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Powering Potential – The Case for Gender Equality
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Powering Potential – The Case for Gender Equality


When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: BNY Mellon
240 Greenwich Street
Between Barclay and Murray Streets
New York, New York  10280
United States

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Powering Potential – The Case for Gender Equality


 Exciting Progress:
BNY Mellon Investment Management Launches Dreyfus Japan Womenomics Fund – Thematic equity strategy designed to capitalize upon growing female economic power in Japan.
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Achieving gender equality is essential as a matter of justice and human rights—and it unleashes a range of positive economic and development outcomes. In fact, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that narrowing the global gender gap could add US $12 trillion in annual gross domestic product.

Working together, BNY Mellon and the United Nations Foundation shine a spotlight on the opportunity to realize gains — in both gender equality and market returns—by increasing women’s financial inclusion around the world. Examples of such efforts include:

  • Supporting women’s economic advancement and agency
  • Giving women greater freedom in how they spend their time
  • Improving women’s health and safety
  • Reducing bias and reshaping gender norms

Learn how BNY Mellon is working to inspire financial services providers to design and market products and services that fuel women’s full economic participation, and to encourage investors to steer their capital toward such companies.

Join this event to boost your knowledge, success, social impact and for powerful networking  – the FWA Way!




Heidi DuBois imageHeidi DuBois
Global Head of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility
BNY Mellon


Heidi DuBois is Global Head of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In this key enterprise-wide role, Heidi is responsible for sustaining and expanding BNY Mellon’s leading reputation in CSR by advancing a deep understanding of the quickly evolving CSR field (encompassing social finance) and building and strengthening firm performance and reputation. She serves as our organization’s lead subject matter expert and primary liaison with key business, industry, government and civil society leaders at the global, national, regional and local levels.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Heidi was Vice President, Global Sustainability, at PepsiCo, responsible for driving the company’s sustainability agenda, engaging leadership teams to deliver on sustainability goals and coordinating with external-facing functions to promote the company’s sustainability vision and progress to external stakeholders. Previously, she was Senior Counsel in PepsiCo’s Law Department, where she supported the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors and PepsiCo’s Chief Human Rights Officer, and managed the company’s shareholder engagement program. Before joining PepsiCo, Heidi was Vice President and Senior Counsel at Assurant, Inc., a Fortune 300 insurance company. She started her career at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York.

Heidi holds a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Columbia University. She is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Forum, a past member of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Social Steering Group and past president of the New York Chapter of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.


Ilze Melngailis imageIlze Melngailis
Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Business Council for the UN
UN Foundation


Ilze Melngailis’ career has focused on applying business approaches to international development – accelerating gains in health, gender equality and poverty alleviation. She is Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Business Council for the United Nations at the United Nations Foundation, where she leads private sector engagement with the UN and companies’ participation in the UN’s historic Sustainable Development Goals. She also develops innovative corporate partnerships with the UN and other partners that help elevate the impact of each sector’s ability to drive progress.

Previously, Ilze has developed and overseen programs in over 30 countries through leadership positions at GBC Health where she was Vice President, Partnerships and Impact Initiatives, and prior roles at the USAID-funded ACQUIRE Project at EngenderHealth, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and in consulting roles. She is an experienced speaker and moderator. She has expertise in corporate ‘shared value’ strategies, partnering effectively with the private sector to reach global development goals, and social marketing/behavior change communications. Ilze is a founding board member of Operation Fistula.

Ilze earned her Bachelor’s degree at McGill University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management.

Patsy Doer imagePatsy Doerr
Global Head Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion
Thomson Reuters


Patsy Doerr is a leading expert in the fields of corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion and sustainability. Her greatest passion is helping large organizations build and develop initiatives that best position them for long-term success in a diverse, global environment. Patsy's experience includes driving these efforts in social impact, talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and client engagement primarily, but not limited to, financial services.


Currently, Patsy leads the corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion and sustainability functions at Thomson Reuters globally. In this role, Patsy is responsible for building and delivering teams and initiatives that help drive Thomson Reuters' social and environmental efforts forward. Launched in 2017, she is also responsible for the ESG Institute, a resource and support center tasked with building awareness and understanding around social impact. Patsy joined Thomson Reuters in 2011, bringing more than 25 years of experience building and leading functions in global Fortune 500 companies.


Todd Gibbons imageTodd Gibbons (moderator)
Vice Chairman and CEO of Clearing, Markets and Client Management
BNY Mellon


Todd Gibbons is a Vice Chairman of BNY Mellon and CEO of Clearing, Markets and Client Management. He oversees the Pershing clearing business; the trading, financing, collateral and liquidity management solutions delivered through the Markets business; treasury services and commercial payment activities; the U.S. government securities clearance and U.S. tri-party repo businesses delivered through BNY Mellon Government Securities Services Corp; credit services; global client management; and regional area management. From 2008 through 2017, Todd served as CFO. Previously, for nearly a decade he was Chief Risk Officer, overseeing credit, operational and market risk management of the company and The Bank of New York.


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Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:15 pm Networking

6:15 - 7:45 pm Panel Discussion & Brief Presentation
7:45 - 8:30 pm Networking & Event Close

$25 FWA Members, $45 Non-Members |Refreshments included


Subway: 2/3 to Park Place; E to World Trade Center; N/R/W to City Hall; or 4/5/A/C to Fulton Street.

Special thanks to President's Circle BNY Mellon for sponsoring this event.  BNY Mellon is an FWA President's Circle Member.

This event is organized by BNY Mellon and the FWA Professional Services Perspectives Committee 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 noon on Monday, October 1, 2018.



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