Natalie Deak Jaros named one of 50 leading women in hedge funds by The Hedge Fund Journal

Jul 13, 2015, 10:00 ET from EY

NEW YORK, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Natalie Deak Jaros, a Partner in the Financial Services Office of Ernst & Young LLP and the EY America's Hedge Fund Markets Co-leader, has been selected as one of the honorees in The Hedge Fund Journal's "50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds" survey.

The biennial survey recognizes 50 female hedge fund industry leaders based on data gathered from interviews with industry experts based in Asia, the US and Europe. Those selected were judged on a variety of criteria, including the level of responsibility while managing money and/or a business.

"Year over year, the survey has shown that the role of women in hedge funds continues to expand," said Michael Serota, EY Global Hedge Fund and Asset Management Tax Leader. "This is an industry that is innovative and changing rapidly, and is an ideal environment for talented women to tap new opportunities. Of the 50 women selected this year, 45 are first-time honorees, which points out not only how many women are entering the hedge fund industry, but how many are rising through the ranks and excelling in this space."

As the leading global provider of services to the hedge fund industry, EY is committed to advancing the role of women in the hedge fund space, and in the workplace overall.  In addition to sponsoring The Hedge Fund Journal's "50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds" survey, many of EY's initiatives speak to an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. 

For EY, the announcement at the World Economic Forum of an 80-year gender parity gap was the impetus for unveiling an 80-year countdown clock and releasing a report, called Women. Fast forward: The time for gender parity is now.  This report was based on a survey in which men and women leaders in 400 companies around the world identified the biggest barriers and accelerators to women's career advancement.

According to the report, both men and women believe that more female leadership leads to stronger companies. It also offers a number of actions that companies can take to accelerate women in the workplace. 

Deak Jaros commented, "Accelerating women's advancement isn't just a fairness argument, it's also an economic imperative. To accelerate closing the gender gap, we need to accelerate the conversation about how – and why – to get more women into leadership roles." 

The EY report also suggests that closing the gender gap may be less reliant upon education and more upon men and women working together to create supportive environments that allow all talent to flourish.

The report presents some compelling reasons to foster gender parity in the workplace:

  • Companies with even one woman director outperform those with none.
  • Companies with more women at the top outperform others.
  • In other words, the presence of women in leadership is connected to better performance and less corporate fraud – a healthier, more successful company culture.

For more information on EY's Women. Fast forward initiative, go to

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