Women in Asset Management US shortlist revealed

More than 200 individuals submitted nominations for categories such as Advocate of the Year, Employer of the Year and ESG Investment Manager of the Year

ESG Clarity’s sister title DiversityQ is delighted to announced the shortlist for the third Annual Women in Asset Management Awards in the US.

Over 200 individuals submitted nominations for categories such as Advocate of the Year, Employer of the Year and ESG Investment Manager of the Year.

The 14 judges assessed the nominations to create a list of 119 shortlisted nominees across 16 categories.

The Women in Asset Management Awards US celebrate the achievements of women at a time where there has been greater urgency for conversations on racial injustice and gender diversity. According to research by McKinsey (2020), women represent just 19% of C-level and president roles at North American asset management firms, and 59% of North American asset managers do not set diversity and inclusion-specific targets for their leadership positions.

More managers and firms are determined to make a change and 63% of North American managers have now implemented policies and practices to reduce gender bias in their evaluation systems (McKinsey 2020) but the industry as a whole needs to make a fundamental shift placing diversity and inclusion at the core of business models.

The Women in Asset Management Awards series has been working to change these statistics by providing a platform to showcase professionals from across the United States that are striving for more ethical and responsible investment decisions, and that are promoting the importance of a more inclusive sector.

DiversityQ is delighted to reveal the following candidates have been nominated for Outstanding Contribution of the Year:

Cindy Couyoumjian, Cinergy Financial

Erica Kay, Macquarie Asset Management

Judy VanArsdale, Lake view Wealth Management

Julie Hill, Lord Abbett & Co. LLC

Lisa Jones, Amundi Asset Management US

Pamela Brylski, BlackRock

Meanwhile, these are the individuals shortlisted for the Woman of the Year:

Allison Nolan, Athena International Management

Brooke Fapohunda, Lord Abbett & Co. LLC

Cindy Couyoumjian, Cinergy Financial

Elizabeth Koehler, BlackRock

Judy VanArsdale, Lakeview Wealth Management

Loraine McEvoy, Jennison Associates

Lule Demmissie, Ally Invest

Pam Holding, Fidelity Investments

Savina Rizova, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Shana Sissel, Spotlight Asset Group

To view the full shortlist for all 16 categories, click here.

The winners will be announced live in an online ceremony on 9 September 2021. Individuals can now register for the event by clicking here.

Prior to the awards ceremony, DiversityQ has invited ESG Clarity readers to its Women in Asset Management Summit on 8 September. The summit will integrate a series of keynote presentations, fireside chats and panel discussions with industry leaders covering key topics such as ESG in 2021, the current asset management landscape, sustainable careers in the industry and how to address current DEI challenges. Register for a free place here


Natalie Kenway

Natalie is editor in chief at MA Financial covering ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser and International Adviser. She was previously global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist...