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CIBC First Caribbean scores high on Gender Diversity

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Jamaica-based members of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Women’s Network. From left: Jennifer Carty-Peart, head of FirstCaribbean International Bank International Securities Ltd; Lola Fong, director, talent management; Jennifer Brown, director northern Caribbean Operations; Annetta Francis, chief anti-money laundering officer and Yashi Hall, director, corporate investment banking.

Some companies pay lip-service to gender diversity, but not CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

The bank, which boasts a range of initiatives designed to empower female employees, has a female complement of 51 per cent across the 17 Caribbean territories in which the bank operates. In Jamaica, 70 per cent of the total staff complement is women. A number of them head key business units and six sit on the bank's Women's Network, which provides a forum for senior women in the organisation to share and leverage their experience and inspire each other.

 

team members

 

The six include Jennifer Brown, director, northern Caribbean operations; Lola Fong, director, talent management; Yashi Hall, director, Corporate Investment Banking; Anetta Francis, chief anti-money laundering officer; Jennifer Carty Peart, head of FirstCaribbean International Bank International Securities Ltd, and Paulette Jumpp-Barnaby, head of learning and development.

Among the other senior team members are Jerome Griffiths, head of human resources; Allison Rattray, legal counsel/corporate secretary, and Marvelette Gray, manager, account services, deposit clearing and transaction processing operations. Prominent communications consultant Jean Lowrie-Chin is a member of the bank's board of directors.

 

services

 

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Women's Network provides mentoring and coaching and also facilitates conversations with female members of the board of directors of the bank and external speakers at its quarterly meetings. CIBC FirstCaribbean is also committed to women outside of the bank, investing millions annually in organisations that support women and girls.

To mark International Women's Day 2015, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank made donations in all 17 Caribbean territories to organisations which provide assistance to women.

In Jamaica, the beneficiary is the Women's Leadership Initiative, which conducts a series of workshops to educate caregivers in children's homes, teachers and parents on detecting and preventing child sexual abuse.