Sandie Okoro, General Counsel, HSBC Global Asset Management, spoke in London to mark International Women’s Day 2015

Don’t listen to people who tell you to limit your ambitions, Sandie Okoro, General Counsel, HSBC Global Asset Management, told an audience gathered at London Guildhall to mark International Women’s Day 2015.

Ms Okoro said that a primary teacher had once told her that a girl like her could never hope to fulfil her ambition of being a judge: “If I had listened, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Ms Okoro qualified as both a barrister and solicitor and manages HSBC Global Asset Management’s legal risk and legal teams around the world. She is also a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The event, hosted by the City of London on 6 March and sponsored by HSBC, was one of many supported by the bank to mark International Women’s Day.

In a separate event held at the bank’s London headquarters on 5 March, more than 100 people listened to a speech from Ruth Kelly, who was a journalist, an economist and a UK Cabinet Minister before joining HSBC. Ms Kelly, Global Head of Client Strategy, HSBC Global Asset Management, shared experience from her career: “Opportunities don’t fall into your lap. It doesn’t happen if you aren’t prepared to take a risk.”

Other events took place in countries including Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and the US. International Women’s Day, which falls officially on 8 March, celebrates the role women play shaping their countries and communities.

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