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FWA Diversity & Inclusion Series – Gender Intelligence: Unlocking the Power of Differences
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FWA Diversity & Inclusion Series – Gender Intelligence: Unlocking the Power of Differences


When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: The Guardian Life Insurance Company
7 Hanover Square, 15th Floor
New York, New York  10004
United States

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FWA Diversity & Inclusion Series – Gender Intelligence: Unlocking the Power of Differences


It’s a fact – men and women think, lead, decide and communicate differently. Both “male” and “female” styles are equally valid, and both are the product of biological differences, socialization and, sometimes, cultural differences. Gender Ignorance can be a major roadblock to your success and Gender Intelligence is an opportunity is to recognize and understand gender-based differences to build stronger teams, serve clients better and engage employees and clients equally effectively.

In this powerful presentation by Caitlin Pemble, Director, Agency Talent Acquisition & Development Initiatives at The Guardian Life Insurance Company, you will learn the competitive advantage of Gender Intelligence to engage more effectively with colleagues, co-workers and clients. Cultivating your Gender Intelligence will help you recognize gender differences and identify and overcome the kinds of unconscious, biased behavior by both men and women that adversely affect your ability and your team’s ability to realize your full potential and compete successfully.
You will learn:

  • Brain Science 101 – The Science-Based Differences Between Men and Women.
  • What a “Bridge Brain” is . . . And Whether You Have One!
  • What Gender Intelligence is . . . and what it isn’t (Hint: it’s not about changing you or anyone else).
    The Top Challenges for Women and Men.
  • The different signals men and women use to say “Yes”, “Maybe”, “No”; “I need more input”, “Stop Talking”, and “I’ll think about it”. These are key signs in sales, hiring and getting along in life. Miss them at your peril!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to add “Gender Intelligence” to your career toolkit!




Caitlin Pemble
Agency Talent Acquisition and Agency Growth & Development
Guardian Life


Caitlin was recruited to the financial services industry out of college. Experience in project management and marketing program management let her to a focus on recruiting talent and clients from non-traditional markets. This inspired a passion for working directly with agencies on recruitment and local activation of program.

Having joined Guardian in 2012, Caitlin now supports agency distribution by leading the Gender Balance initiative and supporting Guardian's efforts to build inclusive agency cultures where advisors of diverse gender, ethnic and generational backgrounds can thrive. She also supports overall development programs across the Financial Representative and field leadership populations. In addition to this work she leads Guardian's continuing education programs for the brokerage and association alliance program.

Caitlin received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and is a graduate of the Boston College Graduate School of Management's Corporate Community Involvement program and holds a MPA from Westfield State University. She also holds the Gender Intelligence Ambassador certification.

In 2016 Caitlin was recognized as one of LIMRA's 25 Rising Stars of Distribution under 40 and was also the recipient of the inaugural Berkshire 40 under 40 award. Caitlin lives in the beautiful Berkshires of Western MA on a farm with her husband, Gary, where they try to corral their brood of cows, pigs, honeybees and their spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer, Elsa.

Elaine Gilde
Board of Directors, New York Angels
President, Grove Street Capital LLC


Elaine Gilde is a board member of New York Angels, a “top-ten” angel group in the U.S. As a founding board member, she helped to build this 125+ member group into a preeminent force in the early stage start-up world. Ms. Gilde invests through her own angel investment vehicle, Grove Street Capital LLC.

Ms. Gilde served on the Board of the FWA of NY from 2015-2017 while chairing its Investment Policy Committee. She represented the FWA on the Board of ION Women, a national confederation of organizations looking to advance women onto corporate boards and into the “C” suite. She is on the Board of the HBS Women’s Association of New York, among her activities involving advancing women into positions of leadership.

Ms. Gilde has a diverse portfolio of start-up investments, focusing on business services and FinTech, and in areas where an innovative approach will make a difference. She sits on corporate boards and advisory boards of investments and is adept at thinking strategically to create world-class companies. She has realized successful exits and guided start-ups through the challenges of business building.

In her career, Elaine was a Managing Director (partner) at a private equity firm and led merchant banking investments while an investment banker on Wall Street. She began her career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds an A.B. from Harvard College (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (First Year Honors).

Mike Sebring
Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Americas Division
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.

Mike oversees the Banks inclusion and diversity (I&D) function for the Americas Division. He is the first person to hold this newly created position and feels extremely fortunate to build a long term I&D strategy from the ground up at SMBC.

As a banker with over 23 years of experience, Mike has worked for Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Union Bank managing multi-state teams in retail/commercial banking and investment management. Soon into his banking career he realized that his business success was directly related to his teams’ numerous dimensions of diversity and in 2015 he pivoted into HR as the Head of Inclusion and Diversity at MUFG for the Americas.

This pivot allowed Mike to leverage his business sense and inclusive leadership skills to enhance many human capital initiatives through an I&D lens. As a result, he has been nationally recognized for his strategic insight, collaboration, and community partnerships.

When he’s not focused on his day job, you can find him planning his next adventure. Mike’s love for travel has taken him all over the world allowing him to experience local culture, traditions, and food.

In fact, he can’t seem to stay in one place. Mike’s move to New York in October of 2017 was his 27th relocation in the past 18 years allowing him to experience the diversity of the east coast for the first time. Mike holds a BS degree from Arizona State University and a six sigma green belt certification. He currently resides with his husband in Mid-town Manhattan, NY.


Raymond J Dorado
Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel

Citizens Financial Group (CFG)

Ray’s career has been focused on advising large financial institutions on regulatory compliance and corporate governance, and on managing their transactions and their legal and reputational risk. His other focus has been on philanthropy and community service, including investor literacy, pro bono activities and looking out for the welfare of 1,200 high school students in the Bronx.

He is currently Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Citizens Financial Group (CFG). He heads the Commercial Banking and Enterprise Regulatory Legal Groups. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Group, and is responsible for setting CFG’s regulatory agenda. He joined CFG in 2015 to help it separate from its then parent company, Royal Bank of Scotland.

From 2003-2014, he held executive legal and business leadership positions at BNY Mellon, including Acting General Counsel, and was a member of both the Executive and Operating Committees. He also served as the legal advisor to the Risk Committee of BNY Mellon’s Board of Directors.

From 1987-2003, he was a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at Credit Suisse, heading legal teams for the Securities Division, the Investment/Commercial Banking Division and the Litigation Group. Prior to that, he was in private practice.

Ray has held leadership positions on the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) General Counsels Committee (Chairman and Vice Chairman - 2003-2014), SIFMA’s Compliance & Legal Society Executive Committee (2000-present), where he is a frequent lecturer at industry seminars and financial literacy events sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and the Compliance Advisory Committee of The New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (1996-2003)

He also has served on Boards of Directors for the Precision Valve Corporation (a privately-held global manufacturing/packaging company - 2006-2015), BNY Investment Center, Inc. (US broker-dealer - 2004-2006), CSFB Canada Ltd., (Canadian broker-dealer and TSX member - 1999-2003), The BNY Mellon Foundation - 2007-2014 (philanthropic), The George Link, Jr. Foundation – Chairman - 2006-2014 (philanthropic) and Fordham Preparatory School (current Trustee).


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Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:00 pm Registration and Networking

6:00 - 6:10 pm Welcome Remarks, including by Guardian CEO Deanna Mulligan
6:10 - 7:00 pm Speaker Presentation and Guest Panel Q&A

7:00 - 7:15 pm Open Q&A

7:15 - 8:00 pm Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

$25 FWA Members, $50 Non-Members | Includes refreshments


Mass Transit: 2/3 to Wall Street station; 4/5/ to Bowling Green station; R/W to Whitehall station.


Special thanks to The Guardian Life Insurance Company for sponsoring this event. The Guardian Life Insurance Company is an FWA President's Circle  Member.


This event is organized by the Men's Alliance Committees of the FWA of NY, Inc.

About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 1000 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.



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

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Friday, May 11, 2018.




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