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March 8th 2021 marked International Women’s Day against a backdrop of a global pandemic and over ten months of disruption to both home and work. The pandemic has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable in society and many studies have shown that women are more greatly burdened by the changes to domestic setups. The long-term impact on progress in gender equality and female representation remains to be seen and we as a community must do all we can to support one another and ensure that inclusion and female representation stay on the agenda in corporate finance.
Treasury Today Group partnered with Kyriba to host a very special virtual event for our EMEA and North American community which took place on Monday 8th March.
We addressed the wins and lessons learnt and explored how to apply these experiences to the advancement of racial equality and inclusivity across the board. We also looked at how ideas of community, representation and the discourse itself have evolved and expanded. This interactive digital event featured an expert fireside chat with India Gary-Martin, Leadership Expert, Coach & Advisor at Leadership for Execs followed by a vibrant and thought-provoking group discussion and with excellent audience questions.
Our panellists include:
- Mary Wienclaw – Senior Manager of Foreign Exchange and Forecast Management, Baxter International Inc
- Danette Le – Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Finance, Host Hotels & Resorts
- Karen James – Head of Treasury, Sightsavers
- Dory Malouf – Senior Principal Value Engineer, Kyriba
IWD 2021 expert speaker and panellists
Executive Coach, Leadership Expert & Advisor, Leadership for Executives
India Gary-Martin is a leadership expert, executive coach, D&I practitioner and a consultant advisor. Having worked in finance in the CIO and COO functions, India had a wide range of experiences before setting up her own practice, Leadership for Executives.
Senior Manager of Foreign Exchange and Forecast Management, Baxter
Mary Gilbert-Wienclaw is the Senior Manager of Foreign Exchange and Forecast Management of Baxter, a multinational healthcare company. Mary has nearly 13 years of experience in corporate accounting and treasury ranging from financial reporting and consolidation to FX risk management. Prior to joining Baxter, she oversaw the Accounting and Treasury functions for Duracell.
Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Finance, Host Hotels & Resorts
Danette Le is vice president and assistant treasurer of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., an S&P 500 company, and the largest lodging real estate investment trust. She joined the company in 2006 as a senior accountant and navigated through various roles in Accounting, Corporate Finance, Enterprise Analytics and Treasury. Before joining Host, Danette worked for Meristar Hospitality. More recently in 2019, she also applied her passion for advancing women’s initiatives to spearhead the start of Host’s Women’s Inspirational Network (WIN) and now co-chairs the program. Danette holds a BS in Finance and International Marketing from American University and an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park.
Head of Treasury, Sightsavers
Karen James joined the Global Charity Sightsavers as Treasury Manager in 2013, with a previous career in private sector corporates. Her role required setting up and elevating the company’s treasury function to manage cash, liquidity, foreign exchange and hedging, reporting to the Finance Director. Over the last seven years Sightsavers’ treasury function has grown in responsibility and direction into specific treasury functions with six staff. Now Head of Treasury her remit is to manage investments, supplier management, payment processing, cash flow, bank account management, foreign exchange and all treasury reporting including interaction with the Charity’s Investment Committee, relevant trustees and global management.
Senior Principal Value Engineer, Kyriba
Dory is Kyriba’s lead Value Engineer with accomplishments in optimizing treasury best practices and enabling treasury transformation have been featured in Treasury & Risk Magazine, as well as in case studies by the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP). In his role, Dory collaborates directly with global treasury teams to enable their own treasury transformation through adoption of technology and innovative process improvements that deliver value to their organization. Prior to joining Kyriba, Dory was a practitioner for over 19 years at Pulte Homes and Faurecia Automotive. Dory has implemented and utilized four different treasury management systems in his career and is passionate about the world of treasury operations and how technology unlocks process improvement and business value.