President’s Message -  March 2020

WIBF AWARDS NOMINATIONS | MEN AS ALLIES | INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

WIBF AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT

The 2020 WIBF Awards for Achievement have received more nominations than ever before. Yes, I know it seems we say that every year but that is because it is true and we are delighted to broadcast the fact that the number of nominations submitted increase year on year. More nominations, more role models, more best practice, more celebration. Who would not want to shout about that?

Nominations closed on Friday (28th February) and we hope to announce the shortlist in the April newsletter. I am sure we are all looking forward to reading of the terrific achievements of the women and men working for the gender agenda in our sector.

WIBF AWARDS ALUMNI NETWORK: MEN AS ALLIES WHITE PAPER

We are very pleased to be able to share the White Paper, Men as Allies, from the Alumni event held in January, hosted by 2019 WIBF Awards Alumni Sponsor, Santander. It is now on our website. There is also a film of the event which will be posted on our website shortly. It is a really great opportunity to share in the evening’s discussion between Shriti Vadera, Chairman of Santander UK and Michael Cole-Fontayn, Chairman of AFME and Chairman elect for The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) – both WIBF Patrons – discussing the challenges and opportunities for change and exploring how to best leverage the collective influence and personal engagement of male business leaders to advance gender equality. Do have a look.

WIBF: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE
WIBF is very proud to open trading at the London Stock Exchange on Monday 9th March as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, in Women in Banking and Finance’s 40th anniversary year. Guest speakers include John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Diane Côté, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Team member of the LSEG and Tina Fordham, Partner and Head of Global Political Strategy at Avonhurst.

What are you doing to mark IWD? Let us know! Send us a tweet to @WIBFtweets.

WIBF relies entirely on the commitment and passion of the volunteers who lead and run our programmes and events. Niamh Simms and Maria Dickson have recently stood down from the WIBF Management Board and I would like to thank them sincerely, on all our behalf, for the unflagging support they have given and the immense impact they have made during their years at WIBF. Thank you both.

Best Wishes,
Vivienne Artz
President, WIBF