Conference Highlights

The 2017 GBA Summit was hosted by GBA member NatWest, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, from Nov. 14-16. This Summit was our most diverse ever, bringing 200 attendees from 68 organizations in 50 countries to London for 3 action-packed days of best practice sharing and networking. With an agenda structured around the theme “Catalysing Growth in the Female Economy: Leveraging the Power of Connection,” the 2017 Summit explored various topics related to facilitating connections among staff, customers and the broader ecosystem of Women’s Market stakeholders. Take a look at our thorough recap of each session in the pages below.

Global Banking Trends & the Female Economy

The GBA Master Class kicked off the Summit by exploring the business case for financial services providers to serve the Women’s Market.

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GBA Case Studies: NatWest, BLC Bank, Westpac

GBA best practice banks shared their journeys with the Women’s Market and strategic rationale for serving it.

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The EBRD Women in Business Programme

Anchoring the Master Class was a panel exploring the EBRD’s commitment to SMEs and gender.

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Key Enablers for Women’s SMEs in the UK

During a working session of the Women and Enterprise APPG, speakers discussed how governments can create an enabling environment for women-owned businesses.

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Keynote Address

Stephen Boyle shared his outlook on the global economy, explaining how growth in Europe and the US will offer an opportunity to create a better future, if wielded properly.

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The Future of Commerce

Eimear Creaven discussed how Mastercard is working with its partners to bring millions of people, many of them women, into the financial system.

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Disruption that Enhances the Value Proposition for Women

This panel brought together practitioners across three continents and two sectors to discuss how disruption and innovation in technology are impacting the value proposition for women.

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The State of Play in Gender Lens Investing

Leaders in gender finance discussed the current state of gender lens investing, the different lenses that can be applied across asset classes, and emerging trends in the field.

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The Next Big Business Opportunity

This session explored the GBA member experiences in developing insurance value propositions for women customers and the strong business case they have found.

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The Role of Alternative Finance

This panel explored the latest trends in funding start-ups and high-growth women’s businesses from the perspective of different ecosystem players.

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The Business Case for Women’s Credit Cards

More organizations are creating value for women with cards, but there is still a great deal of untapped opportunity in the market. This panel explored that opportunity.

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Gender Diversity in the C-Suite

This panel discussion explored how women represent only around 15 percent of senior management positions in the financial services industry.

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Keeping Momentum After Year 2

This panel explored what it has taken to fully embed panelists’ Women’s Market programs into their banks.

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The Power of Effective Networks

In this session, Andy Lopata shared common misperceptions of what constitutes effective networking and tips to improve attendees’ networking skills.

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Building Effective Networks

Panelists shared their experiences with their own women’s networks – building them, bringing them together and managing them in a cost-effective manner.

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A Conversation with Four Male CEOs

Leaders from RBS, BLC Bank, Stanbic Bank and BRAC Bank had an honest conversation about why they are supporting the Women’s Market.

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2017 GBA Women’s Market Champion Awards

The GBA is thrilled to recognize the contributions of 12 outstanding members making a difference in the female economy.

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