100 Women in Hedge Funds initiates ‘Next Gen’ program

100 Women in Hedge Funds, the industry association for women in alternative investments, is launching “Next Gen,” a program for professional women with fewer than 10 years’ industry experience, with a conference in the Cayman Islands Thursday and Friday.

Next Gen is specifically designed for female professionals in the early stages of their careers, a press release states.

“We have been successful in empowering professional women globally across the alternative investment and finance industry through education, access to peer networks and opportunities to give back,” said 100WHF Global CEO Amanda Pullinger. “But we also recognize we need to do more to support and grow the next generation of female leaders in the industry.

“The launch of the Next Gen group in Cayman is part of our global commitment to ensuring that we provide this vital support to young women starting out in their careers, so they can better face the challenges and opportunities in the finance industry.”

Christina Bodden, a partner at Maples and founding member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds Cayman, said in preparing the program, the association took stock of how many of its 600 members fall into the Next Gen demographic, and how new members eligible for 100WHF Next Gen could be attracted.

The “Next Gen Inspire” event features a two-day career forum to address trending topics for millennial women in business, according to organizers.

“100WHF Next Gen is an important part of the overall 100 Women in Hedge Funds organization as we look to grow. The energy and innovation of the millennial generation has created a cultural shift in the modern workplace. Successful companies will need to adjust accordingly to ensure they attract, retain and promote this new talent,” Ms. Bodden said.

‘Next Gen Inspire’

The “Next Gen Inspire” event features a career forum to address trending topics for millennial women in business, according to organizers. The event will open with an evening beachfront panel discussion and networking cocktails on Thursday at a private residence in South Sound.

Confirmed Next Gen Inspire panelists and mentors include Ms. Pullinger; Jackie Doak of Dart Realty Ltd.; Anne Story of DMS Organization; Pilar Bush of Dart Realty Ltd.; Melissa Wolfe of Better Angle Photography; Ruthanna Young of Renaissance Salon & Day Spa; Sharron Eyers of Le Visage; Steve McIntosh of CML Recruitment; Tara Tvedt of Squarepeg Ltd.; Danielle Young of Shirlaws; Sheena Conolly of Sotheby’s International and Colleen Brummer of Energy Essential Fitness.

On Friday, the Cayman Islands National Gallery will host a half-day career innovation forum, designed by 100WHF Next Gen Cayman in partnership with Celebrations for a re-imagined concept of a traditional career conference.

Attendance at Next Gen Inspire is capped at 100. The event will kick off the educational and social calendar for Next Gen Cayman, organizers said. Future events include a series of career advancement seminars, fitness classes, personal branding advice and style events.

Next Gen members will also have the opportunity to pair with senior professional mentors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds Cayman.

100 Women in Hedge Funds started in 2001 as an industry association for women in alternative investments. It has evolved into an advocate for female career advancement with more than 15,000 members worldwide in 20 locations.

In November 2015, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, became royal ambassador of the 100WHF Next Generation initiatives and visited Cayman earlier this year.