“GirlForce 100 has been selected as the Cayman Islands beneficiary
supporting 100WF’s global philanthropic theme, ‘Investing in the Next
Generation’.” Laurie Mernett, Philanthropy Committee
Engagement Committee held a number of successful events in 2018,
including networking events and the ever popular (and oversubscribed)
golf lessons—”swing into action”—for which we will aim to run more
sessions in the coming year.
“We also held some business coaching-based seminars, including
an inspirational speech on rising to the top by being good for
business and an engaging session on social styles and tips for
Under the remit of the peer engagement pillar comes 100WF
NextGen Groups, a peer network initiative for 100WF members who
have less than 10 years of industry experience.
100WF NextGen Groups provide a platform for early-career
professional women to access education, networking opportunities
and mentoring. 100WF NextGen Groups aim to provide an educational
and social forum through which young women can build lasting,
synergistic relationships through an open dialogue about the current
interests and challenges of working women.
The co-chairs of this are Renee Caudeiron, Campbells; Brittany Fox,
Harmonic Fund Services; and Jessica Everard, MUFG.
In addition to 100WF’s NextGen Group, 100WF’s Investing in
the Next Generation Initiative in Cayman focuses on young preprofessional
women in the Cayman Islands and ensuring that they
are afforded the requisite training, guidance and access to the finance
industry as a career option. It also exposes pre- and early-career young
women to the resources of 100WF’s partner organisations (such as
Forte Foundation, Girls Who Invest, Chartered Alternative Investment
Analyst and Smart Woman Securities) which offer training, internships
and scholarship opportunities to all candidates across the world.
100WF’s NextGen Group in Cayman hosts educational speaker
events and more intimate gatherings to develop a community of
strong, young women who will ultimately guide each other through
the progression of their careers.
This strand of 100WF has some exciting events coming up for
2019 including a three-part investing series, a joint conversation with
NextGen and senior practitioners on key issues for women at every
stage of their careers, continuing a HotTopics series, and hosting its
fourth annual Inspire half-day career conference in October.
100WF also partnered with the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education
to launch GirlForce 100. This mentoring programme operates within
John Gray High School and Clifton Hunter High School and pairs
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professional women from within the 100WF membership base with
young women in a mentor/mentee relationship.
GirlForce 100 is supported by committee of 18 members, which
include senior women professionals in finance, philanthropy, the
Ministry of Education and the Red Cross.
The programme provides key guidance and support in main areas:
mentoring, goal-setting, and life planning. In 2018, 100WF produced
its first impact study on the programme to serve as a benchmark for
the effect which such mentoring is having on its mentees in terms of
their academic performance and general wellbeing.
GirlForce 100 holds a series of bi-monthly group events and one-onone
mentoring sessions to guide the young mentees to realise their
full personal and career potential. Mentees and mentors are paired
at the beginning of the school year, and meet for two hours on a
biweekly basis—with conversation centred on a curriculum that is
developed by the committee and high school educators. This year, the
focus is on healthy relationships, career and self-care.
Councillor Barbara Conolly, Department of Education, Youth, Sports,
Agriculture and Lands, said: “For the young women, GirlForce 100 is
a unique opportunity to discover new skills, solidify future goals and
get on track to exciting and rewarding careers. In addition, many of
them form positive relationships with industry professionals who can
provide important references for obtaining scholarships, internships
and full-time employment.”
One of the recent highlights of this programme was an event in
February at which Hollywood actor Natalie Portman addressed the
students about her personal career path, and encouraged each one of
them to dig deep to harness the personal strengths and community
they have around them, to reach success. The event left the girls
feeling inspired about what their future in Cayman can hold and what
it can look like.
The programme currently serves 59 local high school students,
paired with the same number of mentors.
With the theme of this year’s 100WF philanthropic initiative being
Investing in the Next Generation, GirlForce 100 has been named as
the 2019 beneficiary. It plans to use the funds to appoint a part-time
administrator of the GirlForce 100 programme, in order that it can
continue to grow the programme year on year. It will also be awarding
a scholarship to one of the GirlForce mentees to cover all the tuition
fees for an Associate’s degree at ICCI or UCCI.
Panel discussion at this year’s 100WF NextGen Inspire event:
Christina Gordon (Maples, left) and Rebecca Palmer (KPMG).
EY’s OctobEYfest team were the winners of ‘Best in Glass’ at the
Mixology event with their ‘minEY’ beer.