Wall Street Women 2012: Excellence in Leadership
Traders Magazine Online News, November 30, 2012
Today, we spotlight the sole winner of Excellence in Leadership in the 2012 Wall Street Women Awards.
The Excellence in Leadership award is presented to a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and exceptional performance throughout her career. This individual, selected by the advisory committee, is such an outstanding professional that she qualifies for multiple award categories and is considered to be the standard-bearer for women in the financial community.
Traders Magazine proudly salutes Sheri Kaiserman, Managing Director and Head of Equities, Wedbush Securities.
TM Excellence in Leadership Award
Firm: Wedbush Securities
Years in Industry: 23
Previous Firms: CIBC Oppenheimer
Status: Managing Director, Head of Equities
Meet challenges head on because they're fun. Those are some of the principals behind her success, said Sheri Kaiserman, head of equities at Wedbush Securities.
"I'm one that, if I can make something better, I don't wait for other people to do it. I try to reach out and see if I can help," she said.
Her willingness to take on more and more chores has led Wedbush and others to increasingly depend on her since she came to the Los Angeles-based brokerage some 13 years ago.
Kaiserman started her career as a junior equity sales person at CIBC Oppenheimer. Within two years, she was covering accounts through a large part of the West Coast because she had learned so much about equities. "I got the ball and I ran with it," she said.
After 10 years at Oppenheimer, and faced with the news that she would need to move to San Francisco or find another job, she understood she would "have the opportunity to build something at Wedbush."
Initially hesitant about moving, she believed that she would "have the opportunity to build something."
She has helped Wedbush establish its Private Shares Group. As it grew, she took on more and more jobs. So Kaiserman's responsibilities include overseeing Wedbush's equity research, sales, trading, Private Shares and Decision Metrics.
Wedbush has tripled its number of analysts. But her willingness to "help" has always had a bottom-line result.
"During her tenure, she grew revenues in her designated areas twenty-fold," said vice president Gary Wedbush, head of capital markets. "Sheri is one of Wedbush's critical leaders, and a great inspiration to women in the trading community."
Kaiserman credits Wedbush with establishing a culture that led to her success. "There's a trust and a loyalty here," she said. "And we figure out how to get past things together."
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