Upcoming events

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • California Club, 538 Flower Street, Los Angeles


    Anja Manuel, Co-Founder & Partner

    Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel, LLC

    Former diplomat, author, and advisor on foreign policy, Anja Manuel is Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps US companies navigate international markets.

    She is the Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum -- a premier bi-partisan forum on foreign policy in the U.S.

    From 2005-2007, she served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, responsible for Asia policy.

    Anja is a frequent speaker on foreign policy and technology policy, is a commentator for tv and radio (NBC/MSNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox Business, BBC, NPR, etc.), and writes for publications ranging from the Washington Post, New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Fortune, and Newsweek, among others.

    Alison Romano, Chief Executive & Chief Investment Officer
    San Francisco Employees' Retirement System

    Alison Romano currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS).  As SFERS’ top executive, Ms. Romano is responsible for all investments and operations, including prudently overseeing pension trust assets, administering mandated benefits programs, and ensuring the promised benefits to the active and retired members of the City and County of San Francisco.

    Prior to SFERS, Ms. Romano was Deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), an organization responsible for investing $250 billion in defined benefit, defined contribution, and other assets. In this role, she provided strategic leadership and oversight of the SBA’s internal and external investment portfolios and supported the development and implementation of investment policies and the strategic plan. She also served as Senior Investment Officer, Global Equity, responsible for directing the investment of over $85 billion in active and passive strategies globally, and Senior Portfolio Manager, providing broad oversight of active managers and identifying new investment strategies within Global Equity.

    Before joining the SBA, Ms. Romano held various positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., last as Vice President in Investment Banking where she advised healthcare companies on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and strategic alternatives.

    Ms. Romano graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSEcon from The Wharton School.

    Maisie Short, WIIIN Co-Founder & President, Managing Director

    Manulife Investment Management

    Maisie Short is a Co-Founder and the President of WIIIN.  Maisie is also a member of WIIIN’s Finance, Governance, Membership, and D&I Committees.  At Manulife Investment Management, Ms. Short is a Managing Director focused on consultant relations on the west coast.  She is a member of the firm’s ESG Task Force and Global Women’s Alliance. Prior to joining Manulife, Maisie was a Managing Director with Los Angeles Capital where she cultivated and managed relationships with investment consultants, plan sponsors, and financial institutions.  Maisie was a member of the firm’s Responsible Investing Solutions Group and chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. Previously, Ms. Short held positions in client service and marketing with Wilshire Associates, 300 North Capital, LLC and Convergent Wealth Advisors. Maisie began her career in non-profit fundraising with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

    Ms. Short holds a BA from Duke University, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.  Maisie also received a Certificate from Cornell University in Diversity & Inclusion.  She is a member of the CFA LA ESG Advisory Committee and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.  In her free time, Maisie enjoys planning vacations, pilates, political podcasts, and chasing her toddler and puppy.

Past events

03 Aug 2022 WIIIN's 2022 Annual Networking Happy Hour & Headshot Truck Event
20 Jul 2022 The Opportunities and Risks of Sustainability in Emerging Markets
05 May 2022 PICKLEBALL!
12 Apr 2022 WIIIN DEI Event: From Ally to Advocate, A Conversation with Johnson Squared Consulting
02 Mar 2022 WIIIN Flagship Event: Intersection of Public Policy and Markets in a Mid-term Election Year
17 Feb 2022 WIIIN Book Club: February 17, 2022 - "Think Again"
14 Dec 2021 Modern Business Etiquette Made Easy with Myka Meier
03 Nov 2021 AI, Blockchain & Impact Investing: Disrupting Asset Management & Shaping the Future of Institutional Investing
21 Oct 2021 WIIIN Fireside Chat: A Candid Conversation with Roz Hewsenian, CIO of the Helmsley Charitable Trust
22 Sep 2021 Starting Your Journey to a Board Seat
23 Jun 2021 WIIIN's Fifth Annual Luncheon - Listening Louder: Creating An Inclusive Company Culture
19 May 2021 WIIIN Book Club: May 19, 2021 - "Untamed"
04 May 2021 WIIIN Career Series (Part 3 of 3) Establishing a Career Plan
22 Apr 2021 Private Markets & the Pandemic: Impact and Implications
06 Apr 2021 WIIIN Career Series (Part 2 of 3) Quieting the Voice of Your Inner Critic
16 Mar 2021 WIIIN Social Hour - Shake & Sip Cocktail Class
02 Mar 2021 WIIIN Career Series (Part 1 of 3) Break the Rules: Ditch Your Doubt, Exit The Cycle Of Proving Yourself And Level Up Your Career
24 Feb 2021 WIIIN Book Club: February 24, 2021 - "The Confidence Code"
10 Feb 2021 WIIIN Members Only Event - “New Year, Let's Get Healthy Together,” With Jessica Klingbaum, Certified Aromatherapist
21 Jan 2021 2021 WIIIN Annual Macro Event - The Path Ahead: A Global Discussion of Secular Trends and the Implications for Client Portfolios
07 Jan 2021 WIIIN Members Only Event - “New Year, Let's Get Healthy Together,” With Katie Bressack, Certified Nutritionist
22 Oct 2020 WIIIN Members Only Virtual Networking Event and Cocktail Class
30 Sep 2020 The Art and (Brain) Science of Effective Communications - An Afternoon with Kristin Graham
28 Sep 2020 WIIIN Philanthropy Committee's #WIIINLA #2020giveback Virtual Event
24 Sep 2020 Fourth Annual Luncheon: Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Virtual Event)
10 Sep 2020 WIIIN Book Club: September 10 - "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness"
04 Aug 2020 Intentionality in Inclusivity
15 Jul 2020 Putting Forward Your Best Ask - Navigating & Negotiating Career Transitions
25 Jun 2020 WIIIN Book Club: June 25th - Alpha Girls
28 May 2020 WIIIN Webinar Event (Part 3 of 3) Managing Difficult Conversations
12 May 2020 WIIIN Webinar Event (Part 2 of 3) Storytelling for Focus and Clarity Confirmation
29 Apr 2020 WIIIN Webinar Event (Part 1 of 3) - Effective Presentations in a Virtual Environment
27 Feb 2020 WIIIN 2020 Member-Only Annual Networking Mixer
23 Jan 2020 2020 Vision: Economic Outlook for Markets in the Year Ahead
20 Nov 2019 WIIIN’s Fall Philanthropy Event
18 Oct 2019 Portfolio Manager Perspectives: The Evolution of Multi-Manager Solutions
26 Sep 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium with CFA Society San Diego
19 Aug 2019 Wine Tasting with WIIIN
18 Jul 2019 WIIIN's Third Annual Luncheon: The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
12 Jun 2019 WIIIN Paint and Sip Casual Event
17 Apr 2019 Advancing Women in the Workplace
28 Nov 2018 Redefining the Paradigm: A Half-Day Event of Inspirational Speakers and Sessions
26 Sep 2018 A Conversation on the Markets: Rising Rates and Inflation
27 Mar 2018 Advancing Women’s Careers -- all the way to the Boardroom
07 Nov 2017 "Breaking Through to the C-Suite, Part 2" - A panel featuring distinguished female CIOs in institutional investments
28 Sep 2017 Building a Collective
20 Jun 2017 Coming Full Circle
23 Feb 2017 2017 Outlook
17 Nov 2016 WIIIN's 1st Annual Luncheon Benefit
05 Oct 2016 "Breaking Through to the C-Suite" - A panel featuring distinguished female CEOs in institutional investments
26 Jul 2016 Taking Ownership: A Woman CEO's Perspective
23 May 2016 Conversation on Private Markets
11 Mar 2016 Sustainable Investing, Governance, and Diversity – An Institutional Perspective
09 Nov 2015 A Conversation with Peggy Abkemeier-Alford
03 Sep 2015 Strong Communication Skills and Increasing Your Personal Power with Sally Stalcup
28 May 2015 An Intimate Conversation with Lisa Mazzocco
20 Feb 2015 The Changing Landscape of Alternative Investing
30 Oct 2014 The Post QE World - What Lies Ahead?

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