ICMA Women's Network

An international network for women in capital markets

IWN provides an impartial and open forum to discuss issues relevant to professional women in the international capital market and gives members the opportunity to build their network and focus on their career progression.

IWN is designed for women at the intermediate stages of their career: the ‘pipeline’ into senior management. It is open to all employees of ICMA member firms around the world, now involving over 2,000 individuals and growing all the time.

IWN is unique in that it is:
  • Debt capital markets focused
  • Linked to ICMA’s established network of contacts in different countries
  • Open to all members of ICMA (irrespective of gender)
IWN holds networking events throughout the year in the main financial centres of Europe, usually focused around themes related to career development in capital markets.

For more information on how you can access and take advantage of ICMA’s services, please contact ICMAwomensnetwork@icmagroup.org.


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The current composition of the ICMA Women's Network Steering Committee is as follows:
  • Hayley Basterfield, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Regula Berger, Zürcher Kantonalbank
  • Kate Craven       
  • Jennifer Cresswell, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Sandra de las Cavadas Quevedo, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.      
  • Fiona Kowalyk, Barclays    
  • Nathalie Masset, Euronext Paris SA
  • Camille McKelvey, MarketAxess Europe Limited
  • Delphine Mourot, Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC         
  • Jacqueline Steven, Bank of America Merrill Lynch




ICMA Women’s Network: Starting Out
Hosted by Intesa Sanpaolo

Date: 15 November 2018
Venue: Sala Convegni INTESA SANPAOLO, Piazza Belgioioso, 1 Milano

A panel of inspirational industry figures discuss where their careers began, the barriers they encountered as they progressed and how they have adapted to succeed. In the context of current working environments, they consider what tools women can use to nurture their career progression and best position themselves to develop leadership skills, imparting practical tips along the way for boosting confidence and raising profile.

Speakers include:
  • Maria Cannata - Collegio degli esperti - Dipartimento del Tesoro MEF
  • Giuliana Ferraino - Giornalista
  • Livia Pomodoro - Giurista, Membro Consiglio di Amministrazione Intesa Sanpaolo,Titolare cattedra Unesco per il Diritto al cibo - Università Statale di Milano
Please note this event will take place in Italian.

Admission: This has reached capacity and registrations are now closed. To join the waiting list, please contact Leigh Anne Cooke.

ICMA Women’s Network: Building a career path with leadership and confidence
Hosted by Nordea

Date: 16 January 2019
Time: 17.00-20.00
Venue: Nordea, Grønjordsvej 10, 2300 Copenhagen S

Event Overview

Common expectations required of women in the workplace include doing one’s best at everything, doing the right thing, trying to please everyone, not causing trouble, etc. But ultimately, are these expectations holding us back, leading to unfulfilled careers and wasted potential? Of course it is important to do one’s best and maintain values, but in career terms, maybe it’s time we start to think laterally. Drawing from her own career path and imparting practical tips along the way, Stine Bosse will discuss how to go about displaying our potential leadership credentials without alienating people, how to gain the confidence to assert opinions, make difficult decisions and take risks, and how to nurture our ambition and harness it towards forging a successful career, without having to compromise on integrity and individuality.

Stine Bosse is a Danish businesswoman with a global mindset. She has distinguished herself by her dedication to ambitious company goals, growth and sustainability and by the remarkable results she has achieved through strong leadership, clear governance and efficient turnarounds. Today, Ms Bosse works full-time as board member in international orientated companies. She serves as director of the board in Allianz and TDC and as chairman of BankNordik, Tele Greenland and Nunaoil.

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ICMA Women’s Network Event - Sustainability: the perspective of influential women in the rapidly growing ESG market, London, 1 November 2018
Hosted by HSBC

Green bonds, social bonds, sustainable bonds and other innovative financing solutions have in recent years been catapulted into the mainstream of debt capital markets funding. Reflective of the increasing importance of these asset classes, issuer and investor momentum is accelerating as connections are made between doing well and doing good, with the common imperative of long-term sustainable economic growth. ESG credentials and sustainability are now featured in many investment mandates, often linked to gender diversity. And it also just so happens that the sustainability space is well-populated with women. These are all very powerful metrics, which could be representative of a shift not only in mindset towards a more sustainable future, but also towards a more diverse workplace.  
This event assembled a number of senior influential women in the industry, those who provide thought leadership and are at the centre of this innovation. They explored the impact of these developments on the finance industry and the workplace as a whole, as well as discussing their own career paths.

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IWN Event: Igniting change through innovation, Amsterdam, 11 October 2018
Hosted by ABN AMRO

Innovation in capital markets is bringing a shift towards sustainable finance and to greater diversity in the workforces of financial institutions. ICMA members were invited to join this evening networking event in Amsterdam, to discuss these developments and the career opportunities that they represent.

Speakers at the event included:
  • Melissa Ablett, General Manager, CIC Rotterdam
  • Martine Boon, Head of Banking for Food Education & Engagement, Rabobank
  • Ambika Jindal, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, ING Bank
  • Rafaël Lazaroms, Coordinator climate, energy and sustainability, Dutch Association of Water Authorities
  • Arjan van Os, Head of Innovation Centre, ABN AMRO Bank View event information
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ICMA Women’s Network: Starting out: career progression and influences, Madrid, 4 October 2018

Hosted by BBVA

Join the ICMA Women’s Network for its inaugural event in Madrid, in which a panel of inspirational industry figures discuss their career paths and how they managed their progression. With the benefit of insights from a professional consultant, they consider how unconscious bias in the workplace affects career development, and influences our opportunities and the ability to network successfully. The panel will also consider how to manage unconscious bias, and the advice they would give their younger selves for boosting confidence and raising profile.

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ICMA Women’s Network Summer Event - Embracing change: future proofing your career with FinTech, London, 3 May 2018

Hosted by Allen & Overy

We hear every day about the FinTech revolution that is sweeping through the industry (also RegTech, WealthTech, Blockchain and many other variations on the same theme) but what does this radical change actually mean for the way debt capital markets will function in future? And, for those of us working in established financial institutions rather than dynamic tech start-ups, what do we need to do now to position ourselves for career advantage in this exciting new environment?

Commentators often write about the sector’s need for diversity but, in practice, FinTech remains a male-dominated specialty. What are the barriers to entry to a FinTech-based career for women? Can we repurpose skills that we already have to make the transition? Alternatively, how can we acquire the skills that we need to be part of the revolution?

In the future, most employment will be subject to technologically-driven change, so embracing flexibility and adaptability will be key as we reinvent ourselves throughout our working lives. This IWN event set out to illuminate the world of FinTech, with a panel of female FinTech experts sharing their own career experiences and knowledge.

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ICMA Women’s Network Nordic Region Launch Event - Starting Out, Stockholm, 12 April 2018

Hosted by Mannheimer Swartling

The ‘Starting out’ event took place this spring as the launch event for the ICMA Women’s Network Nordic Region. Attendees met a panel of inspirational industry figures and listened to their discussons on how they got to where they are – what worked for them, what didn’t, what they would tell their younger selves. The panel session was be followed by drinks and focused networking.

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