Millennial Woman Initiative
Following feedback from our Corporate members and having reviewed various independent studies and statistics, WIBF know there is a gap in the engagement and professional development offerings for young professional women in the banking and finance industry.
There is currently a lack of focus on the retention of female professionals at the earlier stages of their career and this fact alone suggests there is a leak in the female talent pipeline. WIBF want to do more to not only solve the issue, but also encourage and support the next generation of leaders in the banking and finance industry to reach their full potential.
We are therefore very excited to announce our Millennial Woman Initiative. The initiative will provide regular events and cover corporate culture navigation, career management, networking and mentoring; reaching out to young women at earlier stages in their career.
We will be launching the initiative with a panel event; it will consist of a keynote speaker followed by a panel discussion. After the event there will be an opportunity for Q&A and then networking.
This event is suitable for early career to mid-management level women (~3-6 years) in finance and related industries, university & business school women.
Aiofe Flood, PWC
Vivienne Artz, Citi
Vivienne is a Managing Director and Head of International for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group in the General Counsel’s Office in London. The International team, with lawyers in EMEA and APAC regions responsible for all legal aspects of intellectual property, technology, e-commerce, general commercial/procurement/outsourcing, data privacy, banking secrecy and data security, electronic trading and order routing, and market data legal issues, across all business areas in those regions.Prior to joining Citi in 2000, Vivienne worked in private practice in London.Vivienne chairs the AFME Data Protection Working Group, the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and is co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the UK. Vivienne is an active participant of the Data Protection Working Groups at the BBA and CBI, as well as being a Steering Committee member for the Technology Discussion Group. Vivienne has recently completed a two-year term as co-chair of the UK Citi Women Network, and chair of the Legal Diversity Council for EMEA, and is currently a Citi Women Community Ambassador. Vivienne was awarded the Women in Banking and Finance “Champion for Women” Award in 2016.
Katy Bennett, PWC
Katy is a Director in PwC’s Financial Services People and Organisation business, where she advises FS firms on a range of HR and people issues, with a particular focus on issues around diversity and inclusion, pay and the people impact of regulation. Over the last year, Katy has developed PwC’s approach to helping FS clients tackle the specific challenges that they encounter as part of the journey to improve diversity within their workforce. This includes working with firms across banking, asset management and insurance to identify and address their diversity challenges and define and meet their goals. As part of this work, Katy leads PwC’s work advising clients on HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. Prior to joining PwC, Katy worked within financial services, where she focused on pay and regulation within a large bank.
Elaine Lim, BAML
Elaine is a Vice-President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the EMEA Equity Financing Sales Desk who moved to London in April 2016. Previously, she was based in Merrill Lynch’s office in Hong Kong on the Asia Equity Financing Sales Desk for 3 years. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, she was at Barclays in Hong Kong also doing Asia Equity Financing Sales where she joined as an Analyst. Before joining banking, Elaine also worked as an accountant in a leading port operator company and a management consultant at Ernst and Young whilst being based in Singapore. Elaine is keen to share her experiences and insights in terms of moving industries and across different countries in her career. Elaine grew up in Singapore, went to London School of Economics for her undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Science (Accounting and Finance), worked in Singapore and Hong Kong for 10 years before returning to London where she is based now.
Zoe Smithson, Director, Barclays
Zoë is Head of Strategy and Business Management for Corporate Operations. In her role, she manages and leads the Communication & Colleague Engagement, Strategy, and Business Management teams across Corporate Operations. After joining Barclays Group HR in 2002, she subsequently held numerous roles across the Group including the Group Mergers and Acquisitions team, Change, Legal, Finance and Treasury. Over the past seven years she has focused on operating in the Chief of Staff/COO arena. She has undertaken two international assignments, most recently in South Africa where she undertook the role of COO for Corporate, Investment Bank and Wealth Operations in Johannesburg. In June 2016, Zoë was a finalist for the Barclays ‘Group Citizenship Awards’, where she was nominated in the ‘Partnership’ category in relation to the work Corporate Operations have led with ‘The Girls Network’ charity.