Webinar Wednesday Presents: Economic Empowerment for Women
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Webinar Wednesday Presents: Economic Empowerment for Women

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
1:30 - 2:30 PM (ET)
Where: Online
United States
Presenter: Dr. Bijna K. Dasani and Jennifer Von Briesen
Contact: Jennie Benjamins
1-844-345-2828 ext 229

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Women’s economic empowerment across countries, races, and income levels is a crucial focus for many organizations and governments around the world. According to the World Bank, “Women consistently trail men in formal labor force participation, access to credit, entrepreneurship rates, income levels, and inheritance and ownership rights. Under-investing in women limits development, and slows down poverty reduction and economic growth.”

In this webinar, strategy leaders Dr. Bijna Dasani and Jennifer von Briesen will share insights and learnings about critical challenges and opportunities for women's empowerment using personal stories, examples, and research

 About the Presenters
  Dr. Bijna K. Dasani

With 20 years of experience in Strategy and Innovation within Global Banking and Financial Services, Bijna serves the Boards of The Inclusive Companies Network, FinTech Connect, CIONet, Generation Success and Cajigo.

Bijna advises / advocates for a diversified portfolio of Business, Technology, Social Impact, I&D causes. She has spoken to global audiences at Deloitte, Edinburgh DataFest, Amazon, Sky, Lloyds Banking Group, Universities (Auburn, BPP, Edinburgh, De Montfort, Imperial College London, Oxford, Sheffield), Appway, CIO NEXT, Bloomberg, Retail Banking Forum Europe, FinTech Connect, Bold Strategy Summit, EveryWoman India and others. She serves as a Host / Judge / Speaker for a portfolio of events and awards including the Inclusive Companies Awards and Dublin Tech Summit.

Bijna is featured in various publications including the following books: The Ultimate Professional Networker's Guidebook Volume 1 (2019) and Women Kind: Unlocking the power of women supporting women (2018).

Bijna has been awarded title of Britain’s Rising Star at the UK Women of Inspiration awards (2019) by Baroness Verma.

Bijna has also been recognised for the second year running, by the Financial Times, Yahoo Finance and HERoes 100 Women Executives List (2019) which identifies the top 100 women in senior roles across all industries and sectors globally. She has also jumped up an impressive 31 places to #29, having made it to #60 last year.

Bijna has also been credited as one of Top 50 Women to Watch (2019) as identified by Cranfield University, #EMRoleModels19 Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives (2019), Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist (2019-18), one of the #TechWomen100 (2019), as 'Business Role Model of the Year' by the Women in IT Awards & Amazon (2019), by the Lloyds Banking Group Top 100 BAME Role Models List (2019, 2018) as a 'Global Champion' (#60) of the Top 100 Executive #FTHERoes18 by the Financial Times (2018), with an Honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University (2018), by felicitation at the House of Lords (UK), at the NRI Pride of India World Summit (2017) for 'Making India Proud'. Bijna is credited as one of the Top 50 Visionary Young Leaders in Business, by Henley Business School (2017), one of 35 leading British Business Women under 35, by Management Today, Accenture and The Telegraph (2015) and has received recognition with 15 further honours including the National Diversity Awards (2012) and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2010). Bijna is also the International Women’s Day Young Achiever of the Year (2006).


Jennifer Von Briesen

Senior strategy executive with expertise in growth and innovation strategy development, implementation, and organizational capabilities-building across many industries.

Specialize in healthcare, financial services, industrials (manufacturing, coatings and chemicals), retail, software, telecommunications (services, wireless), and consumer products. Have also led engagements for clients in a range of other industries including professional services, electronics, automotive, and engineering.


  • Enterprise Transformation
  • Strategic Initiatives Leadership
  • PMO leadership and Project Portfolio Management (e.g., Wave)
  • Data analytics, visualization (e.g., Tableau)
  • Resolution and Recovery Planning (RRP) and Enterprise Risk management
  • Expert practitioner (since 2002) of Blue Ocean Strategy (Value Innovation)
  • SMP (Strategic Mgmt. Professional) from the Association for Strategic Planning
  • PMP (Project Mgmt.Professional) from the Project Management Institute
  • CMC (Certified Mgmt. Consultant) from the Institute of Management Consultants

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