Lydia Brookes

Lydia founded the Mizuho Gender Network in 2017, which has since been enlarged through merging with the gender networks of Mizuho subsidiaries. Lydia, who now co-leads the network, has organized speaker events, driven policy change, with a focus on parental leave, and supported the re-launch of the mentoring scheme. She has secured funding for an external events program with high-profile speakers, targeting imposter syndrome, careers, performance, mindset and resilience. With a focus on policy change, Lydia is now helping the bank understand the need to collate and analyze employment data, and how to use this to impact decision making. She is also focused on tackling the flexible working policy and expanding paternity leave. Lydia mentors women within Mizuho and through Women in Banking & Finance, and represents the bank at external networks, including WIBF and the Network of Networks.

Felicia Ofori-Quaah

Felicia is active member of the Women’s Initiative Group, Family Focus Group and Heritage Group (which relates to underrepresented minorities) within Milbank and also acts as a mentor to younger women associates; especially those on their maternal journey. She has been focused on improving the experience of women lawyers who return from maternity leave, including advocating for more effective ‘Return to Life’ procedures and maternity coaching as well as emergency care benefits for carers within Milbank. She has featured as a panel member at Thomson Reuters’ Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law conference and was named as a “Mover and Shaker” by The Glass Hammer; an online career resource for professional women in law, finance, technology and business.

Brenda Hudson

Brenda founded The Bridge this year to amplify inclusion and belonging to the current diversity programs across WPP in GroupM EMEA. The group works to target those who are at the intersection of race and gender with the aim of providing traditional mentoring and sponsorship, as well as facilitating reverse mentoring to encourage challenging conversations on race and intersectionality with leadership in order to break barriers and create allies. Externally, Brenda set up an informal training program, The Kitchen Table, which she launched in response to work that her grandmother was doing to support a small group of women with financial literacy. The program equips women with vital financial skills to support themselves and their children.

Denise Best

Denise co-chairs the Race Faith Diversity & Inclusion group at Euromoney Institutional Investor (EII), and has organized numerous events promoting diversity and inclusion. As a member of the EII Charity Committee, EII Cares, Denise works with organizations to support women, such as Iris House, a Harlem-based women’s support organization, and Bottomless Closet, which empowers NYC women in need to enter the workforce and achieve success. EII has participated in clothing drives, resume and interview preparation, safe sex kit preparation and toy drives. Last year, EII hosted the Euromoney@50 awards, where Denise won over $10,000 for Bottomless Closet. Denise is also the creator of the ‘I Am’ empowerment movement, honoring women who are a credit to their community or industry. The group is currently running a series called ‘The State of the Black Woman’, and is starting a mentoring program for young girls.

Katy Goodrich

At Adobe, Katy is a Customer Success Director and co-lead for Women at Adobe and Social Impact Teams for the UK. As part of her Customer Success role, she works with Adobe’s largest Financial Services customers as a trusted advisor towards their digital transformations. Her Women at Adobe and leadership of Social Impact teams involves creating internal programs and community partnerships to promote causes top of mind for Adobe employees, such as championing gender diversity in tech. Her recent accomplishments include co-organizing and hosting Adobe’s first Women in Marketing speaker training program to bring more diverse voices to marketing and financial marketing conferences. She also founded and leads Adobe’s Financial Services Executive Women’s Roundtable, promoting networking and knowledge-sharing among female leaders in Adobe’s customer base. Recently, she co-launched an EMEA Adobe for All Book Club, a space for ongoing reading and ideas to encourage a more inclusive environment for conversation.

Masumi Ichimoto

Masumi is involved in the Japan Inclusion & Diversity Initiative at Accenture Japan, where she developed a program for working parents to help them continue working without stress after returning to work, with a focus on career development and a healthy work-life balance. The program focuses in particular growing working mothers’ career opportunities, challenging the misconception that returning mothers are limited by less flexible working hours. It also focuses on unconscious bias around parenting, and is inclusive of working fathers. Masumi’s program has contributed to Accenture being ranked in the top ten of Nikkei Dual’s ‘Best Companies for Working Parents’ in 2020.

Catherine Wright

Catherine is the UK Representative for the Gender Balance Network, supporting Bank of Ireland’s Inclusion & Diversity Team. She represents the UK Corporate Banking division in idea generation, and engaging with decision-makers and key stakeholders internally, with an aim to grow the culture of inclusivity within the bank. This year, Catherine has spearheaded a series of inclusive programs, including a Woman in Business & Finance initiative in partnership with Deloitte, leading high-impact webinars with a diverse group of panellists. Catherine mentors upcoming women within the organisation and externally, is involved in supporting and empowering millennial women at all stages of their career, through bespoke mentorship and coaching whilst also offering opportunities to broaden their network. She is a member of The Women’s Chapter and 100 Women in Finance; where she actively participates in sessions promoting D&I by sharing best practices to create a ripple effect and close the gender gap.

Ranu Sharma

Ranu sits on the MasterCard Women Leadership Network, heading up the London Operations and Technology guild, whilst also advocating for young working mothers from minority ethnic backgrounds within a male-dominated industry. Ranu was instrumental in Introducing the concept of ‘Reversed Balanced Mentoring’ program to Senior Management, whereby less senior colleagues mentor executives within the organization, whilst ensuring the program maintains a 50:50 gender balance. Outside of this, Ranu leads women’s forums and coaching sessions across the AAPAC region, and shares best practices and experiences to encourage women to lean in and step up, to be more confident and to grow. She has helped transform the lives of young youths through her own Podcast Series and other influences.  

Carol Reddy

Carol is a Client Service Delivery Manager at Northern Trust. In addition to chairing the business’s Women in Leadership Business Resource Council in Ireland, Carol participates in the Ireland Executive Gender Balance Group; a sub-committee of Northern Trust’s Ireland management team solely focused on ensuring gender parity across its workforce in Ireland. While recognising the intersectionality of women, Carol has championed a female-focused cohort of an internal mentoring programme to support the development women in the early-to-mid stages of their professional life, introduced role modelling initiatives to enhance the visibility of senior females, and driven an increase in male ally-ship through inclusive engagement.

Musidora Jorgensen

As an ally and speaker for the Salesforce Women’s Network, Musidora has been a strong advocate of promoting gender diversity within her career, and is one of the UK leadership team on Salesforce’s internal working group focused on more inclusive hiring. She coaches, mentors and sponsors women both internally at Salesforce but also externally across the wider STEM industry. She’s also regularly involved with the Women In Sales Awards Europe; an organization created to recognize excellence in sales across a very male dominated industry. Musidora has spoken on gender diversity as a keynote speaker for the Salesforce Women’s Network, at the Women in Sales Conference, at the PwC Women’s Network, and is due to speak at the House of Commons in February as part of the Gamechangers Women’s Network.