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International Women’s Day 2018 at Visa: Press for Progress


At Visa, we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 in a big way…but we also believe women deserve more than just one day to celebrate their accomplishments. That’s why we extended the celebration throughout the entire month.

Check out the video and photos below to see how International Women’s Day (and month!) came alive across the globe. And, make sure to follow @LifeAtVisa on Instagram to see spotlights of other inspirational Visa women who “Press for Progress."

This year, in support of the global theme “Press for Progress,” we profiled the stories of remarkable women in our company and industry who “Press for Progress” every day, driven by their personal passions and desire for change. We also hosted more than 50 events around the world to foster a deeper understanding, share insights, and provide valuable support to advance gender equality.

Employees from our offices in India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, the United States, and many more participated and attended these special events. Some event highlights include:

Visa Russia hosted its second annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day, where over 150 prominent women gathered representing banks, merchants and partners to strengthen relationships and discuss greater economic empowerment for women in Russia. Guest speakers Olga Dergunova, Deputy Chairman and CIO of VTB; Anastasia Tatulova, Founder and Owner of a successful network of cafes; Aigool Khalikova, Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company; and Svetlana Demyashkevich, CFO of X5 Retail Group, shared their inspirational thoughts and personal stories to a standing-room only audience.

Compilation of photos from Mumbai events

Visa Mumbai celebrated their fourth International Women’s Day event. The day featured inspiring guest speakers including Ms. Apra Kuchhal, founder of WE CARE, an initiative to promote women, youth, art and culture and former Chairperson of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries Ladies Organization (FICCI FLO). Celebrations included icebreaker games, a wall of appreciation where attendees shared thoughts about inspiring women, and delicious Indian street food.

Visa Miami, headquarters for Visa Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted the panel discussion “Turning Data into Action,” and focused on addressing the gender gap in data science. Panelists included leaders from the Visa Data Science Team—Tania Oliveira, Sayan Maity, Laura Gabrysiac and Thais Fogaca Young—as well as Brian Backeen, CEO of Kairos.com, an AI-based face recognition company.

From our Visa London office, Europe EVP and Chief Executive Charlotte Hogg held a panel discussion with executives to discuss the work being done to “Press for Progress” and what is required of men and women to create an environment where everyone can thrive. Watch a recap of the event here.

Visa’s Adama Iwu and Visa’s Head of U.S. Government Relations, Bobby Thomson speak at Visa’s headquarters in Foster City
Fireside chat with U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) in Foster City


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