Tue Nov 07 2017 New York City

Women in Finance Awards 2017



Markets Media is pleased to present its 3rd Annual Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance event, which will kick off Markets Media Week on November 7, 2017.


We are proud to recognize the best of the best.


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For any questions or to reserve a table at the event, please contact Lisa Kim at lkim@marketsmedia.com

Advisory Board


Silvia Davi

Global Marketing, PR Pro & Strategic Advisor 


Silvia Davi is a seasoned global corporate communications, marketing and business development professional with 20 years of experience. Ms. Davi is a recognized expert in strategic public relations, financial communications, branding, content strategy, broadcast communication, and international affairs across key industry sectors with experience from global communications agencies, in-house corporations, start-ups, and non-profits. She has dedicated her career to developing and managing external and internal communication programs, visibility campaigns, global and regional marketing plans, branding, PR, events, digital media, and working on special situation projects such as M&A deals, crisis management, IPO’s, restructurings, turnarounds, awareness campaigns, and reputation management. Specialty sectors include financial services, fintech, technology, media, entertainment, and food & beverage. She currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Communications Officer for fin-tech companies.


Ms. Davi has experience advising, coaching and interviewing c-suite executives, celebrities, government officials and other notables while also serving as an Adjunct Professor and mentor to aspiring professionals. Additionally, she is a creative, multi-lingual marketing professional with an expertise in developing content and integrated corporate marketing programs, global events, and digital strategies.



Susan Estes

Founder & CEO, OpenDoor Trading


Ms. Susan Estes is a chief executive with exceptional depth and understanding of the fixed income markets.  She has over 30 years of experience trading U.S. Treasuries and related fixed-income products; the majority spent on starting, developing and managing domestic and international high-quality rates operations and related businesses for large financial institutions including Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, as well as start-ups.


Susan is a past member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee (TBAC), a Federal Advisory Committee. The TBAC meets quarterly with Treasury to provide advice on funding requirements and separately with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to address topical market issues. Previously served as a Member of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a leading financial industry trade group whose mission is to promote effective and efficient regulation, facilitate more open, competitive, and efficient global capital markets. Formerly Chaired the Government and Agency Division of the Bond Market Association, now SIFMA.



Christine Gaelzer Helou, CFA

Managing Partner, V2V Associates and Principal, Global Fund Match


Christine N. Gaelzer Helou, CFA, is a Managing Partner at V2V Associates and the Principal of Global Fund Match, where she assists global institutional clients and family offices in identifying notable non- traditional investment opportunities in Multi Asset, Alternatives, Commodities and Private Equity.


Most recently Mrs. Helou was a Managing Director at CoreCommodity Management, LLC, where she oversaw European and Latin American markets providing professional commodity management services to investors seeking exposure to the asset class.


Previous to joining CoreCommodity, Mrs. Helou oversaw global client portfolio management for Commodities, Quant Equities and Volatility Management at Credit Suisse where she was responsible for product development and expanding Credit Suisse’s global presence in the asset class.


Prior to that role, Mrs. Helou served as the lead portfolio manager for Multi Asset Class Solutions (MACS) portfolios and mutual funds in the U.S. as well as in Switzerland. In that capacity, Mrs. Helou chaired the Asset Allocation Investment Committee in the U.S. (CIO role) and led portfolio management where she was actively involved in allocating assets and trading across various asset classes and instruments.


Mrs. Helou graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in economics and business administration from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is business proficient in English, German, Swiss German, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Mrs. Helou holds the Series 7, 63 and 3 licenses, is a CFA charter holder and currently serves as Chair of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Connecticut/Westchester Committee. Mrs. Helou is also a frequent speaker at leading industry panels.



Seema Hingorani

Founder & Chief Investment Officer, SevenStep Capital and Founder & Chair, Girls Who Invest


Seema R. Hingorani is the founder and chief investment officer of SevenStep Capital, an opportunistic alternatives seeding platform that has a focus on investing in women and minority portfolio managers. Seema is also a senior advisor at Crestview Partners. Seema served until June 30, 2014, as chief investment officer for the New York City Retirement Systems, which had assets of $160 billion. Previous to this appointment, Seema was interim chief investment officer and before that head of public equities and hedge funds for the pension funds. Under Seema’s leadership, the pension fund was named Hedge Fund Manager of the Year – Large Public Pension Plans by Institutional Investor. Prior to Seema’s four years of public sector experience, she served as global director of Fundamental Research at Pyramis Global Advisors; a general partner, portfolio manager and senior equity analyst with hedge fund Andor Capital Management; a general partner and senior equity analyst at hedge fund Pequot Capital Management; co-founder of hedge fund Mirador Capital Management; and an equity analyst with T. Rowe Price.


Seema is the founder and chair of Girls Who Invest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the asset management industry by bringing more women into portfolio management and leadership. She was honored as the 2016 Woman with Impact by the Connecticut Women’s Business Development Council, Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by Traders magazine and received the 2015 Women in Finance Achievement award from MarketsMedia for her work with Girls Who Invest. Seema served as a member of the National Finance Committee of Secretary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. She is an active member of The Economic Club of New York and 100 Women in Finance and also served for eight years as a member of the Board of Directors of Project Enterprise, a nonprofit microfinance organization dedicated to supporting and developing entrepreneurs and small businesses (most of which were women and women-owned) in under-resourced communities in New York City.


Seema earned a B.A. in psychology/philosophy from Yale College and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Sapna C. Patel

Executive Director, Head of Americas Market Structure & Liquidity Strategy, Morgan Stanley


Sapna C. Patel is the Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Strategy at Morgan Stanley for the Americas and is an Executive Director on the Morgan Stanley Electronic Trading desk.  In her current role, Ms. Patel focuses on market structure issues, regulatory developments, order routing and liquidity strategies, as well as business development.  Prior to joining the desk in 2008, Ms. Patel spent three years as an institutional equities coverage attorney in the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division.  Ms. Patel began her career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Trading and Markets (formerly the Division of Market Regulation), and held various positions during her five years at the agency.  Ms. Patel holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from American University.




Manjusha Tipre


Manjusha is a senior business leader in the financial services industry who has 25 years of experience in global sales, Account and relationship management. She has led numerous projects involving the technical implementation and migration of complex integrated technology platforms. She has built a career on a keen understanding of the intersection of capital markets domain and Technology.


Manjusha has a proven track record of successfully expanding into new geographies. She is known for building long term profitable relationships with clients that consistently result in high levels of satisfaction.


Manjusha is a founder of FinTech firm and is excited to begin her second inning after a successful stint at MillenniumIT- part of London Stock Exchange Group.


Prior to starting her own firm, Manjusha was an integral member of the MillenniumIT promoting team- now a part of London Stock Exchange Group. During her tenure MillenniumIT she held various positions such as Head of Technical Training, Head of Quality Assurance, and Head of Program Management. In her latest role, she was responsible for expanding MillenniumIT’s business into the Americas and India.


Manjusha is a passionate believer in the power of women in the workforce and has strived to promote gender equality throughout her career. She was a member of LSEG’s Women Inspired Network. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Women in Finance Awards by Markets Media for two consecutive years. A busy mother of two boys, when she has free time she can be found tending to her organic garden or biking/jogging around Princeton.



Victoria Vysotina

Founder & CEO, V V Strategic Group


Dr. Vysotina is a Founder and CEO of V V Strategic Group, a boutique Outsourced CIO advisory firm.  She is currently engaged as the CIO for a prominent international family office.  Previously, Dr. Vysotina was with the Rockefeller Foundation as a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager for the $1bn hedge fund and distressed-for-control portfolio and a co-Manager for the fixed income, portable alpha and long-only equity portfolios.  Dr. Vysotina was also a member of the Investment Committee with HSBC’s Alternative Investment Group, a $40bn+ hedge fund platform, after a decade long career on Wall Street.  During her tenure on Wall Street in the fixed income divisions of Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, she worked in areas of structured credit, high yield and emerging markets and managed distressed restructuring deals, both sovereign and corporate globally.


Dr. Vysotina received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Emory University.  She continues to be a passionate supporter of education and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York.



Mee Warren

Portfolio Strategist, Two Sigma Investments


Ms. Mee Warren, CFA, CAIA, is a Portfolio Strategist with Two Sigma Investments, LP, an investment manager with over $32 billion in AUM.   Her primary responsibilities include making investment decisions, driving strategic business initiatives, and helping to improve overall performance.  Since joining Two Sigma in 2003, Ms. Warren has held several roles in the firm but in her most recent role she traded equities, futures/commodities, bonds, currencies, and derivatives domestically and globally.  In this role, she leveraged her expertise in markets & microstructure to help improve execution and develop new strategies.


In 2015, Ms. Warren received the “Women in Finance Outstanding Contribution” award from Markets Media and “Women on Wall Street Trailblazer” award from Traders’ Magazine.


Ms. Warren is a trustee on the board of directors for Narcolepsy Network Inc., a national non-profit organization.  She is the Financial Women’s Association International Affairs Committee Co-Chair, an Angel supporter of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds, and Women of ETF’s Event Content Co-Chair.  She is also a member of the Women’s Bond Club, National Organization of Investment Professionals, and NYSSA.  She is also one of the founders of the Women at Two Sigma (W@TS) group and currently sits on the steering committee.









To be announced soon. Stay tuned!


Past Winners




Kelli Annequin, Convergex

Excellence in Marketing


Erica Barrett, Tradeweb Markets

Excellence in Trading Platforms


Kate Bauernschmidt, INTL FCStone Financial

Rising Star


Tina Byles Williams, FIS Group

Achievement in Diversity


Olga Chernova, Sancus Capital Management

Excellence in Hedge Funds


Marisol Collazo, DTCC

Excellence in Clearing


Iseult Conlin, BlackRock

Rising Star


Samantha Coyne, KCG

Excellence in Fixed Income


Elizabeth Duggan, Intercontinental Exchange | ICE Data Services

Excellence in Data Services


Susan Estes, OpenDoor Trading

Entrepreneur of the Year


Heidi Fischer, Deutsche Bank

Excellence in Equities


Adena Friedman, Nasdaq

Excellence in Exchanges


Sabrina Gagliotta, Bloomberg Tradebook

Rising Star


Ali Hackett, London Stock Exchange Group



Jacqueline Hurley, QS Investors

Excellence in Asset Management


Sheri Kaiserman, Wedbush Securities

Achievement in Innovation


Elisabeth Kirby, Tradeweb Markets

Rising Star


Jenny Knott, ICAP

Excellence in Information Services


Sophia Lee, IEX

Individual Achievement 2016


Caitlin Long, Symbiont

Excellence in Blockchain


Jennifer Nayar, Vela Trading Technologies

Excellence in Trading Technology


 Annette L. Nazareth, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Lifetime Achievement


Erin Preston, Dash Financial

Rising Star


Diane Reyes, HSBC

Excellence in Banks


Tami Schademann, Bats Global Markets

Crystal Ladder


Julia Sears, TIAA

Excellence in Buy Side Technology


Supurna VedBrat, BlackRock

Excellence in Leadership


Julie Waring, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Rising Star


Nicola White, Citadel Securities

Excellence in Rates Trading 





Julie Abbett, Detusche Bank

Excellence in ETFs


Bhavani Balasubramaniam, COSI Consulting

Entrepreneur of the Year


Denise Bandl, Detusche Bank

Excellence in FX


Hermina Batson, MUFG

Excellence in Social Responsibility


Marta Cotton, Matarin Capital Management

Excellence in Client Development 


Stacey Cunningham, NYSE

Excellence in Exchanges  


Nancy Davis, Quadratic Capital Management

Rising Star


Jeanne Gibson Sullivan, Financially in Tune

Excellence in Financial Planning     


Stacey Gilbert, Susquehanna Financial Group

Excellence in Derivatives 


Seema Hingorani, Girls Who Invest

2015 Achievement            


Elizabeth Hunter, Guggenheim

Excellence in Block Trading


Martha Jaramillo

Excellence in Operations 


Blythe Masters, Digital Assets

Excellence in FinTech        


Michelle McCloskey, Man FRM

Excellence in Investment Management


Ann Neidenbach, Convergex

Excellence in Trading Technology 


Betsy O’Farrell, Gemima Capital Partners

Excellence in Hedge Funds              


Sapna Patel, Morgan Stanley

Excellence in Market Structure     


Amanda Pullinger, 100 Women in Hedge Funds

Lifetime Achievement      


Amy Reichard, Bloomberg Tradebook

Excellence in Institutional Sales Trading


Johanna Rossi, Alden Global Capital

Excellence in Trading        


Stephanie Sfakianos, BNP Paribas

Excellence in Sustainable Investing


Rana Yared, Goldman Sachs

Excellence in Strategic Investing   


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