Kim Lew of Columbia Investment Management Company Honored with 2023 Americas Industry Leadership Award

Oct 17, 2023

Kim Lew, Chief Executive Officer and President of Columbia Investment Management Company

New York, NY – 17 October 2023 – 100 Women in Finance, a global finance industry organization, announced today that Kim Lew, Chief Executive Officer and President of Columbia Investment Management Company, will be honored with the 2023 Americas Industry Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the finance industry and have demonstrated outstanding leadership, all inline with the organization’s mission and Vision 30/40. Lew will be recognized with the Award at the 100WF New York Gala set to take place on November 8th at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Kim Lew is CEO of Columbia Investment Management Company which manages the endowment of Columbia University in the city of New York. Previously, she was the CIO of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the private grant making foundation founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 which she joined from the Ford Foundation. Lew started her career in the middle market banking group of Chemical Bank and following business school joined Prudential Capital Group. Lew graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S in Economics and from the Harvard Graduate School of Business with an MBA. She is a CFA charterholder and has served as both a standard setter and grader. Lew serves on the Boards of Ariel Investment Management Mutual Funds and Girls Who Invest. She serves on the investment committees of the ACLU and National Gallery of Arts.

“Kim Lew is a true leader in the investment management industry and is a deserving recipient of the Award,” said Nicole Wiley, 100WF Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Her unwavering commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity at the senior level is truly admirable. By actively working with women to ensure their success, she has made a significant impact in breaking barriers and creating opportunities. Her dedication to championing diversity is an inspiration to us all.”

“I am honored to receive the Industry Leadership Award,” stated Kim Lew. She continued, “In my career, I have had the great privilege of seeing amazing women leaders stand out as much for their novelty as their exceptionalism. I hope that in ways both big and small, I can continue to partner with leaders of this industry to increase access for talented women. In the future, gender parity should be the expectation. Diverse teams and inclusive leadership foster creativity and improve overall performance. As this industry becomes increasingly more complex and the challenges we face become more daunting, it is imperative to nurture talent wherever we find it.”

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

Funds raised at the New York Gala will benefit the 100 Women in Finance Foundation to support the organization’s programs and initiatives as well as the efforts of our local program partners who prepare and encourage women of all backgrounds to pursue pathways into the finance industry. For more information, please visit the New York Gala page.

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