AAt Nasdaq, we’re on a mission to make financial education more accessible to drive inclusive growth and prosperity. For Financial Literacy Month, we are learning from members of our various employee resource groups about the effect financial literacy has had on their personal and professional success, the challenges they have had to overcome and the resources they recommend for a more inclusive future. . Cecilie Dynkel, Sales Director at Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S and Copenhagen WIN Lead, talks about the impact this generation could have on closing the gender pay gap.
Please tell us about your role at Nasdaq.
I am Sales Director at Nasdaq Copenhagen A/S, and I also focus on business development initiatives and local partnerships.
Why did you choose to join WIN and what are your goals as a WIN member?
While living in Asia, I worked with Women in Finance Asia (WiFA) to bring financial literacy to women. It was stimulating and motivating to be part of a group that could help gain knowledge in different fields, so I wanted to bring this experience to my own network through WIN. My goal is to inspire others to do their best every day, no matter where they start.
How would you describe the employee resource network to a new employee?
It’s a community where we learn, share and connect. It’s a great opportunity to meet bright and talented people from across the organization.
What is your best memory of being part of the employee network?
My mind wanders to an event we once had with Hanson Robotics, which talked about their technology and the use of AI. We met Sophia The Robot and were able to ask her different questions. A very surreal and super fun experience!
How can people outside the WIN network be good allies for women in technology and business?
I believe in role models and mentorships. My experiences as a mentor and mentee have given me valuable lessons, and I highly recommend that we support and inspire each other.
What challenges have you seen women face when it comes to financial literacy?
In this modern era, more and more people, not just women, are realizing the importance of investing time and money wisely. Risk aversion, however, is an obstacle that many have to overcome. I think it’s important to point out that it is possible to accumulate value without taking too much risk even if you are not a financial or stock expert.
Why is financial literacy and financial well-being important to you as a woman?
As long as there is a financial gender gap, we all have a responsibility to help close that gap. Past generations have done a tremendous job, but there is still work ahead of us. Our generation can make a real difference if we work together on this important agenda and inspire future generations.
What resources do you think can help break down barriers to financial literacy education for women?
An example is Nasdaq’s European Financial Education Initiative which serves to educate groups of different ages and genders about personal finance. It’s a great way to make education enjoyable and build participant confidence. As Warren Buffett says, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” So, when one is able to identify both risks and opportunities, one is more likely to put it into practice and get started.
The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.