AMHERST, MASS. (November 16, 2015) – The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, has formed a new partnership with 100 Women in Hedge Funds (“100WHF”) and the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation (“100WHF Foundation”), it was announced last night at the annual 100WHF New York Gala.
The gala, held in support of 100WHF’s “Celebrating Education – Investing in the New Generation” initiative, drew more than 525 attendees from all corners of the hedge fund universe, including representatives from CAIA. Among the speakers were Jane Buchan, chief executive officer at PAAMCO and chair of the CAIA board, and Christina Qi, CAIA, partner at Domeyard LP, and a 100 Women in Hedge Funds scholar.
“The work by 100 Women in Hedge Funds and events like these help shine a light on a critical need in alternative investing, namely how we as an industry can engage with and inspire the next generation of women leaders,” said William (Bill) Kelly, CEO of the CAIA Association. “We are thrilled to be working with 100WHF and their other fantastic partners in creating more educational offerings, larger peer networks, and ever greater opportunities for engagement so more young women will be inspired to look at careers in the finance space.”
CAIA is joined by Forte Foundation, Girls Who Invest and Smart Woman Securities as partners with 100WHF in their “Celebrating Education” initiative, which will roll out new outreach and access programs in 2016 and 2017.
“Building on a successful partnership with the CAIA Foundation established over the past five years, 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation is pleased to expand the partnership under the umbrella of our Celebrating Education - investing in the next generation initiative,” said Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.
“As we seek to inspire the next generation of young women at university and business school to consider a career in finance, and specifically the alternatives industry, we will be offering the CAIA Fundamentals program as one of the educational tools to assist these individuals as they navigate their career choices. And once in the industry we will continue to offer scholarships globally for the full CAIA accreditation to our female members in the formative years of their careers. We value this ongoing partnership and the opportunity to work with CAIA to meet our mutual global objectives," Pullinger added.
About the CAIA Association
The CAIA Association is the world leader in alternative investment education, offering the only education pro-gram uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments. The Association is best known for the CAIA Charter, an internationally-recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning
the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a Member of the CAIA Association, a global network of more than 8,000 alternative investment professionals located in more than 80 countries. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program (”Fundamentals”), an introductory-level online course, designed to provide a foundation in the core concepts in alternative investing. This program represents a natural extension of CAIA’s mission to provide solutions to specific market needs for alternative investment education.
CAIA will work with the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation to bring alternative investment education to more women in the industry and inspire women to consider careers in finance