Gabriel has a very strong commitment to HSBC’s global diverse workspace strategy, as the main sponsor of Argentina’s 4 HSBC ERGs. In 2018, he signed up to the UN Women and UN Global Compact WEPs (Women’s Empowerment Principles) agreement on behalf of HSBC Argentina, and since then has been involved in different aspects that make gender balance and equality a priority on the company’s agenda. In 2019, Gabriel led HSBC Argentina’s ‘No means No’ campaign to raise awareness about gender violence and harassment, as well as to make women aware of their own rights. It was the first time that a brand used a characteristic feature of the business – the ATM – to deliver diversity messages in Argentina. Under Gabriel’s leadership, more than half of HSBC Argentina associates are women, with women’s representation in senior roles increasing to 30% from 22% over the last four years. Externally, Gabriel was one of the 12 CEOs to undertake and sign the Leading Men for Change initiative of Upward – Uniting Professional Women Accelerating Relationships & Development. He is one of the five Argentine leaders invited to participate in the INADI (National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism) debates, to share experiences, challenges and achievements in diversity management in the workspace. Gabriel was also Vice President of IDEA (Institute of Entrepreneurship Development of Argentina), which gathers CEOs and owners of many enterprises in Argentina in an annual Colloquium where Gender balance was included in the agenda for the first time.
Now in her third year as Chair of HSBC’s gender ERG, BALANCE, Melisa is working hard to support the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. Membership has tripled over the course of a single year, with a new team structure, working groups and the involvement of men. Melisa is proud of the new opportunities brought about by these changes, including leadership development for those heading up the new working groups and the ability to execute multiple effective initiatives simultaneously. Some of the group’s more recent initiatives include a ‘Balance for Better’ walk through the city to raise awareness for gender equity on International Women’s Day; a breakfast for employees and their sons and daughters; inspirational meet-ups with senior executive women at HSBC; workshops with women entrepreneurs in low-income neighbourhoods alongside a credit support initiative to support their projects; and a workshop with more than 80 students to discuss the gender pay gap and inclusivity in the workplace. Melisa is also mentoring and sponsoring a young professional woman at HSBC. Last year’s HERoes recognition encouraged her to help launch ‘Mujeres al Mundo’, Women to the World, to connect businesswomen with new markets and opportunities, taking advantage of HSBC’s international footprint. Alongside milestone successes with Mujeres al Mundo, Melisa participates in local female networks. In addition, she is involved as a mentor in an international mentoring program with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Patricia is executive sponsor of BALANCE, HSBC’s ERG dedicated to supporting the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. BALANCE gained enormous visibility last year as many initiatives materialised into concrete actions with impressive results. Patricia is actively working to strengthen mentoring and sponsorship relationships and has challenged BALANCE to organise monthly meet-ups with executive leaders. This initiative is underway, with video conferences including diverse senior female leaders to act as visible role models. Patricia is also inviting women from across HSBC to join her at monthly roundtables as a way of supporting professional development globally. She is mentoring two future women leaders and continues to sponsor top performing women in her area to take leadership programmes in recognized institutions. In addition, Patricia launched the ‘Mujeres al Mundo (Women in the World)’ initiative, aiming to connect businesswomen with new markets and opportunities. As part of the initiative, Patricia included ‘Female Leadership’ as a category in the HSBC-La Nación SME Awards, with over 400 applications from women leading Argentine companies. She also led the first ‘Women in Business’ chapter in a commercial mission to the UK, organised by the British Argentine Chamber of Commerce. She often speaks at events on gender diversity and participates in panels and roundtables.
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.
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.