Laura co-chairs the Bank of England’s women’s network, and has recently created an Allies pillar within the network, to broaden engagement particularly with men. Using her position as co-chair, together with a colleague she recently run a project on gender progression, looking at both data trends and colleague’s perceptions. Laura also co-organised a flag-ship international conference on gender progression in economics. On top of all of this, Laura is a mentor to up and coming talent at the Bank of England.
As Chair of Aon’s Multi-cultural network, Siva leads the inclusion and equality agenda focussing on raising the profile of the unique challenges faced by BAME women within the Insurance and Financial Services sector. The network recently launched a speaker series focussing on C-Suite executives sharing their success stories on building diverse teams, driving collaboration and ultimately business results. Siva has a passion mentoring, and currently mentors entrepreneurial women through her involvement in community networks and provide them with the guidance and strategic advice to achieve growth within their business. In 2017, Siva won the Rising Star Award within Investment Management as part of the We Are The City initiative.
Anna supports Aviva in working with innovative technology startups. She finds ways for them to collaborate and solve customer problems through technology. She’s also on both the Digital Diversity & Inclusion working group, and the Global Inclusion Committee, to promote diversity and women in to technology roles. This year, and five years in to her career, Anna was named in the ‘Top 25 Women in Tech 2018’ by Code First: Girls. She hopes to support them in achieving their goal of training 20,000 women in coding by 2020.
By openly and honestly sharing the story of her extraordinary journey, transitioning in the male-dominated workplace of oil rigs, Samantha serves as a role model to the diversity community and helps people better understand the power of inclusion. Samantha developed the concept of the Marsh & McLennan Companies #InThisTogether an Intersectional Diversity event held at the Tower of London in September 2017 aimed at Engagement, Education and Empowerment focused on topics which looked to unbundle diversity, covering Gender, Race, Disability and Mental Health through discussion and developing understanding as to why these topics are still relevant today.
She has presented at events on D&I, Gender Equality, LGBT+ and Trans*Womans issue, for the Vanguard Network, GLOW ‘Gender Identity and Trans Inclusion’ , Mercer ‘Unbundling Gender Identity & Sexuality’, the Royal Society’s very first Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) event, AIG’s ‘Bring your whole self’ event and the Financial Times ‘How to be an Ally’ to name but a few.
Mary Ellen Oare is the Executive Co-Chair of Balance in the U.S., which is HSBC’s largest employee resource group focusing on gender parity to drive meaningful conversations, influence policy and make an impact on gender issues. In this capacity, Mary Ellen spends her time educating both internally and commercially on the benefits of gender balance, encouraging a shift in attitude, conduct and culture throughout our business. She advocates for recruitment processes, promotion procedures and advancement opportunities that deliver a gender-balanced workforce. Externally Mary Ellen is a featured workshop facilitator at Woman Up conference held in Buffalo, NY speaking on Executive Presence and Personal Branding. She has presented to Women in Management club at University of Buffalo focusing on Unlocking Your Potential and initiated a partnership with the West Side Bazaar in Upstate NY which enables immigrant and refugees to pursue their dreams of small business ownership.
Sharon is a senior associate in the London Antitrust, Competition and Trade team. She has experience of assisting clients with complex multi-jurisdictional mergers, competition law litigation and broader behavioural, strategic competition law matters. She is a founding member and former co-chair of the Freshfields London Women’s Network where she helped to co-create an online cross-departmental mentoring scheme for female associates and co-founded the London Women’s Network client speaker series. Externally, Sharon has been a trustee non-executive director of Rosa – the UK Fund for Women and Girls, since October 2015. She is also the founder of a soon-to-launch women’s ethical fashion label.
Pauline leads State Street’s asset servicing business in Hong Kong and is a champion for diversity in all its forms. She is the executive sponsor of State Street’s Hong Kong PRIDE network, which creates a safe networking environment for LGBT+ employees and their allies. Previously she was also the executive sponsor of the Bank’s Hong Kong Professional Woman’s Network. Externally, Pauline is a member of the steering committee of Women’s Foundation’s Life Skills Programme. Together with some friends, she also set up a social enterprise that brings together young designers to design upcycling products produced by women from minority groups. Finally, Pauline has been a mentor to many female mentees within and outside the company.
Akansha is an international mentor, successfully steering women to achieve strategic goals and unlock their potential. She carries this with her both inside and outside the workplace. At work, she is helping drive the campaign for diversity, leading a team where women hold 80% of roles across various levels. Outside the workplace Akansha engages with schools to help improve literacy for young women in India. She was a part of the Women Leadership development program in Barclays, and was awarded the CFO award in Fidelity.
Tanveer is part of the working group for the Africa Financial Markets Women Agenda. The broad agenda is to develop a mentorship framework for the female talent; promote career development and leadership base via Short Term & Long Term assignments across the SCB footprint. Tanveer is currently coaching a female graduate on expressing her interest to join the global Foreign Exchange trading team. On International Women’s Day Tanveer celebrated women in Financial Markets East Africa by conducting a session focused on #Pressforprogress motivating the wider community to be gender inclusive. Outside of work, Tanveer is part of Ramgharia Youth Association volunteering on social and welfare programs. Prior to this she was part of the mentorship program at Kibera School for Girls under the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).
In 2017, Melisa was selected Chair of Argentina’s BALANCE Group, HSBC’s ERG dedicated to supporting the recruitment, development and engagement of colleagues, managers and senior leaders in driving towards a gender-balanced workforce. The Group has undertaken many activities to promote dialogue on gender diversity challenges and progress, including workshops, breakfasts with employees and their daughters and monthly networking walks. Last year Melisa, along with Argentina’s BALANCE members, carried out a challenge of innovation and inclusion in partnership with Junior Achievement: One-day activity with high school students working together in developing ideas for a more inclusive workplace. Melisa has been in charge of Corporate Sales Team for the last three years. Throughout her career in Commercial Banking, she notes that business and finance have historically been men’s areas. She believes it is time to challenge the current paradigm. “If there are some inhibitors taking women away from decision-making positions, we all have to take action to bring them closer, because this is the only way we will be laying the foundations for a sustainable future”, she says.