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We are a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.


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Whether it’s raising capital in Mumbai or hedging currencies in Stockholm, the powerful combination of Bank of America Merrill Lynch means we can do more for our clients than any other financial services firm. We understand the challenges our clients face around the world, and we tap the full resources of our company to help them achieve their goals. Our solutions span the complete range of advisory, capital raising, banking, treasury and liquidity, sales and trading, and research capabilities.

Combining a dominant corporate bank and world-class investment bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has created a financial powerhouse of deep industry, regional, product and strategic expertise serving clients in over 150 countries through more than 40 offices across the world. As the bank of choice for 99% of the U.S. Fortune 500 and 96% of the Global Fortune 500, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the place to be for talented professionals who are serious about seizing opportunities to make a difference and helping to shape the future of global banking.


Barclays

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

At Barclays, we understand that the global marketplace is changing. In order for us to stand out we have to think along different lines to deliver the most innovative solutions to our clients. Having a diverse workforce gives us a valuable competitive edge and allows us to leverage the different perspectives of our employees in order to grow our business.

Barclays recognizes the role that women play in the success of our firm, and by ensuring that talented women have a seat at the table, we multiply our opportunities for success. In an effort to encourage, inspire and support women in achieving their career goals, we have established the Women’s Initiatives Network (WiN) in regional and branch offices. WiN members help the firm’s diversity mission by leading initiatives related to recruitment, professional development, networking, awareness and community outreach. In 2010, for the second consecutive year, WiN hosted its International Women’s Day Conference. Members of the firm’s Executive Committee participated in the event which began in Asia Pacific and over the course of the day passed the baton to Europe, and finally the US.

Our firm is committed to creating an inclusive workplace to attract women from top business schools across the country, and through our campus recruiting efforts; we have introduced a number of new initiatives to meet this goal.

Barclays continues to partner with organizations such as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Family Outreach, Dress for Success, Women’s Bond Club, Catalyst, and Women in Banking and Finance, along with non profit organizations who assist women, girls and families in need. Additionally, we have consistently been named to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list.


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The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. CFP Board currently oversees more than 75,000 CFP® professionals in the U.S. who advise consumers on a broad range of personal finance topics, including retirement, budgeting, taxes, investments, estate planning and insurance, among many others.

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At a time when many Americans are reaching retirement age, the need for personal financial planning expertise is greater than ever. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts four times more job growth for financial planners than the national average for all other occupations. This exciting career also brings personal satisfaction of helping others, as well as financial rewards.

By becoming a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, you will further distinguish yourself with employers in the financial services industry who are increasingly seeking out CFP® certification as the most desired credential in this growing field.

CFP Board Center for Financial Planning

The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning seeks to secure the financial future of all Americans by advancing a more sustainable and inclusive financial planner workforce. The Center serves as a catalyst and convener to address industry-wide challenges in the areas diversity and workforce development, and to build an academic home that offers opportunities for conducting and publishing new research that adds to the financial planning body of knowledge.


Citi

200 million customer accounts. 160 countries. One vision. Citi works tirelessly to provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services. We strive to create the best outcomes for our clients and customers with financial solutions that are simple, creative and responsible.

At Citi, we recognize diversity as one of our competitive advantages which is enhanced by attracting, retaining and developing the top female talent in our industry.

Citi Women, formerly Women4Citi, launched in 2005 and is our company-wide effort to foster the ongoing development of women leaders from recruitment to senior management as well as to facilitate the engagement of clients in the women’s dialogue.

Today, this program supports women across Citi with tools and resources to help advance their careers. Throughout the Citi organization, nearly 50 Women's Councils operate at the local level to catalyze female talent, further causes that support the career paths of women, and facilitate community outreach to fulfill the passions of participants. These groups do tremendous work every day and create strong connections to our businesses, our communities, and each other.

Citi supports the recruitment, retention, and career development of women in many ways.

Citi supports professional development opportunities for women by providing an array of development and training programs, formal and informal networking and mentoring opportunities. Through its Women Leading Citi program and Women's Leadership Development Program it provides high performing talented women the opportunity to further develop executive readiness and leadership skills to broaden their scope of responsibility and advance their career.

Citi provides best in class work/life balance programs such as flexible work arrangements, full-time back-up child care programs and a variety of dependent care options.

Citi targets and actively recruits women when hiring undergraduate, graduate, and professional level talent. Our strategy is multi layered and includes partnering with external organizations focusing on women's professional development (e.g. Financial Women's Association), sponsoring annual conferences that foster and support educational and professional endeavors and participating in career fairs committed to the advancement of women in the workplace (e.g. Columbia Women in Business Conference).

Examples of our diversity work receiving external recognition in 2012 include:

  • 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers
  • Working Mother magazine
  • Best Companies for Multicultural Women
  • Working Mother magazine
  • 100 percent Corporate Equality Index Company
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
  • Corporate Inclusion Index Rating 95
  • Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women
  • National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Latina Style 50 Best Companies for Latinas
  • Latina Style magazine
  • 40 Best Companies for Diversity
  • Black Enterprise magazine
  • Best Companies for Hispanics
  • Hispanic Business magazine
  • Innovations in Diversity Award
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal
  • Gilberto Rincón Gallardo Inclusive Company Award
  • Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Mexico
  • Gender Equity Model Certification
  • National Women’s Institute, Mexico
  • Great Companies
  • Expansión magazine
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Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers. As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse operates in over 50 countries worldwide and employs approximately 47,600 people.

Credit Suisse aims to be the employer of choice by attracting and retaining the best and most diverse talent. Our diversity strategy is based on the idea of “engaging difference”: leveraging the diverse perspectives of all of our employees to achieve our business goals.

We’re building a talent-driven culture, where the best people—regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion or nationality—are free to realize their full potential.

Credit Suisse offers a variety of programs and professional networks to foster the career development of women. The Credit Suisse Americas Women’s Network (AWN) is focused on recruiting top female talent, fostering the promotion and advancement of women, and building women’s leadership. The AWN offers professional development, mentoring, advocacy, education, awareness programs. Examples of programs offered by the AWN in 2009 included:

  • “Womenomics - Write Your Own Rules for Success”
  • “The Art of Networking”
  • Financial Women’s Association Coaching Summit: Advanced Leadership Strategies
  • AWN Executive Series: “Managing Your Career in Challenging Times”
  • AWN Book Club

The AWN is also a proud partner with a variety of external affiliates, including 100 Women in Hedge Funds, 85 Broads, Catalyst, the Financial Women's Association and The Women's Bond Club.

In addition to the AWN, Credit Suisse offers benefit programs to help women balance their professional and personal lives. We provide a full complement of flexible work arrangements, adoption assistance and adoption leave, domestic partner benefits, and back-up child and eldercare. We also offer health, nutrition, and wellness programs, and nursing areas for working mothers.

Our commitment to fostering the careers of women is demonstrated by the fact that we have been recognized for multiple consecutive years by Working Mother Magazine as among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.”


Deutsche Bank

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Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific. With operations in over 70 counties, we encourage our people to think for themselves and reward integrity. Whether your interests lie in investment banking, trading, technology, human resources, risk management or another business area, a career at Deutsche Bank gives you everything you need to succeed in an international environment. That includes structured, ongoing training to support your continuous development and the chance to learn from colleagues at all levels of the Bank. If you’re talented, collaborative and curious about building an exciting career in finance, you’re exactly the type of person who might succeed in our organization.

Women at Deutsche Bank

At Deutsche Bank, our culture is friendly and supportive. When you join us, you’ll feel like a key part of a diverse, inclusive team where you can use your individuality and integrity to drive forward market-leading solutions. We’ve won awards for both our family-friendly policies and for improving gender diversity in executive ranks. By 2018, our aim is for women to occupy at least 25 percent of the senior management positions. This includes leadership development workshops for women across the U.S. and our Women on Wall Street (WOWS) network that sponsors over 20 events each year. We ensure women can make their mark on our business that never stands still.


Evercore

Evercore is a premier independent investment banking advisory firm with 1,300 employees and a global presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Evercore was founded in 1995 by Roger Altman, a former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and the Firm's Executive Chairman. Evercore's CEO is Ralph Schlosstein, a co-founder of Blackrock. Evercore focuses on two lines of business, Investment Banking and Investment Management, and prides itself on being a trusted senior advisor to corporations of the highest caliber.

We seek to differentiate ourselves through unstinting adherence to our core values of Excellence and Integrity. The firm's investment bankers provide objective counsel to senior executives and Boards of Directors on a range of complex business and financial issues, including M&A, takeover defense, shareholder value creation, corporate governance, and asset divestitures. The restructuring advisory team provides financial restructuring services, strategic advice and related investment banking services to companies in financial transition as well as to their interest holders.


Guggenheim Partners

A diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to innovative solutions for increasingly complex challenges. When multiple perspectives are valued and considered, the Firm is poised for greater creativity, enhanced business strategies, product and service development as well as greater employee engagement and collaboration.

Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory firm. Across our three primary businesses of investment management, investment banking, and insurance services, we have a track record of delivering results through innovative solutions. Our commitment is to advance the strategic interests of our clients and to deliver long-term results with excellence and integrity.

Guggenheim Securities is the investment banking and capital markets business of Guggenheim Partners. Guggenheim Securities offers services that fall into four broad categories: Advisory, Financing, Sales and Trading, and Research. Guggenheim Securities is headquartered in New York, with additional offices in Chicago, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Guggenheim Securities is a fast-growing platform with an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to hiring the best talent. Guggenheim Securities is looking for top performers who are willing to work hard in an environment where initiative, creativity, maturity and enthusiasm for learning are highly valued.


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Macquarie Group is a global financial services provider with offices in 28 countries. We act on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Our expertise covers corporate finance and advisory, equities research and broking, asset management, foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities trading, lending and leasing, and private wealth management. Macquarie aims to deliver long-term profitability and shareholder returns, while managing risk and observing expected standards of corporate governance. Our leadership team has deep experience across the organization, while our Board comprises respected business leaders from diverse industry backgrounds. We encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among our staff, while reinforcing that we are accountable for all our actions. Through this approach, we have built a uniquely diversified business. We have leading market positions in sectors including resources, agriculture and commodities, energy and infrastructure, with a particularly deep knowledge of Asia-Pacific financial markets. The diversity of our operations, combined with a strong capital position and robust risk management framework, has contributed to our 47-year record of unbroken profitability.

Macquarie’s long standing management philosophy is to encourage innovation and to reward achievement within a framework of personal responsibility. This merit based culture is reflected in What We Stand For, where Macquarie sets out the three principles that define Macquarie’s approach, Opportunity, Accountability and Integrity.

As a company which operates globally, the diversity of Macquarie's people is fundamental to its success. Macquarie's range of experiences, skills and views are key strengths and critical to the wide range of services the Group delivers across the globe as well as understanding the communities in which we operate.

Macquarie understands the importance of diversity and inclusion our long history of success has come from being different. In every one of our offices across 28 countries around the world, you’ll find individuals from varied backgrounds with different ways of thinking, different skills and different experiences. At Macquarie we value the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings.

At Macquarie, we harness the strength of our diversity through inclusion. Inclusion means creating a workplace environment where people feel they can be themselves, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity or cultural affiliation, sexual orientation, beliefs or educational background.


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Wells Fargo is driven by our values to achieve our vision, which is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs, and help them succeed financially. We consider our people as our competitive advantage, and strive to attract, develop, retain and motivate the most talented people we can find.

We are a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through more than 8,700 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, online (wellsfargo.com), and mobile devices.

At the end of fourth quarter 2014, Wells Fargo ranked fourth in assets among U.S. banks and was the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization. In 2014, Wells Fargo was named “Most Respected Bank” by Barron’s magazine, “Most Admired” among the world’s largest banks by Fortune magazine, and “Best U.S. Bank” by The Banker magazine. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo’s corporate cash giving in the top two among all U.S. companies each of the past two years.

We want to be an employer of choice, a company that really cares about people, where teamwork is valued and rewarded, where how the work gets done is just as important as getting the work done…We want every team member to be able to say, "I chose the right company. I’m valued. I’m rewarded. I’m recognized. We work hard, but we have fun, too. I can improve my professional skills here. I can reach my career goals. I enjoy my work."


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Recognized as one of the world’s top business schools, IE Business School has its main campus in Madrid. At IE, we have been working for the last 30 years to offer the best management education and corporate consulting services. The result is the "IE Experience." The experience of a school steeped in the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. A school that fosters applied research and promotes social responsibility initiatives. A school that leaves its own, differentiating mark.

The level of quality of IE master's and executive education programs have positioned it among the best in the world in international rankings drawn up by key publications that include Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Economist, Aspen Institute and América Economía.

IE Admissions carries out a rigorous selection process to ensure only the most outstanding candidates make it from the large number of applications. IE seeks highly potential individuals who are dynamic, motivated, and creative, who not only excel in their academic and professional lives, but also offer the kind of interpersonal skills that will allow them to get the most out of the program.

Diversity is rooted throughout the whole IE Experience. It starts from the recruitment process and continues beyond graduation. The initiatives portrayed below are just a brief sample of the multiple activities offered by all departments and programs at IE through which our students learn how to truly manage diversity on their path towards becoming global leaders.


Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at Virginia

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, PhD and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the best educational experience, featuring the case method of teaching; the highest-ranked faculty, whose research advances global managerial practice and business education; and a dynamic, global network of students, faculty, staff and alumni. These three key elements come together to develop entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders who step forward to improve the world.

Darden women make a significant impact every day — at Darden, in Charlottesville and around the world. They are student club presidents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and more. Darden is committed to recruiting women who want to positively impact the world, and empowering them for long-term success in whatever role they choose.

Furthermore, Darden’s chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) connects, empowers, and celebrates the next generation of women leaders and helps build awareness of women in leadership positions. Throughout the year, they engage students, alumnae, faculty and prospective students in activities ranging from senior speaker series to golf lessons to mentoring programs. Moreover, GWIB’s goal is to use education, coaching, networking, and mentoring to foster a lifelong community that enables and empowers Darden women to achieve their professional and personal aspirations, both during and after their time at Darden. In addition, Darden is one of the few MBA programs that provide dedicated lifelong career services resources for its alumni. The Alumni Career Services staff understands the career path of a woman may not always look like that of her male counterparts. Our professional staff provides Darden alumnae with resources and support as they move through different phases of their careers.