On March 8, FinTech Foundry by Shearman will be celebrating International Women’s Day under the UN’s theme of “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” which spotlights how the digital divide creates challenges for women, the global economy and overall productivity.

The program will include engaging panel discussions, breakfast and opportunities to network with leaders across industries.

Session 1: A Breakfast Discussion on Closing the DigitALL Divide

Technology continues to rapidly advance and change the way we work, yet women and girls are underrepresented in industries, academia and the broader technology sector. In this interactive panel, thought leaders from the legal, corporate and nonprofit sectors discuss digital trends, the gaps and advantages they see for women and share actionable tips for skilling up.

  • Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Partner, Compensation, Governance & ERISA; Member, Women’s Initiative for Success, Excellence and Retention (WISER), Shearman & Sterling
  • Geline Midouin, Co-Executive Director & Chief Operations Officer, Shearman & Sterling
  • Meredith Williams-Range, Chief Knowledge & Client Value Officer, Shearman & Sterling
  • Joy Heath Rush, Chief Executive Officer, International Legal Technology Association
  • Tieisha Smith, Head of Tech Partnerships, Acceleration & Culture Transformation, TIAA

Session 2: DigitALL within the FinTech, Blockchain and Crypto Industries

While the share of women leaders in the FinTech industry has been steadily improving over time, large gender gaps continue to persist. Join this panel of corporate and legal experts to discuss the contributions women have made in the FinTech, blockchain and crypto industries and the path forward.

  • Jennifer D. Morton, Partner, Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory; Co-Head, FinTech Foundry, Shearman & Sterling
  • Cassandra Cuellar, Partner, Emerging Markets; Member, FinTech Foundry, Shearman & Sterling
  • Sarah Biller, Co-Founder, Fintech Sandbox
  • Shelley Eleby, Head of Marketing, Electronic Trading, Bank of Montreal