Fifteen women and one firm are being honored in the second annual Wall Street Women: A Celebration of Excellence awards, organized by Traders Magazine.
The program recognizes leaders that demonstrate how to skillfully and safely guide the securities trading industry to greater prosperity.
This year’s honorees are being announced online today, profiled in the November print edition of Traders Magazine, and lauded in person at ceremonies to be held November 7, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
“Women have had to overcome huge respect and wage gaps in securities trading,” said Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, Trader Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. “These women have overcome all the obstacles they faced and emerged as true Wall Street leaders and role models for the next generation of securities traders.”
Individuals were nominated in eight categories. Candidates were recommended by their peers in the trading community who submitted information on a variety of criteria, including responsibilities, financial results and organizational success, on each nominee.
This year’s award-winners were selected from a field of more than 70 nominees by an independent advisory board comprised of seven established, female leaders from the industry.
The honorees by category include:
Excellence in Leadership:
♦ Sheri Kaiserman, Managing Director and Head of Equities, Wedbush Securities
This award is presented to a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and exceptional performance throughout her career. This individual, selected by the Advisory Committee, is considered to be the standard bearer for women in the financial community.
♦ Janice McFadden; Managing Director; Goldman Sachs
♦ Donna Sims Wilson, Executive Vice President, Castle Oak Securities, L.P.
These awards recognize women who broke the gender barrier in trading, advancing up the career ladder on the buy and sell sides of the business. These trailblazers forged the opportunity for other women to become traders, managers and successful financial professionals.
♦ Peggy Bowie, Trader for North American and Global Equities, MFC Global Investment Management
♦ Nancy D. McLaughlin, Managing Director | Sales & Business Development, ConvergEx Group
These honors are given to women with more than two decades of senior management experience on Wall Street, and who have achieved the pinnacles of success and acted as role models to younger generations of women and men.
Entrepreneurs of the Year:
♦ Dana Dakin, Founder, Dakin Partners, LLC
♦ Holly A. Stark, Managing Member, Efficient Frontiers LLC
These are skilled, creative women who have pursued, and succeeded in new ventures or businesses in financial markets.
Mentors of the Year:
♦ Renee DeGagne, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets LLC
♦ Amy Ellis-Simon,Global Head of Specialist Sales and Americas Head of Corporate Access, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
These are women who have shown dedication to the cause of furthering the careers of other women in financial services.
Charitable Works Awards:
♦ Cathy Wilson Rosen, Senior Trader, Zweig-DiMenna Associates
♦ Angela Sun, Chief of Staff to the President, Bloomberg L.P.
These are presented to women who devote considerable resources and energy to philanthropic causes that benefit society as a whole.
Crystal Ladder Awards:
♦ Kerry Byrne, Senior Vice President, First Eagle Investment Management
♦ Jennifer Litwin, Senior Director, Greenwich Associates
These give recognition to women who began their careers in an entry-level job in a financial firm and climbed steadily through the ranks to reach senior management.
Rising Stars Awards:
♦ Lisa Cavallari, Director, Fixed Income Derivatives, Russell Investments
♦ Christy Oeth, Director of Corporate Compliance, Knight Capital Group
These are earned by professionals that have had significant and growing impact on their firms and the industry.
Diversity Achievement Award:
♦ Goldman Sachs Group
This award highlights the efforts as well as demonstrated quantitative and qualitative results produced by a firm in pursuit of gender diversity in the executive ranks.
At the awards ceremony, the keynote speaker will be Stephanie Ruhle anchor for Bloomberg Television, based in New York.
Ruhle is the host of “Market Makers,” which airs from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays, and contributes to “Lunch Money,” Bloomberg Television’s noon-hour program covering news in equities, currencies, bonds and commodities.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ruhle served as a Managing Director in Global Markets Senior Relationship Management at Deutsche Bank. She also plays an active role in women’s leadership and business leader development. She founded the Corporate Investment Bank (CIB) Women’s Network and co-chaired the Women on Wall Street (WOWS) steering committee.
Since 1967 Traders Magazine has covered the industry, including the advancements of women in the business.
“From the beginning, Traders has made a point of identifying women who have made substantial contributions to the development of markets and their firms,” said Traders Publisher Ken Heath. “We’ve reported on their achievements and these awards attest to the depth and breadth of what they accomplish, throughout their careers.’’