100 Women of Finance will stand united with the International Women’s Day celebration for equal representation of all women!
International Women’s Day raises awareness that it’s time to imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination against women. This collective global unity celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. Its mission is to create a world of diversity, inclusion, and equality. The 2022 theme #BreakTheBias focuses on uniting women from all walks of life to support one another and continue this pathway forward to equality.
The International Women’s Day Missions
- To forge inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated
- To shine a spotlight on activity uplifting and inspiring women to pursue goals without bias or barriers
- To recognize how the thoughts, actions, and support of executive leaders can powerfully affect women’s advancement in the workplace, community, government, or industry.
International Women’s Day reminds us that although progress is being made, there is still a lot more to be done to close the gender gap and continue the push to the equality line.
In 2001, the founders of 100 Women in Finance made it their mission to do just that. They recognized that collaborative efforts could effect change in the finance industry and beyond through Peer engagement, Philanthropy, and Education. This organization has been proactive ever since in providing support, resources, advocacy, mentorship, and leadership to women in the finance industry.
100 Women in Finance:
THE MISSION is to strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. This requires reaching more women who are already in finance and advocating for a new generation of industry leadership. It means that each of our programs promotes diversity of thought, raising visibility, and empowers women at each career stage to find their personal path to success.
THE VISION is the 30/40 goal for women to occupy 30 percent of senior investment roles and executive committee positions by 2040. There is still quite a way to go to close the gap in investment and executive roles in finance men currently hold, but with the collective continued awareness, efforts, and support of other organizations working toward gender equity, our vision will remain focused.
THE INITIATIVES. 100WF has created a diverse array of initiatives to create a more diverse and gender equitable presence in the finance industry at all levels worldwide. Whether it’s helping lift women in specific regions, raising the next generation, or providing networking for industry professionals, we continue to do everything in our power to break the barrier. Some examples of our initiatives include:
Investing in the Next Generation
100WF welcomes inquiries from potential program partners in joining forces in being part of their pre-career programming for teenage girls and young women of diverse backgrounds. Our goal is to provide direct services to girls and young women so they are prepared, confident, and inspired to pursue careers in the finance industry.
100WF has created a global network of female committees already in finance to mentor, network and advocate for, and provide financial support to the next generation of industry leadership.
The JumpStart Program provides college-age students with an introduction to the financial services industry and the opportunity to meet experienced finance professionals. Through a virtual experience, students receive career guidance, interviewing and networking tips, and opportunities to interact with professionals, recruiters, and fellow students from around the world.
The 100 Women in Finance LaunchMe Program is a comprehensive mentorship initiative that helps connect career-ready students to professionals and industry firms. Student participants are matched with industry leaders for a year-long structured program. In addition to being a positive guiding force, mentors may assist with the following:
- Professional sponsorship
- Career coaching and planning
- High-impact skills guidance and industry insights
- Introductions and expansion of professional networks
- Internship and full-time opportunities effort
As the largest cap intro event of its kind, Global FundWomenWeek spurs connections via 1:1 meetings and roundtable sessions with a diverse network of industry professionals. GFWW provides a platform to explore business opportunities, develop new relationships, and hear allocator perspectives.
We Run the World! Driven, fearless, and visionary are the traits possessed by the 100WF changing the face of finance and making it a more diverse and gender equitable industry. Our individual paths to success are unique, but together We Run the World. Join us April 6, 2022, for the 100WF gala event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Let’s all run together!
We Run the World, the theme for our 2022 galas, represents drive, fearlessness, and vision—all traits possessed by the women who are changing the face of finance and making it a more diverse and gender-equitable industry.
So many female leaders inspire us every day and motivate the future of the industry to forge ahead. Our individual paths to success are all unique, but together, We Run the World.
Standing united together IWD and 100WF can #BreakTheBias