Young Businesswomen

WOMEN SOCIETIES ALLIANCE

The Full Story

“I had the initial idea of the Women Societies Alliance (“WSA”) when I was first exposed to the financial services industry and the inspiring senior women in finance during my first year at university.

Driven to pursue a career in this male-dominated industry, I sought out organisations and communities to help me build my network, skills and knowledge. I found the support I needed at the London School of Economics' Women in Business Society, where I had the most rewarding opportunities to serve in the committee as Head of Events and subsequently President. It was also during that time and through speaking with other female students at other universities that I became more aware of the gender gap in the industry. 

I have been very fortunate to find a supportive community at the London School of Economics. However, many of my friends faced challenges in finding a similar support network.

It occurred to me that if we could unite all the Women in Finance and Business societies, we would build a much stronger community. Thus, we have founded the WSA – aiming to create the largest network of female students and connecting them with female professionals in the industry.”

— Kyra, Founder

 

OUR PURPOSE

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GENDER EQUALITY

We aim to champion gender equality within the finance corporate environment through building a community for all female students across the UK and female professionals at our sponsor firms.

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INDEPENDENCE & EXTENSIVE SCALE

We are unique in our independence from any university association and extensive scale of accessibility to an incredibly wide pool of talented female students with a keen interest in finance.

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DIVERSE INITIATIVES

Our diverse and robust range of initiatives equip young women with the resources and opportunities to build their knowledge, skills and network in the financial industry.

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STRONG FOUNDING TEAM

We are a young and fast-growing organisation whose founding team consists of extremely passionate and committed individuals who bring together a variety of skills and experiences. We are also honoured to have a dedicated board of Senior Advisors providing us with valuable guidance and advice in our journey.

 

THE FOUNDING TEAM

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KYRA CHENG JIAYING

Founder & Co-CEO

Experiences: President of LSE Women in Business Society

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KIM CELINE RIETHMÜLLERR

Co-CEO

Experiences: Director at the LSE SU Alternative Investments Conference

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ANNABELLE GOUTTEBROZE

COO

Experience: Events Committee for Women in Business at LSE

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VANESSA TANG

Head of External Partnership 
(Firms & Organisations)

Experiences: Ex-VP of Imperial College Women in Business Society

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ANNIKA SLOTHUUS HOI

Co-Head of External Partnership (Societies & Schools)

Experiences: Board Member at Danish Debate Association

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MARLENE LEISS

Co-Head of External Partnership (Societies & Schools)

Experiences: Intern at Ashoka

SHANNAN HUANG

WSAbounce Officer

Experiences: Industrial Relations Officer at Imperial College Chemical Engineering Society

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IRENE SO

Head of Research

Experiences: Publicity Associate of KCL BAME In The City

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ALYSSA LING

'The Primer' Editor-in-Chief

Experiences: Co-Chairman of Asia Investment & Banking Conference

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FELICIA XU

Co-Head of Online Learning Hub

Experiences: Intern at Knight Frank

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IRENE SO

Head of Research

Experiences: Publicity Associate of KCL BAME In The City

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LIZA BAYANKINA

Head of Online Learning Hub

Experiences: Manager at Russian Business Week

NIKOLET MARINAU

OLH Officer

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NATASHA FINCH

Finance Officer

Experience: Human Resources and Accounts Assistant

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KRISTEN TAY

Head of External Partnerships and (Firms) and WSAbounce

Experiences: Head Of Corporate Affairs at Asia Investment & Banking Conference (AIBC)

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FRANCESCA COLOMBO

Marketing Officer

Experiences: Upcoming Business Engagement Placement Intern at Samsung Electronics

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ISOBEL BALMER

Co-Head of Mentorship

Experiences: Marketing Intern at Envestors Limited

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FLO BLAKE

Co-Head of Mentorship

Experiences: Head of Women in Finance at Warwick Finance Societies

ANUSHAE MEERZA

WSAbounce Officer

Experiences: Co-Head of Warwick Women in Finance

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AASHNA LUNKAD

Newsletter/Research Officer

Experiences: Events Freshers Representative at Warwick Women's Careers Society

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DAIRA POVEZ

Newsletter/Research Officer

Experiences: Fresher Representative of the Warwick Trading Society

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FLORA BATES

Online Learning Hub Officer

Experiences: Chairman of Social Enterprise and Charities committees

ZUZANNA HEBDZYNSKA

Firms Officer

MARY SAMAHA

Co-Head of Marketing

Experiences: Head of Marketing at LSESU Women in Business

RHEA ANN PINTO

Co-Head of Marketing

 

Experiences: 

NETWORK OF SENIOR ADVISORS

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EMILIE WEST

Emilie is a Coach and Branding Consultant empowering individuals and businesses to achieve their goals through developing authentic brands. Prior to setting up her own consultancy Emilie spent 14 years in Investment Banking holding several senior roles including Head of Leadership for RBS Corporate and Institutional Banking where she transformed leadership and wellbeing for 1000+ staff.   Emilie has a degree in Economics from Warwick University and a degree in Nutritional Therapy from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

DEBORAH GILSHAN

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TERRI LOSKA

Terri is a Managing Director at one of London’s leading recruitment consultancies where she leads the team that is solely dedicated to helping students to take their first crucial steps into the world of work. While assisting graduates to understand and achieve their full potential, right now and for the long term, Terri also consults with Dartmouth’s wider client base. Through partnering with the world’s business elite, Terri is able to impact global talent strategies in order to promote the creation of a more diverse workforce. Terri graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford University with a 2.1 degree in Literae Humaniores.

Deborah provides strategic advice to institutional investors on investment stewardship and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. She is an Ambassador for the 30% Club, the global market initiative to improve diversity, having been instrumental in leading the work of the 30% Club’s UK Investor Group. In October 2011, Deborah founded The 100% Club, a multi-sector alliance dedicated to the advancement of women. Deborah chairs the International Corporate Governance Network’s Ethics & Systemic Risk Committee, is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute and holds the CFA’s Investment Management Certificate. Deborah has been recognised for her work on empowering the female talent pipeline and promoting gender diversity.

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NINA KRAUS

Nina is a Vice President on Hamilton Lane’s Global Investment Team. Nina is based in the firm’s London office, where she is focuses on fund investment opportunities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Nina began her career at Hamilton Lane in 2013 and has previously worked for Hamilton Lane in Philadelphia and Munich, where she focused on North American and DACH market fund investment opportunities, respectively.  Nina received a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College. Nina sits on the Hamilton Lane Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, the Hamilton Lane Women’s Exchange Committee and the Level20 Future Leaders Events Committee. On the weekends, Nina can often be found walking the Royal Parks with her Golden Retriever, on a tennis court in North London, or chasing the next snowfall in the mountains.

 

2021/22 ROADMAP

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