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Money Matters: The Importance of Financial Literacy for Women Worldwide


Join us on October 8th

Harvard GlobalWE is dedicated to the empowerment of women through education, dialogue and connection among individuals working for women's rights and freedoms worldwide. 

On October 8th, join us for this important panel discussion, which will present a global perspective on financial literacy for women and explore barriers faced by women worldwide to becoming financially literate and independent. We will discuss the following questions: Why do large disparities in knowledge, access to, and utilization of money exist between genders? How do the levels of financial literacy differ between countries? Is this a cultural or socioeconomic phenomenon? What is being done to address these discrepancies?

This panel event will feature three global speakers and our Programs Chair, Dr. Aarti Gupta, as moderator.

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 11 am ET, via Zoom. 


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About our Panelists
Dharitri Patanaik
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Dharitri Patnaik has more than twenty six years of experience working to empower some of the most vulnerable sections of the society, including women, children, and underprivileged people of India. Dharitri has worked on a variety of issues and across various sectors in the areas of international development, poverty alleviation, social reform, women & child development - both from a policy and advocacy perspective as well as developing and managing on-the-ground operational  initiatives.  
In 2014 she founded Humara Bachpan Trust, which works with people living in poverty spread over  multiple cities and villages with 67,000 women and 1,35,000 children as active members.

In 2017 March she launched another new initiative called SAMBHAVI - Women’s  empowerment with enterprise and employability. Since its initiation, more than 50,000 women working in informal sector have been trained in life skills and more than 3,000 women living in urban and rural poverty have been trained in skill development. Humara Bachpan Trust was awarded a Special Project to work with urban poor women by the National Skill Development Corporation and also a project for Recognition of Prior Learning of farmers in rural Odisha. 

Dharitri is also the Chairperson of Diversified Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd a fast growing infrastructure company implementing various large scale industrial projects in Eastern India. Dharitri’s start up company Jivada Ventures Pvt Ltd is into hospitality and wellness. 

Dharitri’s organization Humara Bachpan Trust won an international award as the Best Youth Act by Peace Jam Foundation One Billion Acts and she won the Inspire Award in 2020 for leadership. She was felicitated by Ministry of MSME, Govt of India for being a successful woman entrepreneur and mentoring other women. Dharitri was also awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellowship in Harvard. 

Dharitri is also the Founding Chairperson of the Bhubaneswar chapter of India’s leading women’s chamber of commerce - FICCI Ladies Organisation and National Initiative Heads for International Trade and Digital Literacy. 

Dharitri has a Masters in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA.

Özlem Denizmen
Özlem Denizmen is an entrepreneur, financial expert, fintech founder, and passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment. Özlem is the Founder & CEO of Moneye, an app that to steer users away from “unnecessary” spending towards saving for their financial goals. She also founded Para Durumu, a multi-channel financial literacy initiative that produces interactive, user-oriented content to help people better manage their money and additionally Founder & Chair of FODER, a non-profit organisation that to improve financial education in Turkey. She holds an MBA in Financial Management from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Cornell University. 


Beth Marcello

SVP and Director, Women’s Business Development, PNC Bank

As director of Women’s Business Development for PNC Bank, Beth Marcello is dedicated to accelerating women’s financial equality. Under her leadership, the bank trains, develops and supports a corps of more than 4,500 PNC-Certified Women’s Business Advocates – men and women bankers and advisors who offer a differentiated customer experience to women financial decision-makers across the PNC enterprise. 


In addition, Marcello has been instrumental in the development of PNC’s Men As Allies program to accelerate women’s advancement, and serves on the working group of C&IB ForWARD (For Women’s Advancement, Recognition and Development). 


Marcello’s impassioned support for women’s leadership is evident in her extracurricular activities as well. Currently, she chairs the Barbara McNees Spirit of Athena Scholarship committee, which awards an annual scholarship to an emerging women leader in the Pittsburgh region to attend the Carnegie Mellon Executive Leadership Academy: Strategies for Advancing Women in Business. She is a founding member of Pittsburgh’s first women-focused angel investment fund, Next Act Fund; a loan review committee member for InvestPGH, a Community Development Financial Institution; a board member and grant committee member of the Birmingham Foundation; an Emeritus Board member of the multi-generational mentoring organization Strong Women, Strong Girls; an advisory board member of the Women Presidents Organization; and an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches public and professional writing.


Before joining PNC in 2006, Marcello was president of PRwriting, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based firm that for nearly 20 years provided communications expertise to numerous companies and nonprofits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communications from Point Park University.


Aarti Gupta, Moderator
CIO, DBR Ventures, National Head FICCI FLO Startup Cell
Dr Aarti Gupta belongs to the promoter family of the Jagran group, a business house with interests spanning across media & communications, education, real estate and hosiery exports. Dr Gupta heads the investment strategy for the family office and is the Chief Investment Officer at DBR Ventures, an angel investing entity that invests in smart and transformative early-stage start-ups. She is an investor on India’s first reality start-up funding TV Show, Horses Stable. Named amongst the 22 Top Women Investors in the country by Inc42, she looks for companies with innovative and transformative solutions to problems that exist on a larger scale. 
She is an immediate past Chairperson for FICCI FLO Kanpur and is currently serving as the National Head for FICCI FLO Start-ups, an ecosystem for women founders and funders, where she has been instrumental in bringing forward pertinent issues related to the growth of women entrepreneurs both at the state and national levels.
Dr Gupta holds a PhD in Economics from IIT, Kanpur, a post-graduate diploma in business studies from Harvard University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University. Further, she is on the board of Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment, and on the board as the Advisor for Women’s Entrepreneurial Committee for Merchant Chamber of UP.

Event Details 

DateSaturday, October 8, 2022
Time: 11 am ET

Location: Virtual (online) event. Meeting info will be in your registration confirmation email. Click here to Register.
Cost: FREE for Harvard College students, Harvard graduate students, alumni, affiliates, staff & guests

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