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Nina Ma

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

Mary Agbesanwa

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

Brenda Trenowden

Brenda leads the Inclusion and Diversity community with PwC’s Workforce Strategy and Culture team. Through her strong advocacy, she has encouraged new partners to join the 30% Club cross-company mentoring scheme, has created a regular D&I forum and has spearheaded a new initiative for bias awareness trainings within the firm. Externally, Brenda was the Global Chair of the 30% Club and current Advisor and Steering Committee Member, is an advisor to the national Hampton-Alexander Review and has recently been named a Trustee on the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Brenda’s work in advisory capacity to the 25×25 Initiative has seen the 30% Club’s goal of a 30% increase in the representation on the FTSE 350 ahead of time. A true leader in D&I, Brenda is committed to driving inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

Mary Agbesanwa

Alongside senior leaders, Mary became one of the PwC Gender Balance Network’s #PressForProgress champions, being featured due to her work supporting and encouraging women in the workplace. She hosts informal lean-in sessions for peers to discuss careers and workplace challenges, and shared her thoughts on being a woman in the corporate world through her blog, A Millennial’s Diary, discussing topics such as Shine Theory. Mary mentored four young women in PwC’s women in business programme, a work experience shadowing programme for female university students. She also co-led the relaunch of the PwC Financial Services Next Generation network which provides a fun environment to share knowledge about financial services in a judgement-free zone. She has used her role as Co-Chair of the Multicultural Business Network (MBN) to recognise the intersectionality of culture and gender, organising the rollout of #IamRemarkable training for 100+ MBN members, a Google initiative that aims to encourage women to speak openly about their accomplishments. Externally, Mary founded and runs a millennial women’s community, Now You’re Talking, which now consists of 250+ predominantly ethnic minority women. The group connects like-minded future leaders to opportunities and resources and organises a wide range of events focused on personal and professional development. She also actively mentors students via the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick Women in Consulting mentoring schemes to provide career direction and guidance.

Brenda Trenowden

Brenda has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, investment and relationship banking, with sector expertise in financial institutions. She is also a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative. In her previous appointment at ANZ Europe, she led Responsible Business efforts for Europe and the Americas and all gender diversity initiatives. In 2015 Brenda was appointed Global Chair of the 30% Club, where she works closely with leading Chairs and CEOs around the world to increase the representation of women in senior roles and throughout organisations. For the last two years she has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Finance by Financial News, and is also a regular contributor to the FT City Network, a panel of 50 of the City of London’s most influential individuals. Brenda is also an advisor to the UK Government’s Hampton-Alexander Review for increasing the representation of women in the executive level of the FTSE 350. She is a trustee of the EY Foundation and a non-executive director of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Brenda has recently taken up a new role within PwC’s People & Organisation consulting practice.

Marie O’Connor

As the first woman to become a partner at PwC in Ireland, 30 years ago, Marie has promoted, sponsored and supported hundreds of women in their careers since. She leads PwC’s Asset Management sector, with over 50% of the partners in that area being women.  Externally, over the last three years, Marie has lead the 30% Club in Ireland; a group of Chairs and CEO’s who are committed to accelerating gender balance in their organisations through voluntary action.   They are an active part of the Global 30% Club, with 170 CEO/ Chair supporters from leading business in public, private and multinationals in Ireland.  Their activities include information sharing on best practices, research on Women in Management, cross company personal mentoring, and scholarships to promote further education. They are complementary to individual company programmes and other networks, adding to these through support and the development of targeted programmes where gaps exist. Marie received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Ireland-US Council in June 2016, and was honoured by Irish America Magazine as one of its Inaugural Top 50 Women in July 2016. She was also an honouree of University College Dublin at their Alumni Dinner in New York.