Darden Ideas to Action Conversations: Barclays’ Barbara Byrne

Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt and Barbara Byrne ,

In the above video, Darden Professor Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt interviews Barbara Byrne, vice-chair of investment banking at Barclays and the second most powerful woman in finance, as declared by American Banker in 2016.

They discuss the importance of diversity as essential to creativity, which is in turn integral to being competitive. As a case in point, they delve into the success of the Barclays Women in Leadership Total Return Index, which serves as a live measurement of the performance of companies with gender-diverse leadership and governance (that meet trading volume and market cap thresholds).

Also on the table: Brexit, how the industry has changed and why this is an opportune moment to go into investment banking: Times of change are times of opportunity.