Why Inclusion Matters
Thursday, 1 October 2020
9am BST | 10am CDT | 4pm HKT
Join Bloomberg and BlackRock for a special event that will focus on the business case for inclusion, reflecting on the key themes to emerge from McKinsey & Company’s report Diversity wins: How inclusion matters.

As companies consider the new world of work and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, the panel discussion will cover the role of individual agency and allyship, the value of corporations, and the importance of accountability in advancing inclusion – not only for profit but to promote a sustainable recovery and help reimagine industries.

The event is bought to you by the women’s networks of both Bloomberg and BlackRock. It will include Q&A and we encourage you to submit questions to the speakers on registration.


• 09:00 Welcome Bloomberg & BlackRock Women’s Network Leads
• 09:05 Keynote presentation by Dame Vivian Hunt, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
• 09:20 Panel discussion moderated by Stephanie Flanders, Bloomberg Economics, including Q&A
• 10:00 Event Concludes

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Dame Vivian Hunt

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

Dame Vivian Hunt is a Senior Partner for McKinsey & Company. Vivian previously served as Managing Partner for the UK and Ireland for seven years. She has been named “the most influential black woman in Britain”, “one of the top 25 consultants in the world”, and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London,” she advises corporate, public, and third sector clients on topics of performance improvement, productivity growth, and leadership. Vivian has co-authored some of McKinsey’s most influential publications, and has done pioneering work tying diversity to strong financial performance. Most recently, she has written Diversity wins: How inclusion matters, and “Diversity still matters”, highlighting the importance of inclusion and diversity for recovery from the current crisis”. Vivian is on the board of several significant business groups, charitable and education bodies including the Confederation of British Industry, and is Chair of British American Business and Chair of Teach First, the UK’s leading education charity. In 2018, Vivian was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business. Vivian is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tina Fordham

Partner & Head of Global Political Strategy


Tina Fordham is a pioneer in the field of macro trend-spotting and political/socio-economic analysis for financial markets. A disruptor and innovator by nature, she founded Eurasia Group’s financial markets research business in 1999 and led the creation of the first political stability index on Wall Street. Tina then spent 17 years at Citi, where she became the first Chief Global Political Analyst at a major financial institution, advising institutional investors and corporate boards and publishing her “clairvoyant” 2013 thesis on how rising “Vox Populi” risk would change the global investment environment. In 2020 Fordham joined Avonhurst, a start-up boutique political and legal advisory firm serving sophisticated capital clients, where she continues to publish and provide strategic advice on the fast-changing outlook for political risks that can impact markets in the new pandemic age. Tina is a frequent keynote speaker at investor events and commentator in the international press, including CNN, the BBC, the FT, Bloomberg and CNBC. She has been named in the Top 100 geopolitical analysts (alongside Condoleezza Rice), was appointed to the United Nations first High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment following her research on gender-inclusive growth, and in June 2020 was named to the International Advisory Board for Cambridge University’s Centre for Geopolitics. She also serves on the IAB for Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, her alma mater. Tina has been named in the Top 150 Most Visionary Women in Britain by Bazaar magazine and has featured 5 times on the FN100 most influential women in European Finance. She lives in London with her two daughters and is active in philanthropy, impact investment and support for the arts.

Rachel Lord

Senior Managing Director, Head of EMEA


Rachel Lord, Senior Managing Director, is Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BlackRock and is a member of the Global Executive Committee. Ms. Lord also chairs the EMEA Executive Committee and is the Global Executive Sponsor of the Women's Initiative Network. Prior to assuming her current role in September 2017, she was EMEA Head of iShares and Head of Global Clients, ETF and Index Investments. Ms. Lord joined BlackRock in November 2013 from Citigroup where she was the Global Head of Corporate Equity Derivatives. She joined Citigroup in 2009 after thirteen years at Morgan Stanley, where she had a variety of senior roles in the equities and capital markets businesses, in London and Hong Kong. Ms. Lord qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 with Arthur Andersen, following which she worked in structured finance for five years before moving into equity derivatives. She graduated in 1987 from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) First Class in International History & Politics

Stephanie Flanders

Head of Bloomberg Economics and Senior Executive Editor for Economics

Bloomberg News

Stephanie Flanders is the Senior Executive Editor for Bloomberg News. She oversees a team of nearly 100 Bloomberg economic reporters and research economists in the developed and developing world. From daily commentary to in-depth analysis, the team produces stories for all Bloomberg's platforms, including the Bloomberg Terminal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets Magazine as well as Bloomberg.com. Prior to joining Bloomberg in October 2017, Stephanie was Chief Market Strategist for UK and Europe with JP Morgan Asset Management where she was delivering insight into the global economy and financial markets to investors in Europe and around the world. Stephanie was Economics Editor for the BBC from 2008 to 2013, where her national and global economic analysis was broadcast around the world and widely respected. Prior to joining the BBC, she was a speechwriter and senior advisor to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers in the Second Clinton Administration. She holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and Master's in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government. She is also the Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research and the Ditchley Foundation and a Trustee for the Kennedy Memorial Trust.

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