Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series #3

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series #3

April 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join us on April 6th at 12pm EST for the third event of FACCNE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series. For this event, we will be celebrating the end of Women’s History Month with speakers Tracey Flaherty (Natixis Investment Managers) and Vanina Laurent-Ledru (Sanofi Genzyme), , Marie Meslin (The Capital Network). This event will be moderated by Sophie Koenig-Rodriguez, Chair of FACCNE’s Women in Business Network. Our speakers will discuss “Overcoming Barriers to Gender Equity.” 

Launched in 2014 for the advancement of women in the workplace, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of New England’s Women in Business Network (FWBN) is committed to helping women succeed. As #womenshistorymonth is coming to a close, FACCNE’s DE&I Series brings 4 fabulous Boston-based women together for inspiration, motivation, professional development, business resources and education. Our bi-national panel will share their respective experiences and advice from the corporate, non-profit sector and entrepreneurship perspectives.

We encourage our network to use #ChooseToChallenge on social media in reference to this event.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors IPSEN and EY for supporting FACCNE’s newest event series. We know that diversity and inclusion are key priorities for Ipsen & EY. It is core to who they are and how they work.

We are also pleased to partner for this event with the American Chamber of Commerce in France, as well as the French-American Chambers of Commerce Atlanta and  Chicago. 





Tracey Flaherty

Global Head of CSR & Public Affairs,

Natixis Investment Managers




Tracey Flaherty is Senior Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Public Affairs
for Natixis Investment Managers. In her capacity as head of CSR, Ms. Flaherty is responsible for expanding
efforts to raise standards for corporate social responsibility within the firm and across the wider financial
services industry. The role is an expansion of Ms. Flaherty’s position as global head of diversity and inclusion, in
which she directs the firm’s strategic diversity and inclusion efforts designed to create a work environment that
promotes diversity in all its forms. As head of public affairs, she oversees advocacy efforts and the tracking of
policy issues that affect the firm’s overall business, as well as defining and coordinating corporate responses to
new legislation.

Ms. Flaherty is Board Chair of the G7 Investor Leadership Network, a group comprised of Natixis Investment
Managers and 13 other leading global asset managers and asset owners whose initiatives focus on climate
disclosure, infrastructure, and diversity in investment management. She also participates in the oversight of
periodic Natixis Investment Managers investor surveys to identify new issues and trends in consumer and
advisor behavior, particularly policy issues and special challenges that impact retirement investors.

Learn more about Tracey here.



Vanina Laurent-Ledru

Vice President & Head of Global Public Affairs,

Sanofi Genzyme




Vanina Laurent-Ledru is a healthcare leader with a demonstrated track record in bringing innovation closer to patients. As the Vice-President of Global Public Affairs, Specialty Care at Sanofi Genzyme, Vanina and her team focus on creating shared value for patients, caregivers, health systems and the business. A lawyer by training, she has been privileged to help advance public health at the global vaccine alliance Gavi, through her board tenures at Vaccines Europe and CSR Europe while at Merck then with the Coalition for Epidemics Preparedness while at Sanofi Pasteur. She currently serves as a trade advisor for the French government and has co-founded the executive women’s network Boston BoostHER to help its members ignite their own spark and spearheaded the launch of  a regional association focused on women’s representation at economic and political level in France.

Learn more about Vanina here.




Marie Meslin

Executive Director, The Capital Network




Marie is the President and Executive Director for the Capital Network (TCN), a non-profit educating early stage founders on fundraising with education, mentorship and access to a network of investors. In 2016, Marie Founded TCN’s Female Founders Fellowship Program to engage and support more female founders through TCN’s resources, in an effort to help more women ‘Own Their Raise’. To date it has supported 60+ female founders, (50% BIPOC) 43% who have then raised over $25 Million+. In 2020 TCN created the Investment & Inclusion Series in collaboration with the VC Inclusion Lab out of Brown University to look at ways of diversifying VC and Angel portfolios. Marie serves as a judge & mentor for several accelerators and community organizations. 

Marie has previously worked with Non-profits focused on international women’s rights and global citizenship. She also worked with innovation consultancies helping Fortune 500s and small non-profits alike solve key issues through a creative process. Originally from France & the UK, she spent some time in the Middle East before moving to the US where she became a ‘New American’ in 2019.

TWITTER: @marie_meslin


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Sophie Koenig-Rodriguez

Chair, FACCNE’s Women in Business Network



Sophie  Koenig-Rodriguez is a Franco-American  Marketing  & Communications professional with 25 years of experience in strategic and operational roles with various French and American entrepreneurs and corporations in technology, consulting, fashion and luxury goods.

In 2011, she founded TransAtlantique, a  boutique consultancy to help small French companies and women entrepreneurs understand and adapt to US markets in order to optimize business development opportunities  within their specific budgets and requirements. Since September 2005, she has contributed toward the economic development of the FACCNE as a volunteer and pro-bono consultant. She leads the Women in Business Network, FWBN,  a multicultural non-profit community to empower women in the US workplace, which she created in 2014.

Sophie volunteers raising funds and awareness for Casa Myrna, Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and comprehensive supportive services to survivors. She also leads the EDHEC Alumni network of New England. She earned an Executive Certificate in Business Strategy at MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master of International Business Administration at EDHEC Graduate School in Lille, France, a BS in Marketing at U. Mass Dartmouth, USA, and a DUT in Commerce and Trade at the University of Grenoble II, France.
A mother of two young girls, Sophie is committed to helping women pursue their dreams and achieve their potential.








April 6, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm