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A Rising Tide: The Untapped Global Women’s Market
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A powerful line up of panelists will share exciting and thought-provoking insights on the power of the women's market.

2/4/2015
When: Wednesday, February 4th
From 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Standard & Poor's
55 Water Street
New York, New York  10021
United States
Contact: 212-533-2141 x300


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A Rising Tide: The Untapped Global Women’s Market

 

A powerful line up of panelists will share exciting and thought-provoking insights on the power of the women's market.  Today, in the US alone, women are primary decision makers for over $11.2 trillion investable assets. However, a large portion of these decision makers do not deploy their capital effectively leaving significant amounts of capital on the side lines. Globally women entrepreneurs face major challenges accessing  capital and financing to grow and expand their businesses.  IFC (International Finance Corporation) research shows that 70% of formal women-owned SME’s lack access to capital, representing a credit gap of $300 billion.

Join us to learn how organizations are aligning their strategies and talent to penetrate this untapped market and how you can successfully help bridge this gap as an investor, mentor, activist, or entrepreneur. The panelists will present key initiatives their organizations are spearheading to promote wealth creation and asset building by tapping this emerging global market. A highlight of the event is the presentation of the findings by the co-author of the study Harnessing the Power of the Purse.  The discussion will also include actionable steps you can take to support women globally to build assets and strengthen their financial capabilities.    
 

Panelists:

 

Andrea Turner MoffittAndrea Turner Moffitt (Moderator), Senior Vice President/MD Center for Talent Innovation

 

Andrea Turner Moffitt is a senior vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation and managing director at Hewlett Consulting Partners. She co-authored Power of the Purse: Financial Services, a global study on female investors. Turner Moffitt specializes in issues relating to female investors and consumers, leadership development, diversity and social impact making her a sought after resource for companies building talent and business strategies to realize growth opportunities in diverse markets. She’s the co-founder of Wealthrive, Inc. a start-up platform inspiring and empowering women to be confident investors. With a decade of experience on Wall Street in investment banking and asset management, Turner Moffitt worked globally at Citibank and, earlier in her career, she helped build a hedge fund and financed high growth technology companies. An honors graduate from Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs, she earned her BA from Tulane University. She is the Co-chair of Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Alumni Circle, a board member of Tulane University’s Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Henriette KolbHenriette Kolb, Head of the Gender Secretariat of IFC/World Bank

 

Henriette is Head of the Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, where she serves as a spokesperson on gender equality issues in the private sector. Henriette works across IFC's investment and advisory service to include women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, and leaders into the private sector. Prior to joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette served as Chief Executive of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. The Foundation works to support women entrepreneurs with building their confidence, capacity, and capital in more than 60 countries, incorporating a strong focus on technology. Henriette has played a leading role in defining and addressing the gender gap in mobile phone access and remains involved with the Foundation as an advisor. Henriette also serves on Secretary Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership.

 

Susan MeirsSusan Meirs, Director, COO, Equity and Funds Structured Markets Sales, Americas
Barclay's Capital Inc.

    

Sue Meirs is COO for Equity and Funds Structured Markets Sales in the Americas, overseeing all strategy, finance and regulatory change requirements for the department. She is also responsible for staff development, with a focus on junior talent. Sue assumed her current role, based in New York, in January 2013.

Prior to this role, Sue was a senior sales person in EFS Sales, Americas, for eight years, covering a wide range of institutional clients including hedge funds, insurance companies and private banks. She joined Barclays in 2005.

Sue is an active member of WiN, Barclays’ employee women’s network, in the Americas, and also has served as co-head of Reach, Barclays’ employee disability network, since 2012.

Sue holds an ScB in Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business
School.


Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Urban Investment Group
Goldman Sachs

 

Andrea Phillips is a Vice President in the Urban Investment Group of Goldman Sachs.  She leads the GS Social Impact Fund and deal teams with a focus on social impact bonds and economic development financing, and also developed the Access to Capital program as part of the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Ms. Phillips led the investment in the Rikers Island Social Impact Bond, the first such transaction ever executed by a financial institution and in the US market and more recently led the application of the approach to early childhood education projects in Utah and Chicago and recidivism reduction and job creation in Massachusetts.  Prior to joining GS, she was a consultant providing strategic and operational planning services to a variety of public and private sector clients.  Previously, Ms. Phillips was President of Seedco Financial, a $54 million Community Development Financial Institution(CDFI) which provides affordable capital to small businesses and non-profits in disadvantaged communities.  Prior to that she was Executive Vice President for Programs at Seedco, where she was responsible for developing strategies for and overseeing the implementation of all Seedco programs.  Ms. Phillips holds a BA from Tufts University and a MA in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Inez MurrayInez Murray, CEO of Global Banking Alliance for Women

Inez Murray is the CEO of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, a trade association of banks driving women's wealth creation worldwide. Its 42 member institutions work in 135 countries to build innovative, comprehensive programs delivering women the tools—access to capital, information, education and markets—they need to succeed.  Membership in the Alliance provides member institutions with a unique platform for peer learning, giving them the resources they in turn need to serve women customers well. Along with building member banks’ capacity, the Alliance uses its collective voice to advocate for greater awareness of women’s vital economic role as consumers, investors and job-creating entrepreneurs.
 
Prior to joining GBA, she was EVP at Women’s World Banking responsible for WWB’s Programs and Advisory Practice.




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Event Schedule

5:30 - 8:00 PM

 

Cost:
$25 FWA Members
$50 Non-Members

Includes reception

 

Directions:

Subway: N/R to Whitehall Street station; 1 to South Ferry station; 4/5 to Bowling Green station.


  

Special thanks to McGraw Hill Financial for hosting this event.
McGraw Hill Financial
is an FWA President's Circle member.

     

   

Special thanks to our moderator Andrea Turner Moffitt and speakers Henriette Kolb, Susan Meirs, Noa Meyer and Inez Murray. 

 

This event is organized by the Impact Investing Committee of the FWA of New York Educational Fund, Event coordinators: Nelun de S. Wijeyeratne (committee co-chair), Nicole Fox, Sophia Tran-Vu, with special recognition to Pat Addeo (committee co-chair)..


Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Monday, February 2, 2015.

 

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