GENESEO — As part of SUNY Geneseo’s All-College Hour Distinguished Speaker Series, Michaela Walsh, the founding president of Women’s World Banking, will speak this Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. Walsh will give a free and open to the public discussion regarding her life as an author, scholar, and activist.
After earning a degree in English literature in 1971 from Hunter College, Walsh became a pioneer manager at Merrill Lynch throughout the 1960’s, and was stationed in Beirut. Walsh then moved on to Boettcher & Co. in the 1970’s where she served as the first female partner, and had eventually been elected the first president of Women’s World Banking in 1980 after actively seeking an international establishment of financial institutions that serve women.
Although Walsh stepped down from her position at Women’s World Banking in 1990, she led the company’s global networking to grow immensely with 45 affiliates and a capital of $10 million. Walsh now serves as an emerita member of the board at WWB.
Walsh became an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College for ten years until 1998. During this time she attributed to creating a Global Student Leadership Program specifically for women from emerging economies attempting to pursue an undergraduate degree. Walsh also published a book last year describing her experiences, entitled, “Founding a Movement: Women’s World Banking 1975-1990.”
Having served on several boards and committees such as USAID, Synergos Institute, IPPF-WHR, and the Union Theological Seminary, along with Walsh’s leadership experiences in the financial world spanning nearly five decades, she will be a great addition to SUNY Geneseo’s distinguished speaker series.