100 Women in Finance has raised more than US$660,000 in support of the Royal Foundation’s Mental Health Initiative for Children and Young People.

Christina Bodden and Betty Baraud, as Cayman members of the global industry organization, attended the annual 100WF London Gala held on Feb. 13 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which was also attended by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

“I am so proud to represent the Cayman Islands both on the 100WF Global Board and also at its London Gala to benefit the Royal Foundation’s Mental Health Initiatives for Children and Young People,” said Ms. Bodden, a partner at Maples and 100WF Global Board member. “The promotion of mental health initiatives both across our youth and wider community, have a personal importance to me, and it is inspiring to see this being given such support, care and attention.”

The London Gala was attended by nearly 300 leaders from the financial services and alternative investment industry including global banks, asset managers and service providers, who raised funds in support of these mental health initiatives for children and young people in need in the U.K.

Amanda Pullinger, chief executive officer of 100 Women in Finance, said at the event the Duchess of Cambridge had spoken passionately about the Royal Foundation’s initiative, which she launched in 2018. “We were honored to support this important initiative and are grateful for the tremendous industry enthusiasm for the cause,” Ms. Pullinger said.

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Ms. Baraud attended a private reception, where the duchess heard from international guests about the mental health initiatives in their respective communities.

Ms. Baraud is one of the 100 Women in Finance Global Angels, a group of distinguished members who ensure that the organization’s educational programs continue to be free.

Most recently, the 100 WF Global Angels Supper Club Series launched in the Cayman Islands with its first event held at Ms. Baraud’s residence.

The 100WF Global Angels Supper Clubs will take place biannually at hosted venues in Cayman, and is one of many new event concepts which will be rolled out as part of a wider 100WF Global Angels program over the coming months, the organization said in a press release.

At each event, 100WF Angels will have an opportunity to network, receive educational content and support and raise awareness for GirlForce 100, a 100 Women in Finance mentoring program which was launched in Cayman in 2015, and which supports female students in public high schools to develop confidence and unlock their career potential.

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