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WE US | WE Panel at the IMN Conference 2014


At the Global Indexing & ETF Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 7th, IMN hosted a panel discussion and networking event for the Women in ETFs (WE) group highlighting women’s efforts in the ETF industry. The events brought together 60+ attendees. Prospective members had the opportunity to hear a panel discussion with the founders of WE, all leaders in the ETF Industry. They talked about their careers, and shared insights and advice about women working in the industry. After the panel discussion, attendees had a chance to meet the founders and to network with peers.

The INSPIRE portion of the program was the panel discussion delivering insights on the benefits of diversity and women’s participation and leadership. The founders of WE shared their back story on the group’s launch. They discussed critical components and drivers of the growth of ETF strategies - perspective of women industry leaders, women as investment decision-makers and leaders in financial service firms, and shared success stories and the importance of connecting dots in the ETF ecosystem.

Our SUPPORT segment featured a networking cocktail party hosted by IMN for participants to meet with the founders and other ETF industry leaders. On the panel was Sue Thompson, Managing Director, BLACKROCK, Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI, Michelle Mikos, ETF Business Development Director, INVESCO POWERSHARES, Linda H. Zhang, Head of Research, Senior Portfolio Manager, WINDHAVEN INVESTMENTS, and moderator Kathleen H. Moriarty, Partner, KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LLP.

A highlight at the networking event was a celebratory toast by Sue Thompson, Managing Director, BLACKROCK to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI and recipient of the William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award.

Afterwards, Deborah Fuhr drew the winning raffle ticket for one of the lucky participants to win a Kindle Fire. The gentleman who won has since become a WE member.

The WE group extend their appreciation to our panelists and participants for taking the time to CONNECT.

Deborah Fuhr, ETFGI and Sue Thompson, Blackrock with our Kindle Raffle Winner

Throughout the conference, there was opportunity to meet and hear from other WE members who were panelists presenting on current ETF industry topics at the conference. Speakers from WE spoke on a diverse range of topics.

The View from 30,000 Feet: Perspectives from the C-Suite and Heads of Business
-Diana Tidd, Managing Director, Head of the Index Business – Americas, MSCI


ETF Industry Overview: What is the State of the ETF Industry and What Does the Future Hold?
-Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI


The William F. Sharpe Indexing Achievement Awards Ceremony
Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award- Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI


Growth and Roadblocks for Active ETFs
Kathleen H. Moriarty, Partner, KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LLP
-Natalie Zahradnik, Executive Vice President, ETF Strategist, PIMCO


Managed ETF Portfolios
-Sharon French, President, F-SQUARED CAPITAL

The WE group would like to express a special thanks to our gracious sponsor and host for the panel and networking event, Andy Melvin and his staff at IMN.



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