Womenomics, Ham Yard Hotel in London, Wednesday 8 April 2015



The term "womenomics" has been coined to describe the huge shift in financial power, with the prediction that by 2020 women's pay will overtake men's. Women now own 48 per cent of Britain's wealth, a figure that's predicted to rise to 60 per cent by 2025, with similar figures predicted for America. Of Britain's millionaires, 46 per cent are female, with 24 per cent more women than men in the 18-44 age bracket.

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sucheta is the Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.


Agenda and Timings


Registration and buffet lunch


Welcome address

Curtis Arledge, CEO BNY Mellon Investment Management


An introduction to Womenomics

Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO Newton Investment Management and Chair of the Investment Association


The global rise of women

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management, University of Cambridge


Women in the upper echelons - the economic, social and cultural drivers in a global context

Panel discussion featuring:

  • Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management, University of Cambridge
  • Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Karin Forseke, Ex-CEO D. Carnegie & Co, Chair Alliance Trust
  • Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada
  • Miyuki Kashimi, Japanese Equity Fund Manager, BNY Mellon

Chair: Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO Newton Investment Management and Chair of the Investment Association


Is the world becoming more feminine?

Julie Meyer, founder and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital and author of "Welcome To Entrepreneur Country"


Walk the talk – driving change in business

Panel discussion featuring:

  • Rachel Short, Director and Business Psychologist, YSC
  • Steven Cooper, Head of Personal Banking, Barclays
  • Kim Dellarocca, Pershing, BNY Mellon
  • Julie Meyer, Founder and CEO Ariadne Capital and Author

Chair: Curtis Arledge, CEO BNY Mellon Investment Management


Coffee break


Levelling the playing field

Panel featuring:

  • Simon Green, Head of BT Sport
  • Sir Chris Hoy, MBE, British Track Cyclist
  • Chrissie Wellington, Former professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion

Chair: Jacqui Oatley, BBC Sports Presenter


Keynote address

Clare Connor, Head of England Women's Cricket


Closing remarks

Curtis Arledge, CEO BNY Mellon Investment Management


Drinks reception


Event Details

2015 marks a milestone for women's sport - for the first time ever the women's Oxford and Cambridge boat race teams will compete on the same stage as their male counterparts. As a precursor to this historic day, BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management will be co-hosting an afternoon conference on Womenomics, exploring the increased participation of women in the financial and other sectors.

The event will be hosted by Curtis Arledge, CEO of BNY Mellon Investments, and will take place at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, on Wednesday 8 April 2015. Registration for the conference will begin at 12.45pm, and the presentations will commence at 1.30pm. The conference will then end at 5.30pm with a networking drinks reception.

We look forward to welcoming you in April.



Ham Yard is the newest addition to the Firmdale Hotels group, conveniently located a stone's throw from Piccadilly Circus.

It is home to a state-of the-art theatre, where the Womenomics event will take place.

The hotel's interior is designed by co-owner Kit Kemp in her award-wining modern British style.

One Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT

Curtis Arledge

Curtis Arledge

Curtis Arledge is the Chief Executive Officer of Investment Management at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer has over 20 years investment and advisory experience helping start-up businesses.

Clare Connor

Clare Connor

Clare Connor OBE, Head of England's Women Cricket

Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001.


Inspirational Women

Womenomics applies to an upcoming paradigm shift in the way individuals and companies approach work, due to an increase in the value of women in the workforce and changing attitudes of women towards priorities of balancing work and personal life. This concept is evident across the globe: from the increased number of female millionaires in the UK, to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to increase female participation in the Japanese workforce.

Gender diversity is now an important item on the agenda for most large companies and is considered an important aspect of good corporate governance. As industry and business modernises, we will see more women in management roles and more women with improved spending power. Inspirational women through the centuries laid the foundations for today’s changes.

Jacqui Oatley

Jacqui Oatley

Jacqui Oatley is a member of the BBC football team, commentating for BBC Television and Radio 5 live.

Pegram Harrison

Pegram Harrison

Pegram Harrison is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Karin Forseke

Karin Forseke

Karin Forseke joined the Board of Alliance Trust in March 2012 and became Chairman in April 2012. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Wallenius Lines AB.

Alex Johnston

Alex Johnston

Alex Johnston leads the Catalyst Canada office and is responsible for shaping a strategy for Catalyst's continued growth and member engagement in Canada.

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy is an eleven time World Champion and winner of six Olympic gold medals.

Miyuki Kashima

Miyuki Kashima

With over 25 years of Japanese equity investment experience, Kashima joined BNY Mellon in April 2013 from ING Mutual Funds.

Rachel Short

Rachel Short

Rachel is a Director at YSC, based in London. She supports a range of FTSE 250 clients to build individual and organisational capability.

Simon Green

Simon Green

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport.

Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington

Former professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion.