MiB: Women in Finance


Yesterday, I had a fascinating interview/conversation with Dominique Mielle – she was a partner at Canyon Capital, a $25 billion hedge fund (she worked there for >20 years). She is also the author of “Damsel in Distressed,” which turns out to be (surprisingly) the very first memoir written by a woman working at a hedge fund. I found it to be a fun romp covering the 1998-2018 era.

We discussed the lack of female representation at hedge funds. Women are generally underrepresented in finance, where it has been improving, albeit slowly. However, the hedge fund sector greatly lags broader finance, which in turn lags gender diversity in broader corporate America. She points to studies that show that male-dominated hedge funds represent a missed opportunity to generate more alpha — a male-dominated investment team is simply a poor investment strategy.

When I first started doing the show (and had to beg people to come on) I just worked my way through my finance contacts (which were almost all dudes). I was rather oblivious to this fact, but once it was pointed out to me, we made a very specific effort to bring more women onto the show.

As the list shows, there are a great many women in very senior posts in finance – from CEOs to CIOs, from Department heads to Chief Economists, etc. We were fortunate to have been able to reach out to so many women who are working throughout finance and convinced them to join me on MiB.

Thus, we add MiB: Women in Finance to our prior lists of Venture Capitalists and Psychologists & Behavioral Economists. I have gotten requests to add Hedge Fund Managers, Nobel Laureates, Billionaires, and others, all of which I hope to get around to one day. . .


MiB: Women in Finance

MiB: Joanne Bradford, Domain Money (May 3, 2024)

Samara Cohen, CIO, Blackrock ETF & Index Investments, April 12, 2024

Liz Ann Sonders, Schwab Chief Investment Strategist, March 22, 2024

Sarah Kirshbaum Levy, CEO Betterment, January 26, 2024

Cathy Marcus, Co-CEO, Global COO of PGIM Real Estate, January 12, 2024

Jenny Johnson, Franklin Templeton CEO, December 30, 2023

Linda Gibson, CEO, PGIM Quantitative Solutions, November 11, 2023

Elizabeth Burton, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, September 16, 2023

Jenny Johnson, Franklin Templeton, July 8, 2023

Ilana Weinstein, IDW, July 1, 2023

Dominique Mielle, Canyon Capital, March 24, 2023

Maria Vassalou, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, March 4, 2023

Jennifer Grancio, Engine No. 1, January 14, 2023

Kathleen McCarthy, Global co-head of Blackstone Real Estate, December 10, 2022

Marta Norton, Morningstar Investment Management, October 22, 2022

Kristen Bitterly Michell, Citi Global Wealth, September 10, 2022

Lynn Martin, President of the NYSE, September 3, 2022

Anat Admati on Regulations and Techlash, August 6, 2022

Perth Tolle, Life + Liberty Indexes, July 2, 2022

Luana Lopes Lara, co-founder, Kalshi, April 2022

Michelle Seitz, CEO of Russell Investments, March 12, 2022

Samara Cohen, BlackRock CIO for ETF and Index Investments, March 26, 2022

Samantha McLemore, Miller Value Partners, February 19, 2022

Rebecca Patterson, Bridgewater, Director of Investment Research, February 5, 2022

Tina Vandersteel, GMO Head of EM Debt, January 22, 2022

Soraya Darabi, TMV (Impact/VC), October 16, 2021

Lisa Jones, Amundi CEO, October 30, 2021

Joan Solotar, Blackstone’s Global Head of Private Wealth Solutions, August 28, 2021

Christine Hurtsellers, Voya Investment CEO, July 10, 2021

Jean Hynes, Wellington Management’s CEO, February 27, 2021

Catherine Keating, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, December 5, 2020

Penny Pennington, Edward Jones, November 14, 2020

Lisa Cook, Economist/Researcher at CEA & Fed, October 17, 2020

Claudia Sahm, CEA & Federal Reserve Economist, August 15, 2020

Danielle DiMartino Booth, Quill Intelligence, February 29, 2020

Sarah Cone, Social Impact Capital, December 21, 2019

Ilana Weinstein of The IDW Group, November 23, 2019

Sarah Ketterer, CEO/Co-founder at Causeway Capital Management, September 21, 2019

Barbara Kahn, Marketing Professor at Wharton, October 20, 2018

Allison Schrager, LifeCycle Finance, July 20, 2019

Sharon French, Oppenheimer Funds, June 8, 2019

Ivy Zelman on Real Estate and Housing-Related Industries, May 4, 2019

Libby Cantrill of PIMCO, June 2, 2018

Annie Duke, on Poker & Investing, April 14, 2018

Kathleen Fisher, Alliance Bernstein, March 24, 2018

Constance Hunter, KPMG chief economist, February 3, 2018

Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s Vice Chair of Fine Art January 13, 2018

Jean Case on Philanthropy of the Case Foundation, November 11, 2017

Ranji Nagaswami & the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer, September 30, 2017

Katie Stockton, Chief Technical Strategist September 9, 2017

Ellen Zentner, chief U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley August 19, 2017

Dana Telsey of TAG Retail Group January 7, 2017

Bethany McLean on Enron and Wall Street’s PR Machine March 22, 2016

J.P. Morgan’s Chris Ventresca & Elizabeth Myers October 1, 2016

Gina Martin Adams of Wells Fargo August 27, 2016

Kelly Coffey, CEO, JPM Private Bank April 30, 2016

Dambisa Moyo (Goldman Sachs, World Bank, Barclays) July 25, 2015

Schwab’s Liz Ann Sonders April 25, 2015

BAML’s Michelle Meyer March 7, 2015

Sheila Bair, FDIC Chair August 23, 2014


Finance adjacent

Bethany McLean on Pandemic Fails October, 2023

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, StubHub October 2021

Charity Dean on Pandemic and Delta Variant July 2021

Barbara Tversky, Cognitive Psychologist January 2020

Hannah Elliott, Supercar Reviewer February 2020

Kara Swisher, Recode/Vox September 2019

Fern Mallis, Fashion Icon February 9, 2019

Bethany McLean on Fracking December 15, 2018

Patty McCord of Netflix April 28, 2018

Serena Williams, Tennis Great March 30, 2018

Kathryn Minshew, CEO and co-founder of The Muse February 17, 2018

Saru Jayaraman on Food Industry February 20, 2016



See also:
MiB: Women in Finance

MiB: Private Equity

MIB: The Venture Capitalists


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