The 2021 Annual Summit, “Investing in Women, Transforming our World,” convened leading experts from across banking, big tech, fintech, development finance institutions, insurance, payments, asset management companies and more, to explore three distinct topics on the power of investing in women:
October 5: Creating Female Friendly Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, sharing the blueprint for developing national commitments that ensure women’s full financial inclusion, based on the UK’s Investing in Women Code.
October 6: Designing Gender Intelligent Fintechs, unveiling new findings on the business case for fintechs to target the female economy.
October 7: Building the JEDI* Workforce of Tomorrow, discussing how to build just and equitable workforces.
Each day’s theme was brought to life with interactive sessions including panels, keynotes, spotlights, fireside chats, and networking opportunities.
Our 2021 Annual Summit was hosted by members, Mastercard and HSBC, and was virtual from October 5-7.
*JEDI stands for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
“The experience we got out of the Summit was so rewarding — it really helped us draw
the road map and the whole strategy for our Women’s Market program at BLC Bank.”
“It’s one thing to have your development banker show up and say, ‘You should think about this.’ … It’s another thing to have somebody who is very successful and has actually implemented programs … show you how it worked.”
“[The Summit has] a good mix of countries who have gone further [with the Women’s Market] and those who are still starting, so those that are starting have the opportunity to learn from people that have done it before.”
“I cannot recall an event in recent years that has been this productive and high quality.”
“I loved the choice of topics. This was the most educative annual general meeting in many years.”