The HERoes top 100 female future leaders 2020

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Photo: INvolve/Yahoo Finance
Photo: INvolve/Yahoo Finance

Giving greater visibility to women who are paving the way for others is essential to making the workplace more diverse and inclusive.

The 2020 HERoes Future Female Leaders list celebrates 100 inspirational women who are not yet senior leaders in an organisation but are making a significant contribution to gender diversity at work.

All of the future leaders — who must identify as a woman at work can be of any nationality and based in any country — were nominated by peers and colleagues, or put themselves forward.

Nominations were then reviewed by the HERoes judging panel, which includes head of Yahoo Finance UK Lianna Brinded. The panel scored each person on the influence of their role, their impact on women inside and outside the workplace, and their business achievements.

READ MORE:

1) JiHye Bae, head of credit cards, Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK)

1) JiHye Bae, head of credit cards, Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK). Photo: Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK)
JiHye Bae, head of credit cards, Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK). Photo: Standard Chartered Bank Korea (SCBK)

Bae is a senior leader for the SCBK D&I council gender charter, where she takes the lead in implementing gender diversity programmes, and has organised a special Balance for Better lecture series for staff. As retail banking leader for SCBK's women's network, she also ran programmes on career development, mentoring, and a lecture series linked to external institutions.

Bae and the network conduct regular meetings on leadership, overcoming unconscious bias, and international finance, and she has promoted the activities of the network through media engagements.

Externally, Bae has conducted economic education and cultural events for migrant women from multicultural families in conjunction with SCBK and the Jongro-gu Multicultural Family Support Center. She has also been instrumental in the implementation of the Women’s Venture Scale Up Programme, in partnership with the Korean Women Venture Association.

READ MORE: Standard Chartered Korea's JiHye Bae on what it takes to lead equality efforts inside a corporation

2) Eunice Heath, corporate director, EHS & Sustainability, Dow

2) Eunice Heath, corporate director, EHS & Sustainability, Dow. Photo: Dow
Eunice Heath, corporate director, EHS & Sustainability, Dow. Photo: Dow

Through the WIN+5 programme, Heath has provided mentoring and coaching support for women across functions at Dow. Through these engagements, women leaders have been able to position themselves for broader accountability in their roles and for promotions.

Heath has been a panelist and keynote speaker for Dow WIN’s partnership with EY, EY PowerUp, sharing experiences as a successful African American woman in business.

Beyond WIN+5, Heath mentors many women in the business, and was appointed MBA leadership development programme director last year, focusing on accessing top talent from prominent MBA schools and diversity conferences. Among many other high-profile speaking engagements, Heath spoke at FAMU College of Engineering’s freshman and sophomore engineering programme, with an emphasis on what it takes to be a successful woman in engineering. She is a consistent speaker on special panels for women in business, from student leaders at the FAMU School of Business to GreenBiz women leaders in sustainability.

3) Hayley Kahn, senior brand manager of BABE Wine, Anheuser Busch

3) Hayley Kahn, senior brand manager of BABE Wine, Anheuser Busch. Photo: Anheuser Busch
Hayley Kahn, senior brand manager of BABE Wine, Anheuser Busch. Photo: Anheuser Busch

Over the past four years, Kahn has co-led Anheuser-Busch’s largest ERG, Women in Beer & Beyond. Here, she has fostered a community for women and allies to connect, share, and grow within an industry that has traditionally leaned more male-centric.

She has organised speaker series with female executives, networking events, and coffee chats for colleagues to foster relationships, as well as recruited on college campuses to attract more women into the company. Kahn is passionate about enhancing the portrayal of women in advertising.

As a founding member of Anheuser-Busch’s Culture Collective, Kahn reviews marketing creative across brands to prevent potential unconscious biases, reduce negative stereotyping, and elevate inclusion and diversity. Outside of Anheuser-Busch, Kahn founded The Supper Series (@thesupperseries), a speaker series that brings together women over dinner to learn from female entrepreneurs across various industries and donates all proceeds to the Food Bank for New York City.

4) Jennie Koo, head of operations risk management, Capital One

4) Jennie Koo, head of operations risk management, Capital One. Photo: Capital One
Jennie Koo, head of operations risk management, Capital One. Photo: Capital One

Koo is the UK chapter lead for Capital One’s gender BRG, empowHER, and brings a gender lens to the REACH ethnicity network.

On joining Capital One 18 months ago, Koo focused on increasing visibility and awareness within her leadership team, quickly getting appointed to lead empowHER’s UK chapter. In the midst of a global pandemic, Koo joined forces with a newly formed parents network to drive increased awareness of the pressures of lockdown and the danger of the current situation setting gender conversations back years.

As such, she has been driving focused policy change opportunities around increased working flexibility. With intersectionality in mind, Jennie has taken on the work stream of community engagement and role modelling within schools and charities which focus on social mobility. She also volunteers on the board of Women in Banking and Finance, establishing a regional presence to support women in the Midlands & North regions.

5) Justine Zwerling, head of primary markets Israel, London Stock Exchange

5) Justine Zwerling, head of primary markets Israel, London Stock Exchange. Photo: London Stock exchange
Justine Zwerling, head of primary markets Israel, London Stock Exchange. Photo: London Stock Exchange

Within the Women’s Inspired Network (WIN) at the London Stock Exchange, Zwerling has launched and forged partnerships with many organisations to promote gender diversity and women’s inclusion and empowerment throughout the world of finance.

She founded the Jewish Women’s Business Network at London Stock Exchange Group, which supports gender and neuro-diversity throughout the City and internationally. Zwerling volunteers with numerous organisations: with Clare Josa and Joy Burnford she works to combat imposter syndrome and to raise confidence; she is on the board of advisers to Israel Bonds; and on the board of Sahi, supporting the lives of young people at risk through building communities and giving.

She encourages diverse hiring from grassroots to board director-level and supports interns from the US, UK and Israel to gain summer placements and mentoring. Zwerling advises SafeUP, helping women in distress globally 24/7 with safe guardians for virtual support and physical help. She is a founding member of the UAE Israel Business council, cultivating friendships and impactful business partnerships.

6) Michelle Morgan, associate director, Mindshare

6) Michelle Morgan, associate director, Mindshare. Photo: Mindshare
Michelle Morgan, associate director, Mindshare. Photo: Mindshare

As associate director at Mindshare, Morgan has been working with Dove/Unilever on breakthrough advertising campaigns around women’s self-esteem, alongside cultivating gender diversity within Mindshare itself. As the events lead of Mindshare’s ERG, The Collective, Morgan has created experiences which bring women’s and minority voices to the forefront.

With Dove, she led an award-winning campaign to reframe the concept of beauty, working with Hearst editors from Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine and others to integrate powerful images of diverse beauty and change young girls’ perspectives on antiquated beauty standards.

Morgan was also involved in a panel for Dove’s Self Esteem Project, an educational curriculum developed to strengthen girls’ self-esteem. She has also been involved in a mentoring programme, which pairs young professionals with teenagers to provide advice and encouragement through their high school years.

7) Melisa Turano, head of sales, HSBC Bank Argentina

7) Melisa Turano, head of sales, HSBC Bank Argentina. Photo: HSBC Bank Argentina
Melisa Turano, head of sales, HSBC Bank Argentina. Photo: HSBC Bank Argentina

For three years, Turano chaired the BALANCE ERG at HSBC Argentina, which is dedicated to supporting the recruitment, development and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce. She has built a team structure with four working groups and designated champions to execute multiple initiatives simultaneously, creating new leadership and development opportunities.

The main initiatives carried out during her mandate include: workshops with parents and children; meet-ups with senior executive women; workshops for female entrepreneurs in low-income neighbourhoods alongside credit support to boost their projects; and training on unconscious biases and domestic violence.

Turano is also a co-founder of ‘Mujeres al Mundo,’ a HSBC programme aimed at accelerating women’s inclusion by providing training, networking, mentoring and financial services. It has already impacted more than 400 businesswomen. Through her work, she believes each day she is taking a step to fulfil a greater purpose, contributing to an environment in which everyone has equal opportunities and rights.

8) Jo Moffatt, practice director, Atkins

8) Jo Moffatt, practice director, Atkins. Photo: Atkins
Jo Moffatt, practice director, Atkins. Photo: Atkins

Moffatt is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She co-chairs the transportation ED&I leadership team at Atkins, where she champions part-time and flexible working, having hosted a ‘power part-timers’ event last year, inspiring women to consider flexible working and helping to challenge line managers’ views.

She founded an internal coaching programme and is currently trialling a two-way mentoring programme. This June, Moffatt launched a senior women’s network, providing support and momentum to women across the transportation business in Atkins. Moffatt is leading women in rail and International Women in Engineering Day involvement.

She is deputy chair of the Chartered Management Institute’s CMI Women Board, who have delivered events encouraging sponsorship of women, with themes around BAME, finance and STEM. Moffatt has been instrumental in the Institute’s COVID-19 response events and is also planning events reflecting on 50 years since the launch of CMI Women.

9) Shubha Polisetty, associate director, technology delivery lead, Accenture Solutions Private Limited

9) Shubha Polisetty, associate director - technology delivery lead, Accenture Solutions Private Limited. Photo: Accenture Solutions Private Limited
Shubha Polisetty, associate director, technology delivery lead, Accenture Solutions Private Limited. Photo: Accenture Solutions Private Limited

At Accenture’s Advanced Technology Centres in India (ATCI), Polisetty leads the returning mothers programme, the Parents@Work and the AnitaB.org relationship. She enabled 1,400+ women to jumpstart their second-innings at work with mentorship, training and staffing support. Polisetty ensures that new mothers are offered technology roles with customised learning, re-skilling and growth opportunities. She focused her efforts to retain/re-staff returning mothers, leading to a drop in attrition. Additionally, she launched the ‘I-for-Inclusion’ campaign, engaging 30,000 employees and their children during the pandemic.

Polisetty is the ACTI AnitaB.org relationship lead and has established chapters in Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, and Chennai. She jointly led the I&D council for a global consumer goods client, driving conversations across countries. Polisetty leads technology delivery for APAC clients. She started her career in an electrical power plant where she was the only woman on the shop floor. Since then Polisetty has been relentlessly advocating to make workplaces better for women.

10) Ramat Tejani, programme lead, Amazon Web Services

10) Ramat Tejani, programme lead, Amazon Web Services. Photo: Amazon Web Services
Ramat Tejani, programme lead, Amazon Web Services. Photo: Amazon Web Services

Tejani leads AWS GetIT an Amazon Web Services’ skills and gender diversity programme, which aims to empower female talent, build confidence and leadership skills, and encourage more young people, especially girls, to consider a career in technology.

Tejani also sits on the board of the Amazon Black Employee Network (BEN) in the UK. She is responsible for developing and executing strategies to support the professional development of BEN UK members in areas such as employability and realising their potential.

Beyond AWS, Tejani has coached almost 100 women in the last two years, utilising her mentoring and confidence coaching skills through The Inspiration Box, a personal development platform. She is also part of The Mentor Circle, which was set up during the pandemic to combat widening inequality in the UK for young people.

11) Olaide Olumide, assistant director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

11) Olaide Olumide, assistant director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Photo: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Olaide Olumide, assistant director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Photo: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Olumide Co-Chairs the Women Empowered Network, where she has re-launched and re-branded the network to emphasise gender equality as a collective issue and recruited a senior male champion to lead 'WE Allies.'

She led the network’s first International Women's Day leadership conference for 200 women championing intersectionality and public and private sector collaboration to tackle gender equality. Olumide spearheaded the development of the first BAME women working group successfully influencing seniors to commit to delivery through the departments trailblazing race action plan. She was featured in the Government Equalities Office #WomenWhoInspiresMe series celebrating women who have challenged gender stereotypes.

As a member of the UKsec steering committee, Olumide advocated for a session to address gender diversity challenges in the cybersecurity sector. Externally, Olumide runs Shades of Success, an online network for BAME women, mentors women within the Civil Service whilst volunteering in outreach activities through Inspiring the Future & Urban Synergy.

12) Margaret Gribben, performance manager, Irish Life

12) Margaret Gribben, performance manager, Irish Life. Photo: Irish Life
Margaret Gribben, performance manager, Irish Life. Photo: Irish Life

Gribben chairs the Women@Work and alumni network, and heads the steering group. Over the last two years, the network and other initiatives she leads have achieved numerous recognitions as industry leading best practice. These initiatives have significantly progressed the agenda with senior leadership and boards, both approving gender targets and a new gender dashboard to provide data and board papers to track progress.

Externally, Irish Life is recognised as industry best practice in diversity & inclusion following a number of D&I audits. Gribben is programme director for the LifeCareers mentoring programme and ch