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Barbara Byrne

For the eighth year in a row, American Banker magazine named Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman, Investment Bank, among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance”. This is the seventh time she has been named in the top five among this prestigious group.

Over the years, American Banker has highlighted Barbara’s industry expertise, strong leadership, the fact that she raised a family throughout her banking career, and her consistent support of female talent within Barclays and across the industry.

We are incredibly fortunate to have Barbara at Barclays, where she is a powerful supporter of not only her clients, but also her colleagues. In addition to covering many of the firm's most important clients, Barbara champions many important initiatives, ranging from gender equality to social innovation.
Joe McGrath, Global Head of Banking

In conjunction with the awards gala, American Banker hosted a highly attended roundtable discussion featuring Barbara and an impressive panel of senior leaders. Entitled “Doing Something Different to Bring About Change,” the panel discussed ways to help to bring about organisational change – specifically in regards to the advancement of women and gender diversity. Barbara spoke about two important Barclays programmes – the Encore! Programme and the Barclays Women in Leadership Index.

As the program sponsor for Encore!, Barbara has been instrumental in guiding the Barclays’ diversity and citizenship programme designed for individuals who have taken a career break and now wish to re-enter the workforce. Barbara spoke about its importance to the firm and how the programme has increased diversity by broadening the pipeline of new hires.

Diversity of thought is the source of creativity; it’s the source of innovation.
Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman, Investment Bank

Encore! is kicking off its second year in New York after successful programmes in both New York and Barclays UK in 2016. The programme is also expanding to Barclays International in London this year for the first time.

Barbara also spearheaded the Barclays Women In Leadership Index (WIL) and linked investment products, which aim to provide investors with exposure to US-based companies with gender-diverse executive leadership. When the index was launched on the NYSE, Barbara noted that enabling investors to allocate capital to companies with more gender-diverse leadership will hopefully provide a market-based approach to help catalyse change.

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