Member Profiles Kickoff: Meet Françoise Birnholz
Due to the absence of in-person events, where you chat informally with colleagues, the Zurich members of 100 Women in Finance will launch a get-acquainted series: Member Profiles. Featuring our own members, you will get to know colleagues from the diverse spectrum of roles and institutions who comprise the local group.

Meet Françoise Birnholz, one of the co-founders of the Zurich location. After more than 20 years in the legal and banking industries, Birnholz focuses on the start-up world in Switzerland. She will share her perspective on the intersections of these three sectors and how her experience has contributed to her success in these fields. Learn how important mentorship is along the way and how you may share your knowledge with others.

The floor is open to nominations for profiles of other members with an interesting story to tell, whether yourself or a colleague. Please send nominations for an interview on Member Profiles to eduzur@100women.org.

In 100 Women in Finance’s 20th Anniversary Year we will be highlighting volunteers and members. This event is part of this initiative.

Produced by the 100WF Zurich Committee.
14 January 2021
5:30 PM Zurich
The program will begin promptly.

Françoise Birnholz
Business Angel, Mentor, Board Member

Alysa Kodisch
100 Women in Finance Zurich Education Committee
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Françoise Birnholz
Business Angel, Mentor, Board Member

Françoise is an international banking lawyer and experienced Business Angel concentrating on Tech with a focus on FinTech and FoodTech. She advises or serves on the board of companies where her knowledge and experience are of value. She is also a blockchain enthusiast. Earlier in her career, after completing her law degree at the University of Geneva, Françoise relocated to New York for more than two decades working at Shearman & Sterling, Citibank and for Julius Baer as General Counsel, heading the legal department for the Bank, Broker-Dealer and Asset Management firm in New York. After relocating back to Switzerland, she was Head Business Risk Management Private Banking International in Zurich for Credit Suisse and later as COO Private Bank Asia Pacific (Switzerland). Françoise wound up her corporate career at HSBC in Zurich as Legal Head Special Projects Global Private Banking taking on cross-border legal and regulatory issues including digital and blockchain. She also recently took a turn at Tufts University's Fletcher School as Professor of Practice International Law.

Alysa Kodisch
Chair, 100 Women in Finance Zurich Education Committee

Alysa, a New Yorker based in Zurich, is Chair of the 100Women in Finance Zurich Committee and works with start-ups in the areas of Business Development, Communications, HR, Marketing, Operations and Risk Management. Alysa began her financial career in New York City at Citibank in the electronic banking area and then as broker at Shearson Lehman Hutton. She relocated to Switzerland in the 1990’s and started at Nomura Bank in Institutional Sales, focusing on Japanese and emerging markets investments. Alysa then moved to an asset manager in the alternative space and started in her business angel and start-up support activities. Over the years, she has also worked as a financial journalist for AFX News and written for local magazines. More recently, Alysa built up a boutique HR company focused on finance and alternative investments placements and coaching and has kept working independently with startups and other growth companies, including a hedge fund in Zurich. Alysa has a degree in Economics from MIT and completed its Fintech program.
100WF's 20th Anniversary
Throughout 2021, 100 Women in Finance will celebrate its twentieth year of operations with special events and recognition of the member volunteers who have built 100WF into today’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the global finance industry. Since its founding in 2001, 100WF’s pillars of Education, Peer Engagement and Impact have established a foundation of purpose, achievement and confidence that will guide the organization's future growth and focus on attaining its 30x40 Vision in the next twenty years.

100 Women in Finance
100 Women in Finance's near 20,000 registered members strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. Its members inspire, equip and advocate for a new generation of industry leadership, in which women and men serve as investment professionals and executives, equal in achievement and impact. Through Education, Peer Engagement and Impact, the organization furthers the progress of women who have chosen finance as a career, and enables their positive influence over pre-career young women.
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