HSBC's Cate Luzio, Katia Bouazza and Diane S Reyes

Influential women: Cate Luzio, Katia Bouazza and Diane S Reyes

Three HSBC executives have been named among the most influential women in financial services by American Banker magazine. The annual Most Powerful Women in Banking awards, now in their 15th year, were celebrated at a gala dinner in New York on 5 October.

The HSBC women recognised this year are:

  • Diane S Reyes, Global Head of Liquidity and Cash Management, who came fifth in the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking list

  • Katia Bouazza, Co-Head of Global Banking, Latin America, who was number 11 in the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance

  • Cate Luzio, Global Head of International Subsidiary Banking, who took seventh place in the 25 Women to Watch

Young women from New York schools and their HSBC mentors

Female employees at HSBC are mentoring young women from schools in New York

Mentoring future leaders

Among HSBC’s guests at the dinner were 10 young women taking part in a mentoring programme with the bank.

The teenagers have each been paired with a female employee from HSBC. Over the course of the 2017–18 academic year, they will have regular mentoring sessions focusing on topics such as financial literacy, university applications, building their CV and interpersonal skills. To establish rapport, the first meeting between the teenagers and their mentors included a visit to a designer store to pick out an outfit to wear to the awards.

The project is part of a long-term partnership between the bank and Girls Inc., a not-for-profit organisation that develops programmes to encourage girls (including many from low-income communities) to achieve their potential. HSBC mentors aim to foster close personal bonds with the girls and to give them an insight into life as a banker.

The teenagers were chosen from participating New York high schools based on their aptitude and an expressed interest in financial services. Their mentors are all members of Balance, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting a gender-balanced workforce at HSBC.

You can watch a video about the mentoring initiative on the HSBC USA website.

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