Lisa Quest

Lisa is a Global Executive Sponsor for Oliver Wyman’s Inclusive Leadership Initiatives, encouraging global programmes which increase gender diversity. This includes setting ambitious gender balance targets across senior teams at the firm. She also sponsors work with an advisory firm aimed at increasing the number of female partners in leadership positions. Lisa is Executive Sponsor for Women of Oliver Wyman (WOW), where she leads the team to promote gender diversity, supporting the firm’s UK gender pay gap response, reviewing parental policies, establishing a ‘Men4Change’ programme and leading a ‘sharing stories’ initiative. In addition, Lisa is UK&I Executive Committee Sponsor for D&I, where she ensures all D&I activities are brought to the leadership team. Beyond Oliver Wyman, Lisa sponsors various organisations and mentoring schemes. She is a board member of Best Beginnings, a charity focused on helping new parents give every child in the UK the best start in life; the Green Hat Foundation, a charity focused on helping individuals re-enter the workforce. She also regularly speaks at events and published articles on female inclusion.

Kim Mustin

Kim is Executive Sponsor of Women of Wealth, a group within Bernstein Private Wealth designed to add additional training and mentorship for skills development of next generation women. She sits on the Global Culture Committee for the CEO to design a workplace of inclusion, diversity and individual/corporate success. She is also National Leader for Diversity and Culture, designing better recruitment and retention strategies to enhance the firm’s workforce for future business success. Externally, Kim is Executive Sponsor of Thinking Out Loud, supporting events for UHNW women to explore traits of highly successful women, designed to inspire women to take calculated risk, to push for higher plateaus, to advocate for equality and to build a community that can support and lift each other up. She is also Development Chair for Sheltering Arms, raising awareness and money to support disadvantaged children and families, with an emphasis on fundraising to sponsor young girls’ education, increasing confidence and advancement.

Wendy Warham

As the UK Executive sponsor for the Women’s Business Network, Wendy is focused on helping women succeed in Fujitsu – a workplace that has featured in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the second consecutive year.  She has improved recruitment processes, built two female development programmes and gained board level investment and sponsorship, affording specific development programmes to 80 Fujitsu women in the UK and driving positive gender balance on the leadership team. She created and hosted a House of Commons event on the power of diversity and is leading a Gender Pay Gap Action Plan which aims to eradicate the pay gap to 0% by 2021. Externally, she has been re-elected to sit on the techUK Diversity and Skills Council for the third year, and last year successfully led the techUK Returners programme, giving it a more inclusive image and improving the content to make it more useful for returners and other organisations. Wendy also mentors men and women outside of Fujitsu, and provides over 10 hours of coaching each month.

Casey Ryan

As the Global Head of Legal Personnel, Reed Smith’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and the Women’s Initiative Network (WINRS) report directly to Casey, providing a great opportunity to innovate and drive positive change.  Reed Smith was an inaugural signatory to the Mansfield Rule, through which Casey and her team guided the firm’s efforts to ensure women and diverse attorneys comprise at least 30% of the candidates for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and lateral positions. Casey also has introduced innovative initiatives to address demands on working women, including an online course assisting pregnant women to plan for leave and to return to work; a breast milk storage and shipping service to assist breastfeeding attorneys who are travelling for work; a ‘Ramp-Up/Ramp-Down’ programme, allowing attorneys on extended absences to ramp up and down from 60% of expected hours to full time over 16 weeks with no impact on their compensation; and an Associate Life initiative, aimed at providing business skills and an overall positive experience at work.  Externally, Casey has co-chaired the United Way of Allegheny County’s Women’s Leadership Council, during which time the number of members in the WLC increased to more than 2,000 and significant finances were raised for women’s causes. She has also been a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts, who have recently honoured her for her efforts as Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania’s Woman of Distinction in Government & Law.

Sandra Federighi

Given that the workforce at Stella McCartney is 80% female, Sandra guides women through nurturing and supporting them in the workplace. She actively supports women in the organisation to complete core hours, ensuring a beneficial work-life balance. She is actively supporting women’s emotional intelligence in the workplace, helping them to grow and nourish their talents and build careers to be proud of. Externally, Sandra acts as a mentor for The Girls Network, helping to guide young women with the direction of their career and to make worthy business choices. She has been collaborating with the Istituto Marangoni and has recently joined the INvolve mentoring programme as a mentor. Sandra regularly speak on panels, sharing her mentoring experiences and helping to empower young, ethnic minority women. Sandra has also judged on the panel at the Barclaycard ‘Every women in retail’ awards, where she supported other women who share her hard work ethic. Alongside this, Sandra joined the financial times as a speaker at the CFO dialogues in November; where she guided aspiring CFOs on the importance of changing the workforce, and talent management.

Shruti Ajitsaria

In 2017, Shruti launched tech innovation space Fuse, which is designed to help lawyers to touch, feel and understand the impact of technology. As an Asian female partner, she is acutely aware of the lack of diversity on the tech sector generally as well as specifically in LawTech. She seeks to redress this balance by providing opportunities for females within A&O. Examples include hosting and participating in a Women in Derivatives session on tech innovation and organising Code First: Girls to teach coding  to emerging female leaders at A&O alongside their counterparts at a key client. As a school governor at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree, Shruti is on the strategy committee, on which she has a focus on ensuring that the young women leaving school are well prepared for the future. She is also an active member of the all-female fundraising committee of the charity, Noah’s Ark Childrens Hospice. Shruti participates in female mentoring, including through the LegalGeek network. She works hard to support female entrepreneurs and women in STEM careers.

Alysia Silberg

Alysia founded and is a General Partner at Street Global Venture Capital where an appreciation for diversity’s value is embedded in her firm’s strategy, engagement with the market and standard operational behaviour. Practically speaking, Alysia’s firm engages with more women in business, science and finance than is typical, finds more opportunities because they are diversity-friendly and capitalises on more opportunities because they engage with a wide range of people. Alysia invests globally to improve financial freedom, health, entrepreneurial productivity and economic security, a group of investing themes for empowering women. The firm reinforces embracing diversity in their brand articulation and public media presence. The firm has also done philanthropic outreach and education via online media and public speaking. Externally, Alysia is a UN Global Champion for Women’s Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. She created a radio show that democratised access to advice on entrepreneurship, technology and investing. She advises government ministers from a globally diverse group of countries, both in private and in public forums and has one-on-one relationships with key people and leaders in governments in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, the UK, the US and Canada. Alysia also speaks before officials at development forums on economic development and empowerment, and at educational institutions and general public education forums.

Christa Markgraff

Throughout her 27 years with Nicor Gas, Christa has acted as a prominent role model for women in the energy industry. She is a founding member and executive sponsor of Nicor Gas’ ERG Inspire, an inclusive network focusing on women’s issues, working to inspire women to fulfil their personal and professional potential. Christa regularly speaks at Inspire events. Other Nicor Gas ERGs have benefitted from Christa’s experience through presentations and panel discussions. Christa makes herself available for one-to-one meetings with employees to discuss career progression. She has encouraged women in the workplace to step up into leadership positions within their boards, ensuring they have an opportunity to develop professionally outside of the company. She is board chair of Voices for Illinois Children, an independent, nonpartisan advocacy organisation that champions strong public policies and investments for all Illinois children. She brings her leadership and mentorship to the classroom where she regularly presents on “The Future of Energy” to high school students. Christa is also a founding member of the Women’s Energy Network and third president of the Chicago chapter, an organization which educates girls on STEM careers and seeks to attract, retain and promote women in the energy industry.

Nancy Wisniewski

Nancy has been the Chair of Standard Chartered Bank’s Gender Engagement Network (GEN) in the Americas for the last five years. When she took over the leadership of the network, she successfully spearheaded the effort to change its name from ‘Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)’ to the ‘Gender Engagement Network’, recognising the imperative to include men in the conversation. The rebranding in the Americas region led to a swift tripling of membership over the course of the first six months. Nancy campaigned for the network’s UK counterparts to do the same, which has also resulted in significant growth! In 2018, GEN undertook over 45 events, both internal and client-focused, with activities including a client recognition award in honour of International Women’s Day, a movie screening of and conversations around RBG, a Meet and Eat series with senior management, creation of Lean In Circles, and a number of career building and networking workshops. GEN also led the charge to have Standard Chartered publish an Influencer Statement for International Women’s Day 2019 in support of #BalanceforBetter. Nancy also ensures that graduate recruitment has ample female representation through participation in the steering committee. Externally, Nancy is an active member of the Wall Street Women’s Alliance Governance Board and participates in a number of formal and informal mentoring relationships with women covering different aspects of their career within Standard Chartered, plus involvement in many other efforts to drive gender equality.

Nicky Bullard

Nicky is leading the diversity charge in the marketing industry, with the board at her agency MRM-McCann boasting a 50:50 gender split, including the recent hire of a female Chief Financial Officer. The agency has also become a founding supporter of the Creative Equals Returnship programme, welcoming women back in to the industry following a significant absence. MRM-McCann continues to invest in retaining female talent, sending 4 women to the Global Web Summit in Lisbon and maintaining their Flexy Forty programme, allowing women to ‘work work’ around their lives and family commitments without judgement. Externally she has been working with NoMore, the charity working to end domestic and sexual violence against women, creating work that will use voice technology to highlight the warning signs of verbal abuse – a common precursor to physical violence. She has also worked with the Miscarriage Association on their Cards of Acknowledgement project, allowing the charity to, quite literally, put help in the hands of those who need it most. She was also President of the Direct Jury at the Cannes Lions Festival 2019, the most prestigious industry awards show in the world.