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2016 Women in Leadership Speaker: Barbara Byrne

Barbara Byrne spoke to the Stuart community on Friday, November 18.

Barbara Byrne is a Vice Chairman within the Investment Bank at Barclays. Based in New York, she is Chairman of both Barclays Americas Citizenship Council, overseeing strategic programs to foster global economic growth and opportunity, and Barclays Social Innovation Facility, a cross-business resource dedicated to the development of self-sustaining commercial solutions to social challenges.

With over 35 years of financial services experience, Barbara has been at the forefront of developing and leading longstanding partnerships with some of Barclays’ most important multinational, corporate clients. She is responsible for leading cross business teams in delivering the firm’s products and services to those clients, and is the primary architect of several of the firm’s marquee transactions. She has held senior management positions in Energy and Technology Banking groups throughout her career, and has led diverse strategic advisory initiatives across the firm focused on enhancing clients' global market position.

Barbara participates in numerous industry conferences as a forum leader on strategic issues and trends facing the financial services sector and global markets. She is a frequent speaker on behalf of women in business, social innovation, finance and leadership. She has been invited to attend Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit for over 10 years. In each of the past seven years, American Banker has ranked Barbara as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance.” As a market leading expert, her perspective has been leveraged by the White House where she has participated in panel events regarding financial services and has spoken at the World Bank Group’s Gender and Economy event addressing the gender finance gap. Barbara has been a noted lecturer at events hosted by New America, a think tank and civic enterprise focusing on a range of public policy issues. In 2016, Barbara debuted as a co-producer of Equity, the first female-driven Wall Street film.

She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. Barbara also serves on the New York City Board of the British-American Business Council. In addition, she acts as a frequent spokesperson on financial market commentary for news organizations such as Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters and CNBC.

Barbara graduated from Mount Holyoke College magna cum laude in 1976 and serves on its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.