2022 Top 100 Women Future Leaders – INvolve Heroes (2022)

Neha Rajesh

1

Marketing Lead - Chrome Enterprise EMEA
Google

Neha works at Google and has been championing DEI initiatives through mentoring and coaching for 8+ years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Neha launched a platform called WonderWoman to connect young girls with women mentors in the tech space to support each other on their journeys. Through this initiative Neha has helped several women globally progress their careers, find new routes to employment and grow their skills. She also runs regular school visits for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to introduce them to the world of work, and to inspire the next generation of female leaders to pursue a career in technology. Born in India and immigrating to the UK at the age of 20, Neha has made it her mission to open doors for women across various backgrounds and walks of life through mentoring, volunteering, providing job opportunities and raising her voice.

Marie Hemingway

2

Principal Asset Management Consultant
Atkins

Marie is a principal consultant helping the Defence enterprise transform their approach to strategic investment decision making with expertise in technology adoption, asset management best practice and people-centric change. Her part-time and fully flexible role at Atkins enables her to apply her skills and experience to additionally support ED&I work around her primary role, for which she is particularly passionate.Marie is the founder and Chief Technology Officer for Speak Out Revolution, an award winning non-profit on a mission to cancel the culture of silence on workplace harassment and bullying in pursuit of truly inclusive workplaces. She led the development of the Speak Out Dashboard - novel, open source technology which transparently presents global workplace challenges for people who experience non-inclusive behaviours so organisations can access intelligent insights to optimally solve the problem within their sector. Marie regularly delivers talks, workshops, training, and consulting to organizations, institutes, and member groups who dare to make a difference for more inclusive workplaces for all.

Natsayi Mawere

3

Senior Associate
Reed Smith

Natsayi is the Chair of Reed Smith’s NYC office’s DE&I committee, has helped to develop the office's Racial Equity Action Plan and is also an Associate Liaison for the office’s Women’s Initiative Network (“WINRS”). In 2020, she introduced an annual virtual Career Day program to NYC WINRS that connects low-income and homeless women served by the NYC Coalition for the Homeless' "First Step Program" with lawyers in NYC WINRS, who assisted First Step students with resume development, mock job interviews, and discussed issues women face (in the context of a job search). As part of the NYC office's REAP, Natsayi worked with colleagues to develop a pilot Associate Buddy Program in 2021, which she took the lead in taking global in 2022. She is dedicated to investing in the well-being and advancement of others, especially women facing systematic barriers to employment.

Namita Singh Thakur

4

Sr.Manager- Global Strategic Accounts (EMEA)
LinkedIn

Namita Singh Thakur is a leader within the Global Strategic Accounts for LinkedIn in EMEA. She has also been the Co-Chair of the Women@LinkedIn Employee Resource Group (ERG) for EMEA for the last 2 years. LinkedIn has made great strides in gender diversity and currently prides itself on achieving parity across all levels of the organization. Throughout the year, Women@LinkedIn has found ways to bring its mission alive through a line-up of events, L&D Programs, workshops and speaker series. Besides her formal involvement in the ERG, she regularly participates in speaking engagements related to women's education, empowerment & endorsement. Outside of her formal role, she is passionate about arts & democratization of art & regularly supports emerging artists and artists within under-represented racial groups as a patron, art-collaborator and collector. She is particularly perceptive about women & their role in corporate/social life & personal experiences that have shaped their journeys.

Tiffany Garland

5

U.S. Head of Sales, Rare Disease
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

As a founding member of Alnylam's Employee Resource Network (ERN) for women, iThrive, Tiffany engages leaders at Alnylam to promote gender diversity and strengthen career growth for staff through advocacy and mentorship. Outside her role as Head of Sales, she sits on the DE&I leadership team, a cross-functional, employee-driven group supporting internal DE&I objectives and workstreams. Tiffany works closely with the talent acquisition team to understand how they can refine their hiring process by developing internal talent and communications and recruitment guidelines for gender diversity. In addition, she is an ambassador and an active participant in the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA). This women-run organization furthers the advancement of women in health care globally. She is also a member of her local chapter of the National Sales Network (NSN), a national non-profit focused on supporting the professional development of sales professionals.

Diana Velarde

6

Delivering Deal Value Director
PwC Mexico

In addition to her commercial role, she is also the Director of the Firm's first D&I Staff Council. As part of her work within the council, she leads the gender inclusion efforts to reduce gaps, stereotypes, and unconscious bias both inside the Firm and within our process, through conversations with senior leaders. She promotes initiatives to support women who suffer, or are at risk of suffering, any forms of gender-based violence by providing tools and a support network. Diana co-founded the Deals Women Network (DWN), which promotes networking and skills development for women. Another program she co-founded was Women in Mergers & Acquisitions Consulting. Her involvement in this project includes speaking in online forums focused on inviting female students and graduates to apply to Deals' open positions.

Lexie Toorock

7

Marketing Associate
Bridgewater Associates

Lexie Toorock joined Bridgewater in 2012, and she is a relationship manager, focused on business development and sales, reporting directly to the co-Head of Client Service. Lexie is a founder of Bridgewater’s Diversity and Inclusion Council in Client Service, a member and early builder of Bridgewater’s Women’s Network, and a leader in the firm’s central DEI efforts. She has consistently mentored women and others throughout the firm, while also hosting various firmwide discussions on business and leadership. Beyond Bridgewater, she serves on the board of LSA Family Health Service, a nonprofit focused on assisting families and children by meeting their basic needs for food, healthcare, education, and a safe home, and she is a significant contributor to fundraising efforts and strategy for Grameen America, the largest microfinance nonprofit in the US. Lexie holds a B.S. in Strategic Management and Economics from Babson College.

Farrah Ekeroth

8

Head of Employer Brand
EY

For over two years, Farrah, alongside her day job, has served as Co-Chair of the EY Women's Network. In this role, she has led EY's largest ERG with 3,500+ members across 25 UK locations. She co-leads a team of volunteers to accelerate gender parity at EY through various initiatives with 70+ events delivered in the last two years covering body positivity, intersectionality, everyday sexism, allyship, and menopause topics. The network also runs a Conversation Series with women role models across the firm in fireside chats. She has led EY's International Women's Day celebrations for the last two years. In addition, Farrah hosted, developed, and led EY's largest IWD Awards to date, receiving a record-breaking 600 nominations across the firm celebrating women role models and allies. Furthermore, Farrah launched EY's EMEIA Women in Technology Program with the United Nations to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Tanja Velling

9

Senior Professional Support Lawyer
Slaughter and May

Since becoming the Gender Equality Network (GEN) Chair in 2017, the network has grown to over 100 members and organized various events. These include a panel consisting of four women partners discussing career journeys and the legal industry, co-hosted by Macfarlanes and NOTICED for International Women's Day (IWD), a talk by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, authors of Taking Up Space: The Black Girl's Manifesto for Change, co-hosted by the Diverse Network in 2021 and a roundtable with Angela Darlington for IWD, co-hosted by the LGBTQ+ network, on workplace inclusion of lesbian and bi women. Tanja also organized the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign that offered free breast examinations by a nurse and helped put together a podcast series for International Day of Families that shares the experiences of having children. She has also been mentoring with the 30% Club supporting mentees with career planning and the King's College Women in Law Society Mother-Daughter mentoring program.

Suzie Nolan

10

Head of Property Fund Management
Aviva

Suzie is the Co-chair of Aviva Ireland's (Gender) Balance network. She has created opportunities for the network to educate colleagues about all genders, gender discrimination, stereotyping and allyship. In addition, she has escalated a review of the company’s equal parental leave policy to provide equality for all parents. Suzie is also on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and has addressed the gender imbalance at senior levels at Aviva by promoting the need for diversity of thought at all decision-making forums. She supports gender conversations across the organization, encourages the elimination of 'manels' (male-only panels), and has established a mentor circle program that has helped women mentees be successful in progressing their careers further and faster. Suzie has also been working as a Council member of the 30% Club with senior leaders of organizations across Ireland to collectively drive change in companies' attitudes towards gender balance and identify ways to progress gender equality.

Lin Yue

11

Executive Director
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Lin is a thought-leader in delivering the intersection of business, diversity and behavioural science. Alongside her role at Goldman Sachs, she has created ground-breaking talk series such as “Diversity – From Awareness to Action” focusing on behavioural science and how changes happen, to create inclusive cultures both internally and partnering with clients and driving changes in the industry. She articulates East Asians' experience and leads discussion on Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, focusing on intersectionality of gender and race. She created “How to find your voice” series to empower women, especially as working parents. Lin believes that inspiration alone isn’t enough, we need to accelerate learning to equip individuals and organisations. She regularly shares her insights with internal teams, and industry groups such as CFA, ICAEW & Lean-in. She influences via leadership positions at Diversity Project, UK Chinese Women Connect, and Rising Network, and is recognised by multiple awards for her work.

Eunice Zhu

12

Director, Head of Derivatives XVA Trading
SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd

At Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)’s Nikko Capital Markets, Eunice is an active committee member of the BALANCE network, a group which supports gender balance and aims to empower all female and male colleagues. Through BALANCE, Eunice hosted the ‘Learning from Leaders’ session where she interviewed the CEO of SMBC Nikko Capital Markets in front of an audience of 200 colleagues. Eunice’s other work championing diversity has seen her actively mentoring and tutoring for the “Young Women into Finance” programme and Career Lead to help develop the female talent pipeline for the finance industry, as well as participating in D&I initiatives such as multiple women’s networking and support groups. Outside of SMBC Eunice founded and now leads the Lean In (Women in Banking & Finance) circle, connecting and empowering women who have career ambitions in finance. She runs monthly and sometimes bi-monthly events for the circle’s 400+ members.

Samantha Merwin

13

Head of Markets Advocacy for ETF & Index Investments
BlackRock

Samantha is the Head of Markets Advocacy for ETF & Index Investments at BlackRock. In addition to this role, Samantha co-chairs the firm’s Associate Development Program (ADP), which helps Associate women at BlackRock develop their personal impact, executive presence, and leadership skills to achieve their career goals. After completing ADP in 2017, Samantha chaired its Alumni program for two years before taking leadership of ADP in 2020. 170 women across BlackRock’s Americas offices have participated in ADP, over 50% of whom have been promoted at least once since completing the program. Samantha also serves as a mentor, formally in BlackRock’s mentorship programs for underrepresented groups, and informally throughout different parts of the firm. Since 2019, Samantha has been an active member of the Women’s Bond Club (WBC), whose mission is to advance women in financial services and shape the industry’s future; she received the WBC Rising Star Award in 2020.

Genevieve Esguerra

14

Content Operations Manager
London Stock Exchange Group

As a member of the D&I Committee, Genevieve’s goal is to share the voice of her colleagues and push the DEI agenda. In 2021, she was elected Global Co-Chairperson of LSEG Women Inspired Network (WIN) and has worked closely with the Executive Sponsor & D&I team to push for a more gender diverse and racially diverse company. To help attain the company’s leaders' goals, Genevieve holds monthly meetings with WIN Chapter leads across the globe and sets objectives, works on initiatives such as mentoring, leadership development training & sharing updates to ExCo and D&I. In addition, she has worked with the talent team on focus group discussions to understand the slow progress of talent in Asia. As a result, she partnered with various networks in the Philippines and Co-founded the Women Inter-industry Network to push the D&I agenda.

Paola Maffezzoni

15

Head of Marketing & Comms - Italy, GroupM - PR & Marketing Director - Italy, WPP
GroupM

Paola is Operations Director of the Winspire leadership team, a cross-agencies WPP Italy project inspired by the WPP Stella Project, whose aim is supporting female talents and leadership with internal/external audiences and stakeholders. It collaborates with some industry big players to create initiatives dedicated to DEI. Some of the projects Paola has been responsible for organizing have included a ‘Fast Forward Women’ training with Facebook, inspiring women in their careers; a WPP ‘#IAmRemarkable’ workshop with Google Italia; pro-bono activities for women entrepreneurs in the world of technology and to create adv campaigns for associations that support women in troubled countries (e.g. Afghan women). Paola is a mentor for the young generation of marketers, she has been invited to join as a speaker to external events, such as WomenXImpact, an event dedicated to women empowerment where she had the chance to be a role model for marketing community.

Margherita Fontana

16

Europe, Middle East, Africa and India Commercial Director Dow Consumer Solutions
Dow

Margherita was named the Global Leader for the Dow Women's Inclusion Network (WIN) Employee Resource Group in 2020. For four years prior to this she led Dow WIN in the EMEAI Region, helping to move the needle for female representation at leadership levels to 50%. Margherita was responsible for developing and implementing the group’s strategy, including setting up a Female Sponsorship Program. Established in partnership with INSEAD Business School, it was the first ever sponsorship program for female talent in the EMEAI region. Within 18 months 50% of the female talent who participated had been promoted to leadership roles. Last year Margherita developed the second cohort of the program, which is aiming to help promote 80% of the 36 women participating within 24 months. In 2023 the 3rd edition of the Female Talent Sponsorship program will be run, to continue the focused efforts in developing Dow Female talents across the organization. Other initiatives she has headed up have included attaining an Equal Pay Certification for Dow Switzerland and sponsoring the role model stories of Dow’s ‘Hidden Heroes’.

Ricole Tan

17

Partner & Director, Regional Lead, Financial Restructuring & Sustainable Financing
Boston Consulting Group

Ricole is a committee member of SEA Women@BCG Network and leads the Women@BCG Network in Singapore. She organized internal and external events to promote gender equality, such as International Women's Day celebrations, mothers’ appreciation, and panelist discussions with senior women business leaders on career navigation. Ricole encourages internal women affiliation and support through creating open and transparent communication channels amongst all women staff in BCG Singapore. She collaborates with the recruitment team to ensure women hiring and acts as a mentor to younger women colleagues of BCG. Furthermore, Ricole has participated in various seminars and discussions on gender equality and inclusions within the industry, such as women in shipping, demystifying gender in restructuring, the role of men in mentoring women, and personal branding for professional women.

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Rainie Pan

18

Principal
Oliver Wyman

In addition to her role as a Principal in the firm’s Financial Services and Digital practices, Rainie leads the Hong Kong chapter of Women at Oliver Wyman (WOW), an employee resource group focused on promoting, supporting, and empowering gender diversity both within the firm and for the local community. An advocate for coaching, mentoring, and learning, Rainie is passionate about crafting sustainable career paths for young women as well as driving broader education, D&I and social impact initiatives in and outside of Oliver Wyman. She also serves in various volunteering capacities at not-for-profit and/or public sector organizations, including the Hong Kong PropTech Association, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, the Hong Kong Blockchain Society, and the Cherie Blair Foundation, providing coaching and mentorships to female entrepreneurs and students.

Joanne Michelle O. Manalo

19

Senior Vice President for Business Development
Teleperformance Philippines

Michelle is the new SVP, Business Development of Teleperformance. In her previous organization, Accenture, Michelle led the company’s Women’s Network in the Philippines, with a group objective to make women and women advocates feel empowered, connected, and valued. Key initiatives she spearheaded included the monthly Women’s Talk and the #SELFMADE TALK SERIES – a quarterly podcast that features inspiring and #SelfMade women. For Accenture in the Philippines’ International Women’s Day 2022, Michelle and the community ran the Designing for Inclusion virtual learning session. Since March 2021, she has also served as a sponsor for Google’s #IAmRemarkable initiative that strives to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments and promote themselves to others, breaking gender-related modesty norms. Michelle is grateful for the opportunity to drive her I&D advocacy in her previous org and looks forward to making an impact in Teleperformance.

Meghan Flannery Hayes

20

Research and Development Engineer
The Pennsylvania State University - Applied Research Laboratory

Meghan co-founded the Women’s Strategic Synergy Group at ARL Penn State, which identifies issues and advocates for positive change. Efforts under her leadership include hosting events to build employee retention, promoting a positive and inclusive work culture, facilitating listening sessions for women, and successfully advocating for parental leave. Within WSSG, she helped develop a new mentorship program for all new employees who started remotely due to COVID, and mentored three women across two different mentorship programs. She also advises on action plans to increase workforce retention and diversity in recruitment. In 2021, she served as a panel member on a DEI-focused empowering women Intelligence National Security Alliance event, where she provided perspective on fostering a sense of belonging to underrepresented groups, including women in technical fields and leadership positions. She is a vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Centre Safe, a not-for-profit that empowers survivors of domestic violence.

Louise Woods

Head of International Disputes - Europe
Vinson & Elkins

Louise is the president of Arbitral Women and is the office lead for the Women's Initiative (WI) at Vinson & Elkins, placing her at the forefront of the WI's activities in London. Her responsibilities have included organizing internal skills training and client events; writing on the topic of diversity; spearheading a cross-office senior female networking and mentorship program; mentoring women colleagues herself both formally and informally; and acting as talent lead for her practice group. She is also the office lead for the Practice Group Talent/Diversity Team, a role which has seen her drive D&I efforts including a schools outreach mentoring program; internal training on topics such as implicit biases and DISC assessment; cultural and religious celebrations; and a London office Book Club to discuss race and gender issues. Together with Human Resources and graduate recruitment teams Louise has worked to ensure the diverse hiring, retention and promotion of lawyers at the firm.

Catherine Wright

Senior Vice President (SVP)
Silicon Valley Bank

Catherine is a strong advocate for DE&I and this year Co-Founded SVB’s first EMEA Gender Employee Resource Group (ERG), engaging with over 500 colleagues to drive change towards a gender-balanced, inclusive and equitable workplace. Alongside Senior Leadership, Catherine led the launch of 6 Gender-ERG working-groups: Talent, Inclusion, Ecosystem, Working-Families, Comms/Events and Allyship, with KPIs aimed at moving the needle for female senior leadership representation to 50% by 2030. She also collaborates on cross-ERG initiatives to improve representation, beyond just gender. For IWD, Catherine chaired multiple NPS leading internal & public events to over 400 people, promoting gender equality among clients/employees in the Finance & Technology Sectors. Catherine is Founder of The Women in Business Society, a free global community serving over 1000 women, providing opportunities to share knowledge, network & create connections. She also mentors women and delivers masterclasses in addition to publishing a monthly magazine including professional development resources.

Melisa Turano

Head of Lending, Transaction Management and Mujeres al Mundo
HSBC Bank Argentina

Melisa is Co-Founder of HSBC’s Mujeres al Mundo (MAM), a program aimed at accelerating the economic inclusion and empowerment of women, based on four pillars: training and networking, mentoring, international connectivity and financial services. From 2021-to date, HSBC Argentina has disbursed US$350million in loans for women-led SMEs. Over 4,000 businesswomen/entrepreneurs have already signed up as part of MAM community, which has recently been expanded to Uruguay and Mexico, consolidating a regional strategy to unlock the potential of women’s market, highlighting the important role they play in the economy with a comprehensive proposition to help them thrive. For MAM, Melisa trained +125 relationship managers and developed an ambassadors network to embed gender perspective in the business. Melisa chaired Balance ERG for three years (2017-19), engaging +100 colleagues to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace. She is women’s mentor at Vital Voices and Cherie Blair Foundation and member of DEI committee at BritCham.

Carol Fergus

Director, Global Travel, Events and Ground Transportation
Fidelity International

In 2021, Carol developed and launched a certificate-accredited two-year apprenticeship scheme for young adults from minority groups, collaborating with Fidelity suppliers within the Corporate Property Services (CPS) business area. She is proactively involved in promoting intersectional D&I within Fidelity and being a role model by supporting the Social Mobility strand and Cultural Diversity Network Focus Group. Carol has also been a panellist on various internal webinars on D&I topics, especially promoting and championing mental health and invisible illness inclusion, and Black History Month. Additionally, she has featured in the internal “Senior Leaders going back to Grassroots” campaign to promote diversity and inclusion in CPS. She is a TAMS Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisor and founding member and Advisory Board member for LEVEL all Women's Travel network.

Caroline Spence

Head of UK&I Chief Risk Office
AXA UK

Caroline chairs AXA’s Balance Network, which focuses on gender equality and supporting working families. Over 2 years, Caroline has supported the release of a Home School Hub, to support parents home-schooling their children during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the launch of a Women’s Wellbeing Hub, to provide a supportive resource for women and help educate those across the organisation. During this time, over 15 ‘People Like Me’ vlogs have been released, spotlighting those who don’t let prejudice, stereotypes or perceived shortcomings prevent them from achieving their goals. In addition, over 5 Virtual Speed Mentoring sessions have been run which connect mentees and mentors to have conversations around career progression, networking and interview skills. Caroline also supported with the update of the Menopause Policy and the creation of a Domestic Abuse Policy and Hub, with the aim of increasing awareness and creating a safe and supportive environment for anyone suffering.

Selma Music

Head of Global Banking Sales - Global Trade and Receivables Finance
HSBC

As Head of Global Banking Sales at HSBC, Selma supports gender inclusion within different groups and committees inside the bank, has mentored upcoming women within HSBC since 2019, and has been establishing partnerships with stakeholders to advance gender inclusion. Selma is an ally of the LGBT+ community and a co-founder of a start-up that created a blind recruiting app, to avoid discrimination in the recruiting process, accelerating the diversity agendas of corporates in Europe. In addition, she has moderated interviews with female executives who support diversity efforts in their organizations.

Eunice Heath

Corporate Director of Sustainability
Dow

Alongside her role as Corporate Director of Sustainability, Eunice actively mentors across Dow’s ten Employee Resource Groups. Specifically, the Women's Inclusion Network’s (WIN) +5 program, matches up-and-coming female employees with potential mentors. For this affinity network, she has provided mentoring and coaching support for women across functions and regions including Supply Chain, Purchasing, Commercial, R&D and Manufacturing. Through these engagements, female leaders have successfully been able to position themselves for broader accountability within their current roles as well as for promotions. As the keynote speaker for Dow WIN’s partnership with EY, Eunice actively shared her personal experiences throughout her career as an African American woman, wife and business leader. As a result of authentically telling her story, many young female leaders asked Eunice to serve as their mentor for her to coach them through challenging business and personal situations, whilst male leaders in attendance recognized the importance of allyship.

Leigh Kelly Andrews

Content Marketing Manager, Middle East & Africa
Kantar

As Content Marketing Manager for the Middle East and Africa and Chairperson of the South African Transformation & Sustainability Forum, Leigh works closely with the company’s regional I&D champions to ensure I&D is woven into cultural DNA. She has crafted communications about South African results from the WFA’s first census into diversity, equality, and inclusion issues in the global marketing industry and industry-specific Kantar findings on gender diversity and the power of inclusive portrayal. As Communications & Engagement Lead of the Women at Kantar Employee Resource Group (ERG), she ensured their relaunch tied in with the global International Women's Day 2022 theme #BreakTheBias with a live internal Disruption Talk session. Externally, Leigh partners with Women in Research (WIRe) and has served as advisor for the Women in Marketing Africa chapter since being panel moderator for their ‘Female representation in the media: who controls the narrative’ continental launch at Loeries 2018.

Karen Anne Hutton

Head of Repowering & Life Extension
RES

Karen Anne’s a founding member of RES' Global Gender Affinity Network, which promotes gender equality in RES across 11 countries and which was recently awarded the Culture Change Award at the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. In addition, she’s the Leader of the Career Progression workstream that aims to eliminate barriers to progression that different genders face. Karen Anne’s currently leading a review of Gender Pay Gap Reporting (GPGR) to identify opportunities for improving RES' GPGR. She’s also been mentoring, and advised on changes to the internal communications campaign that resulted in a 75% increase in female mentors this year and improved the gender diversity in RES' internal mentoring program. Since 2022, Karen Anne’s been working on an internal sponsorship program that addresses the under-sponsorship of women and non-binary people, alongside a return to work program which will support people of all genders to return to work after an extended career break.

Jennie Koo

Head of Operations Risk Management
Capital One

When Jennie joined Capital One over two years ago, it was with the understanding that she would continue to drive a gender lens in the Financial Services sector. She is currently the UK Chapter co-lead for the internal gender Business Resource Group empowHER, as well as serving on the UK Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Partners forum which pushes for progress with initiatives such as getting more women into senior leadership roles. She brings a gender lens to all activity and conversations including those within the REACH ethnicity network, and frequently takes part in collaboration between REACH and empowHER such as Career Pathways to build community support outside of the organization, actively engaging in local school career sessions. Some of the key initiatives Jennie has been responsible for have included establishing safe space meetings to discuss key challenges; running regular bite-sized sessions where senior women share their five guiding principles; and expanding the mentoring program to include reciprocal mentoring.

Heather Reisner

Product Development & ESG Sr. Associate
WisdomTree Asset Management

Heather leads WisdomTree’s Women's Initiative Network (WIN) and has been actively involved since the group was founded in 2019. She developed an internal mentoring program launched in 2022 to connect women at WisdomTree with leaders who can help them achieve their career goals. Heather joined WisdomTree in 2018 as part of the firm’s Product Development team focused on managing the launch of new exchange traded funds (ETFs) and overseeing relationships with key service providers. As of February 2022, Heather also began co-leading the firm’s Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiative. Outside work, Heather serves on the Associate Board for Rising Ground, a charitable organization that supports children and families in the NYC-area. At her previous firm, BNY Mellon, she was an active member of the firm's women’s network.

Juliana Puntel

Senior associate of the Charities, Social Business & Human Rights practice
Mattos Filho

Juliana is a lawyer at Mattos Filho, an international Law Firm based in Brazil, and part of 4Women, a group that works to boost gender equity and promote women to leadership positions through training, mentoring, and the creation of an increasingly strong and welcoming professional network. In 2019, the 4Women program was recognized by Valor Econômico and Women in Leadership Latin America (WILL) in the ‘Women in Leadership’ category, and in 2022, it was one of our internal programs that has granted us with the “Work-life balance” recognition by Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards. Juliana is a feminist lawyer who is concerned with promoting gender equality and inclusive environments in her team, in her relationship with stakeholders and in the legal solutions she proposes to clients. Recently, Juliana became a mother and has carried out actions aimed at a more inclusive motherhood and integrated into the corporate environment. Juliana is also involved in pro bono initiatives offered by the firm to feminist and women’s organizations in Brazil, such as Instituto Alziras, Instituto AzMina, Me Too Brasil, Casa Sueli Carneiro ( an important institution that honors Sueli’s black feminist activism).

Siona Lamble

Treasury Business Partner and Co-chair of Gender Network
NatWest Group

Siona has been Co-chair of the Gender Network since 2021 and oversaw a review of the Male Allies Network in early 2022, providing scope, coaching, and supporting review leaders, re-launching it with new aims and objectives in May 2022. Siona also directed the re-launch of the recruitment process for volunteers to give more people the opportunity to be involved in the network. This led to the publication of 36 vacancies in May 2022 alone, with most of these filled by people new to volunteering, enhancing their professional development opportunities. Furthermore, she championed change for the maternity returners process, collecting feedback and liaising with the Family & Carers network and senior leaders. This has provided HR with the direction to enable change. Lastly, Siona aims to create cultural change through influencing for policy reviews, including, for example, women's safety when traveling.

Ashlee Williams

Vice President, Data Operations & Client Services
S&P Global

Ashlee founded Women in Maritime, a women’s networking group in the Maritime and Trade business line at S&P Global. Under Ashlee’s leadership, IHS Markit (now S&P Global) was the seventh company to gain Charter certification by Maritime UK for efforts to address gender fairness, equality, and inclusion within the maritime sector. The company actively achieved a 50/50 gender split through its Early Careers program for the Maritime & Trade business for the past three years, and Ashlee’s team comprised of 40% women in 2021. Additionally, Ashlee is a global board representative of WINS Global (Women's initiative for networking and success) at S&P Global, responsible for communication strategies, raising awareness, ensuring the value of diversity in the workplace is understood and communication is inclusive. Externally, Ashlee is a volunteer and mentor for the 'Y's Girls program', an early and effective mentoring initiative in East Surrey for girls aged 9-14 years.

Plaxedes Makura

Legal Manager, Disputes
Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP

Plaxedes is an experienced Disputes lawyer in the Alternative Legal Services (ALT) team at Herbert Smith Freehills. She was integral in the set-up of ALT Johannesburg in 2017, which forms part of an innovative team of 350 lawyers, technologists and legal analysts operating across 11 global locations. As well as serving on the "Pro Bono" and "Race Champions" Committees, Plaxedes was instrumental in setting up ALT's Social, Diversity, CSR and Mental Health Committees. In addition to managing complex cross-jurisdictional projects, Plaxedes’ responsibilities include recruitment of legal analysts, as part of the market-leading International Legal Development Programme. Plaxedes champions individual uniqueness and diversity and as a result, more than half of the legal analysts recruited in 2021 were women. Outside of work, Plaxedes founded "Pink Power", a charity raising funds for breast cancer patients' treatment. She has also fundraised to enable a Biokinetics student to complete her second year of studies.

Yasmine Alani

Senior Creative Learning Lead
Media Zoo

Yasmine is passionate about creating safe and supportive spaces for women, and has hosted workshops on 'Exploring the Female Experience' for IWD, as well as chairing Allyship events to enable male employees to become better allies to women. Yasmine has developed training to ensure recruiters remove biased language in the recruitment process, to encourage female applicants. She has also championed a company-wide showcase that celebrated unsung women and their contributions. She set up and now leads the Inclusion Group at Media Zoo. Yasmine developed the first parental coaching program while working at News UK. This enabled women to quickly reintegrate into the workplace, reducing anxiety and imposter syndrome. Furthermore, she set up the first internal business-wide mentoring program, with a particular focus on championing women to mentor other women. Yasmine was the Gold winner of the Rising Star Award in 2021 for the impact of her Diversity and Inclusion work

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Jacquie Van der Veur

Senior Manager, Communications
VMLY&R

Jacquie is co-chair of Lumina, an internal employee resource group for those who identify as women, that creates an environment where all people are valued and treated equally. It promotes engagement in policy creation, forward-moving education, opportunities to connect, personal development, professional recognition, and support. In March 2022, Jacquie spearheaded a movement to change VMLY&R's bereavement policy to allow for pregnancy loss to be included and available for both parents to use. In 2022, Jacquie has been an outspoken voice for gender diversity and women's inclusion. In March, she was a speaker on a panel about "Motherhood and Bias," and in May, she assisted in running multiple panels about Reproductive Healthcare. The sessions, available for all U.S. agency employees, provided 650-plus attendees with education and a safe space to share concerns about the leaked supreme court ruling.

Samantha Gould

Head of PR and Campaigns
NOW: Pensions

Samantha has DEI at her core, and she is a member of several groups, including the Diversity Project and internal D&I Steering Committee and the Working Parents And Carers Network, of which she is also the founder. In addition, Samantha is a member of the Pride network, Race and Culture network and Gender Inclusion Network. Since 2019, she has been campaigning to raise awareness of pension wealth inequality. She has produced four industry-leading reports since 2019, which have gained international media coverage, reaching an audience of 2 billion +. For years, Samantha has been promoting DEI activities within and outside of her organization and pushing to create greater equality for all. As a recently qualified financial adviser, Samantha is passionate about helping women to understand their pension gaps and how they might close them to reach their retirement goals.

Shelina Janmohamed

Vice President, Islamic Marketing
Ogilvy Consulting

As one of the few high-profile women of color at Oglivy Shelina plays an active role in pushing the company’s D&I agenda, sitting on the Inclusion boards of both Oglivy and WPP. As well as chairing key public and internal sessions, such as industry discussions on unconscious bias and women, Shelina has represented Ogilvy at International Women's Day events. In the past she has hosted a women’s speed mentoring scheme, and today she mentors junior talent herself with a focus on women and women of color. She is the bestselling author of the memoir Love in a Headscarf about her experiences as a Muslim woman. Her children’s book debut was ‘The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams’. In May 2022 she published “BeYOUtiful” an illustrated book for empowering girls to understand what it means to be beautiful and to decide for themselves.

Amal Khatib

Project Manager at Oliver Wyman Dubai
Oliver Wyman

Amal co-led Women at Oliver Wyman (WOW), the employee resource group for gender equity, at the India and Middle East office. In 2021, she led a team of 14 to organize a large program around International Women’s Day which lasted for 30 days and offered talks and discussions and semi-weekly newsletters. The program saw increased engagement compared to previous years, tripling the number of event attendees. Outside Oliver Wyman, Amal worked with Nama Women Advancement Establishment in the UAE. This included moderating two panel discussions on business and entrepreneurship, coaching upcoming Emirati women entrepreneurs, and delivering workshops on business ideation to 200+ women. Amal’s first work on gender was creating a dance installation around gender roles which she performed at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2012. Amal’s inspiration is her mother, who dedicated her life to support women in Palestine and is working relentlessly to champion women in legislation and society

Sarah Chapman

EMEA Application Engineering Manager & North Europe STEM Champion
3M

Sarah initially trained in ballet until an inspirational teacher steered her towards a rewarding career in STEM, a story she recently shared in a TEDx talk entitled “Why we need STEM role models who are a bit less brilliant” which challenged the genius scientist stereotype. A Technical Manager at global science-based technology company, 3M, and working parent, Sarah is a role model and champion for diversity in STEM. She chairs the 3M EMEA Technical Women's Leadership Forum which has delivered #IAmRemarkable workshops to over 500 people and was recently appointed as North Europe STEM Champion enabling her to take her STEM volunteering to a new level and support 3M’s pledge to create five million unique STEM and Skilled Trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals by the end of 2025. A governor at Farnborough College of Technology, she was recognised as a ‘Rising Star in Education’ in the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards 2022.

Elena Koycheva

Head of ESG Client Experience
BlueBay Asset Management

Koycheva contributed to the establishment of BlueBay’s women’s forum, which she subsequently restructured to bring greater intersectionality. Now, as co-chair of the RBC BlueBay Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Forum she works on creating a DEI vision and strategy, organizing various work streams and establishing a diversity data initiative. She actively collaborates with the Employee Resource Groups of BlueBay's parent company, RBC, and other financial organizations. In addition to spearheading the firm’s partnerships with GAIN, 100BlackInterns and SEO London, Elena has led BlueBay's International Women’s Day events over the years. Elena is a member of the RBC BlueBay Corporate Responsibility Committee, Charity Forum, and RBC’s RWomen ERG. Externally, Koycheva leads the CFA UK Job Profiles working group and is a member of the CFA UK Volunteering and Networking Steering Committees. She promotes greater D&I awareness as the CAIA London chapter head. Koycheva is a member of the 100 Women in Finance MidCareer Committee, mentors in cross-industry mentoring programs and is a Diversity Project Ambassador.

Sarah Primrose

Senior Associate
King & Spalding LLP

Sarah is a member of the firm-wide Women's Affinity Group, which plans and hosts a number of events each year to promote leadership training and mentoring. As well as being a member of the Hiring Committee and helping to give platforms to diverse women candidates, she also serves, through the firm's formal mentoring program, as a link with new associates, meeting them on a frequent basis in order to ensure their success, and making introductions to partners and other associates. As part of the firm's pro bono program, Sarah has worked with numerous organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Youth About Business, and Street Law. Sarah also leads the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program in the Atlanta area. Externally, she is a member of the Junior League, which helps to promote voluntarism, develop women leaders, and inspire people to positively impact the community. Moreover, Sarah works directly with victims of sex trafficking through a Junior League partnership with Wellsprings Living.

Lucy Cohen

Co-Founder
Mazuma

Lucy is Co-Founder of Mazuma, has led a women's management training program and has been actively promoting women in tech. She also led a campaign to improve female healthcare in the UK, which resulted in the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health updating their guidelines and the NHS reviewing training. The petition reached almost 35,000 signatures. Lucy’s campaigning for better minor gyno care hit the headlines, and she appeared on BBC Breakfast, and ITV on numerous radio channels, as well as being featured in Vogue, The Daily Mail, and the BBC. Lucy was also involved in writing the Women's Health Plan for Wales.

O’Brien Kalumba

Director, Business Manager
Standard Chartered Bank

Throughout her 10 year international career working across Zambia, UK and Germany, O’Brien has been an advocate and champion of D&I both at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and externally with a focus on increasing representation of female leaders and minority ethnic groups. At SCB, she is the co-chair of the Gender Network in Germany and has played a significant role in advocating for important role that mentorship, sponsorship, coaching has in one’s career. In July 2021, was nominated as one of the 20 current and future Black Leaders at Standard Chartered, amplifying their voice by sharing life experiences, knowledge, and advice as part of Black Leaders Awareness Day. O'Brien is passionate about women empowerment and is also a Director at When Females Lead, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower and raise confident women leaders across the African continent and beyond through Mentorship & Career Guidance (mentoring over 200 young female professionals) and uplifting vulnerable children.

Lauren Fuller

Customer Journey Developer
NatWest Group

At the NatWest Group Gender Network; Lauren has taken on the role of Initiatives & Partnerships Lead and sits on the Leadership Team board. Her DEI work includes building an award support hub including an Awards Pairing Programme to encourage more women at NatWest to nominate themselves for awards. As a result, since 2020 the bank has seen almost 100 women being shortlisted for awards externally. Additionally, she developed Woman’s Worth to support c.2000 women with managing their finances, and the Lean In Circles she launched currently has 30 circles running with 400 people involved. Other initiatives Lauren has kickstarted include Google’s #IamRemarkable with 30 facilitators delivering workshops to over 1500 colleagues 13 months. Also launching MentorHER; a Gender-based reciprocal mentoring programme with over 350 matched colleagues. Lauren was a winner of the bank’s 2021 Amethyst Award for Gender Inclusion and is a finalist in the Women’s Recognition Awards 2022.

MiRan Park

Managing Director, Strategy, M&A and Partnerships
S&P Global

In addition to her role leading the Content Partnership team within the Strategy, M&A and Partnerships function at S&P Global, MiRan is a UK-based member of the Women's Network. She mentors women, supporting their continued development and professional advancement to strengthen the diversity of SPGI’s talent pipeline. She also served as a co-mentor to IHS Markit's CEO, Lance Uggla, in 2021 under its inaugural Collaborative Mentoring program whose objective was to allow participants to exchange personal experiences and perspectives while respectfully sharing information that challenges biases and assumptions through a structured program. She supports early career programs such as SEO London through mentoring and interview programs to drive diversity and inclusion. In addition, MiRan amplified people resource groups around mental health and participated in panel discussions to raise awareness. Outside of S&P Global, MiRan is a board member and ambassador at Outstanding Global, an executive coaching and leadership development program provider, where she spoke in events designed to support women's leadership development.

Sonia Silva

Executive Director- Regional Head, Financial Markets Client Management
Standard Chartered Bank NY

Sonia is a member of the Gender Equality Network and has a leadership role at BOLD, the Black Organization Leadership and Development network. Through Mentorship and her network, she shines the light on talented women that are yet to be given an opportunity to showcase their talent and potential by creating support lean-in circles within the firm to allow women to get advice and guidance. Sonia also created a platform called For Women by Women, an educational platform that aims to encourage, support, and elevate Women across the globe through different experiences. Furthermore, she delivered workshops and Masterclasses on Leadership, Imposter Syndrome and Personal Brand and actively engaged in events that elevate women. However, Sonia also brings difficult conversations to the table, such as panel discussions on career paths for Women and Women of Color, on "Women by Banking," or as a board of advisor for WOMENICE.

Martina Satherlund

Senior Director - Global Head Market Data
Fidelity International

Martina is a Senior Director in Fidelity’s ISS COO office. Within her department, she plays a key role in embedding D&I and is the business sponsor of Fidelity’s Returner Programme. She authored the article “Breaking bias and building balance” and in April presented “Breaking the Bias” at a primary school to act as a female role model along with her fellow rising stars. She coined the acronym SHOW - a concept that highlights the need to encourage women to join and stay within STEM by ‘SHOW’ing them how. It stands for School, Home, Office, and Workplace. At Fidelity, she is implementing unconscious bias training and the “shifting the dial 2022/2023” gender-balance focused programme to help develop talent in ISS COO. Externally, she was part of the Women in Finance Summit 2022. Leading FISD women’s group and participating in and moderating panels across the industry about gender balance and D&I initiatives. Martina is part of mentoring schemes and facilitates workshops for Fidelity’s menopause support policy.

Chloe Howe

Head of Operations Trading & Implementation
Wickes

Chloe launched the Wickes Balance for the Better Network in 2019 and continues to lead it. She holds colleague listening events, mentors two women internally and uses the network to amplify women's voices. Chloe has worked with the leadership team to understand their role as gender allies and sponsors of female talent, launching the Gender Ally program open to all colleagues. Since launching in September 2021, they now have over 120 allies. In December 2021, she launched Wickes’ period positive campaign aimed to normalize conversations on the topic, remove the stigma around it and make period products available free of charge to those who need them. Wickes is also trialling flexible working for Retail Managers. In May of this year, she was recognized in the 2022 Role Models for Inclusion in Retail Index for her contribution to Inclusion in Retail by working with companies that have signed their charter to drive their gender diversity and make meaningful changes for women.

Lauren Clark

IT Program and Portfolio Leader
Corteva Agriscience

Lauren has been the Global Leader of the Women's Inclusion Network since 2021 and has managed to grow membership by over 20% in the last year. She expanded representation by a growing number of chapters, including the installation of a virtual chapter in North America, and has hosted events around advocacy and allyship but also hosted the first global International Women's Day celebration in 2022. Lauren and her teams are assessing how Corteva can become a preferred employer choice for women by setting up focus groups and developing recruiting best practices. In addition, many initiatives are taken outside of Corteva to directly impact local communities across the globe, including toiletry drives for women's shelters and partnerships with local STEM organizations for girls and girl scouts. In 2021, WIN members volunteered more than 300 hours of their time, benefiting 21 external organizations with 31,000+ people impacted.

Shelley O’Connor

Business Change Manager
Bank of England

As co-chair of LGBTQ+ Staff Network, Shelley has stood up as an ally for all her colleagues. She has worked on the Trans Equality Policy and Transitioning at Work guidance with the Networks Trans reps, standing up for Trans colleagues in senior management meetings and pushing for change. Shelley is a vocal ally for women in the Bank and frequently calls out microaggressions. She led the project team for the Stonewall WEI submission 2022, which resulted in the Bank moving up 100 places to 57th. The work has supported the Bank to become a more inclusive place to work in and for women of all kinds to be themselves. Shelley has been part of the Gender Network for five years, sitting on the steering committee and driving intersectional change. She has also worked with the Disability Network, creating management guides and training with HR.

Dharma Laloobhai

Head of EMEA ETF Portfolio Management
BlackRock

As a member of the Women In Investments EMEA Committee, Dharma partnered with the global sponsor to launch the APAC (2021) and AMRS (2022) chapters which have the primary objective to retain women investors, grow careers and facilitate networks. Some examples are several panels in the past two years two of which Dharma hosted, including one on Internal Mobility and another on the Women Development Programs. Dharma also partnered with WIN Japan to launch the WIN for Men initiative after co-leading this for EMEA in 2018. She also co-led the ‘Taking the Stage’ program in 2019. Furthermore, she directly and indirectly always contributed to promotions for women through mentorship and sponsorship and, in the past two years, appointed several women team leaders. Outside of her firm, Dharma has served as a mentor on the Migrant Leaders Mentoring Program and CityHive Mentoring, launched on the back of the #TalkAboutBlack campaign.

Hadia Sheerazi

Program Manager Carbon Management Research Initiative
Center on Global Energy Policy

As an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner, Hadia has been an active proponent of mainstreaming gender-equity and social justice in climate action, sustainability and national disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy-making, and highlighting the lived experiences of women and minorities on the front lines of energy poverty and climate change in academic research and flagship reports. Most recently, Hadia was one of 10 employees at Columbia University selected to help search for Columbia Climate School’s first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Bias who will play an instrumental role in shaping the DEIA culture and influence key hiring decisions at this new school. Hadia has also served as an Ambassador for Girl Rising, was named a "Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment" by UN Women’s EmpowerWomen team, and invited to the first United State of Women Summit by The White House Council on Women and Girls as a "Nominated Changemaker."

Daniela Gauntlett

Learning & Development Manager, GroupM University
GroupM

For the past two years, Daniela has been the Chair of GEN GroupM's gender ERG and has worked with fellow ERG Unite, representing LGBT+ employeed to raise awareness of gender diversity, including trans and nonbinary. She also has been supporting the Visible Start returners program that welcomed 45+ women from diverse backgrounds back into work or a first career. She is currently working with two of these women in her team. Daniela will continue to champion the program, work on the launch of the next iteration and serve as an ally to challenge ageist attitudes and those against parents, carers, and disabled people, to create opportunities for those underrepresented in the industry. Daniela also pitched and designed a Listening Project, qualitative 1-on-1 interviews providing insight on barriers to gender parity, and the annual WPP Belonging Survey data, which provides key insights. Furthermore, Daniela is a member of the Bloom women's network as a mentee, enabling her with confidence, gravitas, and the skills to build a network of allies to push for gender equity.

Natasha Pinto

Manager, Culture and Wellbeing | Global Co-Lead - LSEG Accessibility Network
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)

Natasha is a strong advocate of Diversity & Inclusion and is involved in enabling, supporting, and promoting a disability-inclusive environment.She has been invited to speak at several industry events to share best practices, and has advised many corporates, NGOs and individuals, focusing on redefining, and breaking stereotypical mindsets of what the disabled community can achieve. She initiated and rolled out a people leaders handbook to creating a disability inclusive workplace. She has played a significant role in contributing towards the wellbeing of the disabled community through many inclusive initiatives, such as ensuring subtitles in global corporate videos as well as focusing on digital and physical accessibility.Natasha received the prestigious NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Award-2021 and was a Finalist for the D&I Champion of Change Award-2020 by Community Business. She was a speaker at FICCI -Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry-Innovation Summit,2022, focusing on creating diversity in organizations.

Caroline Gill

Well Delivery Lead, Shearwater Asset
Shell UK Ltd.

Caroline is a role model because she tirelessly works to empower individuals within her team and the wider company. She leads by example to encourage an environment where there is trust, respect, and freedom of speech. Caroline always appreciates the diverse development needs of others, always looking for opportunities to elevate and recognize, whether through their work, through visibility and opportunities to present at internal or external meetings, or through award nominations for the team and individual members, ensuring everyone feels valued. She encourages flexible working for those with childcare commitments. She fosters a diverse and inclusive working environment, allowing team members to feel welcome, valued, and able to perform at their best. Caroline has been an active member of OEUK's Diversity and Inclusion Task group since 2019, which brings together senior leaders and D&I champions to promote and develop best practice within the energy industry.

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Dipti Kulkarni

Senior Vice President, Senior Business Support Manager
Bank of America

Dipti Kulkarni is a business support manager for a global technology team at Bank of America. An advocate for diversity and inclusion for almost a decade, she was the recipient of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion award in 2019 and 2021. She put her passion for inspiring and mentoring women to work in 2021 through her active support and participation in several events such as the "Innovation Challenge" to promote innovation, as a panelist for the "Diversity Series" in celebration of Women's History month, as a speaker at LEAD's (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development for Women) "The Power of Your Authentic Voice" event, and as one of the organizers of an enterprise event, "Courageous Conversation: Coming together against racism," in partnership with the Asian Leadership Network, Black Professional Group and Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement. She also mentored young professional women to help them advance in their careers.

Diane Chan

Director, Corporate Technology
BNY Mellon

As Director at BNY Mellon, Diane is an empathic leader and a change agent who goes above and beyond in transforming Women's leadership at BNY Mellon. She is IMPACT's (which supports DEI) Co-Chair and a leader with the Women In Technology NY. Having always advocated for gender equality, Diane, through company-wide meetings and events, leads three significant initiatives to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. The first initiative includes her and tenured employees sharing career journeys and advice to new employees and interns. Through COVID, these events helped employees create a network of mentors. The second initiative focuses on Women's Career Advancements to provide career planning and coaching sessions and internal website posting of photos and stories to advocate for more women in technology and careers. The third initiative celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Months through sharing the different Asian cultures and hosting events featuring Asian American leaders.

Rocío Del Mar Cárdenas Coronilla

TSTS Associate Technical Service Engineer
Fujitsu Technology Solutions S.A.

As a volunteer and organizer of the Diversity and Inclusion group at Fujitsu, Rocío actively collaborates on activities and awareness-raising proposals. She is a facilitator of Google’s #IAmRemarkable campaign, and managed to teach online workshops this year even with the difficulties presented by the pandemic, to help empower women and minority groups to break the glass ceiling. In addition she has put together a Spotlight blog and prepared a Brave, Bold & Brilliant podcast together with Tulia Lopes to inspire and help other women. Rocío has also had the opportunity to collaborate externally with other companies, and made an inspirational presentation ‘Hangout’ for people from both Fujitsu and other companies to learn about all the activities she is undertaking. For International Women’s Day this year, Rocío was involved in putting together events including inviting a female Spanish scientist to give a speech to inspire the company’s employees.

Jane Harris

Global Vehicle E-Commerce Manager
Jaguar Land Rover

Since becoming Vice Chair and Event Lead for Jaguar Land Rover Gender Equality Network, Jane has focused on women's development and health requirements by raising awareness, empowering people, and advocating for change in the workplace. In March 2021, she designed and developed a company-wide virtual events platform to which she invited internal and external experts to educate, storytell and role model. In addition, Jane created multiple series of events on topics such as self-development and growth, health and wellbeing, and confidence and ways of working. She also led a Menopause Awareness Campaign, events on men's mental health for International Men's Day, and delivered an inspiring Break the Bias programme for International Women's Day. Her work has helped, grow the Network by 40% to over 1,400 members, and by providing feedback and insights, has successfully influenced business priorities within the D&I agenda. Jane is a changemaker and continuously innovates to create a workplace where women are visible.

Deepa Raj

Service Delivery Associate Director
Accenture

Deepa has demonstrated passion for driving gender equality in leadership through various programs. She is the Founder-Lead of Women Leads of Future program, and Program Advisor for the Women Leadership Development Program for which she helped conceptualize and design the structure and construct. She has exceeded the overall gender diversity target and has increased women leads in her span. She executes various engagement and retention programs for women in Accenture Chennai Life Science team. As a part of CSR @ Operations, Deepa leads projects that support education for underprivileged; through one of the school adoption programs, she helped schoolgirls participate in state and national sports tournaments. Deepa is a recipient of young scientist award from the Indian Science Congress Association and the Van Slyke International Travel Grant Award from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. Being a passionate leader, she invests quality time in mentoring and coaching budding women leads.

Hannah Ryan

Associate Director, Business Development
The Business of Fashion

Hannah set up BoF’s Female Empowerment Network with the mission to cultivate a workplace where women feel nurtured, empowered, equally represented, and heard. Hannah and her Network stand for career advancement, support, education, and the development of women. The network works to dismantle any structures that prevent women from progressing in their roles. She organised a monthly speaker series inviting outstanding women in their field, ranging from women's health experts to C-level executives and founders. The series opened up conversations on race, fertility, anxiety, micro-aggressions, and violence against women.These successful events brought the women of the company closer together, helping them to highlight and address what work still needs to be done within the workplace.

Amanda (Jane) Rodriguez

Retail Account Manager
Benefit Cosmetics (LVMH - Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton)

Amanda championed DEI by raising awareness about 'National Arab American Heritage Month' in 2021 with Benefit Cosmetics/LVMH to promote a more inclusive and diverse company culture. This positively impacted LVMH senior executives as she was given the opportunity to present on the positive influences of Middle Eastern culture and her personal testimony as an Arab-American. She joined and collaborated with the EllesVMH Resource Group to bring awareness to NAAHM and was featured in EllesVMH Newsletter and LinkedIn to encourage female empowerment and D&I. Amanda also joined the ‘LVMH New Moon APAHM Closing Celebration’ as a panelist to commemorate Asian Pacific American traditions and shed light on how allies can help support underrepresented cultures and communities. Additionally, Amanda participated in EllesVMH AllyLunch! a pilot program that provides LVMH employees with community and mentorship opportunities; her feedback and suggestions to the creators helped expand the program and drive mentorship for future executives.

Maryse Gordon

Partnerships and Business Development Manager
RepRisk

Maryse’s work supporting the development of RepRisk’s D&I strategy comes from her years of experience as Vice Chair New York Women's Inspired Network (WIN) at LSEG. Maryse supported over 100 members in bringing opportunities to enhance career and personal development, in parallel to LSEG Benefits Committee, Charity Committee, and Black Employee Network. This work enabled her to fully understand the needs of women throughout the organization and target advocacy and activities to support them. During the pandemic’s lockdown, she ensured that LSEG women still received career development opportunities through networking, learning, and development in the virtual space. Maryse organized workshops, networking, and speaker events to address topical issues such as parenthood and well-being and linked in other employee networks for cross-pollination. Her platform within the WIN helped her launch the Black Employee Network in 2020, which added a new lens on the need for all Women in the workplace.

Julia Jones,PhD

Software Developer
Credit Suisse

Julia is a career changer and people person dedicated to philanthropic endeavours, holding committee seats for Credit Suisse Inspire, the Credit Suisse BAME Network and Credit Suisse Financial Inclusion Advocates Network. She has an effervescent, endearing spirit that shines through in all that she does and the connections she forges with others. She willingly gives her time and effort to causes large and small. Her ethos is to give back and build a better society for all. In her two and a half years at Credit Suisse, Julia has impacted the lives of numerous individuals, from primary school children, school leavers to mature returners, encouraging them to take STEM careers. She is involved in impactful and strategic changes projects, value creation, that aligned to the long-term vision and success of the firm. Julia is also the founder of Aray Wellbeing CIC, a personal & career development charitable organization and Nerve2Serve, a community food bank, as well as a Charity Trustee for CORE Clapton.

Esther Federspiel

Senior Management Support
Credit Suisse AG

Despite an already challenging work-life driving operative and strategic initiatives across the Middle East with her team of 4, Esther stepped up to the Business Area Middle East & Turkey D&I Board, helping to define the DEI Mission Statement: “No fear – to look different, speak different, think different. Difference creates opportunity. Inclusion creates value.” Esther understands that difference creates opportunity and inclusion creates value. Her priority is to increase women's representation at the senior level, and she established a Female Talent Coaching Program and, with HR support, launched a Women Network. She also contributed to the re-launch of the Employee Recognition Program and organized various Panel discussions. Esther is responsible for 4 DEI newsletters annually and presents DEI themes as part of the "Welcome day" for new joiners in Switzerland. Esther sees the advantages of reverse coaching where the young generation coaches the older and initiated a pilot program in this area.

Huijie Ma

ADAS Lead Software Quality Engineer
Jaguar Land Rover

Huijie is Chair of the Inclusion Council and holds leading forces from all networks in promoting and delivering D&I projects. She hosts regular meetings with (GEN + WiE&A) and REACH Network members, creating a forum for their issues to be raised and delivering projects to improve them. She also constructed and maintained a DEI website to promote business, unity force, and drive action. Furthermore, Sophie planned and delivered the Mother Nature Lockers initiative, which supplied free sanitary products, menopause support, and personal care items for all women in the factory; now, the project is being rolled out to all plants. She created and presented the Network Lunch & Learns on Awards to promote women's work and discuss colorism, to promote understanding and inclusion of people from different ethnicities. Additionally, Huijie has been leading a Pregnancy & Maternity focus group, creating a process and materials to streamline actions and turn pregnancy into a development privilege.

Marion Bentata

Chief Administrative Officer
State Street

Marion strongly believes in the power of education and visibility when it comes to making the workplace more inclusive. She therefore acts as a role model for LGBTQI+ women, regularly appearing on panels to discuss the specific issues faced by this part of the LGBTQI+ community in the workplace. This has included featuring on the EUROUT Conference’s “Corporate activism: the second full-time job” panel and the LBTQIA Women’s Visibility in Business conference organized in Gdansk, Poland in November 2021. In 2019, Marion founded Women of Interbank, a women’s group within Interbank, the network of LGBT+ networks for financial services firms in the UK. In this framework, she regularly organises educational and networking events with a view to increase women representation and visibility within the network and ensure there is a safe space for LGBTQI+ women in financial services.

Richa Pathak

Group Vice President
Avigna Group

At Larsen and Toubro, Richa supported the CSR's activities surrounding both internal and external communications and also had a crucial role in devising programs such as Digital Sakhi (for women) for the company on financial inclusion to people at the grassroots levels. Richa has always been an active speaker. She was invited as a guest speaker for the national conference organized by We Citizen Foundation on Girls' education and leadership under the aegis of the Government of India, on the topic "How Laws, Security and Safety can impact girl education?". She was also a speaker at the National Law Institute University in Bhopal to speak on 'Role of GC in corporate governance and beyond…' specifically targeting the inclusion of women on board. Richa also has worked for the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in a pro-bono legal aid capacity, helping underrepresented and underprivileged women to understand their fundamental rights.

Tejal Shah

Head, HR Strategy and Transformation
Kantar

Tejal chairs the Women at Kantar ERG globally which she re-launched on International Women’s Day in 2022 with a “Disruption Talk” on Breaking the Bias and spotlighting employees who were breaking the bias at Kantar. She has developed the Women at Kantar strategy focusing on promoting gender equality in the workplace and building an inclusive community of women and allies by creating safe spaces for sharing experiences and learnings to help create an environment where women are comfortable bringing their whole self to work. Women at Kantar now has 750 members with chapters for Women in Tech and Women in Retail. Tejal is passionate about hardwiring positive change into Kantar’s DNA to improve its workplace for women through increasing data transparency to bring more impactful focus and providing input on people policies to ensure they are inclusive. Tejal mentors underrepresented minorities inside and outside work helping them realise their full potential.

Allison Wolf

Senior Associate, Invention+
Mindshare

Allison is the U.S. communications lead for Mindshare Collective, an employee group that drives intersectional diversity within Mindshare and clients' media plans, with identity groups including the LGBT+ community, women, Latinx, and more. She drives numerous events year-round in partnership with media companies like Paramount and senior leaders that highlight women/minority voices and create a sense of belonging for people at Mindshare. Allison also worked on the launch of Mindshare's Latinx private marketplace that drives clients' ad dollars to support the voices of Hispanic & Latinx journalists and content creators across the U.S. She was instrumental in working with media vendors and Mindshare's programmatic & planning teams to create a catalog of sites that prioritize and amplify LatinX journalism. Thanks to Allison's work, thousands of dollars were donated to nonprofits that support women and other marginalized communities on behalf of Mindshare.

Lucy Straker

Deadly Weapons Protection and Political Violence underwriter
Beazley

Lucy founded Beazley Families Network and it’s committee to ensure working parents feel supported and empowered at Beazley both taking parental leave and successfully returning to the workforce. Following maternity leave she interviewed 40 women from across her company about their experiences around parental leave. Additionally, Lucy interviewed 10 external companies to ascertain what their internal protocols were and how Beazley compared. Using the initial research she then led a working group that identified a formal structure for pre and post-leave, designed internal communication plans, internal web pages, a parental handbook, a buddy system and manager training. She also set up the network and engaged with HR, D&I, and communications to ensure a minimum standard is adhered to. The whole process is accessible to all. In May 2022 she was able to present it to the executive committee and successfully got it formally agreed with an annual review signed off.

Filiz Besler

Director of Product and Platform Operations
Xaxis

Filiz co-founded and co-chairs Xaxis UK's Rise Women Network with a mission statement that aims to create networking opportunities for Xaxis Women. There has been an enormous response and enthusiasm for Rise amongst women in Xaxis. After getting their feedback, Filiz and her team put together a plan on the most burning topics such as financial advice, salary negotiation, Imposter Syndrome, returning from Maternity leave and more. Whilst there are a growing number of women in leadership at Xaxis, Filiz plans to continue strengthening Rise with a vision one day to make it a fully inclusive workplace where women have equal opportunities. Outside of work, she is very active in human rights, including supporting several charities such as Nadia's Initiative, which works to rehabilitate the Yezidi community in Iraq.

Anusha Pache

Organisation Design & Operating Model Consultant
(formerly PwC)

At PwC Anusha set up and ran a ‘Forward from Maternity Leave’ networking group to support new mothers returning from maternity leave. Returning from her second maternity leave she was acutely aware of the difficulties in transitioning back into the world of work and using her experiences she developed the objectives, set up sessions to focus on core topics, including confidence building and flexible working, and successfully helped to connect women of different grades across the organisation. Anusha is passionate about supporting women of colour in the workplace and has coached and mentored over 20 more junior colleagues providing advice, guidance, and support with career progression. Outside of work Anusha is an Advisory Group member for the Action for Trustee Racial Diversity (ATRD) and is currently using her experience to advise on the establishment of a mentoring scheme for new and existing trustees to share experiences; she is also a mentor for the Girls Network since 2022.

Bianca dos Santos Waks

Pro bono senior associate
Mattos Filho

Bianca has conceived and implemented a pro bono service in favor of the defense of human rights, with focus on women's rights, the rights of immigrants and refugees, the LGBTQIA+ community and racial justice, promoting lawyer's training to deal with these issues. She works with a team of 10 talented and dedicated people who are part of a reference pro bono practice in Brazil. They were recently awarded the Chambers pro bono recognition for their work inspiring other women in the firm to achieve their goals through meaningful work and have also been recognized by Latin Lawyer and Lumen Award. In addition, she has supported and participated in the initial constitution of some of the firm's affinity groups, especially of LGBTQIA+ and racial inclusion, and is the point of contact for conversations on a professional career and personal development.

Kay Malcolm

Senior Director of Database Product Management
Oracle

Kay is a member of Oracle's ERG, Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence. Dedicated to using technology to make a difference, Kay partnered with the Oracle Diversity and Inclusion team to support their work with HBCUs and HSIs. She leads a team dedicated to helping customers build innovative solutions on Oracle Database, in the cloud and on-premises and is the creator of Oracle LiveLabs, a platform to increase access to Oracle Cloud technologies with 3M+ views. Her team launched an Applied Database Systems course at Howard University that taught modern data management topics, working with several Oracle Database PM weekly guest lecturers. Kay hosts the podcast Lashes.Love.Tech and uses every opportunity to pursue her passion for increasing minority and women representation in STEM careers – both at Oracle and the tech industry at large. Her goal: to create a more robust, diverse talent pipeline into the engineering organizations at Oracle.

Justine Tabarin

Senior Manager, Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Criteo

Justine is a trusted advisor and sponsor of Criteo’s Employee Resource Groups: Women, Pride, BIPOC, Critenable, Education, Parents, and Green. When she joined Criteo's Comms team, she instantly gravitated towards initiatives around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), diversity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability – which led to her promotion to CSR lead. In her role, she developed a strategy for Criteo’s CSR program and Criteo Cares, the employee engagement branch which aims to develop empowerment and leadership. In 2021, Justine helped lead Criteo's signatory to L'Autre Cercle – an LGBTQIA+ charter that outlines the firm’s commitment to an inclusive environment. She also led the launch of Criteo’s global GIVING platform, which focuses on volunteering and charitable projects for employees to participate in. Furthermore, in 2022, Justine launched IMPACT week, where employees volunteered in clean-ups for Earth Day. Today, she is working to enrich Criteo's environmental sustainability strategy

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Carlotta Zorzi

Partnerships Manager
Shopify

Carlotta is dedicated to having a positive impact on society through helping more women and underrepresented groups access roles in tech and growing in the industry. An advocate for social mobility and equitable opportunities, Carlotta holds multiple positions in addition to her Partnerships role at Shopify. On top of her contribution as Communication & Operations Lead on the Women at Shopify Leadership team where she creates content that goes out to nearly 3000 women globally, Carlotta also regularly facilitates #IamRemarkable sessions that help women and underrepresented groups learn the importance of advocating for their achievements. Outside of Shopify, Carlotta is a mentor for women-focused networks like Bloom UK and a Tech Career Coach for School16, a NYC-based startup that helps individuals from all over the globe get into tech no matter their background. Carlotta is also a Visiting Professors at Sussex University, a career development speaker and a 2021 TechWomen100 award winner.

Irene Henriksen McGillivray

Senior Account Lead
Yahoo!

Irene, AuDHD, is the Global Lead for the company’s Neurodiversity ERG, working on creating a more inclusive workplace for neurodivergent employees while collaborating with all ERGs to cover intersectionality. The ERG looks at each office to see how it can be more inclusive of Neurodivergent people and reimagines their structure to become more Neuro friendly, and it also ensures recruitment, hiring, interview, and onboarding processes are inclusive. In addition, the Neurodiversity ERG, creates awareness in the company by hosting events related to Neurodiversity. Previously the ERG hosted a panel for Parents and Caregivers called: A Community of Care: Caring for our Autistic families and caregivers. Irene tirelessly works to educate the company on Neurodivergences and how to be more inclusive and recently did an event for Autism in the Workplace where we had the amazing Joan McDonald in to talk about how we can be allies to Autistic people.

Tanya N. Blocker

Director and Assistant General Counsel
National Grid

Besides her Director and Assistant General Counsel responsibilities, Tanya is the co-chair of the National Grid DEI committee in US Legal. Playing a vital role in driving the diversity agenda in the General Counsel Group, Tanya organized a trial reenactment of the historic case James Meredith vs. Ole Miss, spotlighting the achievements of Constance Baker Motley, the first black woman attorney on the Southern District of New York (SDNY) federal bench, for the group’s global Black History Month Program. Tanya spearheads and is a frequent speaker on DEI as well as employment law panels on pay equity, parity and gender bias. Recently, she spoke for the SDNY Federal Bar Association’s – “Grab Them by the Workplace: Understanding Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era” program as well as for the NYC Bar Association’s "Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment Post Cuomo” program. Tanya is currently a 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity fellow.

Barbara Bernstein

Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual

Barbara serves as the Education & Community Outreach Chair of the Northwestern Mutual Women's Council in Los Angeles that seeks to elevate women of all tenures and roles by acknowledging their unique strengths and challenges as they strive for academic mastery and career excellence. It fosters ways to achieve optimal work/life balance in pursuit of personal, professional, and financial goals through formalized programs, events, educational opportunities, and philanthropic efforts that attract ideal candidates and clients. Under Barbara's leadership, the council has created an environment to build bonds between women across the six network offices in Southern California and Nevada, starting with the Big Sister Program, which connects all women joining the network with a woman mentor to help bring them into the fold. Barbara's role is to help women articulate their goals and connect them to the tools available to bring those goals to fruition.

Magdalena Szymczak

Office & Corporate Communication Manager
Fiserv Polska S.A.

Magdalena is an active member of the Women's Impact Network community in Poland. As the PR & Communication Manager, she pays special attention to promoting women in the technology industry by delegating experts working for Fiserv Poland to the media and internal communication. In addition, she created an Employer Branding strategy, which some of its strong points are, among others, positioning women in the organization as industry experts and mentors, support for women in the recruitment process, and a partnership program for female students of technical universities. Furthermore, Magdalena organizes webinars for women in her organization, aiming to give them motivation and courage to reach for more, acquire new skills, and develop personally and professionally, as well as nurture their self-confidence and appreciate their talents.

Gillian Lyng

Managing Director
Deutsche Bank

Since 2016 Gillian has supported maternity leave returners, sharing her experiences as a returner through her internal blog as a Mental Health First Aider by co-hosting quarterly maternity returners meet-ups, building a community amongst working parents. Over 50 maternity returners have been supported through this initiative in the UK & it's now extending to other locations globally. In 2021, Gillian took on a volunteer role as a program leader for the Diversity pillar of Technology, Data & Innovations People Strategy. She has supported women in technology by championing inclusion and educating staff about how to work inclusively. She created a new regular employee-led cross-division speaker series sharing tips on how to make meetings inclusive & having inclusive conversations. She is also raising awareness of violence against women through employee-led events, promoting allyship, and inspiring colleagues, especially male colleagues, to become active bystanders, challenge peer culture & support survivors.

Molly Gray

Senior Account Executive
FiscalNote

Every day Molly meets with companies to help them report on their DEI initiatives and ESG goals. She also supports them in tracking the diversity of women on their board, the diversity of their suppliers, their governance policies, and labor practices. Molly strongly believes that companies must be focused and committed to reporting on, diversity, inclusiveness, and belonging within their organizations. She meets with global sustainability leaders, ESG directors, DEI officers, and inclusion directors to help track the great work they are responsible and accountable for, so they can report on what they are doing to create an inclusive culture and company. Additionally, from 2020 to 2021, Molly was a volunteer coach and mentored for Girls on the Run for girls from 3rd - 5th grade.

Jess Gosling

Senior Innovation Policy Advisor
UK Government

Jess has used her diversity and inclusion ambassador role to recognize the intersectionality of culture and gender across the British Government. She was responsible for organizing the rollout to over 400 colleagues across the Government of the #IAmRemarkable training, a Google initiative encouraging women to speak openly about their accomplishments. She has also supported broader D&I practices by volunteering to be on recruitment panels at all levels, ensuring that a diverse and inclusive culture was being realized across a number of Departments. Through utilizing a positive, proactive, and solution-focused view, Jessica has also managed to commit to several pro-bono initiatives in her spare time, including launching both, The Standard Brain, a platform designed to challenge the perceptions faced by under-represented groups around self-promotion, unconscious biases and imposter syndrome and Yogi Bants, a global community changing the narrative of inclusion in wellness with laughter.

Joanna Haslam

Design Director
Snap Finger Click

Joanna takes an active role in recruitment, ensuring job adverts appeal to a diverse audience. As a result, Snap Finger Click is 40% women, well above average in Technology. At Snap Finger Click, they create games designed to appeal to a diverse audience outside of hardcore gamers; Joanna is responsible for the design of these games. When she arrived at the company in 2017, she helped create a flexible working policy so that staff could work from home, choose their hours, and choose to work part-time. This new policy benefits, especially parents. Joanna promotes Limit Break, a mentorship for underrepresented groups (including women), to the staff and encourages them to apply as mentors and mentees and has been a mentor herself since 2020. Furthermore, she has worked with the social media manager to create content promoting the work of women employees and dispelling myths about women in games.

Adelle Wainwright

Regulatory Policy Manager
National Grid (Electricity System Operator)

Adelle is passionate about creating an environment of belonging at National Grid. She has been part of the Women in National Grid (WiNG) leadership team since 2019, helping the ERG grow to serve its 900 members. She now co-Chairs the group leading 50 diverse volunteers to challenge stereotypes and promote equal opportunities for female professional development and personal success. Through her roles in WiNG she has enabled support for the female talent pipeline through launch of WiNG’s mentoring programme, a development planning support package, leadership talks, networking opportunities, and professional qualification events. She also mentors a diverse group of women and advocates for inclusion in the organisation. Her work enables WiNG’s inspiring events and social media campaigns for key celebrations including International Women’s and International Men's Day, alongside targeted campaigns including a series on gender-based violence and a newly launched menopause initiative, helping colleagues bring their whole selves to work.

Sinead Maxwell

EMEA Corporate Citizenship Program Manager
Fiserv

One of the ways Sinead has pushed to create an environment that celebrates inclusion in the workplace has been through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). She is an active member or ally of all the ERGs in region and continuously looks for ways to support and promote them. The ERGs she is involved in include the LGBTQ Community UNITY, the Asian Leadership Council, the Women's Impact Network (WIN), the Young Professional Leadership Council and the Black Leadership Council. Together with some colleagues, Sinead is also leading an initiative to form groups across EMEA called Culture Circles, based on a tried and tested model first established in Ireland. The aim is to bring employees from all backgrounds together to network, have fun, celebrate different cultures and festivals and educate others along the way. Within the last 18 months five Culture Circles have been set up in office locations across EMEA under Sinead’s guidance.

Ria Pandit

Cyber Security Engineer
DWS

Every day, through her work and outreach activities, Ria tries to create an inclusive environment within technology. She is a Gold Tier Facilitator as part of Google's #IamRemarkable initiative, which aims to provide women and underrepresented groups with self-promotion skills. In addition, she is part of various Employee Groups such as Women in Technology, the UK&I D&I Council, the Junior Network, and the D&I Retention Pillar. During her time working with these groups, she has organized, led, and participated in many initiatives, including training on bias within hiring, manager community drop-in sessions, and 'Share the Tech' talks. Furthermore, Ria has participated in graduate recruitment events, including speaking at various universities, on panels, and through 1:1 mentoring, aiming to encourage more BAME students (primarily women) to apply for roles within Technology and Finance. She is also a mentor with the Stemettes, an organization that enables women and non-binary individuals between 11 and 25 to partake in STEM.

Pooh Vichidvongsa

Vice President, Division Merchandise Manager
Dollar General Corporation

Pooh values inclusion and ensures each team member in the company is 'seen,' exposed to other areas of the business, and participates in cross-function meetings. She develops working relationships between teams to ensure critical synergies and partnerships. Pooh also encourages and supports her team's involvement in Dollar General's various Employee Resource Groups and meets with her mentees at least every month to talk through challenges, career advice, and how to navigate DG. Furthermore, Pooh helps coach minority and women-owned businesses and recruits and hosts female and minority interns from several colleges, serving as a mentor and providing counsel, experience opportunities, and career skills. She is a member of WPN: Women's Professional Network and IGNITE that strive to cultivate and further an inclusive and empowering women's network, supporting leadership development and workplace transformation to achieve gender quality and NextUp Nashville which advances all women, growing business and transforming workplaces through the power of community.

Chimmy Ngoma

Sales Enablement Associate
Calastone

Chimmy believes that in the workplace, we must actively create inclusive and empathetic environments so that employees are comfortable sharing and bringing their different life experiences. For this reason, in 2020, thanks to Chimmy’s advocacy and engagement with senior leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) became part of the corporate objectives, and Calastone made unconscious bias training mandatory throughout the company. The same year, she organized a panel entitled Stereotypes of Technology, which allowed women across the organization to share their experiences and barriers faced within the industry. Chimmy also decided to create a resource page to educate employees on gender equality and empower women by raising awareness of various charities, podcasts, books, and videos. In 2021, she started work on an initiative to teach coding to female students as well as leadership, teamwork, presentation, and CV skills.

Ciara Ros

Senior Associate
Vinson & Elkins

Ciara has been a London office lead for the Firm's Diversity Team Committee for seven years and is a stream leader for two sub-committees of the Women's Initiative. She uses her diverse experiences and kind, giving nature to inspire a future generation of disputes lawyers to take on the construction and engineering worlds. Ciara's commitment to driving DEI is evident through her mentoring junior colleagues, her role as communications chair for Young ITA, her development of women contacts in business and law, and the low-key and generous support and encouragement she offers women and diverse attorneys on a day to day basis around the firm. Additionally, Ciara is an active member of Arbitral Women, attending events, contributing to the newsletter, utilizing her role as Young ITA Communications Chair to ensure gender diversity on panels, and championing female reporters for events.

Harriet Kuzemko

Manager - FS Strategy
KPMG

Since joining the team, Harriet has worked hard to create the infrastructure to help promote gender diversity. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of SheCan, a network within KPMG, and has organized internal events on topics including healthy masculinity, financial planning, and career coaching. The committee also releases a monthly newsletter, has a workstream focusing on improving allyship, and a group identifying tangible change initiatives to share with the broader team. Harriet felt the need and took the opportunity, thanks to her expertise in building a network, to create an umbrella network where she and other networks can work together and utilize increased scale to widen their focus areas. She has also been involved in several external recruitment initiatives promoting diversity in deals and opportunities in the FS Strategy Team as she believes that building a strong and diverse recruitment talent pool is key to increase and maintain diversity.

Stephanie Danner

Sr Director, Connections
Anheuser-Busch InBev

As Senior Director of Connections at Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), Stephanie is a female leader in a male-dominated industry, one of a select group of female partners at the company. She is dedicated to creating an inclusive space within the beer industry for all. Her efforts to advocate for gender diversity in advertising and employment within the beer industry include working with recruiting teams to ensure a minimum of 50% of candidates for new positions on her team are diverse; partnering with external agencies to ensure the teams supporting the organization are diverse; and recruiting on college campuses to attract more women into the company. Stephanie has worked to promote and develop female leaders within the company by providing one-on-one mentoring to six women and hosting informal group mentoring through Women in Beer get-togethers and career panels. She also serves as a ‘Captain’ for the Network of Executive Women within ABI, an educational non-profit committed to advancing all women through the power of community.

Krystle McGilvery

Founder
Mind Over Money

Krystle has been empowering women through mentoring for over ten years and actively encourages financial independence. She is the Board Director of an all-women board of not-for-profit organization Abianda, which supports women and girls connected with gang violence and county lines. Krystle has actively hired women within her organization, Mind Over Money, and provides financial education and training as a benefit. Krystle is a mentor at Women of Colour Global Network and Like-Minded Females and runs her female-only personal and financial development community The Growth Assemble. In 2022, she was added to the D-List platform as a diverse entrepreneur. Krystle has been an active advocate for women by being a panelist at several events within the last two years, including the Female Founders Lead Today Shape Tomorrow Flagship event, The Female Lead and AllBright: The Road to a Shecovery and the Hatch Presents - Women in Business Achieving Economic Empowerment.

Laura Bampfylde

Director - Wealth
Redington Ltd

Since joining Redington in 2021, Laura has been a very active and engaging mentor both in and out of her firm. She has been mentoring and coaching young women within her company to help them gain confidence in navigating the financial services industry. She is passionate about increasing the number of women and other diverse talent representing the industry at conferences, running initiatives to build public speaking skills. In her previous role at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Laura was also a mentor, guiding students in the JP Morgan School's Challenge – an initiative encouraging young people to think about careers in STEM while starting to build professional networks. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase the range of roles within financial services and the different skillsets needed. Additionally, she mentors through the charity Migrant Leaders, specifically helping an A-Level student by introducing him to the different facets of the finance world.

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

Advocat, head of pro bono department
Clifford Chance

As a human rights lawyer, Sylwia believes in and fights for diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in the LGBTQ+ community, which she represents in court. For example, she has successfully brought a motion to a Polish court which ordered the conservative newspaper Gazeta Polska to halt the distribution of "LGBT-free zone" stickers (acting together with attorney Michał Wawrykieiwcz) Another instance sees Sylwia representing both at the police station and in court LGBT activists arrested for confrontation with the police during the protest against the arrest of the LGBT activist argot in Warsaw in august 2020. Sylwia also received the award Badge of Advocacy for the Distinguished from the Polish National Bar Association and the award from the "Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka Foundation" for outstanding achievements in representing minority rights and combating discrimination on the grounds of age, race, ethnic origin, religion, faith or lack thereof, disability or sexual orientation.

Heather Quinn

Financial Advisor
Northwestern Mutual

Although her career background is in the entertainment industry, she developed an interest in financial planning and now works at Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Advisor. Heather strives to help as many women as possible by guiding financial planning so that women can take control of their financial future. With an exhaustive knowledge of the financial services industry, and a compassionate, person-centered approach, she helps clients feel secure, educated, and in control. She once produced an ABC special called "Un-broke: What You Need to Know About Money" alongside Mellody Hobson. She saw firsthand how the entertainment career could have many phases, shifting from short-term contracts to loan-outs to vested corporate positions, making it much harder to map out personal financial plans. Hence, her goal is to guide people, especially women, in taking control of their finances to plan for the future.

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