New York | Wed, Nov 11, 2015

100WHF 2015 New York Gala to benefit 100WHF Foundation in support of this year's Celebrating Education - Investing in the Next Generation initiative

DATE: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

LOCATION: Cipriani 42nd Street
110 East 42nd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10017

The 14th annual New York Gala raised over $1.3 million for 100WHF Foundation to support its Celebrating Education - Investing in the Next Generation initiatives.  100WHF will work with partners Forte Foundation, CAIA Association, Girls who Invest and Smart Woman Securities, to inspire, educate and support the next generation of young women coming into the finance industry.

HRH The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador of 100WHF’s Next Generation initiatives, attended the Gala and made a keynote speech.

We also recognized the leadership and achievements of five institutional investors for their significant efforts advancing positive corporate governance, and greater diversity in the boardroom and the C-Suite. Each of the following five honorees was presented with 100WHF’s North American Industry Leadership Award for 2015:

Michelle Edkins
Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment

Bess Joffe
Managing Director, Head of Corporate Governance

Rakhi Kumar
Managing Director, Head of Corporate Governance
State Street Global Advisors

Anne Sheehan
Director, Corporate Governance

Anne Simpson
Investment Director

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About Young People’s Chorus of New York City
About Young People’s Chorus of New York City (
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. YPC’s groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child and has heightened an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen heights of artistry.  In 2011 YPC received America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Medal of Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Click here to view a recent YPC performance

About Forte Foundation
About Forte Foundation (
Forte Foundation is a consortium of major corporations and leading business schools that has become a powerful change agent in educating and directing talented women toward business leadership roles. With a mission to provide young women with the tools and resources to achieve successful careers in business and finance, Forte has key programming that introduces undergraduate and MBA women to the advantages of working in the rewarding and challenging world of financial services.

To learn more about the Forte Foundation, watch this short video.

About the CAIA Association (
Founded in 2002, the CAIA Association is the world leader and authority in alternative investment education. The CAIA Association is best known for the CAIA Charter®, an internationally-recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a member of the CAIA Association, a global network of more than 7,700 alternative investment leaders located in 80+ countries, who have demonstrated a deep and thorough understanding of alternative investing. Having grown rapidly, the CAIA Association now supports 22 vibrant chapters located in financial centers around the world and sponsors more than 120 educational and networking events each year. The Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program® is a natural extension of CAIA’s mission to provide solutions to specific market needs for alternative investment education. For more information on the FAI Program, please refer to For more about the CAIA Association, please refer to

Girls who invest

About Girls Who Invest (
Girls Who Invest (“GWI”) is a non-profit organization founded in April 2015 dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. Our benchmark for success is to have 30% of the world’s investable capital managed by women by 2030. This goal is in sharp contrast to 2014, a year in which less than 10% of the world’s investable capital was managed by women.

We will focus on education, industry outreach, accessibility and career placement to achieve our mission. At GWI, we aim to create programs to inspire and support young women to become tomorrow’s leaders. 

By completing GWI’s rigorous program, talented and motivated women will be well prepared to enter the industry across all asset classes including public and private equity, fixed income, credit, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, and to be skilled allocators of capital.

smart woman securities
About Smart Woman Securities (
Smart Woman Securities (SWS) is focused on investment education for undergraduate women on US campuses.  Through instructive seminars, mentoring initiatives, and meetings with successful investors such as Warren Buffett, SWS provides resources upon which women can build greater knowledge of the financial markets.

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