In 1999 Jill launched Rauxa, which has grown to become the largest independent women-owned agency. She has maintained Rauxa’s culture of being “upside down” from the start with 70% of the leadership team being female. Jill has prioritized mentorship with an internal program to lift younger women and increase their chances of visibility within the industry. She also supports industry mentorship programs including that of longtime client with Verizon AdFellows. She is outspoken in the industry, penning a call to action for Campaign U.S. to champion women in the workplace. RauxaGives is Jill and Rauxa’s give-back program aimed at giving back to its communities. They partner with local non-profits to give time and money. She hosts a quarterly “RauxaGives Day of Service” where organized activities are set up in each major office for employees to participate in – from beach clean ups, to toy drives, painting classrooms or making signs for marathon runners. They also created a “Build Your Brand” workshop that aims to help youth understand how to build and own their brand (professionally and socially) as it relates to who they are, what they stand for and what they want to accomplish.
Kerry Sinclair leads a team of technology specialists at Sage – one of the UK’s largest technology companies. She is mindful that a career in technology development and delivery hasn’t historically been a favoured career choice of women. To help address the challenge of gender diversity in her field, Kerry is involved in a number of Sage, industry and educational programmes. Kerry helped build a leadership programme to support high potential females in technology, a yearlong programme that focuses on women in STEM. She speaks at industry events such as the North East Chamber of Commerce and has worked with local schools and in order to change mind-sets amongst young women considering their career options. At Sage Kerry coaches women through the Women@Sage programme, designed to support talented females through their careers. She also works across various programmes including: return to work, diversity training, unconscious bias awareness and much more.
As HarperCollins UK’s CIO, Laura oversees the company’s technology division, and has oversight for Distribution and Production, which includes the company’s distribution centre in Glasgow. She believes passionately in redressing the existing gender imbalance by championing women in technology and emphasising the message that women can enjoy enormously interesting and rewarding careers in the sector. Laura sits on HCUK’s Executive Committee and regularly interviews colleagues at all levels up to and including CEO as a leadership resource for HarperCollins intranet training hub, speaking at and sharing best practise at trade and technology events and conferences. She also sits on the employee led diversity and inclusivity council where she supports and helps promote progressive initiatives across the business. Mentoring is a key passion of Laura’s and something she has been actively involved in for over fifteen years. As well as mentoring female employees within HarperCollins she has acted as an external mentor for two mentoring organisations, SWIMM and WING. WING is a cross-industry organisation that helps mentor women in the workplace, which she co-founded whilst at Time Warner, and now includes businesses such as Oracle, Condé Nast, MVF Global, News UK, and of course HCUK.
Having herself benefitted from the support and mentorship of colleagues in developing a highly successful career in the fields of Sales and STEM, where women have traditionally been underrepresented, Kimberley has been keen to pay this forward to the next generation of up-and-coming women. In particular, she is a strong advocate of mentoring, having mentored approximately 50 people over the course of her career, the majority of whom have been women. In addition to being a mentor herself, Kimberley has also encouraged others to do the same, by becoming a sponsor of GSK’s mentoring programme in the US. Externally, Kimberley sponsored the partnership with the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity), which has a mission to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry in Europe through education, leadership and business development. Kimberley prioritised investment from her operating budget to support the enterprise partnership with LEAD, ensuring GSK were one of the early ‘Gold’ sponsors of the network. Most recently, Kimberley has also supported LEAD by producing an ‘Inspirational Journeys’ video, which showcases her own success story and was circulated to LEAD’s 2,700 members, as well as being available to all to view on their website.
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.
Merelina is an active member of the Women in Real Estate Organisation. She runs focus groups and speaks at regular internal panels and debates to tell her story in Knight Frank, but also to enable Women to speak to her as a role model. She specifically runs the graduate scheme, with a focus on providing women entering the profession with support and direct guidance. She runs the commercial graduate scheme at Knight Frank, liaising with circa 50 graduates this year and assisting with interviews, mocks and APC preparations. This also includes the recent innovation of starting a pioneering internship scheme for the first time in Knight Frank’s history. Merelina regularly mentors interns and graduates personally, and takes a hands on approach to advising and nourishing the next generation of real estate professionals. She has already supported 90 graduates from interview stage through to APC. She is a Registered APC councillor and this year became an official RICS trained APC assessor. She has also been part of a panel event at the Hotels and Alternative Conference, speaking confidently and knowledgeably on the student sector with her peers.
At her firm, Nicci’s vision statement is “Making D&I Win!” with a special lean towards gender diversity. They look for clients that have a good D&I attitude and support them in favour of their less diverse competitors. Specifically they have declined to work for organisations where the board or management team is All Straight White Male. Vincis is 75% Female. They have two recently returned to work mothers and have adapted contracts and practices designed to make this easy. They are also supporting 3 apprenticeships, where 2/3 are females and they are currently paying for and supporting one young lady to complete her bachelor’s degree on day release. Externally, Nicci presents about D&I and in particular gender diversity. One of her standup shows, “Prey”, is about raising awareness of Domestic and sexual abuse of women and children. She supports a national trans charity, and has recently been appointed as the Head of Diversity for “Wings” which is one of the largest International Scout camps taking place every 4 years, the next is in 2020.
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.
Within DPI itself, Runa prides herself in promoting equality across every level of the business. Three of the six current company partners are women, putting DPI well ahead of the industry average. This diversity is apparent across all levels of the firm – over 40% of the firm are women and she actively supports DPI’s staff in their professional development through mentoring. DPI invests in the emerging middle class in Africa, where women are increasingly influential, looking after investments based in 27 countries. Externally, Runa played a role in the establishment of AVCA, the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, where she was chairperson and remains an active director. She is also the Chair of the AVCA Sustainability Committee, a Board and Africa Council Member of EMPEA and a steering committee member of PEWIN, the pre-eminent organisation for senior women leaders in private equity, where she has been instrumental at driving the organisation’s growth and regularly host and contribute to events aimed to promote and support women in private equity. In 2016, she was invited onto the board of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Rakhi has been a key speaker at the firm’s Professional Women’s Network (PWN) events in various geographic locations. She met with female employees in Boston, Tokyo and London offices in formal and informal settings to discuss her personal challenges in managing work-life balance, particularly as a mother. She is trying to highlight the need for more awareness on the role of organizational, team and societal culture in facilitating gender diversity. She is pushing for more accountability at the individual manager level and greater exploration of team culture to better understand which practices are helping or hindering achieving gender diversity at all levels. Additionally, Rakhi helped develop and implement the engagement and voting guidelines behind SSGA’s Fearless Girl campaign that calls on companies that have no women on their boards to enhance gender diversity within their organization. Through her association with the Fearless Girl, she serves as both a spokesperson and role model in the industry on matters related to gender diversity. In honor of International Woman’s Day, she addressed the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, and called on companies to disclose gender data across their entire businesses to build more diverse leadership pipelines for the future.