Giving greater visibility to women who are paving the way for others is essential to making the workplace more diverse and inclusive.
The 2020 HERoes Future Female Leaders list celebrates 100 inspirational women who are not yet senior leaders in an organisation but are making a significant contribution to gender diversity at work.
All of the future leaders — who must identify as a woman at work can be of any nationality and based in any country — were nominated by peers and colleagues, or put themselves forward.
Nominations were then reviewed by the HERoes judging panel, which includes head of Yahoo Finance UK Lianna Brinded. The panel scored each person on the influence of their role, their impact on women inside and outside the workplace, and their business achievements.
1) JiHye Bae, head of credit cards, Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK)
Bae is a senior leader for the SCBK D&I council gender charter, where she takes the lead in implementing gender diversity programmes, and has organised a special Balance for Better lecture series for staff. As retail banking leader for SCBK’s women’s network, she also ran programmes on career development, mentoring, and a lecture series linked to external institutions.
Bae and the network conduct regular meetings on leadership, overcoming unconscious bias, and international finance, and she has promoted the activities of the network through media engagements.
Externally, Bae has conducted economic education and cultural events for migrant women from multicultural families in conjunction with SCBK and the Jongro-gu Multicultural Family Support Center. She has also been instrumental in the implementation of the Women’s Venture Scale Up Programme, in partnership with the Korean Women Venture Association.
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2) Eunice Heath, corporate director, EHS & Sustainability, Dow
Through the WIN+5 programme, Heath has provided mentoring and coaching support for women across functions at Dow. Through these engagements, women leaders have been able to position themselves for broader accountability in their roles and for promotions.
Heath has been a panelist and keynote speaker for Dow WIN’s partnership with EY, EY PowerUp, sharing experiences as a successful African American woman in business.
Beyond WIN+5, Heath mentors many women in the business, and was appointed MBA leadership development programme director last year, focusing on accessing top talent from prominent MBA schools and diversity conferences. Among many other high-profile speaking engagements, Heath spoke at FAMU College of Engineering’s freshman and sophomore engineering programme, with an emphasis on what it takes to be a successful woman in engineering. She is a consistent speaker on special panels for women in business, from student leaders at the FAMU School of Business to GreenBiz women leaders in sustainability.
3) Hayley Kahn, senior brand manager of BABE Wine, Anheuser Busch
Over the past four years, Kahn has co-led Anheuser-Busch’s largest ERG, Women in Beer & Beyond. Here, she has fostered a community for women and allies to connect, share, and grow within an industry that has traditionally leaned more male-centric.
She has organised speaker series with female executives, networking events, and coffee chats for colleagues to foster relationships, as well as recruited on college campuses to attract more women into the company. Kahn is passionate about enhancing the portrayal of women in advertising.
As a founding member of Anheuser-Busch’s Culture Collective, Kahn reviews marketing creative across brands to prevent potential unconscious biases, reduce negative stereotyping, and elevate inclusion and diversity. Outside of Anheuser-Busch, Kahn founded The Supper Series (@thesupperseries), a speaker series that brings together women over dinner to learn from female entrepreneurs across various industries and donates all proceeds to the Food Bank for New York City.
4) Jennie Koo, head of operations risk management, Capital One
Koo is the UK chapter lead for Capital One’s gender BRG, empowHER, and brings a gender lens to the REACH ethnicity network.
On joining Capital One 18 months ago, Koo focused on increasing visibility and awareness within her leadership team, quickly getting appointed to lead empowHER’s UK chapter. In the midst of a global pandemic, Koo joined forces with a newly formed parents network to drive increased awareness of the pressures of lockdown and the danger of the current situation setting gender conversations back years.
As such, she has been driving focused policy change opportunities around increased working flexibility. With intersectionality in mind, Jennie has taken on the work stream of community engagement and role modelling within schools and charities which focus on social mobility. She also volunteers on the board of Women in Banking and Finance, establishing a regional presence to support women in the Midlands & North regions.
5) Justine Zwerling, head of primary markets Israel, London Stock Exchange
Within the Women’s Inspired Network (WIN) at the London Stock Exchange, Zwerling has launched and forged partnerships with many organisations to promote gender diversity and women’s inclusion and empowerment throughout the world of finance.
She founded the Jewish Women’s Business Network at London Stock Exchange Group, which supports gender and neuro-diversity throughout the City and internationally. Zwerling volunteers with numerous organisations: with Clare Josa and Joy Burnford she works to combat imposter syndrome and to raise confidence; she is on the board of advisers to Israel Bonds; and on the board of Sahi, supporting the lives of young people at risk through building communities and giving.
She encourages diverse hiring from grassroots to board director-level and supports interns from the US, UK and Israel to gain summer placements and mentoring. Zwerling advises SafeUP, helping women in distress globally 24/7 with safe guardians for virtual support and physical help. She is a founding member of the UAE Israel Business council, cultivating friendships and impactful business partnerships.
6) Michelle Morgan, associate director, Mindshare
As associate director at Mindshare, Morgan has been working with Dove/Unilever on breakthrough advertising campaigns around women’s self-esteem, alongside cultivating gender diversity within Mindshare itself. As the events lead of Mindshare’s ERG, The Collective, Morgan has created experiences which bring women’s and minority voices to the forefront.
With Dove, she led an award-winning campaign to reframe the concept of beauty, working with Hearst editors from Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine and others to integrate powerful images of diverse beauty and change young girls’ perspectives on antiquated beauty standards.
Morgan was also involved in a panel for Dove’s Self Esteem Project, an educational curriculum developed to strengthen girls’ self-esteem. She has also been involved in a mentoring programme, which pairs young professionals with teenagers to provide advice and encouragement through their high school years.
7) Melisa Turano, head of sales, HSBC Bank Argentina
For three years, Turano chaired the BALANCE ERG at HSBC Argentina, which is dedicated to supporting the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. She has built a team structure with four working groups and designated champions to execute multiple initiatives simultaneously, creating new leadership and development opportunities.
The main initiatives carried out during her mandate include: workshops with parents and children; meet-ups with senior executive women; workshops for female entrepreneurs in low-income neighbourhoods alongside credit support to boost their projects; and training on unconscious biases and domestic violence.
Turano is also a co-founder of ‘Mujeres al Mundo,’ a HSBC programme aimed at accelerating women’s inclusion by providing training, networking, mentoring and financial services. It has already impacted more than 400 businesswomen. Through her work, she believes each day she is taking a step to fulfil a greater purpose, contributing to an environment in which everyone has equal opportunities and rights.
8) Jo Moffatt, practice director, Atkins
Moffatt is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She co-chairs the transportation ED&I leadership team at Atkins, where she champions part-time and flexible working, having hosted a ‘power part-timers’ event last year, inspiring women to consider flexible working and helping to challenge line managers’ views.
She founded an internal coaching programme and is currently trialling a two-way mentoring programme. This June, Moffatt launched a senior women’s network, providing support and momentum to women across the transportation business in Atkins. Moffatt is leading women in rail and International Women in Engineering Day involvement.
She is deputy chair of the Chartered Management Institute’s CMI Women Board, who have delivered events encouraging sponsorship of women, with themes around BAME, finance and STEM. Moffatt has been instrumental in the Institute’s COVID-19 response events and is also planning events reflecting on 50 years since the launch of CMI Women.
9) Shubha Polisetty, associate director, technology delivery lead, Accenture Solutions Private Limited
At Accenture’s Advanced Technology Centres in India (ATCI), Polisetty leads the returning mothers programme, the [email protected] and the AnitaB.org relationship. She enabled 1,400+ women to jumpstart their second-innings at work with mentorship, training and staffing support. Polisetty ensures that new mothers are offered technology roles with customised learning, re-skilling and growth opportunities. She focused her efforts to retain/re-staff returning mothers, leading to a drop in attrition. Additionally, she launched the ‘I-for-Inclusion’ campaign, engaging 30,000 employees and their children during the pandemic.
Polisetty is the ACTI AnitaB.org relationship lead and has established chapters in Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, and Chennai. She jointly led the I&D council for a global consumer goods client, driving conversations across countries. Polisetty leads technology delivery for APAC clients. She started her career in an electrical power plant where she was the only woman on the shop floor. Since then Polisetty has been relentlessly advocating to make workplaces better for women.
10) Ramat Tejani, programme lead, Amazon Web Services
Tejani leads AWS GetIT an Amazon Web Services’ skills and gender diversity programme, which aims to empower female talent, build confidence and leadership skills, and encourage more young people, especially girls, to consider a career in technology.
Tejani also sits on the board of the Amazon Black Employee Network (BEN) in the UK. She is responsible for developing and executing strategies to support the professional development of BEN UK members in areas such as employability and realising their potential.
Beyond AWS, Tejani has coached almost 100 women in the last two years, utilising her mentoring and confidence coaching skills through The Inspiration Box, a personal development platform. She is also part of The Mentor Circle, which was set up during the pandemic to combat widening inequality in the UK for young people.
11) Olaide Olumide, assistant director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Olumide Co-Chairs the Women Empowered Network, where she has re-launched and re-branded the network to emphasise gender equality as a collective issue and recruited a senior male champion to lead ‘WE Allies.’
She led the network’s first International Women’s Day leadership conference for 200 women championing intersectionality and public and private sector collaboration to tackle gender equality. Olumide spearheaded the development of the first BAME women working group successfully influencing seniors to commit to delivery through the departments trailblazing race action plan. She was featured in the Government Equalities Office #WomenWhoInspiresMe series celebrating women who have challenged gender stereotypes.
As a member of the UKsec steering committee, Olumide advocated for a session to address gender diversity challenges in the cybersecurity sector. Externally, Olumide runs Shades of Success, an online network for BAME women, mentors women within the Civil Service whilst volunteering in outreach activities through Inspiring the Future & Urban Synergy.
12) Margaret Gribben, performance manager, Irish Life
Gribben chairs the [email protected] and alumni network, and heads the steering group. Over the last two years, the network and other initiatives she leads have achieved numerous recognitions as industry leading best practice. These initiatives have significantly progressed the agenda with senior leadership and boards, both approving gender targets and a new gender dashboard to provide data and board papers to track progress.
Externally, Irish Life is recognised as industry best practice in diversity & inclusion following a number of D&I audits. Gribben is programme director for the LifeCareers mentoring programme and chairs the steering group.
This programme has become a benchmark, spawning national and international mentoring initiatives. Gribben is the internal network lead of the 30% Club Ireland financial services network, mentors through Pathways in Technology, and instigated and leads a partnership with Skillnet Ireland’s Women TechStart & ReBoot Programme, supporting women with technology skills to return to work.
13) Larissa Dudley, executive director, chief operating officer (COO) for engineering Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs
Dudley co-chairs the Hong Kong women’s network at Goldman Sachs, where she planned the firm’s International Women’s Day conference, featuring prominent internal and external women leaders, and sessions with senior leaders on resilience, career development and leadership.
She was instrumental in Goldman Sachs’ sponsorship of The Women’s Foundation and Girls Go Tech, including a STEM competition for female students.
Within the engineering division, Dudley has organised four roundt
ables with divisional leadership to hear from women engineers, organised roundtables for women engineers with senior visiting engineers, presented at recruitment events targeting women, and spearheaded a volunteer event with the Women Entrepreneurs Network, among other initiatives. Externally, Dudley is part of a 12-person team who will trek 150km across Kyrgyzstan over eight days to raise funds for Women for Women International.
14) KC Boas, vice-president, BlackRock
Boas co-founded the women in retirement group in her department at BlackRock, which focuses on career development and community building for its members. She leads programming across five offices, alongside a team that seeks to strengthen male allyship and gender diversity across the business. Boas is also the global strategy manager for BlackRock’s Women’s Network, and spearheaded a global campaign for International Women’s Day where she engaged thousands of employees across 63 offices in a gender equity pledge.
Last year, she was asked to join the firm’s Global Mosaic Leadership Team as an inaugural member – working in concert with BlackRock’s inclusion & diversity team to cultivate and advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm and in the communities in which it operates. Outside BlackRock, Boas is an ambassador for Girls Who Invest and an associate board member for the Council for Economic Education.
15) Samantha Price, head of client engagement, Morson
Price is the founder and a current board member of the Morson Group’s Diversity Champions. The group continues their #gendersnobarrier campaign, and has formalised a partnership with the Northern Power Women.
The Morson Group Diversity Champions support The Girls’ Network with strategic support and events, which have included a rail industry experience day.
Price has supported the Morson Group in the initiation of a series of reverse mentoring sessions for directors from Morson’s population of future women leaders. As a co-founder of the Women Leaders in Transport Network and helping to formalise a partnership with Women in Rail, sponsoring its Big Rail Diversity Challenge she has formalised the Morson Group’s outward facing gender inclusion programme within the rail industry.
Additionally, across the group’s strategic client portfolio she works with each organisation to understand their current inclusion practices and to provide a diversity improvement road map for the group’s service to them.
16) Olivia Maguire, portfolio manager, JP Morgan Asset Management
Maguire is an advocate of diversity and inclusion (D&I), both within JP Morgan and at industry level. She collaborates with internal business resource groups to help foster leadership and networking opportunities and advance the firm’s commitment to diversity and community involvement, including chairing EMEA asset management’s Women on the Move, and partnering with Black Organization for Leadership Development and Voices for Employees that Served.
Maguire has mentored colleagues and supported entrepreneurs and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the firm’s philanthropic initiatives and charity partners, including the Female Founders Accelerator Program, The Schools Challenge and The Service Corps (Detroit and Dublin).
Externally, Maguire participates in D&I focused forums, panels and roundtables and is a member of the CFA UK inclusion & diversity committee, the Bank of England’s money market committee and SONIA stakeholder advisory group. She also chairs the investment committee for the Institutional Money Market Fund Association.
17) Ana Perez, senior director consulting, Oracle
Perez chairs OWL (Oracle Women in Leadership Network) where she has developed and curated an improved programme of events and increased membership from 100 to over 600. She has created a peer network for senior women leaders through a programme of women-only dinners for senior executives.
She has expanded the programme to include participation in the 30% Club cross-company mentoring scheme, and has also developed OWL’s membership of Women on Boards to provide access to external opportunities.
Perez is also a trustee and company secretary of Smart Works Reading, a charity that provides interview coaching and suitable clothing for women, through which she has supported over 800 women in the Thames Valley.
18) René Lumley-Hall, director, product management, BNY Mellon
In her leadership position within BNY Mellon, Lumley-Hall has hired and coached women into her team to support large scale, high profile digital and product management efforts. She spearheaded a global Women’s Initiatives Network image consulting event to support women in the workplace with stylists and shoe retailers to provide appropriately-priced, yet polished options for professional women.
Lumley-Hall has been an advisory board member of the Student Leadership Network for 10 years, a network of all girls schools intended to equalise education and success. She established a yoga instruction and wellness education practice to provide tools to encourage women and Black and indigenous people of colour to thrive through holistic health and wellness.
Lumley-Hall is a case writer, presenter and judge for multiple cohorts of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, who work to transform career trajectories of thousands of Black, Hispanic and Native American women and men.
19) Emily Hanson, marketing director, Finecast
Hanson chaired GenderM, where she and her team highlighted International Womxn’s Day by bringing women from different parts of GroupM and varying seniority to the spotlight.
Hanson ensured the content aimed to be inclusive of trans and non-binary people, women of colour, women with disabilities and all other marginalised genders. She and her team also campaigned successfully for free sanitary products to be available in toilets. Last year, Hanson stepped into a leadership position at Bloom UK, facilitating events with inspiring speakers and workshops.
She also took part in The Exchange, a pilot reverse mentoring program between senior men and women to break down the gender divide. This year, Emily remains on the leadership team at Bloom, looking after how the network expands globally.
20) Aimée Sykes, business liaison manager, University of the West of England
Sykes spent a year as a coordinator for the Women’s Forum at UWE, where she implemented and managed a social media presence. During her tenure, membership almost doubled and event attendance almost tripled.
Sykes’s efforts formed a partnership with the Red Box Project, leading to each UWE campus hosting a donations box. Additionally, the forum raised funds for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and CoppaFeel. Sykes encouraged collaboration with other staff networks at UWE, to ensure an intersectional approach. She also founded the Aurora Alumni Network at UWE.
Outside of work Sykes has written regular article for the City Girl Magazine, providing guidance to young women on careers that led to the magazine creating a Careers segment. Last year, Sykes was appointed head of communications & engagement for WHEN (Women’s Higher Education Network). Since then she has contributed to a large increase in social media following and recruited many volunteers.
21) Innocentia Dogbe, head of credit cards, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana
Dogbe is council secretary for the Standard Chartered Bank diversity & inclusion council, and has been involved in the formulation of a D&I country plan for the past three years, alongside working with the various ERGs to activate programmes in line with the country plan. Dogbe began a partnership with Mentoring Women Ghana, an offshoot of Vital Voices, which focuses on providing young women with the opportunity to learn from more experienced women.
Last year, she was selected by the US Embassy in Ghana to participate in Fortune-US Department of State Women’s Mentoring Programme. Through her work as an alumna of The Ark Foundation Ghana’s Women’s Leadership & Human Rights Institute, Dogbe has trained women in rural areas on financial literacy, economic empowerment, and domestic violence.
During her tertiary education at the Takoradi Polytechnic, she served as women’s commissioner, aiming to get more women interested in leadership roles.
22) Joanna Obstoj, managing director, Goldman Sachs
A managing director at Goldman Sachs in Poland, Obstoj sponsors the Women’s Network in Warsaw. When the Warsaw office first opened, Obstoj was passionate about hiring female talent at all levels, and co-founded the Women’s Network to provide members with a platform to enrich leadership skills.
She has been instrumental in orchestrating the Network’s success by inviting external speakers to events, offering one-to-ones and formal mentoring to members, and helping leaders to be creative in this forum. In 2017, the IT for SHE programme was launched in partnership with Goldman Sachs, with the aim of helping talented women studying technology enter the job market.
As part of this award-winning programme, Obstoj has been involved in Europe’s biggest themed camp for young women in IT, ‘Women Tech Camp,’ as a formal mentor to encourage girls to learn programming. Joanna is also sponsor of the Warsaw LGBT Network.
23) Stephanie Ramos, events manager, Internet Creations
In 2017, Ramos led the successful effort to implement comprehensive paid family leave at Internet Creations with equal access to men and women. She went on to found and co-lead the women’s ERG, WomenSurge, aiming to allow women and their allies to come together and support each other through life transitions, personal and professional development, and career challenges.
The group have achieved high engagement with both women and ally members through monthly educational programming which speaks to improved conflict resolution, promoting speaking opportunities, and holding social gatherings to promote fellowship. Externally, Ramos served as a vote captain for TheSkimm, where she helped to increase millennial voter turnout in the 2018 US midterm election. She has also served as a mentor and advocate for PaidLeaveUS, and participated in the first-ever Ways & Means Committee hearing at the House of Representatives on family leave.
24) Mairi Dean, engineer, Buro Happold
Dean co-founded and chairs FAIR (Fairness, Awareness, Inclusion, Respect), which aims to promote intersectional dialogue, understanding and action at Buro Happold. FAIR leverages the voices and achievements of women and minority groups in the business, launched a bookclub to promote broader engagement on issues faced internally and externally, and acts as a sounding board for HR and leadership
on inclusion strategy.
This year, Dean and her team expanded FAIR across Buro Happold’s UK offices and are in discussion with colleagues setting up FAIR in Europe and the Middle East. Dean is also a co-lead on a WomEng collaboration, where she develops STEM workshops for girls and trains colleagues to become WomEng ambassadors. The team reached over 200 students this year and aim to reach 400 by December. Dean’s team developed an online workshop to be delivered during lockdown, and engages with parents and teachers to encourage girls into STEM.
25) Margherita Fontana, purchasing director EMEAI, Dow Chemical
Over the last four years, Fontana led the Dow Women’s Inclusion Network, WIN. Under her leadership, the WIN ERG has helped move the needle for representation of women at leadership levels.
Fontana developed and implemented a strategy for the EGR which introduced bold initiatives, such as sponsorship of female talent in partnership with INSEAD Business School, an equal pay initiative with EDGE to gain equal pay certification for Dow Switzerland, a role model stories initiative to showcase Dow’s hidden heroes, and the MARC Catalyst workshops to promote male allies in driving gender equality.
Fontana has engaged with the European Chemical Industry Council and the European Petrochemical Association on devising D&I best practice to be shared across the chemical industry in Europe. She is one of the founding members of ETH Zurich Circle, which promotes women role models in STEM education, and mentors young MBA women graduates through the INSEAD Women in Business Club.
26) Debbie Phillips, head of campaigns, NatWest
Phillips is the global chair of NatWest Women’s Network, and in the last year she has introduced a global speed mentoring programme, launched a book club, created a global calendar of activity and hosted the bank’s top 100 leadership conference to encourage leadership engagement with challenges in gender inclusion. She advocates for the network and for the bank at external fora to share best practice on D&I.
As head of campaigns, Phillips applies a gender lens to her day job, supporting the CEO’s communications, and leading PR campaigns designed to resonate with a female audience, such as the women in business campaigns addressing women’s investment.
Additionally, Phillips established The Breakfast Club, initially conceived to create more women-friendly networking opportunities, but now tackling issues that disproportionately affect women in the workplace. Externally, Phillips is a communication committee member for WACL, a member of Bloom, and a Brownie Guide leader.
27) Jess Gosling, senior international policy adviser, UK Government
Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech, Gosling champions intersectionality at every opportunity. She used her role as a diversity & inclusion ambassador in her directorate to recognise the intersectionality of culture and gender, organising the rollout of #IamRemarkable training for 100+ colleagues across government, a Google initiative that encourages women to speak openly about their accomplishments.
Externally, Gosling co-founded the Growth & Grace Collective, a global professional platform changing the narrative of upskilling and development with a focus on women’s issues, like the gender pay gap. Over their first year, they upskilled 2500+ people across 70 events focused on social mobility, women’s issues and D&I, hosted events with a truly global attendance and won the UK Social Mobility Honour Role in 2019.
She has spoken at many global events, conferences and leadership sessions, and has built her network to 5,000 women globally.
28) Paola Maffezzoni, head of marketing & communications, GroupM Italy
Maffezzoni is the operations director on the Winspire board, a cross-agency WPP Italy project whose aim is to support female talent into leadership positions, build gender balance, and undertake D&I activities with internal and external audiences and stakeholders. After WPP’s participation in the Female Employment Manifesto, organized by Valore D, Maffezzoni mentored people through ‘Quick Fix Training: Speed mentoring for colleagues to discuss how to become a future leader.’
Moreover, Maffezzoni was instrumental in organising a series of activities, such as the training programme for WPP women called ‘Fast Forward’ carried out with industry player such as Facebook Italia. She implemented a ‘I’m Remarkable’ workshop with Google Italia and has been collaborating with numerous associations within the industry to develop D&I strategy and activities, embedding them into the company.
Externally, she has contributed to the ‘Women4Women: Hack your campaign’ bootcamp on digital media, among other initiatives.
29) Hanne Tuomisto-Inch, head of Chrome and web partnerships EMEA, Google
Tuomisto-Inch chairs [email protected] UK, and has previously led the ItsUptoMe allyship campaign to energise leaders, managers and employees, which resulted in the implementation of inclusive hiring practices and a culture of inclusion.
With Women@, Tuomisto-Inch co-led the UK part of a global walkout to end forced arbitration, increase transparency, and launch a sexual harassment investigation report and an investigation care support programme. A key Women@ focus for 2020 is the gender pay gap, and the network is challenging leaders to focus on progression and setting ambitious goals, with recommendations now incorporated into the UK DEI market plan.
Women@ has launched a career conversation series with the Black Googler Network, reintroduced stretch training in the UK, run a ‘How to Own the Room’ future female leadership pilot, and a three month Grow Your Career Your Own Way programme. Externally, Women@ hosted the first Each for Equal summit this year, among other impactful initiatives.
30) Elena Koycheva, senior RFP writer, BlueBay Asset Management
Koycheva contributed to the establishment of BlueBay’s women’s forum, and has since been elected co-vice chair, where she led a proposal to restructure the forum’s activities to become the diversity and inclusion forum, building greater intersectionality.
She has contributed to a D&I vision and strategy, and has worked on strategic projects, such as organising working groups on data, volunteering, and interview practice. Koycheva has also supported the inclusion of BlueBay’s female portfolio managers in the 100 Women in Finance FundWomen initiative, and backed the participation of BlueBay’s employees in the Women in Investment Festival 2020.
Externally, Koycheva leads the CFA UK careers in the investment sector working group, and supports greater D&I awareness as a CAIA London chapter executive. Koycheva mentors in the CityHive, Women in Banking and Finance, and the CFA UK cross-industry mentoring programmes and is a Diversity Project Ambassador.
31) Sarah Chapman, technical manager, 3M
Chapman is the founder and lead events organiser for the Bracknell Wellbeing and Inclusion Forum, which hosts speakers discussing topics impacting women, such as unconscious bias, managing maternity, mindfulness, menopause, confidence, mental health, self-promotion, mentoring, and personal brand.
Chapman won the WISE Outreach and Engagement Award, and featured in 3M’s success in winning the prestigious Catalyst award. As a role model for women in STEM, Chapman is a successful technical manager in a traditionally male-dominated industry, championing flexible working, wellbei
ng and inclusion through her role as a mentor and champion for female colleagues.
She has appeared on the BBC, including as a guest on Sunday Politics, and has spoken at the House of Lords. She has spoken about how diversity drives innovation at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, and her STEM Supper Club featured in the Kids Zone of the 2020 WeAreTechWomen Conference.
32) Leya Teo, director, Edelman Shanghai
Teo leads Edelman’s Global Women’s Equality Network (GWEN) APAC, a global initiative dedicated to fostering an environment where women of all backgrounds can enjoy equal opportunities to grow, lead and succeed within and beyond Edelman. She began by initiating ‘Lean-In Circle’ sessions and a cross-market talent mobility program in Beijing. In 2018, she was selected as Edelman APAC’s representative at the IWF World Leadership Conference.
Teo was later elected global lead for mentorship programmes and APAC Lead for GWEN. She created ‘SHERO Showcase’ to invite inspiring women leaders to speak in Edelman offices and ignited a new mentorship program across three China offices.
Over the years, Teo has represented GWEN in partnering with external organisations to drive a broader impact in business and the community. With more than 500 engaged members across APAC, Teo continues to work with the GWEN committee, committed to ensuring women feel motivated and empowered.
33) Alice Jefferis, senior associate, global financial markets, Clifford Chance
Jefferis is co-founder of the global gender parity group Accelerate >>> and chairs its UK arm. She led on design and delivery of a reverse mentoring scheme, collaborates with other affinity groups to ensure intersectionality and incorporates diverse feedback to ensure inclusivity. Jefferis helps support and launch Accelerate>>> in unrepresented offices across Clifford Chance’s network and actively promotes gender parity internally and externally through a targeted strategy.
Over the last two years, she has successfully campaigned for and helped deliver the signing of the Law Society’s Women in Law Pledge, the introduction of time-specific diversity and inclusion targets and equalisation of shared parental leave.
She has also worked with Spark21, a charity aimed at raising visibility of women in law, and, following the onset of COVID-19, persuaded Clifford Chance to allocate funds to enable the London Black Women’s Project to open a new refuge required due to increased domestic violence.
34) Camila Davoglio, head, underwriting centre Brazil, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
Davoglio is a local ambassador for Swiss Re’s D&I group, Impact, organising local meetings and discussions. Davoglio has acted as a member of the committee dedicated to gender equality, Women in Leadership.
She co-founded the Associação das Mulheres do Mercado de Seguros (AMMS), a women’s association in the Brazilian insurance market. AMMS champions women’s inclusion through events, sponsorship, a podcast, and live webinar sessions. Davoglio’s role is to procure sponsorship, prepare strategy, choose topics for discussion across the year, and create a set of best practices for the industry.
This year, Davoglio will appear in a book telling the story of 30 women in the insurance market.
35) Nikki Jamieson, business support lead for chief digital information officer, NatWest Group
Within the NatWest Group, Jamieson acts as a gender champion in technology & digital, and is a member of the NatWest/RBS women Employee Led Network (ELN), the NatWest gender ELN, the Women in Technology ELN and is an ally in the Rainbow ELN.
She promotes intersectional D&I in all aspects of her work, bringing together gender, LGBT+, ethnicity, disability and multigenerational age groups to foster greater inclusion. Additionally, Jamieson is a member of Enable, the disability ELN, and is an MS Ambassador both internally and externally. She mentors numerous women across the group, including through the CEO-4 Female Talent programme, which she attended herself last year.
She is currently helping the families and carers ELN to find solutions for those juggling caring responsibilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jamieson has supported an all-female cohort through the ‘Determined Leader’ development programme, and assisted many women technology graduates on the necessary soft skills to succeed in a largely male-dominated working environment.
36) Anoushka Mehta, head of gender lens finance, Americas, HSBC
Mehta recognised that HSBC could play a larger role in promoting gender equality with its clients and the communities where it operates. This realisation led her to successfully propose and then lead Gender Lens Finance (GLF) at HSBC. GLF is a formal, business-led initiative that aims to leverage HSBC’s position and products to extend financing and resources to women globally. GLF has become a part of HSBC’s business strategy by addressing gender equality as both a social and business imperative.
Mehta also founded the Coaching Circles programme within the firm’s gender equality employee resource group. Participants in Coaching Circles receive group coaching from senior managers on career development. Based on its success in the US, Coaching Circles is being rolled out to HSBC markets globally.
Mehta has represented HSBC on WeConnect International’s Council Scaling Women-Owned Businesses and currently serves as a global board member at Women for Women International.
37) Divya Steinwall, director, head of sales enablement & business management for iShares Canada, BlackRock Asset Management
Steinwall is the chair of the Canadian chapter of BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network, where she focuses on providing educational opportunities to support career advancement. During her tenure, network membership has increased by 23% and male membership by 83%.
The network has piloted a local two-year facilitated training programme to develop important skills for career progression, encouraged participation and leadership involvement in an annual programme for female associates, and coordinated events with external partners to hear from senior industry leaders and expand professional networks, among many other initiatives.
Steinwall has mentored through the Women in Capital Markets’ UniConnect Mentorship Program, and is an executive committee member for the Toronto chapter of 100 Women in Finance, where she co-heads the education subcommittee. She is also a board member for the Canadian chapter of Women in ETFs, where she co-heads the mentorship committee.
38) Tanisha Sharma, junior business analyst, News UK
At News UK, Sharma is a member of the steering committee for Women in Tech, where she will be presenting on Expressing Accomplishments at the upcoming event. She has hosted 12-year-old school girls at News UK to give them tech insights and promote women’s inclusion in STEM.
Sharma has participated in a GenZ forum event discussing gender balance, age barriers, and women’s inclusion in the media; and she engaged in a Women in Agile meet-up, influencing women f
rom outside News UK to promote diversity and STEM careers.
Externally, Sharma founded SHEisRARE, a non-profit dedicated to break down barriers to women’s inclusion, instil passion for STEM careers in young women and to see more women in leadership roles. She featured in the 1 Million Women in STEM campaign, volunteers as a STEM Ambassador with STEM Learning UK, and has participated in high profile interviews and media engagements discussing gender diversity.
39) Preeti Mascarenhas, head of product & strategy, Mindshare
Mascarenhas was instrumental in the development and delivery of GroupM’s Walk the Talk initiative, designed to empower women to identify and achieve their purpose by providing the tools to confront barriers and create a more balanced vision for the future through sharing experiences and learning to become more effective leaders.
This year, Mascarenhas was honoured at the Women Leading Change Campaign Asia Awards for her leadership in fostering innovation in the media and marketing industry. One of many campaigns headed by Mascarenhas which sought to bring change was NAYI SOCH, designed to challenge stereotypes and build new role models in India, which was shortlisted at Cannes.
Previously, Mascarenhas headed a campaign with Indian cricketers to question why they shouldn’t have their mothers’ names on their jerseys, which was well-received across the country.
40) Shelina Janmohamed, vice-president, Islamic Marketing, Ogilvy
Janmohamed is a member of the Ogilvy UK and WPP UK inclusion boards. She has chaired key public and internal sessions, such as an industry discussion on unconscious bias in the gender space.
Janmohamed has represented Ogilvy at their International Women’s Day celebrations, and hosted a women’s speed mentoring scheme last year. In addition to her work on gender diversity, Janmohamed is a member of Ogilvy Roots, focused on ethnic diversity, and is on the steering committee of WPP Roots.
Externally, Janmohamed is a board member for IMPRESS, the UK press regulator, and is an adviser for the AMAL Foundation, an arts body encouraging investment in Islamic art and culture. She is serving as a judge for this year’s Gerety Awards, celebrating women’s work in advertising, she is a judge for new blood at the D&AD awards, and regularly contributes to industry press discussing women’s experiences through an intersectional lens.
41) Sueli Nascimento, senior product manager, SAP Brasil
Nascimento leads the Black employee network at SAP Brasil, has previously led the business women’s network, and is now a member. She has run monthly sessions with internal VPs and external guests on gender equality, personal experience and successful projects, and she has developed a close relationship with the communications and HR departments, participating in programmes and processes to showcase and champion the company’s women.
Under her direction, SAP Brasil signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles with the United Nations, and she brought men into the gender discussion through her introduction of the UN HeforShe programme. She is coaching numerous women for leadership positions, and is involved in talks at universities and other companies on gender equality and women in technology careers.
Nascimento helped to introduce a mentoring programme for returning mothers, and created a room for breastfeeding at the São Paulo office. Externally, Nascimento is a member of ‘Ser Mulher em Tech.’
42) Sally Keane, head of sales, LinkedIn
Keane co-founded Parents At LinkedIn UK, an ERG working with managers to understand the experience of colleagues returning to work after having children and offer appropriate support. Sally creates a safe space to have open conversations about difficult topics by sharing her own experiences with infertility and miscarriage.
She offers mentoring to female talent across different levels of seniority both within LinkedIn and outside of her network. Keane has been a member of Bloom since 2017, holding several leadership positions, and is the president for 2020.
In the past six months, Sally and her team have brought over 200 women into the organisation, launched a mentoring programme for over 600 women, and introduced Bloom Boost, a bridge between the mentee programme and a mentor partnership in association with the Believe charity.
43) Nina Ma, technology, data & analytics senior associate, PwC
Ma is a member of the national comms team for PwC’s gender balance network, and is a committee member for the Midlands. She is also a member of the women in tech team in the Midlands, which organises office-wide lunch & learn events to attract and retain female talent in the tech sector.
As a core member of the women in technology data & analytics team, Ma aims to create an environment where everyone feels empowered, inspired and supported to bring their authentic self to work, allowing greater career progression. She is also a #IamRemarkable trainer, a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. Last year, Ma was a member of the advisory board for GirlDreamer, a charity aiming to empower millennial and GenZ women of colour and provide them with life-changing opportunities.
44) Lin Yue, executive director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Yue is a thought leader on decoding cultural, gender and generational differences and how it impacts career strategies. Across industries, she is a highly sought-after speaker and she’s an advocate for women to find their own voice by building awareness of their unique experience to help them achieve not just equality, but equity.
Within the firm, Yue works with Chinese and Asian professionals groups, addressing differences between Asian professionals and tailoring their career strategies. Yue is the president of the rising women’s network in London. She is also a founding member of UK Chinese Women Connect, which helps women in breaking the glass and bamboo ceilings. She is also an executive member for Chinese Women in the City.
Yue has pioneered a diversity session for Chinese professionals in light of recent racial injustice events. She is also active in charities work, especially for BAME communities, and is a mentor with Migrant Leaders.
45) Kam Dhillon, head of services marketing NWE, Fujitsu
Dhillon has over 20 years of global experience in key leadership roles, developing go-to-market strategies focused on accelerating revenue growth and driving customer value. Throughout her career, Dhillon has been a champion for gender equality.
She has been the co-chair of the women’s business network for over three years, where she has worked on a range of initiatives, including gender pay gap, female mentoring and development programmes, and running events to encourage young women into STEM.
As a result of initiatives such as these, Fujitsu was named Times Top 50 Employer for Women. Dhillon works collaboratively with other women’s business networks from Fujitsu’s customers, partners and third party organisations to share best practice and drive awareness.
46) Katherine ‘Katia’ Ramo, associate, technology, media, IP & competition, CMS
Ramo is the founder & chair of CMS ENABLE (disabilities & wellbeing) network, a member of the UN stakeholders group for persons with disabilities, and co-chair InterLaw Diversity Forum disAbility Network. She is a member of CMS Women, BAME and an ally to LGBT+ Networks.
She is a core member of CMS equlP, helping technology start-ups scale and supporting women tech entrepreneurs. Ramo leads substantive impactful global conversations, mentoring, advocacy, media, writing and speaking engagements to champion equality for women and disabled talent. She is always called upon internally, and externally by clients, diversity organisations, the UN, and regulatory bodies, to provide advice regarding disability, often with a specific gender lens.
She introduced monthly mindfulness sessions at CMS to build resilience and mental wellbeing and in CMS’ film of the Lord Mayor’s appeal, ‘This is Me’, de-stigmatising mental health. She is in the First 100 Years Project, celebrating Women in Law.
47) Abisola Barber, vice-president, markets business manager, Barclays Bank
For two years, Barber sponsored a bespoke investment banking internship programme targeting women from wider university and subject pools to further increase diversity of both gender and background in the bank.
Through Barclays’ gender network, Win, Barber annually delivers networking and mentoring offerings to over 300 interns across the Barclays Group. She has stewarded new external partnerships for Barclays, launching last year to an audience of 61% female and 84% ethnic minority students and graduates from across the country. In the wake of the pandemic, Barber spearheaded a strategic pivot: transforming her development programme offering into a virtual platform whilst continuing her focused support for diversity in the talent pipeline.
Outside Barclays, Barber collaborates with universities, student societies and other organisations to advance female talent, and for the last five years has been delivering insight and confidence workshops on personal development, personal brand, and commercial awareness at top UK universities.
48) Smridhi Gulati, partner, Dechert
As an active member of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) in London, Gulati is a champion for gender equality, helping organise major events for the group and oversees a female-focussed soft skills training and development programme. Gulati is involved in the firm’s global sponsorship and sustained support programme, which helps senior women associates navigate the path to partnership.
Her pro bono and charity efforts are diversity focussed, having: handled the UK piece of a global pro bono project relating to the fair and equal treatment of female professional athletes; supported Inspiring Girls International, an organisation seeking to raise the aspirations of young girls by connecting them with female role models; and helped organise a clothing drive for the Dress for Success charity in London providing support (including professional attire) for underprivileged women looking to get into work.
Furthermore, Gulati serves as an ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, which supports underrepresented individuals getting into law.
49) Kim Rowell, assistant editor, BBC News & BBC Three, BBC
Rowell seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in all her work, alongside clients, collaborators and contributing parties, as well as amongst her team and fellow employees. Her work as a leader, mentor, hiring manager and volunteer in this respect saw he
r achieve a Women of the Future award in 2018.
Rowell has extensive experience in the mental health arena, in particular working with journalist Bryony Gordon at the Telegraph, creating three series of a hugely popular podcast that attempted to break down the stigma attached to mental health.
Rowell now hosts the Women of the Future podcast, featuring alumni from the Women of the Future Programme. Her intention is that these women’s stories will allow the audience to gain insight to aid them on their own paths. Her children’s book Townie Spider, published in 2019, was named in the Top 7 Books for Children’s Mental Health by Motherdom, a magazine for parental mental wellbeing.
50) Dipti Kulkarni, vice-president, senior business support manager, Bank of America
Kulkarni is a business support manager for the consumer, small business and wealth management technology team at Bank of America. An advocate for diversity and inclusion for almost a decade, she received the Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion award in 2019.
An active member of the bank’s Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) for Women group, she recently spoke at their domestic violence awareness event to encourage and inspire women to speak up against domestic violence. She actively mentors young female talent from multiple universities to pursue careers in technology.
As a recognised artist and poet, Kulkarni works on one subject every year and writes a poem inspired by her artwork from the series Women’s Rights and Empowerment, which depicts challenges women may experience throughout their lives. Kulkarni recently interviewed with GirlTalkHQ about her effort to create awareness around human trafficking through her recent art and poetry.
51) Jennifer Lee, head of technical innovation, Audible
Lee was on the leadership board for Girl Develop It Boston until 2019 and continues to be very active with the Women/Girls in Tech Community.
She organised a three-day hackathon hosted by Audible and has established a relationship between Audible and Resilient Coders, a nonprofit that trains people of colour for careers as software engineers. In 2019, Lee advocated for establishing an ally group at Audible and as part of the pilot has held monthly meetings and worked with HR to create a roadmap for diversity initiatives and for holding the company accountable on D&I ambitions.
The group’s advocacy led to their latest class of interns having a majority of women for the first time. Lee is a co-lead for Amazon Web Services Boston Meetup group and leverages her position to lead by example and inspire greater female membership.
52) Amandeep Khasriya, senior associate, Moore Barlow
Khasriya is co-founder of the women in leadership group and diversity and inclusion committee at top 100 law firm Moore Barlow. She spoke at the annual Partners conference on gender diversity in 2018 and was a keynote for the Diverse Law legal conference on gender.
As well as being the founder of Women Back to Law, Khasriya is a committee member at the Law Society Women Lawyers Division and has worked on many projects promoting gender diversity. These included speaking at their menopause resource launch event, researching into the impact of COVID-19 on women and ethnic groups, and presenting to Open University students on gender diversity.
Khasriya also volunteers at Hillingdon Women Centre, providing workshops on CV and interviews, helping women gain financial freedom following domestic violence. She has recently been invited to participate in the Oxford Faculty of Law inspiring woman lawyer project which aims to create an oral history of inspiring women lawyers.
53) Alpha Mae Arias, client services manager, IBM
Arias has been with IBM’s cognitive process services for 11 years, supporting clients in transforming their HR processes using analytics, automation and enterprise cloud platforms. Apart from delivering client value with her US payroll profession, she also volunteers in leading business resource groups earning her Be Equal and LGBT+ Allyship badges.
She locally introduced IBM Global programmes Nursing Mom Breast Milk Delivery service, #Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness and launched the Unleashing Your Leadership Potential training to help increase women representation in management.
A regular speaker during International Women’s Month and LGBT+ PRIDE event celebrations, she collaborates with external HR leaders through forums and IBM design thinking workshops. Working for a 100-year-old company with rich history, Arias’s journey shows how working with technology and diverse minds could out think anything.
54) Kenesa Ahmad, partner, co-founder, Aleada
Ahmad is an attorney and risk adviser, widely recognised as a leading expert in privacy, data protection and information security. In 2017, Ahmad co-founded Aleada, a boutique information privacy and security consulting firm based in San Francisco.
She started the company with her two fellow co-founders of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), a non-profit organisation established in 2014. Ahmad’s objective with Aleada is to put into practice the WISP mission: advancing women in the converging fields of privacy and security. Ahmad has made a commitment to recruit and hire individuals from diverse backgrounds seeking to enter or transition into the privacy field. Aleada specifically focuses on providing career opportunities for individuals re-entering the workforce from caretaking or family rearing roles, second career job seekers, and new graduates.
55) Stephanie Danner, senior director, high end brands, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Danner is a women leader in a male-dominated industry and one of only a handful of female partners in US sales at Anheuser-Busch.
She is constantly advocating for gender diversity in advertising and employment within the beer industry. She has worked to promote and develop women leaders within the company, providing mentoring to five women who are currently progressing in their careers.
Danner has recently joined the Make a Play Foundation where she will supporting a group of under-represented student athletes in career-building activities and projects.
56) Akansha Goyal, vice-president, product control, Barclays
At Barclays, Goyal is part of the department’s diversity and inclusion initiative where she has been involved in mentoring and talent development.
She has also been engaged on initiatives around female talent review, development and retention with a focus on providing guidance on career progression to top talent within the department. As an ambassador for Masters in finance at London Business School for more than five years, Goyal has been involved in interviewing candidates for the programme across the globe and personally guided and mentored several prospective candidates from diverse backgrounds.
She is passionate about female education and has worked with multiple small schools to promote and encourage female education by providing mentoring to female students.
57) Yvonne Luu, senior communications officer, Peabody
Luu is co-chair of Peabody’s gender network and established their inaugural reverse mentoring programme, which includes several board members and directors as the first tranche of mentees. Her success in involving members of the board and senior leadership team has not only given this initiative significant profile but has also provided the potential to effect real change at the very top echelon of the organisation.
Luu also led the planning and delivery of Peabody’s largest ever International Women’s Day celebrations which included a high profile panel event held in collaboration with five other large housing associations at which three chief executives joined the speaking panel. She is a Young Women’s Trust Champion which is a charity supporting young women struggling to live on low or no pay.
58) Rachel Welch-Phillips, associate, Bird & Bird
Welch-Phillips is the founder and chair of Embrace, Bird & Bird’s inaugural intersectional BAME network. The network achieved many successes in a very short period of time through social media campaigns, community outreach and a series of internal events to engage with key stakeholders and improve representation, retention and attitudes to intersectional diversity within the legal profession. These successes were recognised when Embrace won the Outstanding Multicultural Employee Network award at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2019.
Embrace has maintained a strong focus on community engagement and dedicates hundreds of hours to uplifting youth in BAME communities, particularly BAME women and girls who often have the fewest doors of access and opportunity open to them. Alongside her work with Embrace, Welch-Phillips is an active mentor through formal and informal channels to high school and university students, trainees, and other women who aspire to become lawyers in the City.
59) Mary Agbesanwa, management consultant, PwC
Agbesanwa joined PwC on their Women In Business programme and has been involved in a campaign to encourage more young women to apply to PwC through sharing her experiences and inspirations. She delivered a Level Up Workshop focusing on promotions, sponsorship and relationship building to members of the Gender Balance Network and is a mentor in the firm’s diversity mentoring scheme.
Outside of PwC, Mary is co-founder of the Now You’re Talking Network for professional women millennials and has conducted a series of inspiring Instagram Live Series with female entrepreneurs and professionals covering topics from communicating confidently on camera, tapping into your emotional intelligence, and developing a positive money mindset.
In May, she was selected from over 6,900 applicants across EMEA to be a McKinsey Next Generation Women Leader.
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60) Freddie Cormack, assistant to the chief information security officer, BP
Cormack is the co-chair of the Transgender Group at BP which has transformed transgender awareness within BP globally. This includes creating senior management engagement resulting in many public shows of trans support from leaders including BP’s new CEO.
Cormack has developed many Safe Space training sessions and is also an active member of BP’s Women in Industry group advocating equality for women in BP.< /p>
Outside of BP, Freddie is a founder and committee member for Trans in the City, a collaboration of over 75 organisations to actively promote corporate transgender awareness.
61) Christina Mallon, global inclusive design lead, Wunderman Thompson
Mallon is a member on five inclusion boards (WPP DEI Council, WPP Culture Council, WPP Sustainability Council, WPP Innovation Council, and Wunderman Thompson DEI Council) where she advises on women’s issues and their intersection with disability.
On the Wunderman Thompson DEI Council she created an inclusion framework and scorecard for individual disciplines to give everyone the steps and measurement to a more inclusive culture. She created the inclusive experience practice which uses inclusive design methodology to create inclusive products and experiences for her clients’ customers.
This methodology forces the creator to ask who they are leaving out of the experience that they are creating and pushes them to take the time to learn from the groups that they’re leaving out. Mallon is the chief brand officer of a non-profit, Open Style Lab, which is an inclusive design education hub which teaches women and girls with disabilities about STEM through adaptive fashion design.
62) Shelley Tiltman, employee experience & inclusion senior manager, Cognizant
Since joining Cognizant in 2019, Tiltman has been instrumental in re-energising UK&I Women Empowered, recruiting 24 new and active committee members, to drive inclusion and empowerment. Combined with her role as Engagement and Inclusion Lead, she has organised and hosted a number of events to educate develop and support employees.
She is part of the team looking at the gender pay gap and shares recommendations to enhance attraction, retention and development. Tiltmany is a driving force behind other affinity groups including Embrace, the LGBTQ+ ally network and promotes trans rights. She is core member of global diversity & inclusion network spanning 52 countries.
Tiltman’s broad external network helps to bring insights to the internal networks, always sharing food for thought. Tiltman is extremely proud of the sense of community and support the affinity groups bring to colleagues. She writes thought leadership articles on many aspects of diversity and tirelessly campaigns for equality.
63) Suki Heather, creative director, AKQA
Heather was part of the initial women’s global council that brought together senior women across the AKQA network. The council introduced several initiatives in their local studios including: unconscious bias training designed to help build a more representative workplace; returnships designed to attract back into industry those who’ve most likely left to be a parent; and apprenticeships to encourage entry level hiring from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
During her time at AKQA, Heather has worked with management to introduce free feminine care products in all female toilets of the London studio. Heather’s work has been featured in prominent publications that focus on women in design including Hidden Women of Graphic Design, Women of Graphic Design, Femme Type (TYPE01) and Graphic Burd, all of which have highlighted her work to draw more attention to visibility of women in the creative industry.
64) Bjial Majithia, assistant director, EY