WEBINAR
NextGen Boston Launch: Breaking Barriers - Navigating the First Decade of Your Career

Sponsored by Wellington Management
Find your voice. That’s the advice Sue O’Connell offers to women who seek professional advancement, whether in the first decade of their financial industry careers or beyond. Learn how O’Connell took her own advice to heart, rising from a position as relationship manager in the mutual funds group to later lead the hedge fund group and, ultimately, serve as President of the Wellington Funds Group and Partner of Wellington Management.

In a moderated conversation, O’Connell will reflect on the challenges she faced in the 1990s, plus lessons learned. She will also take note of the modern-day hurdles young women still face in a male-dominated industry. Please email your questions in advance to nextgenboston@100women.org or you may also submit them during the session.

In this launch event, members of the 100WF NextGen Boston Committee will introduce themselves and share their vision for the group’s future, including how you and other interested volunteers can join the committee.

This virtual event is open to all 100WF members globally, who are welcome to invite an industry friend or colleague who would be interested in NextGen programming and learning about 100 Women in Finance membership.

Produced by the 100WF NextGen Boston Committee.
DATE
10 June 2021
TIME
05:00 PM N. America East Coast
The program will begin promptly.
PARTICIPANTS
Opening Remarks by
Amanda Pullinger
100 Women in Finance

Sue O’Connell
Wellington Management

Ellie DiBenedetto
Wellington Management

Gabby Hedges
Wellington Management

Mina Manolova Grau
UBS Wealth Management
SPONSOR
Wellington Management
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BIOGRAPHIES

Amanda Pullinger
Chief Executive Officer, 100 Women in Finance

Ms. Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance. She leads a staff team and provides direction to 500 volunteer practitioners globally. The organization, which now has nearly 20,000 registered members in 26 locations, is focused on empowering women in the finance industry and inspiring the next generation of pre-career young women. Ms. Pullinger is a former principal of Aquamarine Capital Management, where she was responsible, over a period of seven years, for managing marketing, investor relations and back office administration for two private investment funds. Ms. Pullinger is Chair and Non Executive Director of the Board of FlyPlymouth, based in Plymouth, UK. She also serves on the Boards of the HALO Trust (USA), the American Friends of The National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation and as a Director on the Oxford University Alumni Board. She is President of the Brasenose Society, Vice Chair of the Women’s Network Forum and an Advisory Board Member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance (Harambe). Previously, she served as Chairman of the Board of The HALO Trust (www.halotrust.org) and served on the Board of Langone NYU Cancer Institute. She was on the founding Board of 100 Women in Finance, serving as its President for two years. She is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Ms. Pullinger graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 1987 with an Honours Degree in Modern History. She earned an MBA from La Salle University, Philadelphia, in 1998, and received the Academic Award for MBA student of the year as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma designation.


Sue O’Connell
Retired Partner, Wellington Management

Sue is an experienced leader in the investment management industry with extensive experience in high level business and team management. Most recently, until her retirement in 2018, Sue served as the President of Wellington Funds Group (WFG) and a Partner of Wellington Management Company, LLP, one of the world’s largest independent investment firms serving clients in over 60 countries. WFG sponsors and oversees funds across equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and alternative strategies, offered to clients across the globe. Sue’s group was responsible for overseeing all aspects of these funds, including fund governance, product development, risk management, marketing, operations, and servicing of fund investors. Having joined the organization in 1994, Sue progressed through numerous high-level roles including in the firm’s mutual fund client services group and hedge fund business teams. Devoted to the cause of diversity, equity and inclusion, Sue was a founding member of Wellington’s Diversity Committee and was an active supporter of the Wellington Women’s Network and the Wellington Young Professionals Group. Prior to joining Wellington, Sue was a senior consultant with Peterson Consulting. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Bentley University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Sue serves on the Board of Trustees for Bentley University and on the Board of Directors for Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization which strives to alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and their families by providing high-quality early education. She is also an executive mentor for WOMEN Unlimited, Inc.’s leadership development program. Sue is a proud mother to two sons, an avid sports fan, and a life-long learner who is currently focused on flower farming, honing her skill as a high school basketball photographer, and planning post-pandemic travel. Lastly, Sue has an insatiable appetite for wellness education – including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual topics.

Ellie DiBenedetto
Competitive Intelligence Manager, Assistant Vice President, Wellington Management

Ellie is a Manager in Competitive Intelligence at Wellington Management. She oversees all analysts and associates as well as works closely on all strategic elements of the team's mission. Ellie and the Competitive Intelligence Team provide strategic and tactical insights across competitive landscapes to enhance their client, consultant, and prospect outcomes. The team also delivers digestible data and actionable information to help shape the direction of the firm's efforts. Team members serve as in-house experts on a variety of third-party and Wellington-designed analytical applications. Additionally, Ellie is a member of the firm's Disabilities Awareness Network's (disAbilities) leadership team, where she serves as lead of the Diversity Awareness subcommittee. Outside of Wellington, Ellie serves as one of the co-chairs for Horizons for Homeless Children's P.L.A.Y. Network. Ellie graduated cum laude from Bentley University (May 2016) with a Bachelor of Science in Finance & a minor in Computer Information Systems.

Gabby Hedges
Investment Product & Fund Strategies Investment Analyst, Wellington Management

As a Analyst on the Investment Products and Fund Strategies - Alternatives and Multi-Strategy team, Gabby works closely with alternatives portfolio managers and investment directors to help ensure the integrity of the investment approaches under her coverage. This includes meeting regularly with the investment teams and providing analysis of portfolio positioning, performance, and risk exposures. She also contributes to product development and manages business issues such as capacity, fees, and guidelines. Additionally, she meets with clients, prospects, and consultants to communicate our investment philosophy, strategy, and positioning. Gabby joined Wellington Management in 2018 as a Business Associate on the alternative investments team as part of Wellington's fifth Business Associate class. Additionally, she is a member of our Women's Business Alliance. Gabby earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in finance from Villanova University in 2018.

Mina Manolova Grau
Senior Registered Client Associate, UBS Wealth Management

Mina is a Senior Registered Client Associate and a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) who manages the day to day focus on holistic wealth management for the Singletary Wealth Management Group at UBS in Boston. Mina assists the team in analyzing data on the team's proprietary equity portfolios as a part of the team’s full-service relationship focus on high-value with smart solutions. She particularly enjoys working with business owners and female investors on finding progressive strategies to address their unique goals and objectives. Prior to UBS, Mina worked in a boutique, real estate Private Equity firm where she underwrote assets along the East Coast and then at Credit Suisse Private Banking. Mina graduated with honors from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.
ABOUT
Wellington Management
Tracing our history to 1928, Wellington Management is one of the world’s largest independent investment management firms. With over US$1.2 trillion in client assets under management as of 31 December 2020, we serve as a trusted investment adviser to more than 2,300 institutional clients and mutual fund sponsors in over 60 countries. Our comprehensive investment capabilities are built on the strength of rigorous, proprietary research and span nearly all segments of the global capital markets, including equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and alternative strategies. As a private partnership whose sole business is investment management, our long-term views and interests are aligned with those of our clients. Our commitment to investment excellence is evidenced by our significant presence and long-term track records in nearly all sectors of the global securities markets.

Wellington Management is a proud member of 100 Women in Finance’s Leadership Council. 100WF Leadership Council is a select group of international banks, alternative investment firms, asset management firms and others in the industry who support the mission of 100 Women in Finance.

100WF's 20th Anniversary
Throughout 2021, 100 Women in Finance will celebrate its twentieth year of operations with special events and recognition of the member volunteers who have built 100WF into today’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the global finance industry. Since its founding in 2001, 100WF’s pillars of Education, Peer Engagement and Impact have established a foundation of purpose, achievement and confidence that will guide the organization's future growth and focus on attaining its 30x40 Vision in the next twenty years.

100 Women in Finance
100 Women in Finance's near 20,000 registered members strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. Its members inspire, equip and advocate for a new generation of industry leadership, in which women and men serve as investment professionals and executives, equal in achievement and impact. Through Education, Peer Engagement and Impact, the organization furthers the progress of women who have chosen finance as a career, and enables their positive influence over pre-career young women.
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