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There has never been a more crucial time to continue convening as a global community and sharing insights into women’s economic empowerment. That is why Women’s World Banking has launched the virtual Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership series.

This new series gives you a continuous deep dive into Women’s World Banking’s research, expertise and upcoming projects while providing a platform for you to engage on these urgent topics.

What to expect:
Making Finance Work for Women
Thought Leadership Series is a bi-monthly virtual event. Each event is led by Women’s World Banking experts, and will be focused on topics such as digital financial services, gender lens investing, fintech, and more.

Who will be there:
Industry experts and thought leaders from financial service providers, fintechs, NGOs, donors, investors, research firms, and more.

Our next event in the series, Leveraging Digital Platforms for Deepening Women’s Financial Inclusion, will be held in June. Stay tuned for more details!

How to Attend:
Registration for our June event will be live soon. Stay tuned!

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Our next event in the series, Leveraging Digital Platforms for Deepening Women’s Financial Inclusion, will be held in June.

Stay tuned for more details!

Past Event:

Empowering Women on a Journey ​​​​​​Towards Digital Financial Capability

Empowering women to build digital financial capabilities (DFC) is more important than ever to ensure women are not left behind as the financial industry moves toward widespread availability and adoption of digital financial services (DFS), and can use DFS with ease and confidence.

Women’s World Banking invites you to a conversation on digital financial capability and its role in building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for women customers to effectively engage with digital financial services. Our innovative approach to building DFC is designed to ensure that low-income women can fully benefit from the transition to digital financial services, and offers an action-oriented, practical framework for how to develop effective DFC programs and initiatives. This event will feature a discussion on how FSPs and regulators can effectively support women customers to gain the confidence and skills to participate fully in the rapidly digitizing formal financial sector.

8:00 – 9:30AM EDT

8:00AM –8:05 AM EDT

Opening of event and welcoming remarks


Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO, Women’s World Banking

8:05 AM –9:00 AM EDT

Facilitated Panel Discussion


Marina Dimova, Managing Director of Design and Innovation, Women’s World Banking
Julia Arnold, Senior Research Director, Women’s Financial Inclusion, Center for Financial Inclusion
Samit Ghosh, Founder, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
Catherine Highet, Technology Lead, CGAP/FinEquity


Lubasha Heredia, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)


9:00 AM – 9:25 AM EDT


9:25 AM – 9:30 AM EDT

Closing Remarks


Eva Johansson, Lead Policy Advisor for Gender Equality, SIDA

Watch our previous Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series events, along with curated presentations from the Making Finance Work for Women 2020 Summit.


Empowering Women on a Journey ​​​​​​Towards Digital Financial CapabilityApril 2021

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Mary Ellen Iskenderian (Women’s World Banking)
Lubasha Heredia (BCG)
Julia Arnold (Center for Financial Inclusion)
Marina Dimova (Women’s World Banking)
Samit Ghosh (Ujjivan Small Finance Bank)
Catherine Highet (CGAP/FinEquity)
Eva Johansson (SIDA)


Delivering on the Potential of Digitized G2P: Driving Women's Financial Inclusion and EmpowermentOctober 2020

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Designing E-commerce for Women in Emerging MarketsOctober 2020

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Building Resilience through Savings: Mobilization in IndiaOctober 2020

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Building a Habit: How Initial Saving Activity Predicts Long-term Account EngagementOctober 2020

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Wage Digitization: Win-Win for Employers and Workers in VietnamOctober 2020

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Effective Ways to Activate DFS Accounts Leveraging Digital and Financial Capacity BuildingOctober 2020

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Payment Digitization in Egypt: A Case Study for Leveraging Digital ChannelsOctober 2020

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Making Microinsurance Work for WomenOctober 2020

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The Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series showcases over 40 years of experience in the financial inclusion sector and aim to drive actions that accelerate opportunities for low-income women around the world. Partnering with our event series can help you reach your audience and increase your presence in the financial inclusion space.

Sponsorship Benefits

Brand recognition and logo on all advertising materials and website

Social media coverage reaching Women’s World Banking’s 81K+ audience

Priority registration for employees and clients

Interview or blog entry about gender or financial inclusion-related issue close to company’s agenda

Featured video on Women’s World Banking’s YouTube channel and website

Speaking role during series event

Brown bag at company office with presentation from Women’s World Banking leadership team member






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