FISD Women's Group

The FISD Women's Group offers women in the financial information industry the opportunity to network, discuss challenges and share advice. These events are generally luncheon events held every six months in New York and London and on an ad-hoc basis in other cities. Please contact Tracey Shumpert if you would like to host or sponsor a Women's Group event, recommend a speaker, or learn about attendance. 

2018 Women's Group Speakers

Kathryn Dunn, JP Morgan, Executive Director 

Kathy Dunn is an Executive Director at JPMorgan with over 20 years’ experience in the Financial & Banking Industry with an impressive track record of managing transformation change, implementing major infrastructure roll-outs and deployments and managing complex market data operational environments. A champion for diversity with a passion for developing junior talent Kathy enjoys travelling, scuba diving and in her spare time writes Young Adult literature.

Eleanor Fitzgerald, Northern Trust, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Region Chief Risk Officer

Eleanor Fitzgerald is Chief Risk Officer for Northern Trust’s Asia Pacific region. In this capacity she provides leadership for the planning, organization, direction and control of the risk function, including identification and reporting of key risks and the development and review of risk mitigation plans. Eleanor and her team are responsible for the proactive identification of emerging risk issues and consultation on and facilitation of appropriate solutions. Eleanor is the executive sponsor for Northern Trust’s Women in Leadership Resource Council in APAC. Eleanor has been at Northern Trust for 13 years and most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trust Asset Management International for three and a half years, based in London.  Prior to that she held various leadership positions within Northern Trust's Global Fund Services division in Europe.  Prior to joining Northern Trust Eleanor ran her own compliance consulting firm in Ireland providing services to the insurance intermediary and credit union sectors.  From 1993 to 2003, Eleanor worked for the asset servicing division of JP Morgan Chase and its predecessor firms in Dublin, New York and London.  Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Financial Services from University College Dublin

Laura Foggini, MDSL, Senior Account Manager

Laura has been with MDSL since the early days and wore many hats within the company. Laura is a Senior Account Manager for clients from top-tier Investment Banks to Hedge Funds to Asset Management firms. She is involved in all aspects that contribute to MDSL’s steady growth: definition, deployment and business management of MDM and all its secondary products. Laura supports sales activities and also Project Manages staff to drive delivery and ensure that clients’ strict deadlines and limited budgets are met.

Anna Gallotti, Share-Coach,
Master Certified Coach

Anna Gallotti She is a Master Certified Coach (highest worldwide qualification) and Assessor at International Coach Federation (ICF) and has 20 years’ experience as a Coach, Organizational Consultant and Facilitator. Her specialty is coaching international executives and developing organizational change projects. She has contributed in the creation of corporate universities, in addition to international programs about leadership, feedback and Design Thinking. Her expertise also includes coaching executive teams, creativity to define future strategies and mentoring program design for large organizations.
Anna is Italian, she spent the first 25 years of her life in Milan, the following 20 years in Paris, and, as of today, she lives in New York. She is currently runs her two companies in Europe (Paris) and in the United States (New York). She speaks English, French and Italian fluently and has a good knowledge of Spanish.

Jennifer Ilkiw, ICE Data Services, Vice President

Jennifer Ilkiw manages the Intercontinental Exchange’s® (NYSE: ICE) Asia Pacific sales operations and co-heads ICE Futures Singapore and ICE Clear Singapore. Intercontinental Exchange operates the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses, and is a provider of global data and listing services. ICE’s futures exchanges and clearing houses serve global commodity and financial markets, providing risk management and capital efficiency. The New York Stock Exchange is the world leader in capital raising and equities trading. ICE manages its Asia Pacific operations from its headquarters in Singapore which was officially opened in 2000. Prior to joining ICE, Ms Ilkiw opened and managed the Asia Pacific office of the New York Mercantile Exchange and helped to develop Singapore as a commodity derivatives trading centre in her role as Assistant Director with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Ms Ilkiw is an active participant in Singapore’s financial community. She earned a bachelors degree in economics from Queens’ University in Canada and a masters of business administration from the University of Toronto in Canada. Ms. Ilkiw also contributed to a textbook on international business in the Asia Pacific published in 2004.

Angela Ann Knight, CBE, Chair, Office of Tax Simplification  

Angela Ann Knight CBE is the chair of the Office of Tax Simplification. Until recently she was the Chief Executive of Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry. Previously she was the Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association and, before that, a Conservative Party Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Erewash from 1992 to 1997. She also served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1995 to 1997.

Abigail Lee, Tullett Prebon Information, Regional Sales Manager

Abigail joined the Tullett Prebon Information Graduate Programme in October 2012, and was appointed Regional Sales Manager, where she is responsible for maintaining and creating new client relationships in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Emerging Markets and with global Tier 1 Banks. Abigail established and manages the Tullett Prebon Information corporate partnership with Cass Business School, and leads the Cass Talent Feeder Programme - the summer Internship and Graduate scheme. Abigail manages and mentors Cass students during their time at Tullett Prebon Information and is also an active mentor for other students in her own time. Whilst at Tullett Prebon Information Abigail has been instrumental in forming the TP ICAP Data & Analytics Women’s Network, of which she is Chair, which bestows a platform for women to connect, network, share business ideas and career experiences.

Abigail has a BSc in Geography and MSc in Geomatic Engineering both achieved at University College London, and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Cass Business School where she also participates as a Student Representative on the Student Executive Committee and Board of Studies.

Marion Leslie, Refinitiv, Managing Director

Marion is the Managing Director of Refinitiv’s Enterprise business, delivering award-winning market data, platforms and services to the global financial markets. Leading global businesses and operations at scale, with a strong emphasis on data and technology, are the hallmarks of her 20-plus years in the financial services sector. Marion’s career highlights include transforming and growing Refinitiv’s global enterprise business, creating a start-up operation in Bangalore (building the Refinitiv office from scratch to 2000 employees) and running global technology and data teams at scale, supported by 1600 experts in 26 countries worldwide. Regularly representing Refinitiv externally, Marion contributes as a speaker on topics such as data and technology, risk and regulation, diversity and leadership. In 2017, Marion was named in the Cranfield University Female FTSE 100 Women to Watch Board Report and in 2014 was the winner of the Award for Achievement at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards. Board member and former Chair of the London Women’s Forum, an exclusive network for senior women working within the financial services sector, she is non-executive director for the UK Hydrographic Office (a Government Trading Fund) and a trustee for Prostate Cancer UK.

Marianne Lewis, Cass Business School, Dean and Professor of Management

Marianne W. Lewis is Dean of Cass Business School and Professor of Management. She is an international thought leader in the field of leadership and organizational paradoxes. Change and complexity accentuate tensions – competing demands, contradictory pressures and challenging double-binds. Her research applies a provocative paradox lens to such domains as organizational change, governance, and innovation.

Her work appears in the leading management journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of Operations Management. Professor Lewis was a UK Fulbright in 2014, and is currently completing two, related books. Her paper, “Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000 and is among the most cited in the field.

She joined Cass after a decade as associate dean at the University of Cincinnati, having earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky, and her MBA from Indiana University.

Debra Walton, Refinitiv, Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk

Debra Walton is the Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters; she is a member of the Financial and Risk Division’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Ms. Walton has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing, strategy, product development, Financial & Risk and Operations. She currently has end-to-end responsibility for the division’s solutions and product offerings. Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar Switzerland, she manages several large enterprise projects, including an ongoing effort to unify Thomson Reuter’s data across the enterprise as well as leading the execution of the firm’s open digital platform strategy. An expert on big data and the challenges it poses in today’s business world, Ms. Walton speaks frequently at global conferences and industry events where she discusses data management, innovation, and leadership. She blogs frequently on those topics, as well as on gender diversity issues, for sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Financial IT. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions. Before that, she was the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts. In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Thomson Reuters Ms. Walton represents Thomson Reuters as a board member on the Tradeweb Board of Managers and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College in London. She is a board member at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization serving refugee women and children around the world, and an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market. Ms. Walton recently was awarded the 2017 Gertrude Crain Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for her extraordinary record of achievement and service. In 2016 she was acknowledged as a Springboard Enterprises Oracle honoree, championing women entrepreneurship. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won the coveted Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s inaugural “Women of Influence” list. She has also won the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award. An avid golfer and sailor, Ms. Walton lives in Switzerland with her husband Marc.


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