“100WF Next Generation provides a
platform for younger professional
women to access education, networking
opportunities and mentoring.”
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will look like in 10 years’ time. What will differentiate the winners from
the losers in the race for survival, for growth and for better returns?
“The insights given by the panellists from a variety of different
perspectives was extremely beneficial to attendees,” said Walton.
At another event, “Career Advice I Wish I’d had at 25, and Advice I’d
Give My Future Self”, speakers including Jackie Doak, Dart Real Estate;
Rebecca Palmer, KPMG; Shari Seymour, Maples & Calder; Heather
Smith, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; and Lesley Connolly,
Intertrust Cayman; discussed the fact that, although women represent
50 percent of middle management, not even a third of that number are
in top executive management roles, and even fewer in the C-suite.
They were asked to discuss their experiences advancing into
leadership roles and what advice they would give their younger selves
with the benefit of hindsight.
“It was a fantastic event showcasing how many of our amazing
professional women have progressed in their careers, dealt with
different challenges and seized opportunities offered to them.
“All the panellists are great role models for the next generation
in Cayman,” Education Committee co-chairs Walton and Frederick
Another event, “Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Business and Tax
Considerations”, examined the latest market developments and how
they transform conducting business. The speakers included Rob
Massey, Deloitte San Francisco; and Alexandra Simonova, Deloitte.
Frederick said she was very pleased with the feedback from
attendees as the speaker successfully explained the accounting and
tax considerations related to cryptocurrencies.
Three pillars: peer engagement
The Peer Engagement Committee is co-chaired by Carolyn du Toit,
PwC, and Catherine Pham, Mourant Ozannes.
The co-chairs said: “The committee continues to push the agenda
of creating an effective platform that leverages the skills, knowledge
and experiences of its members. 100WF’s rebranding provided an
opportunity for the Peer Engagement Committee to extend its reach
into the broader Cayman financial services sector, strengthening
its local market network and facilitating strong cross-leverage
opportunities between various sub-sectors.
“Having already established peer advisory groups (PAGs) for audit,
fiduciary and legal, we recently launched an insurance PAG and are
excited to launch PAGs for administration and CFOs in the coming year.
“In addition to the broadening of the PAG offerings, the Peer
“GirlForce 100 is 100WF Cayman’s flagship mentoring programme
that pairs 100WF members with female Caymanian public high school
students with ambitions towards careers in finance, but lacking in
resources and support to achieve their full potential.
“GirlForce 100 will also provide a needs-based, local scholarship for
one GirlForce 100 student to pursue a course of study at one of the
“A number of events are organised by the philanthropy committee
during the year, of which our two flagship events are the gala, which
took place on March 23, 2019, and the corporate Mixology event,
which is typically scheduled in September.
“Both events are a great way to meet up with friends, network and
support our beneficiary.”
One of the highlight events for this strand of the body was “A
Pep Talk with Salt-N-Pepa”, in which Angie Baraud, CEO of Baraud
International, talked to Cheryl James and Sandra Denton, as they
reflected on their experiences as women in the rap music industry.
Baraud says: “100WF members enjoyed the chat with Salt-N-Pepa,
the Grammy Award-winning female hiphop artists, while raising funds
for 100WF’s Investing in the Next Generation initiative. ‘Salt’ James
and ‘Pepa’ Denton shared a resonating message on the power of
women advocating for each other across all industries and provided
some insight on their personal and creative evolution as music
legends over the last 32 years.
“This was definitely an out-of-the-box event for the organisation as
a whole. We were able to shine a light on the message of female
empowerment for all women and how finance crosses and supports
many industries—including the business of hiphop, which is no
Three pillars: education
The Education Committee is co-chaired by Monique Frederick, Butterfield
Bank (Cayman) and Christie Walton, Maples Group. The Education
Committee plans events with high-profile speakers on industry-specific
topics. Education sessions are open to 100WF members globally.
This segment of 100WF successfully put on a number of keynote
events in 2018 including an event titled “New Era: Funds and
Managers of the Future” in which speakers including Claire Griffin,
KPMG; Christina Kopec, Goldman Sachs; Alexandra Krystal, CIBC;
Kathleen Olin, Indus Capital Partners; and Jo Huckle, Ogier, discussed
some of the big topics facing the industry.
They were asked to discuss the fact that the alternative investment
industry is on the verge of radical change and debate what the industry
100 Women in Finance global board
members, including Christina
Bodden from Maples (6th from
right) with HRH the Duchess of
Cambridge, who launched the Royal
Foundation’s Mental Health Initiative
for Children and Young People last
year, at a gala in London.