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Women In Business Panel

Charleston, SC • February 25, 2019

Join the College of Charleston Women in Business for a panel discussion with key women in the Exchange-Traded Funds Industry! 10 spots available to Ellevate members for free!

Monday, February 25, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST

Beatty School of Business
5 Liberty St.
Tate 207
Charleston, SC 29401

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The Power of Networking and Diversity in Leadership:

A Perspective from Three Women in the Exchange-Traded Funds Industry

Women are a minority in investment management in the U.S. with < 20% running mutual funds and holding CFA's. Networking organizations like Women in ETFs (WE), help connect and support women across their industry in sales, portfolio management, marketing, operations, and research roles across their industry, promoting advancement of women professionally and more diversity in their firms. Formed just five years ago, WE is now approaching 5,000 global members from Hong Kong, Toronto, and London, to Denver, Philadelphia, and Boston. WE chapters hold events for education, idea sharing, and philanthropy and include men (15% of members) in the cause. Their University Outreach program has shown students in leading business schools the range of roles and opportunities for women in the financial service industry. Hear how the power of networking can make a difference in encouraging more women to join and thrive in their industry and how companies with more women in leadership roles have benefitted in the eyes of their investors and customers.

Paula Kar, Washington D.C.

Paula is an investment management executive with deep experience in product and business strategy. Most recently, she was Head of Product Management at ProShares, a leading ETF firm, and prior to that she was Head of Product for the Fixed Income iShares ETF business at BlackRock. Previously, Paula was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising top banking and investment management clients globally, and started her career with Citigroup. She holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about championing the professional development of women in finance and served as a Board Member & Co-Head of Events and Education for Women in ETFs, a global non-profit organization with over 4,000 members worldwide.

Jill Iacono Mavro, Boston, MA

Jill founded Spoondrift Advisory in 2018 which acts as an advisor to financial services firms that want to participate in the growth of exchange traded funds (ETFs). She also serves as a strategic advisor to a Venture Capital (VC) accelerator providing executive coaching, strategic planning and sales management guidance to founders and management teams. In addition, Jill sits on the boards of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Women in ETFs. Jill continues to build her portfolio career including actively seeking board positions and learning more about the VC industry. Jill previously served as a Senior Managing Director and Head of Strategic Relationships at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), where she spent 23 years working across different channels and products sets including a 2-year assignment in London. She earned an MBA from Suffolk University and a BS from Westfield State University. Jill spends quality time with her family and is training to run the Boston Marathon, writing a new cookbook and working to inspire the next generation of leaders across multiple industries.

Joanne M. Hill, Johns Island, SC

Joanne has over 30 years of experience in leadership roles at investment banks and asset managers with an emphasis on index and quantitative products, derivatives, volatility and risk management. She serves as Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy at CboeVest, specializing in option-based investment strategies. Prior roles include Head of Institutional Investment Strategy at ProShares, and many years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Managing Director leading global equity index and derivatives research. Joanne is a recipient of the William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award and has published extensively on quantitative investment topics, index products, and derivatives. She serves on the board of the C.F.A. Institute Research Foundation and on the Financial Analysts Journal Advisory Council. She was a Founding Member and the first Co-President of Women in ETFs and is committed to advocating for gender equality in financial services and academia. Joanne started her career on the finance faculty of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). She has a Ph.D. in Finance and M.B.A, from Syracuse University, an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a B.A. from American University.

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