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Diversity under the spotlight: Treasury Today’s Women in Treasury New York Forum 2018

Women in Treasury Forum, New York, October 2018

2018’s vibrant panel discussion shone a spotlight on many of the challenges faced by women in treasury in the US today. Our panellists shared their individual stories of the challenges they’ve faced in their careers and gave inspirational accounts of how they have overcome many hurdles and gone on to build successful careers. Work-life balance was a recurring topic, as was choosing the right time to take a brave risk or make a bold career move. The benefits of a diverse team and how to create an inclusive working environment were also assessed. The importance of being authentic and true to oneself both at work and at home was another key theme. Finally the panellists each shared moving accounts of the people who had been most influential in their lives.

On Wednesday 10th October 150 senior treasury professionals gathered at The Pierre hotel in Midtown Manhattan to celebrate diversity at our third Women in Treasury New York Forum.

An inspirational line up of senior industry speakers shared their experiences and insights on a broad range of issues affecting many women and men working in treasury across the USA, whilst also offering some valuable advice to the audience.

The panel featured:

  • Cisco – Debbie Kaya, Senior Director – Treasury, Global Cash and Operations

  • Core Scientific – Christy Barwick, Treasurer

  • HSBC – Nancy Pierce, Managing Director, Head of Payment Program, Global Liquidity and Cash Management

  • State Street Global Advisors – Pia McCusker, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cash Management

 

The discussion was facilitated by Sophie Jackson, Joint Publisher and Head of Strategic Content at Treasury Today Group. The thought-provoking debate included topics such as mentoring, mobility and the value of building a strong and diverse team.

Sophie Jackson said: “It’s never felt more important to be here today to celebrate women in our industry. I’ve been delighted to see the fantastic representation for women there is here in the US at senior levels in corporate treasury and finance and the support from our readership in the US for the Women in Treasury initiative really been overwhelming!”

Following the panel discussion, an energetic and enthusiastic question and answer session took place, with audience members keen to find out more about our panellists’ careers and the challenges they have faced and overcome.

Commenting on the global Women in Treasury initiative, Meg Coates, Joint Publisher and Head of Operations, said: “At the heart of our Women in Treasury initiative is the Annual Global Study, the data from which forms the basis of our analysis of gender representation, diversity and inclusion in corporate treasury. We are excited to showcase the full report, for the first time, with our community here today in New York.”

Treasury Today Women in Treasury initiative

Treasury Today’s Women in Treasury initiative recognises the importance of equality and diversity across the corporate treasury profession and creates a means for women and men across the industry to communicate with one another, learn from each other and build relationships in order to help each other. Women need to be much more visible in their roles, both inside and outside of their organisations.

The Women in Treasury initiative seeks to offer a platform to make women more visible and to bring women and men together to discuss and celebrate diversity in the corporate space. As well as our forums, we also:

 

To learn more about Treasury Today’s Women in Treasury initiative please visit: treasurytoday.com/wit

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