The Brokerage held a graduation event to celebrate the end of a successful year of the unique cross-firm mentoring programme, Momentum, which is delivered in partnership with Citi and State Street.
Held at State Street, the event brought together mentees and mentors of the 2016 programme to commend the participants and celebrate the third year of the scheme.
The two-tiered mentoring programme is designed to foster the advancement of female leadership talent and create impact with undergraduate women aiming for a future career in the banking industry.
The programme sees female undergraduates mentored by mid-level executives at one of the two firms who, in turn, receive mentoring from senior executives from the other organisation.
As part of the programme, mentees took part in a Business Challenge in which they had to ‘develop a new product that will appeal to 18-24 year olds in the UK’.
The four finalists of the challenge, Jess Bowden, Cam Ly Diep, Shani Glover and Kathryn MacCarthy, presented their ideas at the event, where they had one last chance to persuade a panel of experts to ‘invest’ in their product.
After careful deliberation, the judges announced Cam Ly Diep and Kathryn MacCarthy as joint winners.
During the graduation event, Lara Aherne, vice president and managing counsel at State Street, truly inspired the audience as she shared her amazing experience of the programme, having been involved as a mentor since the programme began three years ago: “Our lives are complex and there is no silver bullet fix. Mentoring, though, is an opportunity to explore many strategies that will build our resilience. Momentum is designed to build overlaps and entry points between communities, in multiple directions. Momentum has opened those communities to me and has provided a framework to contribute. It has helped me to build skills and a deep support network.”