Traders Magazine Honors Wall Street Women

November issue shares keys to success and honors women in securities trading

Oct 26, 2011, 14:31 ET from SourceMedia

NEW YORK, Oct 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ( -- At a time when Wall Street is under intense scrutiny, Traders Magazine, a SourceMedia brand, is proud to announce the debut of Wall Street Women, A Celebration of Excellence, designed to honor the women in securities trading who have improved their industry and set the stage for the next generation of female traders.

Traders Magazine, which serves the institutional trading community in print and online at, will honor fifteen female stars and one organization, Deutsche Bank, as part of its program on November 10, 2011, featuring keynote speaker Jeanne Murtaugh. Mrs. Murtaugh began her career at J.P. Morgan, then served in various management positions at Wachovia Bank, where she established Wachovia's retail brokerage business and the first global custody service for US pension plans. She also served as Vice Chairman Emeritus of BNY ConvergEx Group, LLC.

"Trading has always been a rough-and-tumble game," said Michael Scotti, Traders Magazine's editorial director. "We think it's important to highlight the women who have skillfully navigated this hyper-competitive and male-dominated industry, and recognize them for their achievements."

Since 1967 Traders Magazine has covered the industry, including the advancements of women in the business. "For many years Traders Magazine has profiled women in the industry on aspects of their leadership, technical skills and service to the community. There are so many remarkable women at all levels of this business we want to recognize them on an annual basis. This marks the inaugural year for Wall Street Women, A Celebration of Excellence," said Publisher, Ken Heath.

The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Traders Magazine, which features profiles of the honorees and advice such as that offered by Lisa Utasi of ClearBridge Advisors: "People don't judge you based on gender. On the Street you are evaluated equally by your determination, hard work and successes."

The honorees were nominated by their peers in the trading community who submitted information on a variety of criteria related to successful professional outcomes. They were selected by an independent Advisory Board comprised of established, female leaders from the industry.

Individuals were nominated in eight categories. The honorees and respective categories are:

Stacy Bash-Polley, Partner and Co-Head of Fixed Income Sales in the Americas at Goldman Sachs will receive this year's "Excellence in Leadership" award. This honor is presented to a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and exceptional performance throughout her career. This individual, selected by the Advisory Committee, is such an outstanding professional that she qualifies for multiple award categories and is considered to be the standard bearer for women in the financial community.

The "Industry Trailblazers" award is presented to high-performing Wall Street Women who broke the gender barrier in trading and in advancing up the career ladder on the buy and sell sides of the business. These trailblazers forged the opportunity for other women to become traders, managers and successful financial professionals. This year's honorees will include:

  • Nanette Buziak, Sr. VP, Head of Equities Trading, ING Investment Management
  • Kelly Mathieson, Managing Director, Global Custody and Clearance Business, J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services

"Lifetime Achievement" honors are given to women with more than two decades of senior management experience on Wall Street, and who have achieved the pinnacles of success and acted as role models to younger generations of women and men. This year's honorees include:

  • Annette Nazareth, Partner, Financial Institutions Group, Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Kathleen T. Cheevers, CEO, Cheevers & Co.

This year's "Entrepreneur of the Year" honorees, women who have pursued, and succeeded, on an entrepreneurial path in the financial markets, include:

  • Dana Telsey, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group
  • Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments

The women who have shown dedication to the cause of mentoring other women in financial services, the "Mentor of the Year," recipients are:

  • Sylvia Rocco, Managing Director, Senior Sales Trader, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deborah Freer, Chief Operating Officer, RBC Capital Markets

Women who devote considerable resources and energy to philanthropic causes will be honored with the "Charitable Works Award," and include:

  • Lisa Utasi, Director Sr. Equity Trader, ClearBridge Advisors
  • Stacey Lee, Director, Institutional Equity Sales, Liquidnet

The "Crystal Ladder Award" recognizes women who began in an entry-level job in a financial firm and climbed steadily through the ranks to reach senior management. This year's honorees are:

  • Savyona Abel, Managing Director, Global Client Support Services, Investment Technology Group (ITG)
  • Christina Kelerchian, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Equity Fundamental Trading, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Traders Magazine also will recognize today's and tomorrow's leaders through the "Rising Star Award," intended for high-impact professionals who will continue to lead the industry in the next generation. This year's honorees include:

  • Melissa Hinmon, Senior Equity Trader, Turner Investment Partners
  • Joanna Fields, Head of Market Structure for the Americas, Deutsche Bank

Finally, Deutsche Bank, will be recognized with the "Diversity Achievement Award," which highlights a firm that demonstrates focused efforts and quantitative and qualitative results in the area of achieving gender diversity in the executive ranks.

Wall Street Women: A Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences on November 10. Tickets are $250 and available via: For more information on the program and sponsorship opportunities please contact Publisher, Ken Heath at (212) 803-8273.

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Traders Magazine covers the entire trading process, including equities and options, major trends, financial industry news, executive profiles and the technological developments that keep Wall Street running. Read by C-Level Executives, Senior Management, Head Traders, Managing Directors, Partners and Portfolio Managers, Traders Magazine serves the business of trading with a heavy emphasis on the buyside and sellside.

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