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Cayman Funds 2016

100WHF Shutterstock / Subbotina Anna After formation in 2012, the Cayman Islands held its CAYMAN FUNDS | 2016 73 inaugural 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) education event in April, 2013. More than 120 members gathered on a Sunday afternoon to learn more about macro trends in the hedge funds space from Jane Buchan, the CEO of PAAMCO. “We were excited about our launch. We knew this was an organisation that could benefi t our industry and help showcase our Island globally but while we were hopeful, we didn’t foresee such a strong start to membership,” says Odette Samson, co-chair of Cayman 100WHF’s executive committee. Amanda Pullinger, CEO of the global organisation, echoes that sentiment. “From the start, we’ve all been impressed with the energy, tenacity and innovation of those in our Cayman location. “It has also been our fastest growing location, in terms of membership growth and increase in activities across our three pillars of industry education, philanthropy and peer leverage. I often cite Cayman as a model for other locations wishing to be a part of the global network,” she says. The organisation’s core mission is to make a difference in the industry and community which is done through the three pillars. 100WHF Cayman initially focused on two of the three, education and philanthropy, and added peer leverage into the programme in 2015. “Building on the success of the existing programmes, we decided it was the opportune time to focus on providing opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge-sharing, something we will develop further this year with the establishment of the Cayman advisory groups for senior practitioners in the legal, audit/fi nance and fi duciary space,” says Jo Cunningham, co-chair of the executive committee. Philanthropy “We’re very excited to announce that our 2016 Cayman Islands benefi ciary is the Big Brother Big Sisters programme,” says Leanne Golding, co-chair of the philanthropy committee, “and we’re confi dent that we’ll make a difference in the community.” The organisation raised more than $56,000 for its 2015 benefi ciary, LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone), a local charity which focuses its efforts on improving literacy in the Cayman Islands, over three events held throughout the year. Joanna Barsh, director emeritus at McKinsey & Co, led an informative and entertaining luncheon workshop focused on her best-selling book, Centered Leadership, which was attended by 175 industry participants. Next, party-goers danced the night away in the sand and under the stars at the Barefoot Beach Gala in March, an annual event that the Island is looking forward to again this year on April 16. Partnering with Dart, the Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, NKY and others, 100WHF Cayman orchestrated an epic three-day event revolving around fashion designer Nicole Miller. Attended and directed by the world-renowned couturier herself, the extravaganza included a trunk show, a private styling event, and a fashion show, which even caught the attention of CNBC’s Squawk Box market news and talk show. Education The education committee plans unique seminars with topics that centre around issues that are relevant to all professionals in the funds and fi nance industry. Seminars in 2015 were led by high profi le industry leaders such as Anne Richards, former CIO of Aberdeen Asset Management, and Ann Marie Petach, former chief fi nancial offi cer at BlackRock and treasurer of Ford Motor Company, who spoke to packed rooms. “At our educational events we host presentations with participation from both global industry leaders and our own local talent base,” says Cassandra Powell, education committee co-chair. “They share their experiences with our own Island members and with attending global members, who are always invited. All parties gain important knowledge including a better understanding of Cayman’s importance within the funds industry. Visiting speakers and guests leave with reinforced positive views of our Island which serves to further raise our profi le internationally.” Peer leverage The mandate of the peer leverage committee is to create an infrastructure through which 100WHF members can share their experiences with their peers in the industry and leverage those relationships going forward. “We’ve really kick-started this committee,” says co-chair Monette Windsor. “We’ve hosted nine events over 2015 including a roundtable discussion on women on boards, a fi nancial planning workshop, and a panel on work life balance, as well as some less structured social events as an opportunity to network with our peers.” Peer leverage events are intended to be more intimate so the number of participants is limited. Attendees are then able to engage in more meaningful ways, helping them to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones across the industry. Attendees enjoy the Nicole Miller charity event Speaker Anne Richards, former CIO of Aberdeen Asset Management


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