Speakers to feature as part of a week-long Changemaker Forum hosted on the iConnections platform from 8 March

New York, February 9, 2021 – iConnections, the industry-leading platform and community that seamlessly connects investment managers and allocators has announced the speaker line-up for its Changemaker Forum, a week-long virtual conference to mark International Women’s Day (IWD).

Speakers include Kim Lew, CEO of Columbia University, Sandra Robertson, Chief Investment Officer of Oxford University, Tilly Franklin, CIO of Cambridge University, Haiyan Zhang, Chief of Staff at Xbox, Microsoft, Ana Marshall, CIO of Hewlett Foundation, Amy Chen, Chief Investment Officer of Smithsonian Institution, Jenny Heller, CIO of Brandywine, Ruth Owen, CEO of Leonard Cheshire, Barbara Turner, CEO of Marcho Partners, Dr Tara Swart, Neuroscientist and author of best-selling book ‘The Source’ and Rahul Moodgal and Ted Seides, Co-Chairs of theiConnections Investment Institute.

Starting on 8 March on iConnections’ platform, the Forum will bring together guest speakers from the worlds of investment, tech, law, and non-profits to discuss how barriers to gender equality and inclusion can be overcome through organization, information and ambition.  Throughout the event there will be coffee chats in which members can virtually meet to discuss the issues raised during the Forum with the speakers of the event, as well as firms such as Cambridge Associates, Millennium Management, UBS Wealth Management, BMO Family Office, Wetherby Asset Management, Wilshire Associates.

Diana Arakelyan, Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at iConnections, said: “In a year of such significant change, International Women’s Day is an important moment to take stock of the progress that has been made but also discuss potential ideas on how to address the challenges that remain. We are proud to be bringing together leading changemakers in investment, tech, law, and non-profits to discuss a way forward for women to expand their footprint in the industry.”

The forum builds on this year’s IWD theme ‘Choose to Challenge’ to focus on those who are promoting a more equitable world and ensuring that the importance of female leadership is recognized.

More speakers will be announced in the lead-up to the Forum. For further information about the event, including the detailed agenda, please visit: https://iconnections.io/iwd-event/

About iConnections

iConnections is a community that connects the investment management industry year-round. Our software platform seamlessly connects managers and allocators for virtual meetings, giving managers the ability to subscribe and share information with allocators who can efficiently select and meet managers all on one platform. Uniquely, purpose and philanthropy are embedded in the way iConnections works, with charitable initiatives and fundraising as a central pillar of the ecosystem. The scalable technology powering iConnections can be used for bespoke events by managers, allocators and service providers. In an environment where physical events and meetings are no longer the norm, we’ve reimagined how the investment industry connects. Visit http://www.localhost:10008/ to learn more about how iConnections helps people invest in progress.

At iConnections, we believe a better-connected investment community helps to advance the world.


Rich Myers