100 Women in Finance Celebrates its Investing in the Next Generation Initiatives at Buckingham Palace Reception

Feb 12, 2020

London – 12 February 2020 – 100 Women in Finance (“100WF”), a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organisation that serves more than 15,000 professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries, announced that it celebrated its global Investing in the Next Generation Initiatives at a Buckingham Palace reception yesterday.

The reception was hosted by HRH The Countess of Wessex, who serves as 100WF’s Global Ambassador of Investing in the Next Generation Initiatives.

HRH The Countess of Wessex with young guests at the 100WF reception at Buckingham Palace
HRH The Countess of Wessex with young guests at the 100WF reception at Buckingham Palace.

Attended by 350 active members of 100WF from around the world, the reception also included representatives from 100WF’s corporate supporters and global program partner organisations.

At the reception, HRH The Countess of Wessex delivered welcome remarks and spoke about her work with 100WF across a range of locations. Other featured speakers were Lauren Malafronte, 100WF Global Association Board Chair and Amanda Pullinger, 100WF’s CEO. The event was additionally noteworthy for the presence of a number of teenage girls served by 100WF’s Investing in the Next Generation global program partners.

Watch a video about 100WF’s Investing in the Next Generation Initiatives
screened at the Buckingham Palace reception here.

100WF’s Investing in the Next Generation Initiative reaches, inspires and supports pre-career women of all backgrounds, to become the finance industry’s leadership pipeline. This initiative is an important strategic element in the organisation’s 30×40 Vision, in which women will perform 30% of the finance industry’s investment and executive team roles by year 2040.

Learn more about 100WF’s Investing in the Next Generation Initiative here.

Amanda Pullinger noted that “Our Investing in the Next Generation Initiatives effort is still in its early days. Today’s reception celebrates our initial success and momentum, but 100WF takes a generational view with this work. We know that shaping young women’s positive attitudes about the finance industry requires strong local program partners, the opportunity to directly influence teenage girls, visible female role models, and a workplace that is primed to help these women thrive at the highest levels.”

Cayman Islands-based 100WF Global Association Board member Christina Bodden was accompanied at the reception by two students served by GirlForce 100, 100WF’s flagship Investing in the Next Generation program partner in the Cayman Islands. Ms. Bodden remarked, “For the past four years, we’ve delivered pre-career programming and mentorship to diverse, high potential Caymanian high school students. It’s gratifying to see that 100WF’s work – in the Cayman Islands and globally – makes such a difference in elevating young women’s professional ambitions and pointing them toward careers in the finance industry.”

100WF committee leader Sonia Ponnusamy attended the reception with other members from Hong Kong. She noted, “The scale of 100WF’s global organisation is apparent at this reception. One can sense how 100WF’s Impact initiatives are part of a growing, global movement.”

100WF is hiring a Global Director of Pre-Career Initiatives.
Learn more, apply, or refer a qualified candidate here.

100 Women in Finance’s more than 15,000 members strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. Its members inspire, equip and advocate for a new generation of industry leadership, in which women and men serve as investment professionals and executives, equal in achievement and impact. Through Education, Peer Engagement and Impact, the organisation furthers the progress of women who have chosen finance as a career, and enables their positive influence over pre-career young women.

Investing in the Next Generation Initiative is 100 Women in Finance’s global strategic priority to establish purposeful pathways into the finance industry for young women of all backgrounds. The hallmarks of 100WF’s Next Generation Initiative are: encouraging female students to look favorably at careers in finance and investing, creating educational opportunities and access points to join the industry, and presenting greater visibility of female role models. Our success will result in stronger sight-lines and more expansive professional opportunities for young women, ultimately resulting in greater representation of women on investment teams and in finance industry executive roles.


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