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Thursday, June 17, 2021

24 Rising Stars Shine

Reported by Andrew Lusk, Editorial Intern

Yesterday afternoon saw the recognition of twenty-four up-and-coming leaders in the asset management and retirement industry at the Nicsa 2021 Fearless Leadership Symposium.

Sabaha Ahmed
HSBC Global Asset Management
AVP, Fixed Income Performance Specialist
The Rising Star Awards is a new mentorship and awards initiative (part of Nicsa's Diversity Project North America) aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to aspiring leaders of all backgrounds in the asset management industry.

"Forward thinking c-suite executives can prioritize DE&I," says Frieda Lewis, chief commercial diversity officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions, who hosted the award ceremony. "Business leaders are in a constant state of learning when it comes to this."

Lewis adds, "We want to look forward and recognize the need to build a diverse future generation of leaders ... which is exactly why Nicsa created this Rising Star program."

"In choosing this year's recipients, we looked for individuals in the early stages of their careers, with five to eight years of experience, who have demonstrated leadership qualities."

She says the award winners will receive six months of coaching in a nationally-recognized leadership development program, as well as broad recognition within the industry.

"The Rising Star program is an opportunity for firms to focus on the next generation of diverse leaders," Lewis concludes. "The culture of asset management firms needs to change, and it needs to change now. Recognizing these leaders is a first step for a better future."

Nicsa's 2021 Rising Star Award winners are as follows:

  • Sabaha Ahmed, performance specialist at HSBC Global Asset Management;

  • Sara Baston, project manager at SEI;

  • Madyson Cassidy, vice president at Payden & Rygel;

  • Yandy Xiuyan Chen, senior associate at State Street Bank & Trust Company;

  • Lauren Conner, vice president and client initiatives manager at BMO Global Asset Management;

  • Shanelle Dawkins, professional services operations director at Confluence;

  • Anand Desai, senior vice president at Penserra Securities;

  • Courtney Dove, campaign manager at Broadridge Financial Solutions;

  • Autumn Graham, fund manager at Schroders;

  • Carla Hallman, human resources coordinator at the CFA Institute;

  • Joyce Huang, vice president and senior client portfolio manager at American Century Investments;

  • Abdi Hussein, retirement plans services manager at Capital Group;

  • Peng Jia, senior investment risk analyst at Amundi U.S. Asset Management;

  • Charles Kariuki, investment consultant at Aon;

  • Linda Kong Ting, director and credit analyst at SLC Management;

  • Cindy Luan, product management analyst at Hartford Funds;

  • Nirupaa Manoharan, investment data analyst at Janus Henderson;

  • Dan Ngoy, senior consultant at Northern Trust;

  • Caitlin O'Grady, manager at EY;

  • Elizabeth Poitras, associate at J.P. Morgan Chase;

  • Nazanin Rassouli, senior legal counsel at Russell Investments;

  • Kelly Sherrard, executive director and head of operations and events at Nicsa;

  • Fay Xu, CIO hedge fund analyst at Bank of America; and

  • John Yates, associate at BlackRock.
  • American Century Investments, Joyce Huang Amundi US Asset Management, Peng Jia Aon, Charles Kariuki Bank of America, Fay Xu BlackRock, John Yates BMO Global Asset Management, Lauren Conner Broadridge Financial Solutions, Courtney Dove Capital Group, Abdi Hussein CFA Institute, Carla Hallman Confluence, Shannelle Dawkins EY, Caitlin O’Grady Hartford Funds, Cindy Luan HSBC Global Asset Management, Sabaha Ahmed Janus Henderson Investors, Nirupaa Manoharan JPMorganChase, Elizabeth Poitras Nicsa, Kelly Sherrard Northern Trust, Dan Ngoy Payden & Rygel, Madyson Cassidy Penserra Securities, Anand Desai Russell Investments, Nazanin Rassouli Schroders, Autumn Graham SEI, Sara Baston SLC Management, Linda Kong Ting State Street Bank & Trust Company, Yandy Xiuyan Chen  

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