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Chicago Financial Women and 100 Women in Hedge Funds present: Women Leaders in the Hedge Fund Industry

Chicago, IL • February 21, 2007

Every year, Fortune Magazine features an issue on the 50 most powerful women in business. Last year, Fortune supplemented this issue with a piece called “Where the Women Aren’t”, ...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST

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Every year, Fortune Magazine features an issue on the 50 most powerful women in business. Last year, Fortune supplemented this issue with a piece called “Where the Women Aren’t”, which focused on the notable absence of women working in leadership roles on the investment side in the hedge fund industry.

On Wednesday, February 21, Chicago Financial Women, along with 100 Women in Hedge Funds, will host a panel discussion with three women who have broken this trend by rising to the top in this challenging field.


Kelly Chesney
Ms. Chesney is a principal of Pluscios Management LLC. Prior to joining Pluscios Management, Ms. Chesney was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Capital Management (formerly Banc One Capital Management), the bank’s hedge fund-of-funds group. Ms. Chesney was also a member of the group’s Management Committee. Ms. Chesney also spent several years in the mid-nineties as a First Vice President of JPMorgan Capital Management working with the Corporate Investments and Capital Markets Groups. After obtaining her MBA, Ms. Chesney spent time as a corporate strategy consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and in the consumer finance division of HSBC, identifying new customer segments and structuring new product and service offerings. Ms. Chesney began her career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom and Mayer, Brown & Platt. Ms. Chesney received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a BA in communication studies from Northern Illinois University.

Anne Dias Griffin
Ms. Dias Griffin is the founder and portfolio manager of Aragon Global Management LLC. Prior to forming Aragon, Ms. Dias Griffin was an Analyst at Viking Global Investors, covering the global media, cable and internet sectors (1999-2000). Prior to Viking, Ms. Dias Griffin was an Analyst/Portfolio Manager at Soros Fund Management, covering the U.S. financial and retail sectors (1997-1999). While at Soros, Ms. Dias Griffin also managed a long/short portfolio focusing on financial services stocks. Before Soros, Ms. Dias Griffin was an Analyst in the London office of Fidelity Investments Limited (summer of 1996), where she covered the European newspaper sector. Ms. Dias Griffin was also a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets divisions of Goldman Sachs & Co. in London and New York (1992-1995). Ms. Dias Griffin received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997 and a BSFS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) in 1992. In 2006, Ms. Dias Griffin was also profiled in the prestigious Crain’s Chicago Business list of “40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Chicago Business.”

Susan Shaffer Solovay
Ms. Shaffer Solovay is the founder of Pomegranate Capital Management, LLC, a fund of hedge funds that invests exclusively with women hedge fund managers. Ms. Shaffer Solovay began her career in the financial services industry at E. F. Hutton, where she worked for David T. Johnston, a well known discretionary commodities and futures trader and the Chairman of the Commodity Exchange. While at E.F Hutton, besides trading soft commodities on a discretionary basis for managed accounts, she was an institutional futures broker and established trading relationships with many prominent traders and trading firms. She was an institutional broker at Prudential Securities, where she was a Senior Vice President from 1988 to 1997 and at Fimat Bank USA, a subsidiary of Societe Generale Bank S.A, as a Senior Vice President from 1997 to 2003. In 2001, she began advising the Safra Family Office, on alternative investments. In 2002, Ms. Shaffer Solovay founded a not-for-profit organization to raise funds and oversee capital improvement projects for Public School 6, a New York City elementary school with enrollment of 850 students. The Foundation raised over $750,000 and supervised and paid for both the expansion and renovation of the library at PS 6 and refurbishing the playground facilities and yard at the school. Ms. Shaffer Solovay graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

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