100 women strong

From left, 100 Women in Hedge Funds Global CEO Amanda Pullinger with Leanne Golding, Cabinet Minister Tara Rivers, Nadia Hardie, Odette Samson, and 100WHF Cayman President Christina Bodden. – Photos: Maggie Jackson

The Cayman Islands chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds celebrated their annual fundraising gala Saturday night at Tiki Beach, with top finance professionals attending the fundraiser, now in its third consecutive year.

The “Barefoot Beach Gala” is the organization’s flagship fundraiser, raising both funds and awareness for 100WHF Cayman’s philanthropic beneficiary. For 2016, proceeds from 100WHF events will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of the world’s best known mentoring charities.

100 Women in Hedge Funds rotates its charitable efforts on a yearly basis between the themes of education, women and family health and mentoring.

Previous recipients of the group’s efforts have been the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone).

100 Women in Hedge Funds Global CEO, Amanda Pullinger, who is based at the organization’s headquarters in New York, traveled to Cayman to support the organization’s fastest growing location. In her role, Ms. Pullinger manages the organization’s 13,000 members in 20 global locations.

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“The Cayman chapter has worked so hard to make this program a success,” she said during her remarks. “And now, Cayman is one of our organization’s fastest growing groups.”

Members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds are both male and female professionals from a broad spectrum of Cayman’s alternative investments industry. Launched in 2012, the Cayman chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds was a joint effort between local professionals Christina Bodden, Jo Cunningham, Odette Samson, Nadia Hardie and Lise Baril, representing both the legal and accounting fields.

Commenting on the group’s 2016 support of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ms. Bodden said, “We are so pleased to be partnering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. As professionals, and many of us parents, we recognize the vital importance that a positive mentoring relationship has on the children which this extraordinary program looks to protect and develop. We are asking our members this year to join us in our efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters by becoming ‘Bigs’ and mentoring a child in need.”

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