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100 Women in Hedge Funds raises over $1.3 million for 100WHF Foundation and salutes four partner organizations at 2015 New York Gala

November 12, 2015

Gala Attended by HRH The Countess of Wessex, 100WHF’s Global Ambassador of Next Generation Initiatives

Five Institutional Investors Honored for their Contributions to Diversity and Best Practices in Corporate Governance

New York, NY – November 12, 2015 – 100 Women in Hedge Funds ("100WHF"), a leading global nonprofit organization for investors and professionals in the alternatives industry, announced at its 14th annual New York Gala that the organization has raised over $1.3 million for 100WHF Foundation to support its Celebrating Education - Investing in the Next Generation initiatives. At last night’s gala, 100WHF welcomed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador of 100WHF’s Next Generation initiatives, and recognized the leadership and achievements of five institutional investors for their significant efforts advancing positive corporate governance.

To achieve its goal of investing in the Next Generation, 100WHF will partner with four non-profit organizations—Forté Foundation, CAIA Association, Girls Who Invest, and Smart Woman Securities—in 2016 and 2017 to encourage young women to look more favorably at a career in finance and investments; to create educational opportunities and access points to support young women who want to join the industry; and to facilitate an ongoing peer network for young women in the industry.

Additionally, five 2015 North American Industry Leadership Award honorees were recognized at the Gala for their leadership in good corporate governance and contributions to the industry, as well as their participation in the milestone of 100WHF’s 500th Industry Education event.

  • Michelle Edkins, Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, BlackRock
  • Bess Joffe, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF
  • Rakhi Kumar, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Governance, State Street Global Advisors
  • Anne Sheehan, Director, Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
  • Anne Simpson, Investment Director, CalPERS

"In their roles as investors, these five outstanding women make decisions on a daily basis that affect the investments and performance of their own funds. As corporate board members, they lead the way as advocates for gender diversity in the board room. In multiple arenas, each is an inspirational model to the young women of the Next Generation who are building their careers in the alternatives industry," said Lauren Malafronte, 100WHF Board of Directors Executive Committee member and Managing Director at Scotiabank.

Since its formation in 2001, 100WHF has raised more than $36 million globally for philanthropic causes in the areas of Women's and Family Health, Education and Mentoring. 100WHF's three core pillars include industry education, professional leverage and philanthropy. The organization’s philanthropic mission is to utilize its collective abilities and expertise in order to give back to the local community in an impactful way. 100WHF’s Board of Directors chooses beneficiaries on a rotating basis, and the global philanthropic theme for 2015 is education.

The Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street with a live performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City conducted by Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez for over 525 industry guests. Kayla Tausche, CNBC Reporter, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

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