WatersTech Spotlight: Trailblazing Women Across the Capital Markets

Women are playing an increasingly influential role across all types of capital markets firms and the third-party technology providers serving them. Here are six stories focusing on extraordinary women in our industry.

WatersTech Spotlight

This is the second article in WatersTechnology’s Spotlight series. The first piece focusing on notable mergers and acquisitions across the fintech landscape can be found here.

While the capital markets industry continues to be a male-dominated domain, women are increasingly rising to prominence across a wide range of disciplines and entities. Here are six stories focusing on a number of our industry's most extraordinary women, ranging from cover stories and profiles to awards and video interviews.

If there is one thing that ties together the sentiments of the 35 or so women covered in this review of the content recently published on WatersTechnology on the subject of women across the capital markets, it is that they all still feel that they are working in a male-dominated industry. It is not a complaint, but rather an observation based on their first-hand experience. Yes, most have risen through the ranks and now occupy positions of leadership and genuine influence within their organizations, but for many of them, it hasn’t been plain sailing. Below are links to the stories, and more importantly, the women behind the stories.  

Bea Martin, COO, UBS Investment Bank

What’s the story about? Cover story on Bea Martin, focusing on the skills and expertise she brings to the role as UBS looks to streamline its operations by making tough decisions and adopting new technologies.     

Why is it important? Martin is candid about the unique skills that women can offer capital markets firms, especially when it comes to managing large, diverse teams and collaboration.  

Elly Hardwick, head of innovation, Deutsche Bank

What’s the story about? Cover story on Elly Hardwick, describing her serendipitous journey to the head of innovation at Deutsche Bank in London.*    

Why is it important? Hardwick talks about her relationship with her client—Deutsche Bank—and how her day-to-day role is shaped by what the bank’s end-users want from a technology perspective, and not what she and her team assume is important to them.    

Veronica Augustsson, CEO, Cinnober Financial Technology

What’s the story about? A profile on Veronica Augustsson, outlining the challenges she faced when she was installed as Cinnober’s CEO at the age of 32.    

Why is it important? Augustsson is an outstanding role model for anyone—male or female—with designs on heading up and growing a meritocratic, multinational, purpose-driven technology firm.   

The Fight for the Future: Leading Female Technologists Discuss Lessons Learned

What’s the story about? A number of winners from this year’s Woman in Technology and Data Awards discuss the lessons they’ve learned during their rise thorough the ranks of their respective capital markets firms.  

Why is it important? There’s a lot of sound advice in this piece from the women who have been there and done it the hard way, ultimately succeeding in what is undeniably still a male-dominated industry.   

The inaugural Women in Technology and Data Awards 

What’s the story about? In April this year, WatersTechnology hosted its inaugural Women in Technology and Data Awards, comprising 24 categories; this piece contains everything pertaining to those awards.  

Why is it important? This story is a one-stop shop of coverage of our “women’s” awards, with 23 individual winner write-ups and one company write-up, together with eight video interviews and a number of Q&As. 

A Conversation about Equality

What’s the story about? A short precis and a link to a webcast on equality in the workplace, moderated by IDM’s editor, Jamie Hyman.   

Why is it important? Conversations about equal opportunities and equality are seldom easy, although they absolutely do need to happen. Our industry is no different. Jamie and her guests skillfully address the pertinent issues head-on.     

* Approximately two months after the Elly Hardwick cover story was published, WatersTechnology learned that she had resigned her position and would be leaving Deutsche Bank.  

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