Women Investment Professionals

Trailblazer Press Release – 2016

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Deb Clarke, Global Head of Investment Research at Mercer Investment Consulting, to Receive the 2016 Distinguished Woman Investment Professional of the Year Award 

This prestigious recognition will be presented to Ms. Clarke at WIP’s Annual Trailblazer Dinner for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the institutional asset management industry

(CHICAGO, IL – September 20, 2016) Women Investment Professionals (WIP), a leading not-for-profit women’s networking organization for the institutional asset management industry, announced it will be awarding its prestigious “Distinguished Woman Investment Professional of the Year” award to Deb Clarke, Global Head of Investment Research of Mercer Investment Consulting. The award will be presented at WIP’s Annual Trailblazer Dinner to be held October 27, 2016 at The University Club of Chicago. Click here to register.

The featured keynote at this event will be Jana Schreuder, the first female Chief Operating Officer for The Northern Trust Corporation. In addition, WIP Founders Joanne Hickman Dodd, SVP of Relationship Management at Capital Group, and Carla Straeten, retired Managing Director at PNC Capital Advisors, will be honored with the Founders Award.

“Deb embodies everything WIP members seek to achieve.  She is making a true difference in the institutional asset management industry and paving the way for other talented, highly-motivated women who want to make their mark in this industry, all while maintaining a successful personal and family life,” said Bonnie Stanfield, CFA, President of Women Investment Professionals and a Consultant Relations Director at Putnam Investments.

In addition, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of Women Investment Professionals, the two founders of WIP, Joanne Hickman Dodd and Carla Straeten will be honored with WIP’s Founders Award.  Dodd commented: “We established WIP to offer women from all constituencies in the institutional investment business a means to learn, network and exchange ideas. Both Carla and I are thrilled to see the organization thriving after 20 years.”

This annual awards dinner not only celebrates the women in the institutional asset management industry, but also the success of WIP as a successful not-for profit organization designed to provide career development, education, peer-to-peer networking and mentoring programs for women during all stages of their career.

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: https://www.wipchicago.org

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