2020 Preview: The Year Ahead at the Alliance

We’re gearing up for another exciting year at the Alliance in 2020, with more peer learning and knowledge-building offerings than ever before. Check out our calendar of events on our Peer Learning page, which will be updated on an ongoing basis with new programs – and take a look below for some highlights you can look forward to in the first half of the year:



All-Stars Academy Americas
This is a week-long immersive workshop for designing and implementing a successful women-centered strategy. Members come away with an in-depth roadmap for taking their programs forward, including a plan for arguing the case upward. The first Academy of 2020 concluded on Jan. 24 in Quito, Ecuador. The next ones will be in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa in Q3 and Q4 of this year. Details will be announced shortly at the All-Stars Academy hub.

Financial Alliance for Women Mentoring Program
This program matches staff in institutions creating women-centered strategies with members who have been successful with their own programs. To submit an application or for more information contact Hilary Nichols.

Payments for the Women’s Market Task Force
The final meeting will take place in late February. In partnership with Alliance member Mastercard, this Task Force explores the business case for payment solutions tailored to women. If you or your colleagues wish to join this Task Force, please contact Hilary Nichols.

Ask the Expert
The Alliance hosts a monthly “open office hours” webinar with an expert practitioner from our membership. Submit your questions prior to or during the session and have them answered in real time. To join the next session or to submit your questions in advance, please contact Karyl Akilian.


Data Analytics & Benchmarking
The Alliance’s Women’s Market Analytics Survey is a first-of-its-kind global repository of supply-side women’s market data. This year’s survey is enhanced with an expanded cloud-based platform, customized indicators, and one-on-one support for members. It’s launching in late February, and members must submit their data by March 27.

Our annual Economics of Banking Women report will include the aggregate performance data, and members who contribute will receive an individualized report benchmarking their performance against others. Members wishing to be considered for our annual Championing Women Awards must submit data. For more information on this service please contact Rebecca Ruf.

Women of Wealth Working Group
A new working group will explore the growing opportunities in serving women of wealth, who will control US$72 trillion this year. We’ll reveal proven tactics and the key building blocks of a successful strategy. To sign up contact Hilary Nichols.


Diversity & Inclusion: An Enabler for Sustainable Growth
In collaboration with strategic partner Mercer, the Alliance is co-hosting a gender diversity and inclusion event March 10th in Paris. Despite France leading the EU in women’s participation in the workforce, women are still under-represented in its talent pipeline. This seminar will explore best practices from France and new ideas to help close the remaining gaps. For more information contact Karyl Akilian.

The Alliance’s annual awards dinner, hosted during our Annual Summit, honors members that have shown exemplary performance, leadership, and engagement. In 2020, the awards will include new categories, expanded coverage, and eligibility criteria. We’ll announce the categories and application process in February.


Diversity & Inclusion in the Female Economy
Continuing our strategic partnership, the Alliance and Mercer are delivering a third Working Group on Diversity & Inclusion in financial services. The group launches in June and will explore critical actions for building an inclusive and gender-diverse workplace. For more information contact Hilary Nichols.    


Financial Alliance for Women Annual Summit: Mastercard
This year’s Annual Summit, hosted by Alliance member Mastercard, will take place in Singapore on June 2-4 with the theme “Shifting the Paradigm: The Female Economy 2020 and Beyond.” Holding the Summit in this important nexus for FinTech & FemTech allows us to include the latest innovations and players advancing the female economy. For more information contact Vanessa Van Landingham.


Alliance Publications
Codifying information from members will continue as a key priority in 2020 with our Case Study series on best practices; InBriefs focused on payments and marketing strategies; and groundbreaking research on gender in FinTech and serving women of wealth. Meanwhile, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest member news and work of the Alliance via monthly newsletters.

Solution Tools
We’re rolling out the “How-To Guide To Becoming The Employer Of Choice For Women,” written with real case examples from members and including an interactive roadmap with key insights, checklists, KPIs, worksheets, and video links. And, in response to tremendous demand, we’re developing a tool to help members train and re-train their salesforce for different segments of the market.

Communications Task Force
Each quarter, the Alliance convenes communications and marketing professionals from across our membership to share successes, exchange ideas and problem-solve. For information on the next session reach out to Vanessa Van Landingham.

Policy & Advocacy
The Alliance uses its collective voice to advocate for greater awareness of women’s vital economic role. The Alliance serves as an advisor to the W20, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion and UNSGSA, among others, and is the technical lead of the Women’s Financial Inclusion Data Partnership, working alongside Data2X, the IDB, IDB Invest, the IFC, the World Bank, the IMF and AFI toward the production of gender-disaggregated data. This year’s work is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will focus on conducting six pilots across the world.