Women Investment Professionals: Empowering Aspiring Women

Ten Years from the Peak

2017 Members Only - Part Three


September 28, 2017

With the perfect storm hitting the traditional asset classes, investors were increasingly driven to diversify their portfolios into alternative assets. Hedge funds have grown in popularity over the last decade until their recent scrutiny and muted returns and high fees, causing some investors to explore the more private side of alternatives. Institutions seemed to have regained confidence in illiquid asset classes but the goal of offsetting market volatility and generating higher returns during periods of low yields, making investors wonder how far have we really come? And where do we go from here?


Registration begins at 3:45pm
Program starts promptly at 4:00pm
Reception: 6:00 - 7:00pm


Annual Trailblazers Dinner - 2017

October 26, 2017

The Trailblazer Dinner is a high point of WIP’s annual calendar of events. Each year we focus on women who inspire us in achieving personal and professional excellence.

Keynote Speaker

Kathleen Gallagher, Former Chief Investment Officer - Benefit Plans, Ford Motor Company

Kathleen most recently had investment responsibility for approximately $66 billion in Ford Motor Company global retirement assets, including the $41 billion U.S. pension fund, the sixth largest corporate Defined Benefit plan in the U.S. Her oversight encompassed more than 68 DB and 65 DC plans across more than 32 countries where Ford does business.

Kathleen was a key architect of Ford’s highly successful pension de-risking strategy, which provided retirement security for Ford’s nearly half-million pension participants worldwide, while strengthening the balance sheet and risk profile of the parent company. Her prior positions at Ford included Global Risk Management Director,
Finance VP for Ford Australia, and Controller - North American Engine Operations. She joined Ford Motor Company in 1985 and retired at year-end 2016.

In 2016, Kathleen received the Corporate Plan Sponsor Investment Management award from Institutional Investor. She also is a past Alexander Hamilton award recipient from Treasury & Risk. She serves on the board of Legal & General
Investment Management America, Inc.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with high distinction, from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.