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WE WEBCAST | TAKING CONTROL: What WE Members Can Do to Stand Up, Be Heard & Take Action
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When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
9am PT | 12pm ET | 5pm WET | 6pm CET
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What WE Members Can Do to Stand Up, Be Heard & Take Action
THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017 
US/CANADA: 9AM PT  |  11AM CT  |  12PM ET
5PM WET  |  6PM CET 
Please join Women in ETFs as we listen in to our 5 fearless founders: Joanne Hill, Debbie Fuhr, Michelle Mikos, Sue Thompson and Linda Zhang opine on actionable ideas and lessons learned from their own experiences and in their own words.

All of us on the leadership team have such a passion for Women in ETFs, the organization, the people and the opportunity. International Women’s Day, The Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street and the UN Sustainable Development Goals have brought a lot of attention to WHY diverse leadership teams are important, so let’s capitalize on momentum and actually drive it. As women in one of the more progressive, resourceful, and innovative sectors within financial services, let’s discuss deploying these same traits to mobilize relatable discussions across the industry and real progress.

The fact is that Women in ETFs (with over 3000 female and male members) is in the best position to be real stewards of change. We will discuss our mission of connecting, supporting and inspiring and what we can to help drive change. We have designed this webcast to get into the specifics of how each and every one of us can make a difference. We are lucky to have our founders who have walked the walk and who will offer up guidance and advice on ways we can make an immediate change.

Join us and be part of the movement!
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JILL MAVRO Along with being the Co-President of Women in ETFs, Ms. Jill Mavro serves as a Managing Director and Head of the Strategic Relationship Group of the Intermediary Business Group at State Street Global Advisors. Ms. Mavro is a member of the senior leadership team responsible for building and managing strategic partnerships with national financial services firms and previously, held roles in the marketing, sales, and product development teams at the firm.

Previously, she served as a Senior Business Development Manager at State Street Global Advisors Limited, where she was responsible for distribution of European-based investment products.

Ms. Mavro has extensive experience in the investment management industry. She serves as a Director of Sectoral Asset Management Inc. Ms. Mavro holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 24 licenses. She has earned the Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Ms. Mavro holds an M.B.A. from Suffolk University and a B.S. from Westfield State College.
JOANNE HILL, Ph.D has worked with ProShares since 2009 as Head of Institutional Investment Strategy, focusing on ETF research and education. She also serves as Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy at CBOE Vest Financial. Prior to joining ProShares, Dr. Hill spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Managing Director leading global equity index and derivatives research and advising institutional investors on strategies using index and risk management tools.

A recognized leader in the financial industry, Dr. Hill is a recipient of the William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award and has published extensively on quantitative investment topics, index products, and derivatives. Dr. Hill is a co-author (along with Dave Nadig and Matt Hougan) of A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) published by the CFA Institute Research Foundation. She serves on the board and heads the research committee for the "Q" Group and the CFA Institute Research Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Index Investing.

Dr. Hill was a Founding Member and Co-President of Women in ETFs where she currently serves on their board. Money Management Executive named Dr. Hill one of the ten inaugural recipients of the Top Women in Asset Management Awards. Joanne serves on the Investment Committee of the Montgomery County Public School Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension plans. Prior to her career on Wall Street, she was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and she has a Ph.D. in Finance from Syracuse University.
DEBORAH FUHR is the managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm launched in 2012 in London. Previously, she served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors from 2008 – 2011. Fuhr also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates. Ms Fuhr is one of the founders and on the board of Women in ETFs, one of the founders and on the board of Women in ETFs EMEA chapter, is on the board of Cancer Research UK’s ‘Women of Influence’ initiative to support female scientists. Ms Fuhr has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” in eight of the past years by Financial News and she was the recipient of the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of index investing. Ms. Fuhr is on the editorial board of Money Management Executive; the advisory board for the Journal of Index Investing; and the FTSE ICB Advisory Committee, and the International Advisory Committee for the Egyptian Exchange. She holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
MICHELLE MIKOS is an ETF Business Development Director for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a registered investment adviser that sponsors the PowerShares family of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Invesco PowerShares is Leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution®, a new generation of ETFs.

In her role, Michelle is responsible for providing exchange-traded product support across an array of channels, working primarily with broker/dealer ETF investment research analysts, product managers, and due diligence groups.

Prior to this role, she held a position in sales management, supporting US retail distribution and business operations. Over her tenure at Invesco PowerShares, Michelle has been tied to and responsible for an array of operations related to product launches and product management, internal sales development and education and ETF web and educational resources for advisors. Prior to joining Invesco PowerShares in April 2006, Michelle was an associate financial advisor with Morgan Stanley.

Michelle is active in ETF industry advocacy and education. She connects asset management industry education to campuses via several student mentorship volunteer organizations. In 2014, she co-founded Women in ETFs, an organization dedicated to fostering and supporting women’s careers in the ETF industry.

Michelle graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specialized focuses in Marketing and International Business, with an ancillary concentration in English. Michelle also holds the Series 7, 63, 79 and 24 registrations.
SUE THOMPSON is the President and CEO of Thompson Peak Advisory, a consulting firm focused on asset managers and Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs). The firm’s consulting engagements have been concentrated on the ETF landscape, particularly in the area of distribution.

Mrs. Thompson serves as an Independent Trustee for Franklin Templeton’s ETF offerings. She is also on the Advisory Council of RobustWealth, a fintech firm specializing in solutions for RIAs. Mrs. Thompson served as a Senior Advisor to BlackRock, advising the firm on the ETF Investment Strategist, asset management and the RIA landscape. Previous to that, she was a Managing Director of BlackRock , where she headed the distribution teams focused on institutional asset managers, hedge funds, family offices and RIAs. Mrs. Thompson was also responsible for creating and developing the firm’s highly regarded Connect program.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2007, Mrs. Thompson was a Principal at Vanguard, heading the national sales team focused on full service brokerage firms. She joined Vanguard in 1999 as Senior Counsel, specializing in tax law and structured products. Prior to joining Vanguard, Mrs. Thompson was an attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in California, in the public finance practice.

Mrs. Thompson is one of the founders of the industry group Women in ETFs (WE) and was the organization’s first co-President. She is also an active member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Mrs. Thompson was voted one of the top women in the fund management industry and has been a frequent contributor to various publications and media.

Mrs. Thompson earned a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is also a C.P.A. and holds her Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation through the Investment Management Consultants Association in conjunction with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
LINDA ZHANG, Ph.D  is the founder of Purview Investments, a firm specializing in ETF product innovation and ETF managed solutions. Linda developed extensive expertise in building ETF managed solution business, ETF research and execution, macro investment research and portfolio management. She was the Head of Investment Research and Senior PM at Windhaven Investments. She came to the ETF ecosystem from an institutional asset manager MFS, as a PM for Global Multi-Asset, Absolute Return and Commodities strategies. Previously, she was a lead manager for Blackrock’s multi-asset funds, pioneered global macro overlay with futures, SWAPS and ETFs. Linda started her career as a quant analyst at Baring Asset Management.

Linda is a recipient of Top Women in Asset Management Awards 2015 by Money Management Executive. She received her B.A. from University of Regina, Canada, a Master's degree in Applied Economics and a Ph.D in Finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Linda lives with her family in Manhattan, New York.


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