JANE MENDILLO, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, WELLESLEY COLLEGE,
SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE 100 WOMEN IN HEDGE FUNDS INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARD
New York, NY - May 21, 2007 - 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Board of Directors has named Jane Mendillo, Chief Investment Officer, Wellesley College, to receive its 2007 Industry Leadership Award.
The Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual whose professional talent, ethics and passion help define and advance the hedge fund industry's standard of excellence. Past recipients include Anne Dinning, D. E. Shaw & Co., L. P., Ellen Schubert, UBS Investment Bank, Brenda Earl de Paula, formerly Zweig DiMenna; Elaine Crocker, Moore Capital, and Sandra Manzke, founder of Tremont Partners.
Jack Meyer, Managing Partner and CEO, Convexity Capital noted "Jane combines two sets of characteristics that generally do not meet in one person: on the one hand, she is friendly, smart, funny and gracious -- the perfect dinner companion. On the other, she has a fierce intellect, a steely resolve, and incredibly high standards for herself and those around her. The combination works. She has been quick to master and excel in every job she has held. For Jane, there are no limits." Ms. Mendillo has overseen the management of the $1.5 billion endowment of Wellesley College since 2002.
"The Board is thrilled to honor Mendillo, a veritable pioneer in hedge fund investing, having been active in this space since the late 80’s," said 100 Women in Hedge Fund’s Board Member Mimi Drake. Prior to becoming Wellesley’s CIO, Ms. Mendillo had made alternatives investments at Harvard Management Company, where she was a portfolio manager responsible for approximately $7 billion in assets. She joined Harvard Management Company in 1987 and during her 14-year tenure there managed equities, private equity, real estate and hedge fund investments. Ms. Mendillo worked at Bain & Company from 1984-1987 and at the Office of Investments at Yale University from 1980-82. She received her BA from Yale University and her MBA from Yale's School of Management. She is currently a member of the Yale Investment Committee, a member of the Partners Healthcare Investment Committee, and the Chair of the Board at TIFF (The Investment Fund for Foundations).
Ms. Mendillo will accept the award at the sixth annual 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala in New York City on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. This year’s theme for philanthropic activities is mentoring and all of the proceeds from the event will be given to iMentor. Founded in 1999 by John Griffin of Blue Ridge Capital, iMentor serves to cultivate relationships between young people and volunteer adult mentors through an innovative, technology-enriched mentoring model. (www.imentor.org). To purchase tables, inquire about sponsorship opportunities or to make an auction donation, please contact:
Juliette Cottrill or Kristin Mott
100 Women in Hedge Funds
Phone: (203) 622-5448
About 100 Women in Hedge Funds (www.100womeninhedgefunds.org)
100 Women in Hedge Funds serves 6,000 alternative investment management investors and practitioners through unique educational, professional development, networking and philanthropic initiatives. Since its first session in 2002, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted more than 100 events globally, connected more than 150 senior women through their Peer Advisory Councils and raised in excess of $10 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women's health, education and mentoring.
About iMentor (www.imentor.org)
iMentor is an innovative, proven mentoring program that uses weekly email communication and frequent in-person meetings to create mentoring relationships between volunteer adults and young people from underserved communities.
Founded in 1999, iMentor has created and supported over 4,000 mentor-mentee pairs. iMentor is expanding nationally in 2007, to help other mentoring programs incorporate its technology-enriched mentoring model.
100 Women in Hedge Funds Board of Directors
Mimi Drake, Defiance Asset Management, LLC
Kristin Fox, HedgeWorld
Dana Hall, D. E. Shaw & Co., L. P.
Carol Kim, Lehman Brothers
Anne Popkin, President, 100 Women in Hedge Funds
Mindy Posoff, NewMarket Capital Partners, LLC
Eve Teich, Silver Point Capital
Joan Werner, Ramius Capital Group
Executive Director: Amanda Pullinger
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