Women Investment Professionals (WIP) Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary – 2016 Marks a Major Milestone

Investment Professionals
(WIP) announced that 2016 is its 20th
anniversary as the leading non-profit organization in the Midwest
focused on providing professional development events, educational
workshops, valuable networking opportunities and charity events for
women working in the institutional investment industry.

The organization kicked-off this celebratory year with an Economic
Outlook panel discussion in February that featured the CIOs from
Northern Trust and Manulife as well as senior-level executives from the
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Mercer. The high-quality events
will continue in 2016 as WIP announces that Jana Schreuder, the Chief
Operating Officer for Northern Trust, will be serving as the keynote
speaker at WIP’s flagship event – The Annual Trailblazer Dinner – to be
held on October 27, 2016.

Bonnie Stanfield, President of Women Investment Professionals and a
Consultant Relations Director at Putnam Investments said: “All of us on
the Board are committed to facilitating powerful exchanges of ideas and
best practices for women working in this extremely challenging and
competitive field. We believe in the importance of providing a platform
for successful female role models to share their professional knowledge
with younger women entering this industry.”

WIP began as “Women in Pensions” and has since changed its name to
“Women Investment Professionals” to reflect the changing nature of the
institutional investment industry – which encompasses Endowment and
Foundations, Defined Contribution Plans, and other players in this
marketplace. The organization has grown to 300+ members and has a steady
roster of roughly ten events each year, including the aforementioned
Trailblazer Dinner, which features industry renown speakers and WIP
presents the distinguished Woman Professional of the Year Award,
which recognizes a woman in the industry who has made the most
outstanding contributions and accomplishments.

Founded in 1996 by Joanne Hickman Dodd, SVP of Relationship Management
at Capital Group, and Carla Straeten, Senior Vice President and Managing
Director at PNC Capital Advisors, Dodd commented: “We established WIP to
offer women from all constituencies in the institutional investment
business a means to learn, network and exchange ideas. Both Carla and I
are both thrilled to see the organization thriving after 20 years.”

For more information about WIP, please visit the website: www.womeninvestmentprofessionals.org.

About Women Investment Professionals (WIP):

Established in 1996, Women Investment Professionals is a non-profit
organization that provides a forum for networking and professional
development for women involved in institutional investing, including
plan sponsors, investment managers, consultants, accountants and
attorneys. WIP achieves this objective through a variety of activities,
including quarterly events, committee involvement, philanthropic
initiatives and its website. WIP provides members access to information
on job opportunities within the industry by posting positions on its
website. For more information, please visit: http://www.wipchicago.org.


Tricia Spellman
773-620-6716 (cell)