First Annual Diversity Investing Symposium

Women’s Alliance First Annual Diversity Investing Symposium

On May 5, 2022, the Women’s Alliance hosted its First Annual Diversity Investing Symposium in Delray Beach, Florida. The symposium was attended by men and women from across the hemisphere (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mexico City, and Bogota) who came together for a day to share their experiences and express their continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Chaired by Director Marisa N. DeMato, the event featured three panels of leading women in the pension and investment spaces in the U.S. and Latin America.

The U.S. Asset Allocator panel, which included Angela Miller-May, Chief Investment Officer of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), and Gina Sanchez, Board member with the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA), explored the role of allocators in creating diverse manager programs, the progression of diversity investing initiatives and recent trends, and the challenges faced by diversity investing initiatives, among other topics.

Following that, the U.S. Diverse Manager panel discussed the current state of diversity investing, best practices when seeking mandates from allocators, and the role of the consultant in developing and fostering diversity programs.

Rounding out the program, the Latin America Investment panel discussed investment opportunities in Latin America and managing macro investment risk, the rise of ESG and impact investing in the region, and the status of women in Latin American business and investment.

The event also provided a spotlight presentation by Maura Cunningham, CEO of Rock the Street, Wall Street, a financial and investment literacy program designed to bring both gender and racial equity to the financial markets and spark the interest of high school girls in careers in finance.

In closing remarks, Maya Saxena, President and Co-Founder of Saxena White, focused on the importance of supporting DEI initiatives throughout the pension, investment, and legal communities. The symposium concluded with a cocktail reception on a private rooftop, where attendees networked and discussed opportunities to collaborate.

We look forward to hosting future Women’s Alliance events, and we hope you can join us next year for the Second Annual Diversity Investing Symposium!

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“We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the First Annual Diversity Investing Symposium – your participation made the event a great success!  And we would like to thank our accomplished speakers for their contributions to the program in sharing their expertise and experiences. Special thanks to the Advisory Committee for their valuable insights, continued guidance and unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the investment industry.  We look forward to hosting future Women’s Alliance events and we hope to continue to expand this important community of DEI leaders.”

- Marisa N. DeMato, Chair