As part of its well-established portfolio of high-level diversity events, many of which have enjoyed government support, City & Financial Global is delighted to be organising the 7th edition of the Annual Women in Finance Summit held in partnership with 20-First on 5 July 2023. 

A special warm welcome to our Chair Vivienne Artz OBE, Advisory Board Member and Past President, Women in Banking and Finance, NED, Chair, Advisor to Boards and CEOs.

Delighted to have Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO, 20-First join us as Knowledge Partner and Advisory Member for this important initiative.

This high-profile forum builds on the success of the previous five editions of the Women in Finance conference and the other five diversity portfolio events that City & Financial Global and its partners have held in the past


HRH The Countess of Wessex, GCVO,
Chair of The Women's Network Forum and Global Ambassador of 100 Women in Finance's Next Generation initiative; The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and Minister for Women and Equality; John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister; Yasmine Chinwala, Partner, New Financial; Bob Wigley, Chairman, UK Finance; Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Former Chair, Treasury Select Committee, MP for Loughborough; Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chair, the HRMC Board and former CEO, Virgin Money; Suneel Bakhshi, President & CEO, Mizuho International; Dr Heather Melville, OBE CCMI, Chair and NED, CMI Women, NED Enterprise Enfield, Patron WIBF; Richard Iferenta, Vice Chair, KPMG and Chair, Race Equality; Leadership Team, Business in the Community; Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, President, CBI, Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chairman, Mastercard and Global Chair at 30% Club; Binna Kandola, Business Psychologist, author of “Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference” and co-founder, Pearn Kandola; Georgina Philippou, Senior Adviser, Public Sector Equality Duty, FCA; Arun Batra OBE, Partner, Global Markets leader for Diversity and Inclusion, EY, CEO & Founder, National and Global Equality Standards; Diana Noble CBE, Chair, The Bank of England’s Review of Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion & Non-Executive Director, Court of Directors, Bank of England; Alison Cottrell, CEO, Financial Services Culture Board; Helena Morrissey DBE, Financier, author, campaigner; Catherine Johnson, Group General Counsel, London Stock Exchange Group; Asahi Pompey, President, Goldman Sachs Foundation and Global Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs; Suki Sandhu OBE, Founder and CEO, Involve; Kate Grussing, Managing Director, Sapphire Partners; June Felix, CEO, IG Group, Dr Helena Pankhurst, International Development, Women’s Rights Activist and Writer; Catherine McGuinness, Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation; Ronan Dunne, Executive VP & Group CEO, Verizon Consumer Group; Dame Cilla Snowball DBE, Group Chairman and Chief Executive, AMV BBDO; Chair of The Women’s Business Council; Nausicaa Delfas, CEO and Chief Ombudsman, Financial Ombudsman Service; Euan Blair, CEO, Multiverse; Lord Hastings CBE, Chairman, LCCI Black 

Key themes to be discussed

  • Redesigning Work: Flexible working and hybrid environment are here to stay – How can we ensure that women and men working flexibly are able to progress their careers? Financial services industry in the age of the gig economy - are WoMen, couples & companies adapting (or not) to the future of work? 
  • AI & gender. AI & generations. Embedding past “isms” into our future?
  • Male leaders on the future of men. The corporate role in crafting balanced cultures. What role models are there for men? Getting men engaged and leading gender balance.
  • Update on the Women in Finance Charter. Practical recommendations to help businesses accelerate their progress towards gender balance.
  • Learning to succeed in the Longevity Society: Almost 40% of the UK population is over 50. What does longevity and life’s “4 Quarters” mean for women’s careers – and dual career couples?
  • Gender & generational balance. Talent shortages, recruitment and widening the talent lens. Corporate focus on Q2, integrating the New Q3 and 60-year careers
  • How far and how fast has the financial services industry been progressing on gender balance and ethnic diversity in the last year? Creating recruitment, retention, and development initiatives with a view towards ethnic diversity and inclusion
  • Moving beyond WFH debate – what does it feel like to be a female leader amid the financial crisis, the current geopolitical situation and the post-Brexit environment? Building the next generation of women leaders, reversing the loss of female talent & rebalancing recruitment processes