Women Investment Professionals

REGISTRATION OPEN: Trailblazers Dinner – 10/14/2021

October 14, 2021 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM America/Chicago Timezone
University Club and Virtual
$100/Members; $150/non-members; $35/Non-members Virtual; $0.00/ Members, Virtual, Tables 0f 8, $1,200
Dee Farris

If you are purchasing a table or you are a corporate sponsor, please contact Dee Farris, 847-254-9136, deefarris9@gmail.com, with the names of your registrants, their emails, dietary choices and requested tables.

The Trailblazer Dinner is a high point of WIP’s annual calendar of events. Each year we focus on women who inspire us in achieving personal and professional excellence.

The WIP Board is pleased to announce it will be awarding its prestigious “Distinguished Woman Investment Professional of the Year” award to Leslie Lenzo, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Advocate Aurora Health. We are honored to have Lauren Dillard, Executive Vice President, Investment Intelligence, Nasdaq, as the Keynote Speaker for the event.

This year’s event will be hybrid. If you’re not comfortable with in-person events, but you don’t want to miss the presentations, we will be live streaming. To attend virtually, there is no charge for members; charge for non-members is $35.


2021 Woman Investment Professional Award Recipient:

Leslie K. Lenzo, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Advocate Health

Leslie K. Lenzo, CFA is Chief Investment Officer at Advocate Aurora Health in Illinois and Wisconsin.  In her role at Advocate Aurora, Ms. Lenzo oversees the investment of $14 billion in corporate and pension assets.  She also oversees the investment options available in the organization’s $8 billion defined contribution plans.  Prior to Advocate Aurora, Ms. Lenzo was a senior member of the investment team at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago.  Ms. Lenzo started her career with the investment program at Partners Health Care in Boston and then moved to the sell side to do equity research covering Healthcare Services at SG Cowen.  Ms. Lenzo holds a BA in Economics and Government from Georgetown University and a MBA in Finance from Boston University.  She is also a CFA charter holder and serves on the investment committee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and on the investment advisory group of Adventist Health.  Ms. Lenzo resides in Downers Grove, IL with her husband and four young sons.

Keynote Speaker:

Lauren Dillard
Executive Vice President, Investment Intelligence
Nasdaq Investment Intelligence

Lauren Dillard is the Executive Vice President of Investment Intelligence and is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the group and continuing to foster growth across Nasdaq’s index, data and intelligence businesses.

The mission of Nasdaq Investment Intelligence is to empower the investment community with actionable insights and technology to drive better outcomes. The group consists of a wide-ranging unit that provides critical data, intelligence and technology solutions to over 2,100 asset managers, 1,000 asset owners, consultants, 1,500 market data and index clients. Under Lauren’s leadership, the teams remain relentlessly focused on delivering for the needs of clients during a period of rapid digitalization and intense competition.

Before joining Nasdaq in 2019, Lauren served as Head of the Investment Solutions segment at The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm with $210 billion under management where she served on the Firm’s Management Committee.  Lauren joined Carlyle in 2002 and served in a variety of capacities during her tenure, including as the CFO and COO of Investment Solutions, as well as Head of Global Tax and the Global Equity departments.  Prior to joining Carlyle, Lauren served in the Tax Practice of Arthur Andersen, LLP.

Lauren is also an independent corporate director for SL Green Realty, where she is the chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. As a regular speaker at the Kayo Conference Series, Tech up For Women, Women in ETFs, Lauren is passionate about professional growth and career development of women in the financial services industry and beyond. She was the Executive Sponsor of Women In Nasdaq and now serves as the Executive Sponsor of Nasdaq’s Global Link of Black Employees.  She was one of the founders of Carlyle’s Women’s Employee Resource Group and a member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), and numerous other efforts to advance broad‐spectrum diversity.

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Richmond.


We have put additional protocols in place for your health and safety. Vaccination will be required for in-person attendance and we will follow local mask mandate requirements. Registrations will be limited to support social distancing. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. Thank you for your support and patience.



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