Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville on Oct. 14 hosted a Women’s Leadership Day event to recognize the connection between women leaders and the important role they play in the lives of female students and their choice of career path. The event theme, “Classroom to Boardroom,” was highlighted through technology showcases, keynotes and a panel discussion. Women’s Leadership Day brought together more than 100 attendees from the bank and the community for a full day of events focused on the role of education in career development, mentorship and networking.
Events open with the presentation of software applications, or “apps,” developed through a partnership between Deutsche Bank and Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. For the past four months, women leaders in technology from Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville and Cary, N.C., mentored four teams of middle school Girl Scouts to design apps geared toward addressing important social and community issues. The apps will be showcased and voted on, and the winning team will be announced by Kim Hammonds, Member of the Management Board and Group Chief Operating Officer, Deutsche Bank.
“At Deutsche Bank, we understand that diverse and inclusive leadership is essential to our bottom line,” said Leslie Slover, regional head of Deutsche Bank Jacksonville and Cary, N.C. “It’s one of the reasons we have events like this, to introduce women to senior role models and inspire them to take their careers to the next level. I hope that each attendee leaves Women’s Leadership Day with a connection to at least one person they didn't know before, and at least one idea to act on when returning to their offices.”
“According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 77 percent of girls say that, because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in STEM, and partnerships like this provide critical experience and guidance in STEM-related fields,” said Mary Anne Jacobs, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. “Through STEM programs, girls tend to persevere, become resourceful problem-solvers, challenge-seekers and promoters of cooperation and team-building, and they feel empowered to make a difference in the world — all qualities of strong leaders.”
The afternoon session features a panel discussion moderated by Deborah Gianoulis Heald, president and CEO of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. She will be joined by panelists Kim Hammonds; Lakshmi Goel, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Coggin College, University of North Florida; Retired General Valeria Gonzalez-Kerr, US Army; Imani Hope, Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Cindy Watson, Executive Director of Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network. A range of topics slated to be addressed include how academia and the military are preparing women for leadership roles in their careers, and what corporations are doing internally to promote diversity.