New York – 15 November 2022 – 100 Women in Finance (“100WF”), a global, practitioner-driven, non-profit organization that serves professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries, announces that it successfully raised over $1.1 million in gross proceeds in support of 100 Women in Finance Foundation (“100WF Foundation”). The 21st Annual New York Gala was hosted on November 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street. Close to 500 industry professionals attended the Gala, where Collette D. Chilton, Chief Investment Officer of Williams College, was presented with 100WF’s Americas Industry Leadership Award (the “Award”) in recognition of her achievements and leadership in the financial services industry. This 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.
Reflecting on her own career journey and the importance of female visibility in the industry, Collette stated, “When I started my first investment job, I loved the work but had no women around me as role models or peers. Seeing other women in leadership roles is so important for helping someone to believe that, “if they can do that, then I can do it too.” Throughout my career at the Massachusetts State Pension Fund, Lucent Technologies, and now at Williams College, I have worked to hire, educate, and develop women students and professionals in order to change our industry. The proof is in the accomplishments of the incredible women I’ve had the privilege to mentor, recruit, hire and work with. This award is as much for all of them as it is for me. Together, we will make gender equity a reality in the investment business.”
To view past 100WF Industry Leadership Award honorees click here.
Also, this year, 100WF announced a new award to celebrate companies that are the leaders in innovation and positive action in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Finance Industry. This year’s winner of 100WF’s Americas Industry DEI Award is Wellington Management. Amongst strong industry competition, Wellington Management demonstrated that through the deliberate implementation of DEI policies and initiatives, they have significantly improved female representation in both senior investment and executive committee roles. The goal of the award, sponsored by J.P. Morgan, is to recognize those organizations that are driving forward and shaping the future of women in the finance industry. The hope is to make these organization efforts and positive results more visible to other companies and individuals, inspiring others to be catalysts of change. For more information about the Industry DEI Award click here.
New York Gala Chair Anjuli Patel noted, “I am honored to have worked with 100WF’s leadership, our Gala Committee, this year’s honorees and all of our generous sponsors and donors. It’s been so gratifying to experience the financial community coming together in support of the Gala and the 100WF Foundation. I truly believe the programs and initiatives the organization offers not only create a space for critical conversations on the gap in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce, but are also instrumental in impacting and effecting change. I can’t thank all those involved in the 2022 Gala enough for their dedication.”
100WF Foundation supports the organization’s programs and initiatives, as well as the efforts of our local program partners, that empower women in the industry at every career stage and inspire the next generation of pre-career women to find pathways into the industry. If you would like to donate to 100WF Foundation please click here.