EMpowering Together:

Women in AML


AML RightSource is committed to the AML community. We believe in growing the community, and developing all talent, yet we know there are not enough women in the AML industry. In order to continue enhancing empowerment for women in the community, AML RightSource is creating this initiative to further unite the private and public sectors toward the goal of achieving equity and access for women in the AML industry. To that end, we will develop programs for a variety of content and delivery channels to raise awareness, create tools, increase opportunities for advancement, identify new leaders and seek ways to connect to sponsors and mentors.


Our Mission

In order to continue enhancing empowerment for women in the broad-based AML community, AML RightSource has created a working group to further unite the private and public sectors toward the goal of achieving equity and access for women in the AML industry. To that end, we will develop programs for a variety of content and delivery channels to raise awareness, create tools, increase opportunities for advancement, identify new leaders and seek ways to connect to sponsors and mentors.


The Experience and Opportunities in NGOs and NPOs

Join the conversation with John Byrne (Executive Vice President of AML RightSource), Andrea Hall (Policy Counsel for the Charity and Securities Network), Tess Davis (Executive Director for the Antiquities Coalition), and Sara Crowe (Strategic Initiatives Director, Financial Systems for Polaris) as they discusses experiences and opportunities within the NGO and NPO space, as well as answer questions like:

    • What was your entry path into the NGO space? Have you spent your entire career in the NGO space? Do you think this has made a difference in your success?
    • What barriers have you encountered in your career journey? Do you think they are unique to the NGO space?
    • Can you identify a mentor, advocate or champion who has helped you on your career journey?
    • How did they help you?
    • What was a turning point in your career that enabled success?
    • What one action that you took do you view as critical to your success?
There's opportunity in every field, but what makes the NGO/NPO landscape attractive? Click play and find out!




Sharing real-life experiences of members of the AML/BSA Community

Join Moderator Megan Hodge of Ally Bank, along with Marilu Jimenez, Lauren kohr, and John Byrne as they discuss why there are still gaps in AML leadership opportunities for women, career paths, availability of mentors and what challenges continue today. The group covers successes and lessons learned, successful and inspirational leaders in AML, turning points in their careers that enabled success, and moving away from a "scarcity mindset"  to an "inclusive mindset" to enable all and finding ways to support each other at any level.






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One of the foundations of the initiative is the Women in the Workplace joint research effort by McKinsey & Company and Leanin.org. Our first program is a review of the study.




Real LIfe Insights

Browse through these interviews with AML community members to learn about their career experiences.


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Meet Our Team

Elliot Berman

Elliot Berman

Creative Director, AML RightSource

Mr. Berman serves as Creative Director for AML RightSource. He is an expert in anti-money laundering compliance and a frequent conference speaker; he also has extensive experience in issues that affect business organizations and financial institutions. He served as General Counsel for a regional financial services holding company. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and his law degree from the Marquette University Law School.

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John Byrne

John Byrne

Vice Chairman, AML RightSource

Mr. Byrne serves as Vice Chairman of AML RightSource. He is an internationally known regulatory and legislative attorney with wide-ranging experience in banking and financial crimes. Mr. Byrne has particular expertise in all aspects of regulatory management, anti-money laundering (AML) issues and has served in leadership positions at trade associations, financial services industry groups, and government working groups. Mr. Byrne earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University and his juris doctor at George Mason University School of Law. He currently serves as a special advisor to the ACAMS Advisory board and on Marquette University’s Commercial Banking Board.

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Olivia Conjeaud

Olivia Conjeaud

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

A member of the McKinsey & Company Risk and Financial Services practices, and a leader of their work on financial crime, Ms. Conjeaud has supported numerous banks and insurance companies on enterprise risk management, compliance, anti-money laundering, stress testing, credit loss forecasting, operational risk, and other risk topics.

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Megan Hodge

Megan Hodge

Executive Compliance Director & BSA/AML Officer, Ally Financial and Ally Bank

Ms. Hodge is the Executive Compliance Director, BSA/AML Officer for Ally Financial and Ally Bank.  Prior to joining Ally, Hodge spent 11 years at RBC in various roles including US Regional Head of AML, BSA Officer for RBC Bank and Chief Compliance Officer for RBC Bank.  She serves on the Board of the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, the BSA Coalition and is co-chair of the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter.

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Marilu Jimenez

Marilu Jimenez

President, FINCAdvisors

Prior to forming FINCAdvisors, Ms. Jiménez served as Senior Vice President & Division Director of the Corporate Compliance Division for Popular Inc., where she supervised the compliance function in Puerto Rico, the United States, and all other operations for Popular in the Caribbean and Latin America. She is an industry authority having extensive experience evaluating Anti-Money Laundering, USA Patriot Act, Bank Secrecy Act, Office of Foreign Asset Control compliance programs as well as consumer and financial compliance. Ms. Jiménez is a member of the ACAMS Advisory Board. Additionally, she led the Puerto Rico Bankers Association Anti-Money Laundering Committee for 14 years and continues in a leadership role in the leading educational Financial Crimes Symposium in Puerto Rico.

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Lauren Kohr

Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, Old Dominion National Bank

Ms. Kohr serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Old Dominion National Bank. Prior to her current role, she Prior to her current role, she was the , she was the VP/Director of AML/BSA/OFAC at Metro Bank in Harrisburg, PA and the Senior Manager over AML/BSA governance and policy at Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) in Alexandria, VA. . She serves on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG), ACAMS Advisory Board, ACAMS U.S. Capital Board of Directors and AML Partnership Forum Board of Directors. Previously, Lauren served as the president of the Central PA BSA/AML/CTF user Group in Harrisburg, PA. She is currently CAMS, CAMS-FCI, and CFIRS Certified.

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Melissa Strait

Melissa Strait

Global head of Financial Crimes, Stripe, Inc.

Ms. Strait is an expert in AML compliance in the fintech context, having joined Coinbase as the Chief Compliance Officer in February 2021. Previously, she served as Global Head of Financial Crimes for Stripe, Inc., overseeing all aspects of Stripe’s anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance programs. She also served as the Chief Compliance Officer of Stripe Payments Company, a licensed money transmitter. Prior to joining Stripe in early 2016, she was a Compliance Operations Manager for Square, Inc. At Square, she oversaw teams in San Francisco and St. Louis which handled transaction monitoring, KYC and EDD reviews, and sanctions screening.

Prior to joining the fintech industry, Ms. Strait served as a director in the Due Diligence practice of Kroll, Inc. In that capacity, she managed teams producing in-depth due diligence research reports for banking and corporate clients, focused mainly in Asia and the Americas.

Angel Swift

Angel Swift

Advisor and Independent Consultant, Enigma Technologies

Angel Nguyen Swift is an advisor and independent consultant with Enigma Technologies, a data intelligence company, where she most recently worked as the Vice President of Compliance and Financial Crimes Solutions. She is also the co-founder of the STAT (Stand Together Against Trafficking) project which works with the anti-human trafficking community to create collaborative intelligence to identify and share financial indicators across the financial sector. Prior to Enigma, Angel spent nearly a decade building and leading the financial intelligence unit (FIU) at American Express.

Angel served as a New York County Assistant District Attorney(NYCDA), where she prosecuted a wide range of cases including street level violent crimes, drug sales, sex crimes, violent felonies and long-term identity theft and cybercrime investigations. ost recently, she has been leading a joint effort with ACAMS and Polaris called Stand Together Against Trafficking (STAT), which utilizes technology to empower the sharing of financial indicators across the financial crime industry with the aim of eradicating human trafficking.

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Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor

Executive VP, Head of Financial Crimes Advisory, AML RightSource

Mr. Taylor serves as Executive VP, Head of Financial Crimes Advisory at AML RightSource. He has amassed years of regulatory compliance experience with multiple financial institutions. Mr. Taylor is an expert in BSA/AML and Sanctions compliance. He founding member and former Co-Chair of the ACAMS SoCal Chapter, and serves as Board Chair of the West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum. Mr. Taylor obtained his bachelor's degree in communication from University of California, Santa Barbara, earned his juris doctorate at Santa Barbara College of Law and attended Pacific Coast Banking School. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified AML and Fraud Professional (CAFP). In 2014 Mr. Taylor was recognized as the ACAMS AML Professional of the Year.

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