Elena is a partner and co-founder of Aleada Consulting, a minority and female owned business – one of the first privacy and data protection consulting firms in Silicon Valley. Elena also co-founded a non-profit organization called Women in Security in Privacy to advance women in the fields. She serves as a Board Member for WISP spreading awareness and building champions for women across different industries. Up until recently, she served on the Board of LWT, a non-profit organization that empowers women to grow their knowledge, leadership skills & networks for greater professional & personal impact.
At Edelman India, Smita has instituted several informal knowledge building platforms for women members willing to expand their sectoral knowledge and thus open career path in otherwise male dominated sectors within India. She personally mentors close to 10 women members of different teams, and has setup informal cross-gender reciprocal mentorships between varied team members aimed at nurturing skill and career development across practices and skillsets. In 2015, Smita co-founded a social development organisation JanmFoundation.org which is presently operational in two Indian states of Uttarakhand and Haryana, creating financial inclusion for women in rural communities of these states.
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.
At all opportunities Noiana endeavours to act as a role model for diverse lawyers and women in the firm. As US partner for gender diversity, she guides women lawyers in their careers, works for smarter workplace policies, and thinks more broadly about the firm’s strategy to increasing gender diversity at senior levels. Additionally, she has served as a mentor on the US Women’s Mentoring program and has been asked to act as a partner, as well as acting as sponsor on the firm’s Global Sponsorship Program, a bespoke 12-month talent development programme for high potential mid-level/senior women associates. Externally, Noiana helped establish, and sits on the steering committee of, Equal Representation in Arbitration, a group of professionals committed to improving the profile and representation of women in arbitration, particularly in the tribunals themselves. This initiative has gathered over 3000 signatories worldwide, including law firms, corporations, arbitral institutions and arbitration practitioners, all of whom are committed to achieving gender balance in international arbitration.
Katie spends many hours mentoring the women within her own group and across the Firm. She strongly encourages the women she mentors to take a seat at the proverbial table, to be transparent about their own ambitions, and to invest in both knowledge and networking. In the group she leads, more than half the assets are run by women portfolio managers, and she makes efforts to formally and informally connect women to one another, and to other influential leaders in the industry. Additionally, she has conducted various research efforts at the firm that focus on women’s roles in the global economy. One of her studies helped create the first global financing facility dedicated to women, conducted in partnership with the International Finance Corporation. Outside of the firm, Katie is very dedicated to building the industry-wide pipeline of female talent, through investing in the programs and resources to encourage female undergraduates to pursue careers in finance and investing. She is actively involved in the “Girls Who Invest” program both through Goldman Sachs and her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
Since 2015, Tracey has been the Co-Chair of Citi Women, a global effort designed to empower and promote women at Citi. In this role, she has had the privilege of receiving feedback from women across the globe and escalating appropriately, one important example, Citi signing the UK Women in Finance Charter. In partnership across Citi, Tracey has driven multiple initiatives in support of women, such examples include Pay Equity, Girls’ Education, and increased female representation across Citi. Earlier this year, Tracey made the business case at the United Nation Women’s Empowerment Principles Forum that sourcing from women owned businesses is important globally and promoted for the UN/Citi created guide which emphasizes The Power of Procurement. Leading by example, female representation on her Leadership Team is at 40%, and taking into account other diversities, ethnic and LGBTQ, the team is 60% diverse. With this diversity of thought and experience, her business has achieved double-digit growth YoY since 2014. By understanding this business imperative, Tracey has led trainings for her staff to communicate, educate, and help women align their investment objectives with their life goals. Under her leadership, Citi Private Bank will soon be launching a gender lens investment offering to clients.
Jennifer has long recognised the need for equal opportunity, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. She launched Girl Brands Do It Better (GBDIB), a Berlin Cameron division, to empower female entrepreneurs through connections and creativity. GBDIB touts Chromat, The Other Festival and Kidfund amongst its impressive roster. In addition to GBDIB, Jen instituted “Side Hustle Days”, where employees are allowed one additional PTO day per month to work on their passion projects. Once a quarter, the agency discusses potential collaborations, and some staffers’ brands have even made their way to GBDIB. While many leaders shy away from “vulnerability”, Jennifer spearheaded industry-shifting research this year on workplace standards and found that 96% of respondents feel that they learn more from a leader who shows vulnerability than from one who doesn’t. She is a frequent thought leader, appearing on stage at the Women’s Convention, Cannes Lions, Advertising Week and more, as well as in print in outlets like The Huffington Post and Adweek. Jennifer sits on the boards of advisors for the National Kidney Foundation and global leadership development initiative Girl Up. Through Girl Up, she’s been able to directly encourage young girls to take action and empower each other.
Prior to founding her own company in 2018, Cate spent the last sixteen years in financial services leading various efforts around women internally and externally. She led the internal employee women’s group at both HSBC (North America) and JPMorgan (EMEA) respectively and spearheaded the development of the Women’s MD Forums at both. Cate has been an Advisory Board member of her organisation’s respective D&I committees representing women for the last 10 years, building and launching the HSBC – Girls Inc. National Mentoring Program. Given her global role, Cate had the opportunity to lead panels, sessions and events around the world with female, and male, employees focused on gender diversity and parity. She was regularly asked to champion women’s initiatives and act as spokesperson for HSBC. Externally, Cate is an executive sponsor of the Women in Finance Mentoring Program for the University of Maryland as well as Adele’s Circle of Women. She is a member of the American Banker Young Women’s Leadership Award Advisory Board and has spoken at numerous events and organizations globally in support of women in the workplace.
As an executive woman leading a global technical function at Mastercard, Jennifer is responsible for the end-to-end technical implementation of Mastercard’s products and services worldwide. She is an active advocate for advancing women globally. Upon joining Mastercard in 2007, she established an internal European Women’s Leadership Network to drive career advancement for European women. Reaching women in 18 offices across Europe, she led a programme of events to educate and empower women. Now located in the United States, she focuses her efforts on developing and empowering the technical women in her organisation. She established a global “Women in Delivery” group, to provide coaching to technical women to help them succeed in largely male-dominated environments, and to build a support network. Outside of Mastercard, Jennifer serves as a mentor for the 30% Club, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, where her work includes mentoring a high potential American Red Cross female employee. She also represents Mastercard externally as an advocate for women, speaking at the 2018 Women in the World event in New York and Chatham House forums on gender and economic growth.
Matthew’s passion for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) has led to the launch of the Women’s Network at Standard Chartered Global Business Services (GBS). He has personally mentored talented female leaders in 2017 as part of the organisation’s Women Mentorship Initiative. Through his leadership, GBS has witnessed effective roll-outs of Group-level policies that significantly improve gender balance and maximise the potential and retention of female employees. This included flexible working hours, prolonged maternity leave, Return-to-Work programme amongst others. Matthew sits on the Standard Chartered Global Diversity & Inclusion Council and is also the chairperson of the D&I Council for the Bank’s Information, Technology and Operations function. He is now spearheading the Unconscious Biasness Training Programme in GBS, making GBS the first area of the Bank to pilot this programme.