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WE TALKS | CRACKING THE GLASS CEILING
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7/19/2017
When: Wednesday, July 19th
9AM PST | 12PM EST | 5PM WEST | 6PM CEST
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CRACKING THE GLASS CEILING
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
US/CANADA: 9AM PST  |  11AM CST  |  12PM EST
EMEA
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5PM WEST  |  6PM CEST 
 
Please join WE Talks webcast on the topic of “Cracking the Glass Ceiling”. We will listen to three women leaders in the ETF industry on their journey of career advancement, followed by an audience Q&A session. Linda Zhang of Purview Investments will moderate our distinguished guest speakers, including Fiona Bassett of Deutsche Asset Management, Lynn Blake of State Street Global Advisors and Sharon French of OppenheimerFunds.

Women career advancement and leadership are important initiatives for many companies today. A lot of firms have started a women’s group within the organization. Many WE members have proudly made significant progress in their careers and in cracking the glass ceiling. However, the sad truth is that female leaders still remain rare in finance industry today. We will explore several angles of the issue and possible solutions. We will listen to our speakers’ struggles and triumphs, the lessons learnt, the critical moments, the unconscious bias, the role of leadership, both male and female, corporate responsibility and anti-ceiling policies. Join us and be part of the force to crack that glass ceiling!
 
     -- MODERATED BY --    
   
LINDA ZHANG, Ph.D
Founder, Purview Investments
Co-founder, Women in ETFs
Co-head of WE Mentorship & Leadership Committee
   
         
    -- DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS --     

SHARON FRENCH
Executive Vice President
Head of Beta Solutions
Oppenheimer Funds
Co-head of WE Mentorship & Leadership Committee

 
FIONA BASSETT
Managing Director
Head of Passive Asset Management Americas
Deutsche Asset Management
 
LYNN BLAKE
Executive Vice President
Chief Investment Officer
Global Equity Beta Solutions
State Street Global Advisors
 
 
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ABOUT OUR MODERATOR
LINDA ZHANG, Ph.D
Founder, Purview Investments
Co-founder, Women in ETFs
Co-head of WE Mentorship & Leadership Committee  
Linda H Zhang, Ph.D, is the founder of Purview Investments, a firm specializing in ETF product innovation and ETF managed solutions.  Linda has developed extensive expertise in building ETF managed solution business, ETF research and execution, macro investment research and portfolio management.  

She was the Head of Investment Research and Senior PM at Windhaven Investments and came to the ETF ecosystem from MFS, as a PM for Global Multi-Asset, Absolute Return and Commodities strategies.  Previously, she was a lead manager for Blackrock’s multi-asset funds, pioneered global macro overlay with futures, SWAPS and ETFs.  Linda started her career as a quant analyst at Baring Asset Management. 

Linda is a recipient of Top Women in Asset Management Awards 2015 by Money Management Executive.  She received her B.A. from University of Regina, Canada, a Master's degree in Applied Economics and a Ph.D in Finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Linda lives with her family in Manhattan, New York.
 
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
SHARON FRENCH
Executive Vice President
Head of Beta Solutions
Oppenheimer Funds
Co-head of WE Mentorship & Leadership Committee
Sharon leads the strategy, development, and implementation of the firm’s smart beta products and solutions. In addition, she oversees the Oppenheimer Revenue Weighted Strategy Team.

Sharon joined OppenheimerFunds in 2016 from BNY Mellon, where she was Senior Strategic Advisor to the CEO and President of Investment Management, focusing on ETF and multi-asset business growth. Previously, she served as President of F-Squared Capital. Before that, she was Head of Private Client & Institutions at BlackRock for its iShares business. Sharon spent nearly a decade at AllianceBernstein and held prior roles at mPower, Smith Barney, and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Sharon serves on the Board of Women in ETFs. She holds a B.S. in business management from the University of Delaware, and she obtained her Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
 
FIONA BASSETT
Managing Director
Head of Passive Management Americas
Deutsche Bank Asset Management 
Fiona leads Deutsche Asset Management's Passive business in the US. She joined Deutsche in 2004. Prior to her current role, Fiona was responsible for directing and managing divisional wide strategic initiatives across asset management. Previously, Fiona worked in the Corporate Banking & Securities division of Deutsche Bank where she held various roles and was responsible for the build out of the structured funds business, fixed income ETFs, liquid alternatives and multi asset solutions.

Fiona started her career in Brand Management for Procter & Gamble. Fiona has twice been recognized by American Banker as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance 2016 and 2015. She was also awarded the Mutual Fund Industry Fund Leader of the Year in 2016.

LYNN BLAKE
Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Beta Solutions
State Street Global Advisors 
Lynn oversees a team of 70 portfolio managers globally, and more than 1,600 portfolios with assets in excess of $1.4 trillion across all equity index and smart beta strategies. She also oversees SSGA's ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship Team as well as the Company Stock Group which manages fiduciary transactions and company stock investments. In addition, she is a member of the SSGA Fiduciary Committee, the Investment Committee, and the IT Steering Committee. Lynn also serves as a member of SSGA's Executive Management Group.

Prior to her current role, Lynn was head of non-US markets of passive equities, responsible for overseeing the management of all non-US equity index strategies, as well as serving as portfolio manager for several equity index portfolios. She joined SSGA in 1987.

Lynn has a Master of Business Administration in finance from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science from the Boston College Carroll School of Management. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analyst Society.

Lynn serves on the Board for the Posse Foundation Boston, a non-profit organization that partners with top colleges and universities to recruit and sustain outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds. She also is a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board's (SASB) Investment Advisory Group and serves on various index advisory boards.

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