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#WomenInvested: Navigating New Realities

Virtual Event Series

Moderated by Soledad O'Brien, this virtual event series explores the pressures and opportunities women are presented with in today's environment. The series focuses on supporting women as they invest in themselves and others.

Expert panelists take on a variety of timely topics and offer relevant insights that can make a real difference in the lives of women today.

Caregiving in the Age of Coronavirus: Taking Care of Your Loved Ones—and Yourself

Women share their personal experiences with caregiving and discuss how they were able to work through the challenges. They offer tips and ideas on planning for the unexpected, as well as suggestions on how to avoid burnout. Panelists: Renee Peterson Trudeau, internationally-recognized life-balance coach; and Lee Woodruff, best-selling author of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing.

Topics covered:

  • Managing the pressures of balancing work and new childcare arrangements.
  • Staying connected to your aging parents, even if you’re unable to see them face-to-face.
  • Juggling the planned—and unplanned—costs of caregiving with your financial goals, including saving for retirement.
  • Steps and actions you can take now to prepare for future caregiving expenses.

Finding Purpose and Staying Connected in a Disconnected World

This conversation explores many of the questions women are asking themselves as they strive to stay connected with family, friends and loved ones, while also continuing their own journey to find meaning and purpose in life. Panelists: Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund and Our Place; and Lisa Nichols, acclaimed motivational speaker and best-selling author of No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.

Topics covered:

  • Are there simple ways to improve my relationships and stay connected with others?
  • Is it possible to avoid feeling overwhelmed and even find new meaning?
  • What are ways to safely give back to my community or causes I believe in?
  • What lessons can we learn from what the world is experiencing? Could we come out on the other side more resilient?

A Century of Progress: The Road to Gender Equity

Expert panelists explore the growth and importance of what’s known as gender lens investing, and shed light on how it can help society at large while also providing opportunities for interested investors. Panelists: Jackie VanderBrug, head of sustainable and impact investment strategy for the Chief Investment Office, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank; and Savita Subramanian, head of environmental, social and governance research and U.S. equity and quantitative strategy for BofA Global Research.

Topics covered:

  • The current issues surrounding gender equality and why businesses and investors can no longer afford to overlook its importance.
  • Why companies who support and elevate women at all levels of an organization may be better positioned for long-term success.
  • The growing interest in gender lens investing (GLI) and how investors can get involved.
  • How gender lens investing fits into the broader area of sustainable investing.