100 Women in Finance Hosts Largest Ever Virtual Gathering of Female Investment Managers and Allocators During Global FundWomen Week

Oct 28, 2020

LONDON, NEW YORK, HONG KONG, SAN FRANCISCO, SINGAPORE AND SYDNEY – 28 October 2020 – 100 Women in Finance (“100WF”), a global finance industry network of nearly 20,000 registered members, will be hosting the largest ever dedicated global gathering of female investment managers and asset allocators, with the view to facilitating capital introductions during its flagship Global FundWomen Week. The virtual event which takes place from 9 to 13 November, replaces previous in-person regional conferences, and will be hosted on iConnections, a capital introduction technology platform, with the continued support from J.P. Morgan.

100WF’s FundWomen Week will connect approximately 200 of the world’s top allocators with more than 180 women founders and managers from the alternative and traditional asset management industries. In addition to representation from North America and Europe, for the first time ever, Global FundWomen Week will feature allocators and managers from Asia and Australia – 12 percent and 20 percent of the total, respectively – making this a truly global event. To attend, allocators must commit to at least three 30-minute meetings, with over 800 such meetings pledged to date. This number is expected to rise as more allocators join the initiative, with 25 percent of allocator participants added in the past week alone.

Commenting on the initiative, Amanda Pullinger, CEO, 100WF, said: “We are thrilled by the response of both allocators and managers. As an organization, we are keen to bring the talent of female fund managers to the attention of allocators, many of whom have said to us that they struggle to find diverse investment teams to invest in. This conference enables the investor community to go beyond talking about finding diverse talent to actually realizing the opportunity.”

Ulrika Robertsson, co-founder and COO of Impactus Partners and Chair of 2020 Global FundWomen Week, added: “The pandemic, coupled with technology, is acting as a great leveller in improving access to capital introduction opportunities for women managers. At a time when the majority of the world’s investors are working from home and unable to travel to build new connections and raise capital, this format will be critical to ensuring allocators can continue to identify new investment opportunities, and that female managers can attract the necessary capital to bring their ideas to life.”

Michael Weinberg, Head of Hedge Funds and Alternative Alpha, APG Asset Management, one of the allocators participating in the initiative, said: “Investors can tap into the benefits of cognitive diversity by working with managers who come from different backgrounds and are shaped by different experiences. Investing with women managers can lead to a diversification of ideas and approaches that is crucial to optimizing a portfolio. You want people who can see new sources of alpha, have a fresh approach to reducing risk and improving returns.”

Sara Rejal, Senior Director, Investments, Willis Towers Watson, added: “Progress on diversity across the investment industry requires a collective effort and a fundamental change in mindset and culture. Although these efforts will take time to bear fruit, we need to be challenging ourselves as an industry to do more now. Improving diversity is key to building a stronger investment industry; in fact our research has shown that teams with more diversity typically produce better long-term outcomes for clients, so it is critical that all players in the industry continue to challenge the status quo.”

Notes to the Editor

Participant Allocators (those permitting public acknowledgement of their participation):

Pension Plans

  • AMP
  • Aware Super
  • CalSTRS
  • CPP Investments
  • Illinois State Universities Retirement System
  • Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System
  • OTPP
  • PRI Pensionsgaranti
  • Sunsuper
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas
  • Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois

Foundations & Endowments

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Global CSR Foundation
  • Global Endowment Management
  • Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Office of Investments
  • Northwestern University
  • Partners HealthCare (Mass General Brigham)
  • Smithsonian
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Trinity Church Wall Street
  • University of California
  • Vanderbilt University

Funds of Funds

  • Commonfund
  • Illumen Capital
  • Lighthouse Partners
  • Northern Trust
  • Old Farm Partners
  • UBS Hedge Fund Solutions
  • UBS Multi-Manager Solutions

Single and Multi-Family Offices

  • Archer Asia – Rockhampton Management Ltd.
  • Clear Manor Management
  • Gilder Office for Growth
  • Nottingham Spirk Family Office
  • SFG Asset Advisors
  • TAG Associates

Investment Companies, Asset Managers, Wealth Managers and Private Capital Firms

  • Aetos Alternative Management
  • Agility
  • Allianz Global Investors
  • Appomattox
  • Architas
  • Capricorn Investment Group
  • Catholic Investment Services
  • CTF Asset Management
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Fiduciary Trust International
  • Fulcrum Asset Management
  • Harbert Management Corp.
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pangaea Ventures
  • Royal Bank of Canada Global Asset Management
  • SingAlliance (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Stable Asset Management
  • TIFF Investment Management
  • Xponance (previously named FIS Group)
  • Wells Fargo

Investment Consultants & Advisors

  • Aksia
  • Albourne
  • Aon
  • Callan
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Mercer
  • PwC
  • Willis Towers Watson

For further information, please visit: https://fundwomen.iconnections.io/

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E: 100wf@greentarget.co.uk

FundWomen Visibility Initiative

100WF elevates the public profile of female investment professionals via advocacy with conference organizers, the media, and with institutional investors. Female fund managers and institutional allocators are encouraged to join 100WF’s public directory for greater professional visibility, and to receive invitations for suitable public speaking and peer engagement opportunities.  Additional information is here.

About 100 Women in Finance

100 Women in Finance’s nearly 20,000 registered members strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. Its members inspire, equip and advocate for a new generation of industry leadership, in which women and men serve as investment professionals and executives, equal in achievement and impact. Through Education, Peer Engagement and Impact, the organization furthers the progress of women who have chosen finance as a career and enables their positive influence over pre-career young women.