On March 8, 100 members of Women in ETFs joined representatives from the UN Global Compact, UN Women and IFC to ring the closing bell for gender equality at Nasdaq in honor of International Women's Day. International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call to action to accelerate gender parity. Nasdaq was the last of four bell ringing ceremonies during the week in New York.
The event included a terrific panel discussion that brought both public and private sector views in an engaging dialogue on gender equality. Jill Mavro, Head of Strategic Relationship Group at State Street Global Advisors and President of Women in ETFs, did an amazing job weaving together the various comments in an interactive approach. Panelists included Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, Ethiopis Tafara, General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate Risk and Sustainability for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Gena Smith, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Global Executive & Creative Sourcing, LVMH.
The formal comments ended with gratitude for WE Founder and Board Member, Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner of ETFGI, who was awarded the first WE Award for Service in the Advancement of Women in the ETF Industry. Jill and Joanne Hill, Head of Institutional Investment Strategy at ProShare Advisors and President of Women in ETFs, recognized Debbie's outstanding leadership in coordinating the International Women's Day Global Bell Ringing series for WE and our partnership with the UN and others this year.