Kemi Adetu

When she joined Standard Chartered in 2016, Kemi joined the Bank’s Gender Engagement Network, a key employee resource group focused on gender issues.  As a representative of the international graduate population, she has since played a critical role in discussions with decision-makers and key stakeholders internally, on improving gender balance in our internship and graduate programs. She represented her global graduate class of almost 300 to pitch the benefits of having a more diverse cohort, as well as ideas on how to attract and retain the appropriate female talent pool, to the senior management team, leading to a commitment from the firm to address the imbalance. Kemi was recently invited to join the Diversity & Inclusion Council for Standard Chartered, Americas to proactively contribute to projects, initiatives and conversations that would create a more inclusive and diverse working environment for all colleagues. In collaboration with other council members, Kemi designs, implements and executes local programmes to help women connect, learn and grow; including: formal and informal mentoring, networking opportunities, panel discussions, training workshops, roundtable forum sessions. Externally, Kemi launched two initiatives last year, GLOW UP and Fempire Professional Network. GLOW UP works to empower female orphans and provide children in Africa and the United States with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be economic leaders in their communities. Fempire Professional Network is an international community of female professionals of colour across several professions and sectors, creating a support system and providing a platform of opportunity.

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