Sponsor Deutsche Bank and more than 50 women in finance shared insights and advice on managing careers at the latest WiNG event.
A record number of women—55— participated in Women in NeuGroup (WiNG)’s fifth event, hearing insights from speakers at companies including GE and P&G and sponsor Deutsche Bank.
Much has changed since WiNG took flight in 2019 with three in-person meetings, but NeuGroup’s mission remains the same in this new, virtual world: To offer women in treasury and finance functions opportunities to engage in discussion on career development with peers and hear from senior executives.
- At last week’s meeting and the one in March, members dove deep into the role that sponsors—as opposed to mentors—can play in promoting advancement. The discussion featured members sharing personal experiences and giving advice to those seeking sponsors.
Keynotes and panels. The meeting’s sessions addressed key issues for WiNG members, including how to start sponsor relationships and how organizations can help in the process.
- Christiana Riley, Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank AG, and CEO, Deutsche Bank USA Corp, kicked off the first session with a keynote address to discuss her own experience with sponsorship and how, as a senior leader, she is addressing diversity and development.
- A discussion followed with a panel featuring Jennifer VanBelle, Senior Vice President at GE and Treasurer of GE Capital, Valarie Sheppard, Treasurer, Controller and Group Vice President – Company Transition Leader at P&G, Jeanie Genirs, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Investment Grade Syndicate – Americas and Michaela Ludbrook, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Corporate Bank – Americas.
- The group discussed company best practices for advancing women’s careers and engaged in a dialogue on how working from home during the pandemic has impacted career development and how challenges may be overcome.
- Their conversation took advantage of Zoom’s interactive features, leading to a lively Q&A before small-group conversation in breakouts.
Breaking out. After the keynote address and panel, the event moved to breakout discussions to create opportunities for more connections with each other.
- By the end of the meeting, breakout groups shared back to the broader group some of the insights and takeaways from the conversations and personal experiences—challenges and opportunities. And that’s an experience WiNG is committed to keep providing, be it in person or virtually.
Look to NeuGroup Insights for key takeaways on finding sponsors and the difference between mentorship and sponsorship.