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How our members are celebrating International Women’s Day

news published date 28 February 2024
  • Communities
Next Friday, 8 March see’s the 2024 International Women’s Day, and we have been catching up with our corporate partners and supporters to find out what they are planning…
As we are drawing closer to the 8th March -International Women's Day, we have been asking our corporate partners how they will be celebrating, both internally and with events that you can attend.
This year sees #InspireInclusion as its campaign message:

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #InspireInclusion.

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity.

IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. Inclusion means all IWD action is valid.

Take a look at some of the events that are taking place for IWD, including some you can join yourself.


This year, Aegon are running a programme for all their global business units. Employees will be able to access 12 live, inspiring online keynote speakers from 7am to 7pm CET.

It’s a live programme provided by the external company Leqture which everyone within Aegon around the world will have access to, with recordings available for the different time zones.

International Women's Day - March 8th 2024 (

British Business Bank

There are a number of ways British Business Bank are celebrating IWD.

International Women’s Day-themed networking lunch on Monday 4 March 13:00

Our employee-resource group promoting an inclusive culture, Stronger Together and members of ExCo will join today’s networking lunch in both offices to celebrate the theme of #InspireInclusion. We’ll take some photos/videos at the lunch to share with everyone later in the week.

Parental Network meeting: “Working mothers and their allies” on Thursday 7 March 10:00 

The meeting will take place in person in both offices and on Teams. To join this informal and supportive meeting, please this form.

News article/blog/newsletter

You can expect a blog on Women in Banking and Finance cohorts and their experiences with the programme. Our Wellbeing Wednesday newsletter will be dedicated to IWD, and there will be a news article summarising the week on Friday, where we’ll share some book and podcast recommendations.

External events to highlight

  • AllBright Step Forward Summit

On Friday, we are sponsoring a panel at the AllBright Step Forward Summit. AllBright is the world’s largest collective of women in business, enabling ambition in all forms. Our General Counsel and Company Secretary will be on the panel. We’ll share more about this event soon.

  • AI UK 2024, The Alan Turing Institute

On Tuesday 19 March, our CEO will attend a panel focused on women and innovation at AI UK 2024. The conference will be an in-dept exploration of how data science and AI can be used to solve real-world challenges.



DLA Piper

The Equal Workplace - In-person event

DLA Piper are kindly extending an invite to WIBF members to their IWD event - The Equal Workplace, on Wednesday 6 March.

We invite you to an evening with cultural anthropologist and bestselling novelist Tahmima Anam as she outlines the future of work – a place where excellence and equality go hand in hand.

This event is open to all our clients and contacts, male and female, and we really hope you can join us. Drinks and food will be served and other fun and thought-provoking activities will take place during the evening.


17:30 – Registration and refreshments

18:00 – Tahmima’s talk

19:00 – Drinks, food and networking

Venue: DLA Piper, 1 St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3DE

To register, please click here

When registering, please insert details of your Company with (WIBF member) in brackets.

IG Group

This year, for International Women’s Day, IG are looking to address some of the most significant barriers to moving that needle for equality in ALL workplaces.

IG are partnering with Harrington Starr and bringing: UnconventionALL: IWD through a different lens. Each of their guest speakers will be addressing different barriers to inclusion.

It is being held at Vintners Hall, EC4V 3BJ, on March 5th at 11am and you plus someone you think could and should be an ally is invited.

The entire event will be to change opinions, share lessons, and see things from a different vantage point – what is your lens?

The line-up of speakers includes:

Payal Jain, Commercial and Analytical Executive & Chair of Women in Data®

Nadia Edwards-Dashti, Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer of Harrington Starr Group

Meri Williams, CTO of Pleo

Daniele Fiandaca, Founder of Token Man Consulting

Sign up for your free ticket here and save yourself a space.

You can watch their Promo video here:

Lloyds Banking Group

LBG has got several internal events planned for this year’s IWD to demonstrate how they Inspire Inclusion.

  • A Careers Week will run between 4th – 8th March which will cover various events around the opportunities internally as well as the tools that colleagues have to hand to be able to move and progress within their careers.


  • LBG have launched an Inclusive Every Day Hub -they say-  “Through our people led focus groups we’ve learnt there’s still a view that inclusion is largely about minority issues - but we can all experience exclusion and so we all have a part to play in being more inclusive to ensure our business is a place we all love to work. That’s why we’ve launched Inclusive every day with materials and activities to help us all understand how we can be more inclusive in our everyday behaviours, language, and leadership.”


  • Laura Needham, LBG’s Chief Internal Auditor, was appointed as Executive Ally for Gender in Nov’23. Here is a link to Laura’s profile on LinkedIn (2) Laura Needham | LinkedIn where you can see some announcements about her other (more external) appointments.


Mediobanca has planned a couple of activities targeting its female audience at both HQ and regional level.

Our colleagues in Milan will have the opportunity to join “The Self-esteem Gym”, a workshop on respect and empowerment run by Gabrielle Fellus, a Krav Maga instructor. Through targeted exercises that integrate theoretical and practical self-defence techniques, attendees will work to enhance the values of self-esteem, trust and respect.

Meanwhile, the female population of the London Branch will be attending a private guided tour of Yoko Ono – Music of the Mind (Trailblazer and an feminist icon Yoko Ono has always been vocal about women's rights. Through her art and public statements, she's consistently highlighted issues of gender inequality and sexism making powerful statements touching and inspiring people across generations and continents) at the Tate Modern followed by a drinks networking reception.


Via will lead with our report on board gender diversity’ from our ratings business, which is also in the form of a podcast.   Moody’s Analytics have focused on ‘narrowing the gender participation gap’.

Additionally on the platform, you will find a great video.

NatWest Group

Pension Insurance Corporation - PIC

PIC have a dedicated PIC women’s’ chat and we posted in here as a teaser to start.

They have mailed out to a diverse group of senior female leaders, looking for volunteers to help us celebrate International Women’s Day to be part of a Q&A panel over lunchtime on Thursday 7 March

The panel of 4 – 6 woman, this will be moderated by Jane Hennequin and asking each panel member the following:

A short introduction and a summary of their career

Employees (open to all employees to join) to have the opportunity to speak to senior female leaders about the secrets to their success.

Example questions

What have been the highlights in your career to date?

What are some personal and professional challenges you have encountered?

If you had the chance to speak to your younger self, what advice would you give?

Photos will be taken and shared on our intranet with anecdotal feedback from participants, this will be similar to IMD later in the year.


We will be offering IWD coloured cakes to buy with the £ raised going to dedicated woman charities, these are TBC.  Also asking people to incorporate the IWD colours in what they are wearing too.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo are definitely gearing up for a busy March with IWD and Women’s History month events.

Here are the events Wells Fargo are hosting:

  • 7thMarch – Our flagship event - Celebrating International Women’s Day Inspire Inclusion and Wells Fargo Women’s Connection EMEA 10th Anniversary event.

To mark IWD we will be joined by Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell (CEO if 10,000 Interns Foundation and ex-Olympian) and Mary Macleod (CEO, Business in Community, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Career Ready) for a fireside conversation hosted by Susan Monahan (Wells Fargo Head of International Communications and Exco sponsor of Wells Fargo Women’s Connection EMEA).  The event will finish with a panel featuring Wells Fargo’s diverse talent as they discuss how they continuously Inspire Inclusion.

  • 8th March – Volunteer Event with Learn2Earn at Mulberry School for Girls.  This event is focused around financial literacy and girls’ education from a young age and will help empower the women of tomorrow.
  • 18th March – Endometriosis Awareness Session
  • 20th March – WIBF PEP Event – being opened by Susan Monahan and hosted by Caroline Whitmey ‘The Juggle: How to make life as a Mum work for you’.  The webinar aims to help you create a work/life balance that fulfils you rather than drains you.
  • 20th March – Wells Fargo’s Fund Finance team are hosting a breakfast in partnership with the Women in Fund Finance industry network around Career Development and progression.
  • 21st March – The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Europe (CREFC-E) are hosting a breakfast and panel discussion at Wells Fargo London offices, to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
  • 26th March – EMEA Women’s Connection in partnership with our EMEA Disability Connection will host a Book Club event to discuss “Untypical” by Peter Wharmby.  “Untypical” lays bare the experience of being “different” and explains what it is like to live in a world built for “neurotypicals”.