A career in finance can have a far-reaching impact on the global market. Just ask the panelists at this year’s “Women Making a Difference in Global Finance” luncheon on September 20, 2011.

The sold-out event was part of the Institute for Executive Education’s Life-Long Learning Series at the Sawyer Business School. During these programs, corporate leaders provide experiential insight to Suffolk alumni, students, faculty, and corporate learning partners.

Tara Taylor (MBA ’00), vice president of State Street Global Advisors and a product manager in the Global Product Group, moderated a discussion among four women leaders in global finance. The panelists included Pamela Drouin, Kristin Fraser, Karen Nelson, and Lisa Onorato.

Women Making a Difference in Finance

Drouin is senior vice president and director of Product Strategy & Positioning in the Global Transaction Services Division of RBS Citizens. She helps develop corporate payment product marketing strategies that address emerging client needs.

Her company is making a difference by developing innovative products and strategies to help companies do business more easily and more securely. Drouin was the driving force behind her company’s award-winning 2010 launch of accessMOBILE™, Citizens Bank’s corporate mobile banking application.

Fraser is an audit partner in KPMG’s Boston Business Unit’s Consumer & Industrial Business practice and the managing partner for the KMPG Providence Office. She provides audit services to companies around the world.

Her industry experience is broad and includes wholesale and retail distribution and global manufacturing. She recently assembled and led a global team to assist a consumer product company with their global IFRS conversion and initial public offering in Hong Kong.

Nelson is global head of Alliance Finance at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. In 2002, the pharmaceutical company’s global research headquarters was relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts, an area known for its thriving biotechnology industry and research institutions.

Nelson works with scientists to acquire rights to various drugs that are in development. As a result, the scientists have access to promising new medical treatments.

Onorato is a managing director and client executive in the Investment Manager Client Management group of J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services. She is responsible for global coordination, strategic planning, and business development for the security services needs of clients in the investment management industry. She works with various regulatory bodies, governments, and other global industry players to create the appropriate infrastructure for global investing.

The panelists also answered questions from the audience, including what key factors helped them succeed, how their positions changed after the 2008 financial crisis, and how they balance their personal and professional lives.

Co-hosts of the event were the Suffolk Alumni Association, the Sawyer Business School Graduate Finance Programs, Boston Women in Finance, and The CFO Roundtable.