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100 Women in Hedge Funds rings in 10th anniversary at stock exchanges across the globe


Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Author: Wendy Chothia, HedgeWeek

100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF), a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternatives industry, has launched its yearlong 10th anniversary celebration with events at several of the world’s leading stock exchanges.

On January 24th, 100WHF members will gather in New York, London, Zurich, Chicago, and Toronto to commemorate 10 years of making a difference in the alternatives community through unique educational programming, professional leverage initiatives and philanthropic endeavours.

Since its formation in 2001, 100WHF has evolved from a small network of finance professionals into an organisation with 10,000 members offering programs across 14 locations worldwide. All of 100WHF’s endeavours are aimed at supporting its three core pillars of Education, Professional Leverage, and Philanthropy, and recognising leaders in the hedge funds industry. Each year, 100WHF presents its “Effecting Change” and “Industry Leadership” awards to individuals who, through their philanthropy and professional talent, have been role models in the alternatives space.

Commenting on the 10th anniversary, Anne Popkin, Chair of the Board of 100WHF, says: “I am extremely proud of our accomplishments over the last 10 years, most notably the growth of our membership, the hundreds of educational events we’ve hosted, and the more than $20 million we’ve raised for charitable organisations across the globe. I am thrilled that our members all over the world are connected today in honour of such a momentous occasion.”

Sonia Gardner, Chair of 100WHF’s 10th Anniversary Committee and Board member, adds: “100WHF is a wonderful organisation that has accomplished a great deal over the past decade and I am honoured to be chairing the 10th Anniversary celebration. This will be an exciting year for our members, as we will be hosting multiple events in celebration of the 10th Anniversary and in support of our three core pillars: Education, Professional Leverage, and Philanthropy. We will also recognise and celebrate 100WHF’s achievements, and express our gratitude to everyone who has generously volunteered to help us along the way.”

The events will commence with the ringing of the opening bell at the SIX Swiss Stock Exchange, in Zurich, followed by the London Stock Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange and Chicago Stock Exchange, and will end with the ringing of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.