News from Empower Women in Istanbul
Lionness is the Platform for Professional Women Network within ING Bank. It has the mission of promoting the rate of flow of women to higher positions within ING. All women employees of ING Group in Netherlands are invited to join the network to inspire them to advance in their career. It gives them tools to achieve their career goals and personnel development.
Established in 1996 by a handful of female members, it welcomes over 1,000 members who are interested in gender diversity, including men. The platform tries to bring a more female friendly culture at all levels within ING and works on the prevention of the outflow of women, particularly in the age range of +45.
The network plans to go beyond Netherlands and set up an international structure ‘Lioness Across Borders’ Association. Turkey is in consideration to be the pilot country. The Platform organizes an annual event of knowledge exchange where burning issues at the workplace are discussed by key-note speakers. Lionness is increasingly high-profile within ING, thanks to the events, training courses, workshops and networking lunches.
Empower Women was invited to 2016 Annual event. Empower Women Regional Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, Meral Guzel made a presentation on the differences between women and men regarding financial behaviour and explained how financial institutions should approach female customers and retain them. She advised to offer them hybrid products addressing their personal and work related needs. All participants recognized financial inclusion as women’s economic empowerment. ING Lionnes plans to sign the WEPs and engage as Empower Women organizational member.