Charlie is the Sponsor for Wealth and Personal Banking’s Accelerating into Leadership (AiL) program targeted at women with the aspiration to progress. Benefits of the program includes increased confidence, a focus on strengths, visibility with senior leaders, and the opportunity of meeting a wider group of high-performing and motivated peers. He also led the creation of the Executive Committee Gender Dashboard which provides visibility to the weighting of men and women at senior leader level for each of the teams aligned to Executive Committee members. In his role as CEO, Charlie has supported and taken part in many engagements and initiatives related to gender inclusion including the Wealth and Personal Banking Graduate Program, the EXPLORE leadership development program, and the Accelerating Female Leadership program.
Anoushka recognized that HSBC could play a larger role in promoting gender equality with its clients and the communities where it operates. This realization led her to successfully propose and then lead Gender Lens Finance (GLF) at HSBC. GLF is a formal, business-led initiative that aims to leverage HSBC’s position and products to extend financing and resources to women globally. GLF has become a part of HSBC’s business strategy by addressing gender equality as both a social and business imperative. Anoushka also founded the “Coaching Circles” program within the firm’s gender equality Employee Resource Group. Participants in Coaching Circles receive group coaching from senior managers on career development. Based on its success in the US, Coaching Circles is being rolled out to HSBC markets globally. Anoushka has represented HSBC on WeConnect International’s “Council Scaling Women-Owned Businesses” and currently serves as a global board member at Women for Women International.
Terecina is the Global Co-Sponsor for HSBC Balance Worldwide, and serves as Co-Chair for Balance China since launching the initiative in 2018 during her time as Chief Operating Officer, HSBC China. A committed advocate for equality and equitability in the workplace and beyond, Terecina supports the recruitment and retention and engagement of a diverse body of talent, mentors colleagues globally and organizes company-wide initiatives to drive inclusion. Terecina is actively involved in wider woman network within Asia and beyond and has aided in sharing best practice regarding how Covid-19 has transformed the D&I Landscape, driving tangible change for women in the workplace. Having regularly spoken at panels and been the subject of various internal and external interviews, as one of few Asian female leaders in a well-known international bank, Terecina is keen to see additional ethnicity and gender diversity at senior level. Having been COO for HSBC China since 2018, Terecina has recently been appointed COO for HSBC Europe.
Sam and Dee operated a job share arrangement as Head of Content Planning, Digital Communications & Employer Brand, within HSBC’s Global Communications function. Having both successfully worked for many years in an ambitious team at HSBC, Sam and Dee became mothers and decided to enter a professional job sharing arrangement in order to be successful employees and the best possible carers for their children. To overcome the challenges of job sharing, Dee and Sam sought out other flexible working colleagues, a large but invisible community. Over 600 colleagues responded, with over 90% expressing an interest in joining a flexible working network to promote and raise the visibility of the issue inside of HSBC UK; giving rise to HSBC Flex. Since its inception, HSBC Flex has amassed over 1,300 members, gained senior sponsorship at Group Management Board level and recruited a team of champions to lead its events and activities. Externally, Sam is the Communications Consultant to Leaders Plus, who run a fellowship programme designed to support leaders with babies to progress in their careers and to tackle one of the root-causes of the gender pay gap. She gained backing from HSBC for any member of Communications interested in participating. Now as they approach their second year of the programme, HSBC has also offered mentors to the programme to help support mothers develop in their leadership careers.
Amanda is a passionate and visible role model, responsible for almost 1 million commercial banking customers. She has led HSBC UK Commercial Bank in the drive to improve gender balance with a core focus on female representation at senior to mid-management level roles. Amanda launched a Female Talent Development programme for high potential colleagues, focusing on core leadership and behavioural capabilities, generating 22,000 hours of development opportunities for women at the bank. Amanda also launched the Engage programme targeted at nearly 600 people leaders to build a more inclusive working environment. As a result of these programmes and other efforts, HSBC UK Commercial Bank now boasts 50% female representation. Amanda is also executive sponsor of HSBC’s BALANCE UK ERG. Externally, Amanda champions female entrepreneurs and businesswomen through mentoring and other support. She mentors female talent at HSBC through the CEO’s involvement in the 30% Club CEO Campaign to reach 30% women senior leaders across the bank by 2020. She speaks at numerous external D&I-focused events, and recently led a talk on sexual orientation and gender diversity to property professionals.
Alongside being COO of HSBC China, Terecina established the BALANCE network in 2018 to drive gender diversity and support the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. Through the network, Terecina organised a series of themed events, inviting keynote speakers and panellists from internal senior executives and external advocates. She has facilitated knowledge exchange sessions with high potential female talent and mentors colleagues from around the world. As of May 2019, the percentage of women in senior leadership positions at HSBC China has reached 46%. Beyond HSBC, Terecina has participated in corporate sustainability activities, with a focus on equipping underprivileged women and teachers with financial management knowledge and supporting the learning and growth of local women and children in underprivileged locations. She is passionate about equipping these groups with knowledge to increase their competitiveness in cities, and leads a donation of computers to remote parts of China to aid education. She also works with external professional women’s communities, participating in and speaking at events aimed at bringing about balance in the workplace.
Patricia is executive sponsor of “Balance”, HSBC’s employee resource group dedicated to support the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. She has been involved in several activities to empower women, focusing on the importance of building relationships for career development, and looking for mentors and sponsors. Balance organize monthly networking walks, as a new way to expand personal networks and strengthen ties. For the last International Women’s Day, Balance organized a workshop for HSBC talented women, where Patricia held a panel with Inés Bertón and Gabriela Arias Uriburu, with the aim to sharing thoughts and experiences to inspire women. In addition to Balance sponsorship, she hosts roundtable discussions with female employees across the Commercial Banking area, to encourage and support their professional development, providing them with greater internal and external exposure to accelerate their careers. Outside the workplace, Patricia attends women’s roundtables and workshops organized by the Argentine Institute of Financial Executives, sharing HSBC’s diversity and inclusion work, and encouraging others to take action. This year, Patricia was also sponsor of Ring the Bell for Gender Equality (Argentina), to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equity.
Amanda is committed to building an inclusive culture and has driven a number of initiatives to create a workplace where people feel they can be themselves and realise their potential. Amanda is a mentor to many colleagues and is the Executive Sponsor for BALANCE UK, promoting a gender-balanced workforce within HSBC. Outside of HSBC UK, Amanda plays an active role in championing female entrepreneurs and businesswomen, and regularly speaks at events designed to share best practice and help them succeed in business. She was keynote speaker at the, “EQ vs IQ in the Workplace” event, and a panellist at an event sponsored by Robert Walters PLC & Women in Banking & Finance, “Empowering Women in the Workplace”, where she shared her experience of the benefit of having mentors and sponsors. In addition to involvement with International Women’s Day events externally, Amanda also hosted several BALANCE events at HSBC UK and established a series of female development events in the Commercial Bank.
Since joining HSBC in 2016, Kirsty has spearheaded a number of initiatives to advance gender equality across the bank’s international network. Within Operations, a function employing more than 40,000 colleagues in 59 countries, Kirsty has increased the proportion of women in leadership roles to one in three. She has doubled the maternity leave entitlement from 12-24 weeks for colleagues in India and Sri Lanka. This year, a new internship programme to bring undergraduates into HSBC’s Global Service Centres (GSC) had a 100% female intake. The GSC in Kolkata has been awarded the NASCOMM ‘Highest Percentage of Female Employees in IT/ITES’ award three times. In March, Kirsty led the introduction of HSBC’s ‘Take Two’ programme to bring women back into the workplace in India – with the aim of hiring 30 women into management positions each quarter. Kirsty also invests a lot of personal time into championing women in business. She was part of the team that established the City Women’s Club in 2004, which recently merged into the London Women’s Forum (LWF). She also mentors and sponsors a number of aspiring female leaders in other organisations, helping to coach them through their work and life challenges.
Amanda dedicates a lot of time supporting women in business within HSBC. She is a mentor to many of her female colleagues, and she has also created a female talent development programme to help more women working in Corporate Banking to rise through the ranks. At a global level, Amanda is a sponsor of Balance – HSBC’s largest employee network resource group, which promotes gender diversity across the bank and reaches around 44,000 colleagues in 45 locations around the world. Outside of HSBC, Amanda plays an active role in championing female entrepreneurs and businesswomen, and regularly speaks at events designed to share best practice and help them succeed in business. HSBC is also partnered with Forward Ladies, the UK’s largest business support network for empowering women in business – the only women’s network with a regional and national reach across the UK and beyond. As an avid supporter, Amanda speaks at their networking meetings and events. With women accounting for more than half of the increase in self-employed workers since the recession, Amanda joined forces with Anya Hindmarch to create The Entrepreneurs Exchange, a nationwide programme designed to connect successful British business founders with the next generation of entrepreneurs.