Money 20/20 launches ‘Rise Up’ initiative to empower women in financial services

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Money20/20 Europe has opened applications for its trailblazing Rise Up programme, which is designed to empower the next generation of women in financial services leadership.

Launched in partnership with the European Women’s Payments Network (EWPN), the initiative will provide participants with thorough actionable skills, tools and learnings that will enable them to take their careers to the next level.

Recent figures show that while 46 per cent of ‘professional’ roles in financial services are held by women, only 15 per cent of those at the executive level are female. Money20/20 aims to address this by giving women in the earlier stages of their careers the information, coaching and mentoring needed to propel them to senior roles.

Thirty women will be hand-picked to take part in the exclusively curated agenda of bespoke content sessions and exclusive networking opportunities at Money20/20 Europe in Amsterdam (3-5 June 2019). As well as one-to-one mentoring with the most respected industry leaders, private meetings with keynote speakers and special events, participants will receive a one-year membership to EWPN. One of this year’s cohort will also be selected to join EWPN’s Executive Board to help shape the future of the payments industry.

Speaking about the programme, Tracey Davies, President of Money20/20 said, “The global financial services industry is undeniably undergoing massive change.”

“There really is a money revolution, with many predictions that the next five years will unleash more seismic shifts than the previous five.”

“The industry’s needs are changing rapidly, and it is thirstier than ever for innovation, creativity and leadership talent – which is why it is so vital to unlock all available talent to support the incredible growth opportunities in the sector.”

“Rise Up is designed to give women the inspiration, practical support and access to a network who can help them progress their careers so we can truly unlock all talent.”

Martha Mghendi-Fisher, Founder of EWPN added, “The EWPN is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive industry.”

“Importantly, we’re determined to rebalance the gender split in top level roles.”

“But to do that, we need the support of the entire industry – Rise Up is bringing us one step closer to achieving that aim.”

“Our commitment to this is testament to the fact that we will be selecting our newest Executive Board member from this cohort, a process that we are incredibly excited about.”

Rise Up will run throughout the three days of Money20/20 Europe alongside regular event programming, which includes keynote leaders and experts from across the global payments, fintech and financial services industry. Applications commence on Friday 8 March and will stay open until Friday 5 April. To learn more, or to apply for the Rise Up program, please click here.

Alison Simpson
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