Women Investment Professionals

Professional Development Series: Being BOLD:  Pause, Pivot and Leap

June 9, 2021 @ 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM America/Chicago Timezone
Dee Farris

Being BOLD:  Pause, Pivot and Leap

It is safe to say the world stepped outside of its comfort zone last year.  So how do you personally capitalize on the opportunity to reevaluate your outlook and emerge from this unique time with a bold plan of action or a redefined set of priorities? Whether this new normal has you considering options for better work / life balance (pause), leveraging your skill set for expanded opportunities (pivot), or forging a new path altogether (leap), this conversation will give you the confidence to boldly define what you want and move towards making it happen.

We are pleased to welcome three panelists for this event who will speak candidly with the group on how, when and why they decided to make bold changes, and how their choices impacted the trajectory of their journey through work and life.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate optimism coming out of the pandemic.  This honest conversation with provide the perfect backdrop to reflect on your own journey, and help you set goals for the path ahead.

Don’t miss this great program and opportunity to learn from others!


Angela Miller-May, Chief Investment Officer, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

Angela Miller-May currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer for the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, a $12.2 billion pension fund that services a membership of over 88,000 active and retired Chicago Public School teachers. She focuses on providing strategic portfolio construction, excellent manager selection and rigorous due diligence and provides leadership to a staff of nine in meeting CTPF’s investment goals. Ms. Miller-May joined the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund in 2010.

Prior to serving as the Chief Investment Officer, she served in several progressively responsible positions at CTPF, including Director of Investments, Portfolio Manager-Real Assets, Portfolio Manager-Alternatives, and Investment Operations Analyst-Risk Management.

Ms. Miller-May serves as a member on the First Women’s Bank (FWB) advisory board, a member on the Women Investment Professionals (WIP) Board of Directors, a member of Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), a member of the NASP Africa Institutional Investors Advisory Council, a member of SEO’s Limited Partner Advisory Council, a member of the NCPERS CIO Summit Advisory Faculty and engages with many other organizations.

Ms. Miller-May was recently honored with the Women Investment Professional (WIP) 2020 Trailblazer Award “Distinguished Woman Investment Professional of the Year”, named as one of Institutional Investor’s 2020 Industry Voice Innovators, Crain’s 2019 most Notable Women in Finance, 2019 Trusted Insights Top 30 Chief Investment Officers, Institutional Investor’s 2019 Change Maker of the Year and has had the honor of testifying at a 2019 Congressional Hearing on
the topic of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ms. Miller-May holds an MBA from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and has earned her BA in Economics from Northwestern University.


Denise Kenny, Senior Consultant, CTS Impact

Denise is a Senior Consultant at CTS Impact, where she applies the insight and experience she has gained from an extensive financial services career, advising clients on a wide array of business and systems integration issues including business process improvement, design and implementation, corporate compliance, mergers and acquisitions and organizational change.

Prior to joining CTS Impact, Denise held various senior roles at Bank of America including leading a team in the Bank of America Private Bank, and starting and running a Middle Market Institutional Fixed Income Sales and Trading business.   After graduate school Denise transitioned from healthcare to financial services beginning her career at Salomon Brothers (Citigroup), where she was the first working mother to complete the bank’s training program in Salomon Brothers’ 90 year history.  Denise loved working on the trading floor at Salomon in New York, where she held various roles in capital markets and institutional sales and trading.  Denise began her career at Baxter Healthcare, where she was recognized for her leadership and achievements in sales and marketing.

Denise earned her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing, from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Denise serves on various boards including the University of Illinois Gies College of Business Advisory Board, Horizons for Youth Advisory Board, Chicago Finance Exchange, and is a member of the Women Investment Professional’s Strategy Committee.  Denise enjoys volunteering for a few organizations she is passionate about including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), and was honored to be the campaign manager for winning teams of LLS Man and Woman of the Year and Student of the Year.



Lynne Kostakis
Chief Administrative Officer & Head of Strategy, Institutional Asset Management, The Northern Trust Company

Lynne Kostakis is Chief Administrative Officer and Head of  Strategy for Northern Trust Asset Management, Institutional Client Group which oversees ~$600B in institutional Assets under Management. In this role, Lynne is responsible for developing business strategy and executing key initiatives across the unit primarily focused on strategic change and revenue growth.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Lynne is a business transformation expert focused on scaling and commercializing business.  Lynne has led growth strategies for organizations both in rapid growth phases as well as rebranding/rebuilding stages of their lifecycles.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2016, Lynne spent fifteen years at Aurora Investment Management, L.L.C. most recently as Director of Allocations and Business Strategy and member of the firm’s Investment Committee.  She was responsible for overseeing portfolio asset allocation for the firm’s alternative investment products as well as business strategy for the overall firm.  Previous roles at Aurora included various management positions leading cross-functional teams responsible for delivering on strategic business objectives. She served as a liaison between partners and clients of the firm to create effective, integrated solutions.  Lynne began her career as an intern at Aurora during her undergraduate studies.

Lynne received her Bachelor of Science Degree from DePaul University and earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

She is currently co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee and on the Resource & Development Committee at UCAN, a Chicago based organization dedicated to holistically supporting the youth of Chicago to help them unleash the Power of their Potential.



Michele Brennan, Senior Director, US DC Solutions Leader, Willis Towers Watson

Michele has over 25 years of experience in various client relationship management, consultant relations, business development and marketing roles in the financial services industry.

Early in 2019, Michele joined Willis Tower Watson’s (WTW) Investments business to the lead the development of US DC solutions, content and thought leadership.   She is responsible for leading efforts to develop strategic partnerships with DC plan sponsors, while leveraging Will Towers Watson’s Investments global depth and experience.

Previously, as an Executive Director, Client Relationship Manager for UBS Asset Management—Americas, Michele was responsible for managing the interaction and relationships with U.S. and Global  Investment Consultants. In addition, she was responsible for overseeing defined contribution solutions and opportunities.  Prior to this position, Michele held senior distribution roles at AMG Funds and Skyline Asset Management. At AMG Funds, she was responsible for all consultant relationships based in the U.S.

Michele graduated from the University of Dayton where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a minor in art history.  She is also a member of the University of Dayton’s School of Business Alumni Advisory Council.

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