make male sponsor allies aware of the valuable role they play in this process. Louise was also involved in the development of a quarterly program to support and develop the careers of A&O’s junior women lawyers, is participating in a program aimed at supporting mid-level women lawyers, and has contributed to a paper presented to the board which helped shape the firm’s gender strategy and targets. Externally, Louise mentors diverse female students, is a champion for Women for Women International, and has helped co-ordinate donations with the Hygiene Bank among other causes.

Eugenia Planas

Head of Digital Services
Bank of England

Since returning from maternity leave in 2018, Eugenia has co-chaired the Technology Inclusion Council at the Bank of England. This year, the council has been responsible for mandating diverse interview panels for recruitment at senior grades and unconscious bias training for people managers. Eugenia mentors talented women from across the bank, and undertakes career conversations with top talent, recognizing that women continue to be underrepresented in technology. Within the Technology Leadership team, Eugenia acts as a sponsor and advocate for gender diversity, ensuring the subject gets regular and deliberate focus. She is at the forefront of the Bank’s efforts to embrace flexible working and supporting technologies.

Carolina Vaccaro

Total Rewards Senior consultant LAC

Carolina is the regional leader for the Business Women’s Network at SAP. Last year, as a result of joint efforts from HR and D&I, she collaborated in the update of the ‘Back to Work’ parental leave policy for Argentina, inclusive of all families and absent of gendered language; and they created a regional gender violence campaign to raise awareness. This year, the ‘Back to Work’ policy was expanded throughout the region, and Carolina and the BWN team work on gender violence has extended to a COVID-19 protocol, compiling data from locations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, listing internal and external channels for reporting domestic violence. Together with an employee assistance program, the group now has a code to report cases, which is only shared with women.

Lydia Brookes

Senior Director - EMEA Syndications
Mizuho Bank

Lydia founded the Mizuho Gender Network in 2017, which has since been enlarged through merging with the gender networks of Mizuho subsidiaries. Lydia, who now co-leads the network, has organized speaker events, driven policy change, with a focus on parental leave, and supported the re-launch of the mentoring scheme. She has secured funding for an external events program with high-profile speakers, targeting imposter syndrome, careers, performance, mindset and resilience. With a focus on policy change, Lydia is now helping the bank understand the need to collate and analyze employment data, and how to use this to impact decision making. She is also focused on tackling the flexible working policy and expanding paternity leave. Lydia mentors women within Mizuho and through Women in Banking & Finance, and represents the bank at external networks, including WIBF and the Network of Networks.

Brenda Hudson

EMEA Commercial Finance Manager

Brenda founded The Bridge this year to amplify inclusion and belonging to the current diversity programs across WPP in GroupM EMEA. The group works to target those who are at the intersection of race and gender with the aim of providing traditional mentoring and sponsorship, as well as facilitating reverse mentoring to encourage challenging conversations on race and intersectionality with leadership in order to break barriers and create allies. Externally, Brenda set up an informal training program, The Kitchen Table, which she launched in response to work that her grandmother was doing to support a small group of women with financial literacy. The program equips women with vital financial skills to support themselves and their children.

Denise Best

Associate Project Manager
Euromoney Institutional Investor

Denise co-chairs the Race Faith Diversity & Inclusion group at Euromoney Institutional Investor (EII), and has organized numerous events promoting diversity and inclusion. As a member of the EII Charity Committee, EII Cares, Denise works with organizations to support women, such as Iris House, a Harlem-based women’s support organization, and Bottomless Closet, which empowers NYC women in need to enter the workforce and achieve success. EII has participated in clothing drives, resume and interview preparation, safe sex kit preparation and toy drives. Last year, EII hosted the Euromoney@50 awards, where Denise won over $10,000 for Bottomless Closet. Denise is also the creator of the ‘I Am’ empowerment movement, honoring women who are a credit to their community or industry. The group is currently running a series called ‘The State of the Black Woman’, and is starting a mentoring program for young girls.

Katy Goodrich

Customer Success Director

At Adobe, Katy is a Customer Success Director and co-lead for Women at Adobe and Social Impact Teams for the UK. As part of her Customer Success role, she works with Adobe’s largest Financial Services customers as a trusted advisor towards their digital transformations. Her Women at Adobe and leadership of Social Impact teams involves creating internal programs and community partnerships to promote causes top of mind for Adobe employees, such as championing gender diversity in tech. Her recent accomplishments include co-organizing and hosting Adobe’s first Women in Marketing speaker training program to bring more diverse voices to marketing and financial marketing conferences. She also founded and leads Adobe’s Financial Services Executive Women’s Roundtable, promoting networking and knowledge-sharing among female leaders in Adobe’s customer base. Recently, she co-launched an EMEA Adobe for All Book Club, a space for ongoing reading and ideas to encourage a more inclusive environment for conversation.

Masumi Ichimoto

Associate Director, Accenture Technology
Accenture Japan Ltd

Masumi is involved in the Japan Inclusion & Diversity Initiative at Accenture Japan, where she developed a program for working parents to help them continue working without stress after returning to work, with a focus on career development and a healthy work-life balance. The program focuses in particular growing working mothers’ career opportunities, challenging the misconception that returning mothers are limited by less flexible working hours. It also focuses on unconscious bias around parenting, and is inclusive of working fathers. Masumi’s program has contributed to Accenture being ranked in the top ten of Nikkei Dual’s ‘Best Companies for Working Parents’ in 2020.

Catherine Wright

Relationship Manager
Bank of Ireland

Catherine is the UK Representative for the Gender Balance Network, supporting Bank of Ireland’s Inclusion & Diversity Team. She represents the UK Corporate Banking division in idea generation, and engaging with decision-makers and key stakeholders internally, with an aim to grow the culture of inclusivity within the bank. This year, Catherine has spearheaded a series of inclusive programs, including a Woman in Business & Finance initiative in partnership with Deloitte, leading high-impact webinars with a diverse group of panellists. Catherine mentors upcoming women within the organisation and externally, is involved in supporting and empowering millennial women at all stages of their career, through bespoke mentorship and coaching whilst also offering opportunities to broaden their network. She is a member of The Women's Chapter and 100 Women in Finance; where she actively participates in sessions promoting D&I by sharing best practices to create a ripple effect and close the gender gap.

Ranu Sharma

Head of International Operations and Technology Finance
MasterCard (VocaLink)

Ranu sits on the MasterCard Women Leadership Network, heading up the London Operations and Technology guild, whilst also advocating for young working mothers from minority ethnic backgrounds within a male-dominated industry. Ranu was instrumental in Introducing the concept of ‘Reversed Balanced Mentoring’ program to Senior Management, whereby less senior colleagues mentor executives within the organization, whilst ensuring the program maintains a 50:50 gender balance. Outside of this, Ranu leads women’s forums and coaching sessions across the AAPAC region, and shares best practices and experiences to encourage women to lean in and step up, to be more confident and to grow. She has helped transform the lives of young youths through her own Podcast Series and other influences.  

Carol Reddy

Manager, Client Services
Northern Trust

Carol is a Client Service Delivery Manager at Northern Trust. In addition to chairing the business’s Women in Leadership Business Resource Council in Ireland, Carol participates in the Ireland Executive Gender Balance Group; a sub-committee of Northern Trust's Ireland management team solely focused on ensuring gender parity across its workforce in Ireland. While recognising the intersectionality of women, Carol has championed a female-focused cohort of an internal mentoring programme to support the development women in the early-to-mid stages of their professional life, introduced role modelling initiatives to enhance the visibility of senior females, and driven an increase in male ally-ship through inclusive engagement.

Musidora Jorgensen

Head of UK Energy & Utilities

As an ally and speaker for the Salesforce Women’s Network, Musidora has been a strong advocate of promoting gender diversity within her career, and is one of the UK leadership team on Salesforce’s internal working group focused on more inclusive hiring. She coaches, mentors and sponsors women both internally at Salesforce but also externally across the wider STEM industry. She's also regularly involved with the Women In Sales Awards Europe; an organization created to recognize excellence in sales across a very male dominated industry. Musidora has spoken on gender diversity as a keynote speaker for the Salesforce Women’s Network, at the Women in Sales Conference, at the PwC Women’s Network, and is due to speak at the House of Commons in February as part of the Gamechangers Women's Network. 

Mira Niswonger

Senior Program/Project Manager
Capital One Bank

Mira is a member of the leadership and coordination team for the Diversity Inclusion & Belonging Council at Capital One Bank. In this role she helps to shape and drive the bank’s D&I strategy and also collaborates to form alliances and develop strategy with other diversity groups and networks at Capital One; creating a culture of allyship with an enhanced understanding of the importance of intersectionality. Within the EmpowHER business resource group she leads conversations beyond race and gender to include other identities that influence the experiences of working moms and which can create barriers to advancement and authenticity at the workplace. Mira has designed and led development programs for Capital One promoting both career mobility and career development, therefore helping individuals to bring more of their talents and potential to their work.

Mamaa Duker

UK, Business Development Associate Director

Mamaa was born and raised in Ghana and has lived and worked across four countries including the UK, US and Hong Kong. She is the lead for WPP Roots - WPP's ethnic & cultural diversity employee network which plays an active role in amplifying the voices of ethnic minority leaders within the company and creating platforms for ethnic minority women to share their experiences. She has actively worked to embed inclusive thinking throughout WPP’s global network – leading Roots’ expansion, and successfully launching a workshop called “Covering in the workplace”, which explores how ethnic minority employees cover aspects of their identities in order to fit in. She also created an Anti-Racism Resource Pack following George Floyd’s death featuring support resources for Black women. As well as providing informal mentoring for junior colleagues at WPP, Mamaa provides mentorship to young female students at Aves International Academy in her hometown of Tema, Ghana.

Kristin Parris

Senior Manager, Talent Development

Kristin is the North American lead for POC@Essence, an employee resource group focused on supporting people of color within the agency. She oversees initiatives across six offices to support women of color, spearheading over 10 women-led programs in the last two years with topics including industry thought leadership, wellness and media resources. She has partnered closely with the leads for Womxn@Essence, the agency’s gender-diversity group, to launch the Essence Immersion Program; a pipeline program giving underrepresented groups virtual networking opportunities and increased visibility within the advertising industry. In July 2020, Kristin was selected by the Advertising Club of New York to participate in the i'mPART Women’s Fellowship executive training program.

Kyoshia Jackson

Legal & Compliance Paralegal
Moët Hennessy USA

Kyoshia is actively engaged in Moet Hennessy’s diversity and inclusion efforts — first, as a member of the former Polycultural committee, and now, organizing and leading Moet Hennessy USA’s first Black employee resource group. In 2019, she organized the company’s first Black History Month celebration, and then co-authored its IDE strategy. Most recently, she was the catalyst for the company‘s discussion of racial bias and systemic injustices that affect Black Americans. Kyoshia‘s personal mission is to ensure upfront presence of more Black professional women in her industry, and her leadership, insight, and confidence have inspired her peers to join her efforts.

Sarah Noble

Deloitte MCS

Sarah started Women at the Wheel in 2016 as a networking group to drive positive change by supporting women on their automotive career journeys. As a Director in Consulting and working with clients across the industry, she was struck by the lack of diversity in the top roles and the desire to inspire women to grow and succeed in the industry. Women at the Wheel is guided by three main tenets; to inspire women to achieve their top potential, to encourage collaboration towards gender equality across the industry, and to strengthen women’s careers through providing regular events and a platform for discussion of key issues impacting women. The group now has over 850 members including both men and women drawn from 150 organizations across the UK automotive sector including all the major manufacturers. As well as leading Women at the Wheel, Sarah coaches others across industries to set-up similar organisations, is a mentor and sponsor across her own network, works with the Automotive Council UK on the diversity & inclusion committee, and is a frequent speaker on diversity in business at conference and client events.

Eileen Bax

Pathways Development Manager
AXA PPP Healthcare

Eileen has been involved in promoting and supporting the Ways of Working policy at AXA, providing key stakeholder insight from different geographical areas and a range of business areas across a broad demographic. This has included women with responsibilities for elderly or sick family members, women with health vulnerabilities, women seeking work-life balance to improve their overall wellbeing, and working parents. Discussions in this area included men and very senior colleagues, proactively encouraging them to think outside the norms and stereotypes, and to role model change. Eileen is passionate about ensuring fairness for all and empowering managers to handle cases consistently while still recognizing the importance of individual circumstances.

Lauren Silbert

VP + GM, The Balance

As Vice President and General Manager of The Balance, Lauren has worked to make finance topics accessible to everyone, and brought female representation and leadership into a notoriously male-dominated sector. She oversees a predominantly female team of writers and editors covering topics from banking and credit, to the economy and investing. In 2019, Lauren was named a “Corporate Champion” in Folio’s Top Women in Media Awards. Lauren has been a long-time member of The Wing, an organization devoted to providing working and community spaces for women, and regularly contributes to Dotdash's monthly community Diversity and Inclusion meetings. 

Felicia Ofori-Quaah

Senior Associate
Milbank LLP

Felicia is active member of the Women's Initiative Group, Family Focus Group and Heritage Group (which relates to underrepresented minorities) within Milbank and also acts as a mentor to younger women associates; especially those on their maternal journey. She has been focused on improving the experience of women lawyers who return from maternity leave, including advocating for more effective ‘Return to Life’ procedures and maternity coaching as well as emergency care benefits for carers within Milbank. She has featured as a panel member at Thomson Reuters' Transforming Women's Leadership in the Law conference and was named as a “Mover and Shaker” by The Glass Hammer; an online career resource for professional women in law, finance, technology and business.