Kiersten Barnet

Global Head, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
United States

Kiersten Barnet is Global Head of Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index, a first-of-its-kind performance barometer for gender equality at publicly-held organizations. Index inclusion has become the gold seal to demonstrate to the investor community a company’s commitment to advancing equity. Bloomberg’s gender reporting framework is the only international standardized reporting method for workplace gender data, providing companies with a blueprint for measuring and disclosing data related to their workforce, products, supply chain and communities. Bringing transparency and consistency to the previously opaque arena of social data, the index represents an important opportunity for companies to attract new capital and widen their investor base.

Kiersten joined Bloomberg, the leading global provider of financial news, data and analytics, in October 2005 and has worked with colleagues and clients in over 30 countries. In her previous role as Deputy Chief of Staff to Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer she collaborated on key business and internal initiatives, corporate communications and strategic partnerships.

In 2014 Kiersten helped launch the U.S. 30% Club, a group of 75 chairmen and CEOs committed to better gender balance at senior management and board levels. She was subsequently appointed the country lead and Chair of the 30% Club U.S. Steering Committee.

Kiersten is a Strategy Officer of the World Economic Forum, representing Bloomberg in the Media, Entertainment and Information Industry Group and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Steering Committee. Kiersten sits on the Executive Women’s Council, a group of women primarily in executive and board level positions at public and private companies which Representative Don Beyer formed to inform his participation on the Joint Economic Committee and is an alumnus of W.O.M.E.N. in America.

Kiersten holds a B.S. in Business Management from Washington and Lee University and is a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award, the highest honor given to alumni under the age of 40.