Jennie is the UK Chapter Lead for Capital One’s gender BRG, empowHER, and brings a gender lens to the REACH ethnicity network. On joining Capital One 18 months ago, Jennie focused on increasing visibility and awareness within her leadership team, quickly getting appointed to lead empowHER’s UK chapter. In the midst of a global pandemic, Jennie joined forces with a newly formed parents network to drive increased awareness of the pressures of lockdown and the danger of the current situation setting gender conversations back years. As such, she has been driving focused policy change opportunities around increased working flexibility. With intersectionality in mind, Jennie has taken on the work stream of community engagement and role modeling within schools and charities which focus on social mobility. She also volunteers on the board of Women in Banking and Finance, establishing a regional presence to support women in the Midlands & North regions.
Jennie balances her day job with a mixture of volunteering work namely Women in Banking & Finance (not for profit, members organisation), where she founded and now chairs the regional branch in Birmingham. Through this, she supports a far wider audience and multiple organisations with their gender agenda through providing personal development workshops, access to influential senior leaders, and mentoring and networking opportunities. She is also driving an initiative to bring male ambassadors on board by hosting International Men’s Day to further the agenda of inclusivity and showcase the male ambassadors we have to leverage the support of others. Jennie is also an advisory board member to the Aston University Enactus team, and mentors with the Prince’s Trust where she proactively supports the pipeline development and challenge of social mobility into Financial Services. Jennie’s recent move to Capital One was partly driven by their internal D&I programme and their proactive presence through Women in Tech alongside their Corporate & Social Responsibility programmes. Since joining Capital One, Jennie has supported in the continued development of their inclusion agenda with an intersectionality lens. She hosted an Inclusion session for her leadership team to start a wider consideration of inclusion such as culture and age crossed with gender; enabling leaders to think differently about potential biases. She has also recently been appointed as the UK lead for their Women’s Resource Group – EmpowHer.