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WE Newsletter | MARCH 2018
  MARCH 2018

Women in ETFs has had a dynamic and powerful start in 2018! Since our last update, there have been significant accomplishments across our organization, including two global flagship events: 5th Annual WE Breakfast at the Inside ETFs Conference and the International Women’s Day bell ringings at a record breaking 65 stock exchanges globally. We were also excited to announce our newly elected global governance committee leaders, which are a reflection of the strength of Women in ETFs. In 2017, WE hosted over 95 events across the globe, and today WE has over 4,000 members globally in Asia Pacific, Canada, EMEA and the US. This exponential growth is a clear indication that the efforts to connect both women and men in promoting the advancement of women are being noticed.

The WE Breakfast at Inside ETFs broke previous attendance records with over 350 attendees. They represented approximately 170 firms throughout the ETF industry, with about 36% men. We would like to thank InsideETFs for hosting the event, as well as our Corporate Sponsors that make this event and others possible. We would also like to recognize our distinguished speakers – Jennifer Johnson, President and COO of Franklin Templeton Investments, and Lynn Blake, Executive Vice President of State Street Global Advisors, led by Jillian DelSignore, 2018 WE Co-President, Head of ETF Distribution, JP Morgan Asset Management - for leading a discussion on the topic of advancing women in the industry.

As one of the highlights to the event, Jill Mavro, in her capacity as outgoing Women in ETFs Co-President, presented the annual 2018 service award to Joanne Hill in recognition of her outstanding achievements and WE leadership. The event photos, videos and program have been provided here.

For the 4th year, WE joined our partners - the UN Global Compact, UN Women, Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, IFC and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges - in a global collaboration across 65+ stock exchanges around the world to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality”, to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2018. Read more about these events here.

Also since the start of 2018, within our regional chapters, we are seeing a tremendous surge in enthusiasm amongst our local members.

Within the US, WE Boston and State Street Global Advisors hosted an event with global female leaders. They welcomed Roya Mahboob, the CEO of Digital Citizen Fund who organized the Afghans girls Robotics Team and helped them take home the silver medal for courageous achievement and broadly how women are engaged in IT in Afghanistan.

The Denver chapter hosted their second annual ETF Symposium. They discussed the Future of ETFs with distinguished speakers from industry publications and research firms including, Morningstar and FactSet. Read more about our events here.

WE EMEA hosted its first ever local event in Amsterdam. There was an informative presentation and discussion on cryptocurrencies and the drivers for Dutch investors, followed by cocktails and a networking event. A video of the event can be viewed here.

Our 2018 election process was a tremendous success. As a reflection of the strength of Women in ETFs, we were both excited and challenged by having such a large pool of interested applicants for both leadership and other volunteer roles. We would like to thank all of those who submitted interest in volunteering for Women in ETFs. We would also like to recognize all of the time and commitment of our past and current leaders. The WE Global Leadership List can be found here.

A special thanks to everyone, including our Corporate Sponsors, for volunteering your time to SUPPORT, CONNECT and INSPIRE women across the ETF community!

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Diana and Jillian
WE Co-Presidents

WE Webcast
Investor Action for Gender Parity
Each year, International Women’s Day serves as an opportunity to commemorate the women’s rights movement and to accelerate implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 agenda, specifically goal 5 “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and goal 4 “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

The theme for this year, which was celebrated on March 8th, is #pressforprogress.
How are countries around the world advancing towards gender parity on corporate boards?
What are the actions investors can take and are taking in pressing for progress within their asset allocation and amongst portfolio companies?

Click on the link below to view the replay of this very informative webcast.