Marcia De Wachter
Leads the way forward for women, by personal example, into the hitherto last male bastion of finance!
Marcia De Wachter has challenged the traditional gender roles by becoming the first female Vice Governor of the central bank of Belgium in its 150 years existence, after a successful international academic career in Economics, (after having obtained several academic degrees - among which was a PhD in Economics).
In this capacity she represented Belgium (amongst other responsibilities) as Alternate at the Governing Council of the Eurosystem and at the Bank of International Settlements. In Belgium she has been President of the High Council of Employment, economic advisor to the Prime Minister, Board Member at the Antwerp Management School, and, for a number of social and female networking organisations that promote specific female objectives.
Marcia has achieved national and international visibility as a pioneer and founding member of the internationally renowned Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, and as a frequently invited speaker on international gender equality events organised by the European Commission, the ECB, and various trade unions.
Marcia has genuinely contributed to a better gender equality, because of: Firstly, her role model functions, very demanding international professional responsibilities and social engagements, which she smoothly combines with raising a family with her two boys. Secondly, for many years now, she has been an passionate advocate of women's professional and academic development through hundreds of speeches, be it for girls in high schools, young female professionals or senior female executives. Thirdly, she has focused her attention on female networking organisations, business consultants, entrepreneurs, CEO's and trade union representatives, as well as on contributing to textbooks and interviews wherever possible.
In 2011, Marcia was elected 'Exceptional Woman of the Year' by the Belgian government at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Belgian Council for Women, in recognition of her ceaseless efforts to progress a more positive status of women in society.
Women in high-level Influential / Business positions
According to the 2011 Catalyst Census of Women Executive Officers, which counts the number of women in upper management in Fortune 500 companies, women are 18.4 of executive officers in the finance and insurance industries.
In 2010, women were 24.3% of all senior officers in the finance and insurance industries in Financial Post 500 companies.
In addition, women are 18.3% of board directors in the finance and insurance industries in Fortune 500 companies.
Similarly, in Financial Post 500 companies, women were 17.4% of all board directors in the finance and insurance industries in 2009.