Inez Letter September 2020

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Is the future of work already here? Who are the winners and losers? What impact will remote and flexible work have on gender diversity and inclusion? How will leadership change to respond? All this and much more will be debated on the final day of our Summit by D&I leads from some of the world’s most successful financial services companies—our members.  Many are doing better than the industry average on female representation, but there is more work to be done. We’ll hear from Selim Hussain, CEO of BRAC Bank on his approach to leading the bank to becoming an employer of choice for women, also profiled in depth in our latest Case Study, published this month. And we’ll share our latest tool on becoming the employer of choice for women, a comprehensive How To Guide that includes case examples from across the membership and written with the support of our knowledge partner on D&I—Mercer, and the generous financial support of CDC. There is no need to reinvent this particular wheel: accelerating progress requires sharing what we know and taking action.  

Our members have done incredible work supporting customers in the past six months, accelerating their timelines for digitalizing services and innovating to add increasing value. We’ll finish our best practice sessions hearing from banking, insurance, payments and wealth industry innovators on what’s next in serving the female customer of tomorrow. 

This month, we are proud to welcome one such innovator as our newest member of the Alliance—Davivienda, the second largest bank in Colombia. Davivienda is a much-loved brand in Colombia having enabled many modest income families buy their homes over it 48-year existence. The company’s values shine through in our interview with Maritza Pérez, Davivienda’s Executive Vice President of Personal Banking and Marketing – and their contribution to Colombian women is undeniable: fifty six percent of senior managers are women, as are fifty four percent of their customers . Women make up sixty percent of users of their mobile banking app, DaviPlata. With the app recently adding an eCommerce component, it is becoming a one-stop shop at your fingertips.  

Design that works for women works for everyone and this week the successful fintech applicants for our Hackathon are working on their solutions. The finalists will make their pitches and the winner will be announced during the Summit. As the Summit draws near, we thank our generous Summit sponsors—Mastercard, FMO and CDC; our wonderful and committed members ; our knowledge and strategic partners and our many new friends galvanized to champion the female economy. 

And last but by no means least, we thank you, our readers. We invite you to attend. Going virtual offers the Alliance a unique opportunity to amplify our message and we are taking it.

Thank you all.

In community,

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