Women Investment Professionals

Record Turnout at WIP’s Annual Trailblazer Dinner on October 26, 2017


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Women Investment Professionals




(CHICAGO, IL – November 1, 2017) Women Investment Professionals (WIP), a leading not-for-profit organization for professional women in the institutional investment management industry, welcomed a record turnout of approximately 250 women and men to its annual Trailblazer Dinner on October 26 at the University Club of Chicago.


Opening remarks were provided by Christina Cryer, WIP President and Head of U.S. Consultant Relations for WisdomTree Asset Management. Ms. Cryer stressed the importance of women standing together, helping other women and encouraging inclusivity.


Sabrina Bailey, Global Head of Retirement Solutions for Northern Trust Asset Management and recipient of the 2017 “Distinguished Woman Investment Professional Award” reflected on the importance of the statement “I am human,” as well as the five pillars that have guided her throughout her career: curiosity, perseverance, humility, service and attitude.


Kathleen Gallagher, who serves on the board of Legal & General Investment Management America, Inc. and the former Chief Investment Officer – Benefit Plans for Ford Motor Company, provided an engaging keynote speech that had the audience laughing, crying and reflecting. Ms. Gallagher discussed her career at Ford Motor Company, providing advice and perspective as she reflected on her values, her failures and the lessons she learned along the way.


Closing remarks were made by Susan Small, WIP Vice President and Head of Institutional Client Coverage, Americas for UBS Asset Management.

WIP is grateful to its many members who worked selflessly to make this year’s event a success, along with the generosity of WIP’s corporate sponsors:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Northern Trust Asset Management, Putnam Investments, UBS Asset Management
  • Gold Sponsors: BlackRock, ClearBridge Investments, Graystone Consulting, WisdomTree Asset Management
  • Silver Sponsors: Manulife Asset Management, Marquette Associates, Segal Marco Advisors

For more information on Women Investment Professionals, please visit www.wipchicago.org.


About Women Investment Professionals (WIP)
Established in 1996, Women Investment Professionals is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for networking and professional development for women involved in institutional investing, including plan sponsors, investment managers, consultants, accountants and attorneys. WIP achieves this objective through a variety of activities, including quarterly events, committee involvement, philanthropic initiatives and its website. WIP provides members access to information on job opportunities within the industry by posting positions on its website. For more information, please visit www.wipchicago.org.

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