Girls Write Now is thrilled to have two Honorary Chairs for our Agents of Change Awards, Pat Shields, Head of US Corporate Banking at RBC Capital Markets and Mustafa Topiwalla, Managing Director, Corporate Banking at RBC Capital Markets. Continue reading to learn more about our Honorary Chairs and their partnership with Girls Write Now.
Pat Shields is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets and Head of the Corporate Banking in New York. He leads a team of bankers that deliver relationship coverage, credit product structuring and transaction execution across the credit ratings spectrum. Sectors covered include industrials, consumer, healthcare, municipals, infrastructure, power & utilities, financial services, media, telecommunications, and technology.
He also provides senior level coverage for several corporate relationships including automotive clients. He has been actively involved in the auto sector since 1995.
Mr. Shields is a member of the Global Loan Commitments Committee, US Regional Operating Committee and Corporate Banking Global Operating Committee.
Since joining RBC Financial Group in 1990, he has held various account coverage and management positions, working in Corporate and Investment Banking offices in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and New York. Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Shields worked for five years as a middle market lender at Manufacturers Hanover. He holds an MBA from Loyola University at Chicago and Bachelors of Science in Accounting from D’Youville College.
Mustafa Topiwalla is a Managing Director and Head of the Healthcare Corporate Banking team at RBC Capital Markets. He has over 15-years of experience in Finance and has covered a number of sectors over his career, including Healthcare, Media & Telecom, Consumer, and Industrials. Mustafa’s day-to-day job consists of covering clients and managing a team that delivers top quality ideas to and execution of financing solutions for corporate clients, which include mid-sized firms to Fortune 500 companies. Mustafa is actively involved in Diversity and Inclusion by being a member of RBC’s US Diversity Leadership Council and an Executive Sponsor of the Multicultural Employee Alliance. Mustafa received an AB (honors) in Economics from Middlebury College and an MBA (honors) from Columbia Business School. He lives in New York City, with his wife Melissa Connor and two daughters Layla and Yasmeen.