WCM | The Hustle

By WCM | March 12, 2021

The Hustle is the place to get caught up on what's happening behind the scenes - keeping our community updated on the work, the progress and hustle driving the acceleration of diversity in our industry. This week we saw our community step up and share the individuals who choose to challenge inequality. For the remainder of Women's History Month (March), we will continue celebrating our members, friends, and allies who are stepping up and choosing to challenge. Head to our social media accounts to nominate someone in your life who has helped you challenge, raise awareness, or take action by tagging them in a post and including the hashtag #wcmally. Submissions will be featured on our social accounts and receive a free WCM membership. You can participate on LinkedIn, InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

International Women's Day 2021 -  On March 8, it was great to see our sponsors and partners show their support for International Women's Day and who through WCM choose to challenge bias and accelerate equality. 

Western Ivey Women in Finance Event - On February 27th, WCM's CEO and President Lara Zink delivered the opening remarks at Western Ivey's second annual Women in Finance event. Lara kicked off the event and moderated the first panel discussing the critical role mentorship plays in a successful Capital Markets career. With a wide variety of panellists, the event was a great opportunity for students to learn more about the opportunities in Capital Markets.

WCMElevate: Conflict Management and Resolution - The 2020/2021 Elevate program participants took part in a compelling session on how to effectively have difficult conversations, led by Maja Djikic of Rotman School of Management. Attendees learned concrete strategies and tactics to manage conflict and how to get a challenging conversation back on track.

Leading Edge with Loretta Marcoccia - Over 300 people from Canada, the UK, Brazil, New York and Mexico joined WCM for another fantastic Leading Edge session to hear from Scotiabank’s Executive Vice President and COO, Global Banking and Markets, Loretta Marcoccia about her career journey, the skills she sees as being essential in her industry and her insights into current industry trends. Thank you to Fanny Doucet, Director Debt Capital Markets & Sustainable Finance, at Scotiabank for facilitating a fantastic conversation and audience questions.

Return to Bay Street Conference - WCM’s annual Return to Bay Street (RTBS) Conference drew a record 177 attendees this year. The Conference provides an opportunity for prospective applicants to the RTBS program to learn more about the process. The Conference featured two expert panels, the first featuring past RTBS recipients who spoke about their experiences with the program. The second featured experts in the Capital Markets industry who spoke to industry trends. Thank you to: Meric Koksal, Samira Amini, Aigul Narzhanova, Josephine Franks, Roberta Carano, Daniel Dorenbush, Fate Saghir, Julie Davidson, Olivia Steedman, and Harleen Bains for your time, insights, and encouragement to future RTBS applicants. 

Overview of Capital Markets Panel - WCM hosted the first of this year's University Event Series on March 4th. This panel was moderated by WCM's CEO & President Lara Zink, the panellists provided an informative session where the students learned a great deal about a variety of areas in Capital Markets. Thank you to Kerry Dunn, Christina Carnovale and Nadege Koskamp for their insight and engaging dialogue!

Equity Equation Presentations - Attendees from sponsor firms IMCO, Manulife, and RPIA heard from WCM's CEO Lara Zink and Chief Strategy Officer Katie Squires-Thompson as they delivered key research and findings on the current state of equity in Capital Markets as featured in The Equity Equation report. The presentations also provided an overview of the roadmap to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the finance industry.

The mission continues!

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