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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.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary
Emma is an accomplished investment management professional, board director, community leader and speaker. She is the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary of LGIM America, the U.S. arm of LGIM, the 6th largest institutional asset manager globally, managing over $1.8 trillion. LGIM America focuses on pension stabilization, retirement income generation and ESG and sustainable investment solutions. Emma leads the risk, compliance, legal and governance functions. She chairs the LGIM America Risk Oversight Committee and is a member of LGIM America’s Executive Committee and ESG Steering Committee. Globally, she is part of the LGIM Global Senior Leadership Team and serves on Legal & General Group’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. She also serves as a board director of First Bank of Chicago, the 5th largest privately held bank in Chicagoland. She was previously an investment management partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, among other in-house and private practice experiences. Emma is actively involved in the community, serving on the boards of WTTW (Chicago PBS) and Angeles Investors (the only Latino-focused angel investing group in the U.S.), and is member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association. She co-led the ESG and Green Economy Sub-Committee of the Volunteer Economic Policy Committee for the 2020 Biden for President Campaign, focused on developing ESG strategy and policy proposals for the campaign and the new administration. Emma has been previously recognized as a Top Latino Leader by the U.S. National Diversity Council, as a DEI Leader by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, and as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, among other honors.
Distinguished Investment Professional Award Recipient
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer
Illinois State Board of Investment
Johara Farhadieh serves as the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer dedicating over 15 years of her career to the Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI). She oversees a $25.0 billion-dollar defined benefit fund and a $6.0 billion-dollar defined contribution plan on behalf of 156,000 beneficiaries. In this position, Mrs. Farhadieh is responsible for leading ISBI including all investment operations, managing and executing ISBI’s investment policies and assisting the Trustees in the strategic direction of ISBI. In addition, Mrs. Farhadieh also leads the continued effort of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within ISBI.
Under Mrs. Farhadieh’s leadership, ISBI developed into one of the nation’s leading pension funds with key accomplishments including the restructuring of the defined benefit fund, as well as a full re‐ enrollment of the defined contribution plan. Most recently, the American Investment Council ranked ISBI’s private equity portfolio performance #1 amongst public pension funds for the third year in a row ending June 30, 2021.
Mrs. Farhadieh continues to be recognized as a thought leader on institutional investing as well as, a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the financial industry. Johara Farhadieh was the recipient of the 2021 P&I Excellence & Innovation award. She was also recognized by Trusted Insight as a 2020 All-Star Chief Investment Officer. In addition, she was named in Crain’s Chicago Business 2018, 40 Under 40 list and Notable Executive of Color in Finance 2022.
Mrs. Farhadieh received her Master of Business Administration with honors from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the DePaul University College of Commerce.
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