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Gender Equity and Entrepreneurship with Cate Luzio

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Cate Luzio is a corporate veteran, well traveled, and a major advocate for empowering women, building Luminary from the ground up

Summary: Frustrated with the lack of gender equality in the workplace, Cate Luzio turned her twenty plus years of experience in finance into a hub for the development of womens’ personal and professional lives. Women are paid 80% of what men are paid. To bridge this gap and break down silos, Cate built Luminary, a flexible space for women to get the same opportunities for professional development, mentorship and experience that male counterparts have always enjoyed. Not only does she reveal how she advocates for gender equality in the corporate structure, but she also delves into how she built Luminary and how we can create our own support structures to bolster gender equality.

What You Will Learn in this Interview:

1:00 – Trends and Statics for Women in the workplace

8:52 – Countries that stood out the most during international travels and overseas work assignments (Cate has traveled to 118 countries)

10:36 – Cate shares her experiences living and working overseas (20 year banking career), negotiating with men in powerful positions

16:06 – What is being done to reduce wage gap (access to content and tools for development are critical)

21:40 – Mentorship program best practices, how to build them with a focus on female talent (experiences from building JP Morgan women’s network across Middle East and North Africa)

29:10 – Setting up an organization from coming up with a name to developing landing targeted clientele. How to make a company stand out against its peers

34:40 – The many benefits that make Luminary different from a traditional co-working space

40:20 – Individuals who have made a big impact in Cate’s life

44:45 – How to get tied into the Luminary network and follow Cate

46:40 – Manage the digital transformation for member led programs, onboard new diverse audience to still have an intimate experience without being in person

51:28 – Future of luminary and Cate’s vision

Cate Luzio Executive Profile:

Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. This 15,000 square foot meeting space in New York City includes a rooftop deck/cafe (opening summer 2019) and two floors of open workspace, conference rooms, a fitness studio, beauty bar, locker room, lactation room, and much more. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate offering members unparalleled programming from office hours with dynamic leaders to a pioneering speaker series. A longtime advocate for empowering women and girls (major focus for our podcast), Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc. and Advisory Board for Girls Inc. NYC.

Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing roughly $2 billion in revenue and teams in 55+ countries. Cate also served as a Managing Director and Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan EMEA. She has received numerous recognitions

being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking List by American Banker multiple times as well as a two-time recipient of the Financial Times and Heroes Global Diversity Champion.

Cate has also been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, USA Today, NowThis News, Women 2.0, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar, R29, Thrive, WWD and now made for the moment and our Jarbly network.

She’s a global traveler having visited more than 114 countries. (I have a ways to go on this, 42% of americans hold passports) – unique opportunity to bring people together via luminary

Social Media Links:

Luminary Twitter, Instagram, Facebook: @BeALuminary

Cate: @CateLuzio (Instagram) / @KTLuzio (Twitter)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cluzio/

Website: https://www.luminary-nyc.com/

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