100 Women in Finance Raises More Than HKD 2.6 million for the Karen Leung Foundation, at 2017 Hong Kong Gala

Nov 16, 2017

100 Women in Finance (“100WF”), a global, practitioner-driven nonprofit organization that serves more than 15,000 professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries, announced at its annual Hong Kong Gala that it successfully raised more than HKD 2.6 million in gross proceeds in support of the Karen Leung Foundation “KLF,” a Hong Kong charity that raises awareness of gynecological cancer, promotes early detection, provides access to prevention, and ensures that women in treatment have optimal medical care.

The 5th Annual 100WF Hong Kong Gala was held yesterday evening in the Connaught Room of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, with the support of nearly 200 leaders from the financial services and alternative investment industry. Stephanie Hui, partner and head of Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking division Asia Pacific (Ex-Japan), received 100WF’s 2017 Asian Industry Leadership Award. The Award is presented annually in recognition of exemplary professional talent, business ethics, and passion for investing that further define and advance the industry’s standards of excellence.

In receiving her award, Ms. Hui stated, “I’m honored and humbled to receive this distinguished award. While a lot of progress has been made, more can be done to promote a culture of diversity in the industry.  Tonight, we celebrate the success of women and together we encourage the younger generation to aim higher and dream bigger.”

To view past 100WF Industry Leadership Award Honorees, click here.

“100 Women in Finance is extremely pleased to support the work of the Karen Leung Foundation. We are proud that the funds raised by our members and industry colleagues in Hong Kong will enable KLF to provide wider access to cancer screenings and HPV vaccination among populations of teenage girls and their mothers who likely would not receive these services,” said Katarina Royds, Gala co-chair and head of global distribution at Ascalon Capital Managers.  Ms. Royds’ co-chair and Maples and Calder partner, Ann Ng, added, “Our collaboration with KLF brings together two organizations that seek to empower women.  KLF’s focus on women’s health is in direct alignment with our philanthropic priority this year.”

Seth Fischer, KLF board chair and co-founder, and founder and chief investment officer of Oasis Management said, “On behalf of the Karen Leung Foundation and the executive team, I’d like to extend our sincerest gratitude to 100 Women in Finance for their generous fundraising support. The funds raised last night will enable us to extend the in-school vaccination program to 12 further schools and at the same time offer free screening to the girls’ mothers. That means more than 1500 girls and women will be protected against HPV, the virus which causes 99% of all cervical cancer.”

Since its formation in 2001, 100WF has raised more than USD $43 million globally for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s and family health, education and mentoring. 100WF’s philanthropic mission is to utilize its collective abilities and expertise in order to give back to the local community in an impactful way. The 100WF Board of Directors chooses philanthropic themes on a rotating basis. The global philanthropic theme for 2017 is women’s and family health.  The theme for 2018 is education.

To make a donation, please contact Amanda Pullinger, CEO  of 100WF, or the Hong Kong Gala Committee.

About 100 Women in Finance

100 Women in Finance (‘100WF’) is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.

About the Karen Leung Foundation

The Karen Leung Foundation was established in June 2013 to promote gynecological cancer education, awareness, prevention and treatment in Hong Kong. KLF is working to save lives in Hong Kong by raising awareness of gynecological cancer, educating women to increase rates of early detection, providing access to clinical preventive measures, and ensuring that women in treatment have access to optimal medical care. The Karen Leung Foundation honors the memory of Karen Leung, a hedge fund trader, who died at age 35 following a diagnosis of metastatic cervical cancer.

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