Our Rising Stars are so good they need their own event!

Join Markets Media Group on Thursday Dec. 10 to celebrate the up-and-comers among outstanding women in finance — who we call Rising Stars. These are remarkable women in areas such as buy-side and sell-side trading, exchange operations, financial technology who have accomplished much in their career — but the best is yet to come.

Markets Media Group is pleased to present its 6th Annual Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance event.

As much as we would like to hold our WIF event live in New York City as we have each of the past five years, this year’s WIF event will broadcast virtually. The event follows our successful European Women in Finance Awards held in October, and our Women in Finance Asia Awards held in September.
Markets Media is a strong advocate for women in finance as well as diversity and inclusion, and our signature WIF event embodies that support. The WIF program recognizes and celebrates the most talented and accomplished women in multiple categories across finance. WIF nominees may come from buy-side and sell- side trading desks, institutional investors, wealth managers, securities exchanges, technology providers, corporate finance, venture capital firms, start-ups — really any area within the financial sector.
WIF nominees are put forth by readers of MarketsMedia.com and TradersMagazine.com, and finalists and winners are determined by the editorial staffs of the two platforms, in conjunction with the WIF Advisory Board, whom we owe much gratitude for their support and guidance. Our methodology is simple yet thorough, and keeps the focus on the important opinions: those of the market — i.e. the colleagues, clients and competitors of nominees — rather than ours.
There were more than 50 WIF awards presented in 2019. Winners included Barbara Byrne for Lifetime Achievement; Andrea Lisher of J.P. Morgan Asset Management for Woman of the Year; Amy Hudson of Credit Suisse for Excellence in Leadership; and Nichola Hunter of LiquidityEdge for CEO of the Year. Watch for exciting new award categories this year, and as always, post-event editorial content and video interviews.
Thank you for all your support.
The Markets Media Group Team.





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A Letter From Markets Media Group CEO

An update on Women in Finance awards events coming up in Europe and the U.S.


Laura Davis Excellence in Marketing & Communications IHS Markit
Theresa Elamparo Excellence in Marketing & Communications
Tier1 Financial Solutions
Carol Kennedy Excellence in Marketing & Communications
Cboe Global Markets
Annabelle Baldwin Excellence in Business Development SpiderRock
Arlene Klein Legal Eagle BlackRock
Amy Shelly Excellence in Risk Management OCC
Lilly Knight Excellence in Hedge Funds K2 Advisors
Wing Chan Excellence in Asset Management
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Alexandra Wilson-Elizondo Excellence in Fixed Income
MacKay Shields
Keisha Audain-Pressley Excellence in Compliance Pimco
Michele Hillery Excellence in Clearing DTCC
Samantha Stogsdill Excellence in Operations Clearpool
Arianne Criqui Excellence in Options
Cboe Global Markets
Erin Stanton Excellence in Data and Analytics Virtu
Casey Costanza Excellence in Trading Platforms Tradeweb
Peggy Sullivan Excellence in Service Providers Vela
Fran Kenck Excellence in Exchanges Tassat Group
Traci Creange Excellence in Trading
Mizuho Americas
Susan Estes Excellence in Treasury Trading
OpenDoor Securities
Sadia Halim Excellence in Banking BNP Paribas
Kelly Sanderson Excellence in Prime Brokerage BlackRock
Kelly Beatty Excellence in Fintech Worldpay, Inc.
Ying Cao Excellence in Fintech Barclays
Kate James Excellence in Fintech ChartIQ
Meena Jeenarian Excellence in Fintech Abacus
Jennifer Theiss Excellence in Fintech IHS Markit
Joyce Frost Legacy Award
Riverside Risk Advisors
Jacqueline Stone Trailblazer Credit Suisse
Kathryn Zhao Innovation in Quantitative Trading
Cantor Fitzgerald
Mariam Rafi Excellence in Regulation Citi
Carlee Milliken Excellence in Hedge Funds Citadel LLC
Melissa Hinmon Excellence in Trading
Glenmede Investment Management
Eden Simmer Excellence in Trading Pimco
Marty Willis CMO of the Year Nuveen
Laure Richmond CFO of the Year Instinet
Nichola Hunter CEO of the Year LiquidityEdge
Kristen Walters Leadership in Risk Management BlackRock
Doris Brophy Individual Achievement
Société Générale
Claudine Gallagher Crystal Ladder BNP Paribas
Amy Hudson Excellence in Leadership Credit Suisse
Andrea Lisher Woman of the Year
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Barbara Byrne Lifetime Achievement
Anya Boutov Rising Star
Beacon Platform
Elizabeth Campbell Rising Star
Citadel Securities
Beatriz Da Cunha Rising Star BlackRock
Caryn Freiberger Rising Star Citi
Jessica Gaffney Rising Star
Mizuho Americas
Lauren Goodwin Rising Star
New York Life Investments
Julie Hansen Rising Star
Chicago Trading Company
Imane Kabbaj Rising Star HSBC
Ali Lombardo Rising Star Marshall Wace
Estelle Merola Rising Star
Société Générale
Lauren Silberman Rising Star Credit Suisse
Wentai Xiao Rising Star
Heather Wootten Rising Star Tradeweb

Matilde Acerra-Skelton | Excellence in Prime Brokerage, Barclays

Amanda Asali | Rising Star, Mizuho Americas

Elizabeth Bodisch | Excellence in Trading Fixed Income, Deutsche Bank

Heather Brownlie | Excellence in Trading ETFs, BlackRock

Lindsey Burik | Excellence in Trading Platforms, Mizuho Americas

Abigail Carras | Rising Star, Deutsche Bank

Jenny Chen | Excellence in Multi-Asset Trading, Societe Generale

Marie Chinnici-Everitt | Excellence in Marketing & Communications, DTCC

Karen Choi | Excellence in Asset Management, Capital Group

Catherine Clay | Excellence in Exchanges, Cboe Global Markets

Silvia Davi | Excellence in Marketing & Communications, Thesys

Stephanie Epstein | Excellence in Marketing & Communications, BlackRock

Pamela Finelli | Excellence in Research, Deutsche Bank

Kate Holleran | Rising Star, Barclays

Lydie Hudson | Individual Achievement, Credit Suisse

Akiko Imai | Rising Star, ITG

Anna Kessler| Rising Star, Tradeweb

Michaela Kraenzle | Excellence in Leadership, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Laine Litman | Rising Star, Virtu Financial

Marina Lutova Meyers | Trailblazer, Citadel

Stacy Mallon | Excellence in Service Providers, Vela

Jessica Mandel | Excellence in Regulation, Credit Suisse

Izzy Masters | Rising Star, AllianceBernstein

Victoria Mellor | Excellence in Marketing & Communications, NEX Group

Raakhee Miller | Excellence in Innovation, Bitsian

Kristin Morgan | Rising Star, INTL FCStone

Tara Muller | Crystal Ladder, Virtu Financial

Allison Nave | Rising Star, Dealerweb – Tradeweb

Christy Oeth | Excellence in Compliance, Virtu Financial

Marie Patton | CAO of the Year, OpenDoor Securities

Jennifer Peve | Excellence in Fintech, DTCC

Emma Quinn | Excellence in Trading Equities, AllianceBernstein

Tracy Rucker-Wilson | Excellence in Risk Management, Vanguard

Sachiyo Sakemi | Legal Eagle, BlackRock

Krysten Sciacca | Rising Star, Instinet

Ann Sebert | CFO of the Year, Capital Institutional Services

Megan Spychalski | Rising Star, Chicago Trading Company

Kejia sun | Rising Star, Citadel

Supurna VedBrat | Excellence in Global Trading, BlackRock

Anna Vella | Excellence in Hedge Funds, Millennium Partners

Lael Wakefield | Excellence in Business Development, Itiviti

Kathryn Zhao | Excellence in Electronic Trading, Cantor Fitzgerald


Excellence in Exchange Technology Julie Armstrong, CME Group

Excellence in Service Providers Chitra Baskar, Viteos

Excellence in Wealth Management Ann Bergin, DTCC

Excellence in Marketing (Marketing Maven) Lorna Boucher, Instinet

Excellence in ETFs Samara Cohen, BlackRock

Top Trader (Fixed Income) Iseult Conlin, BlackRock

Individual Achievement Susan Cosgrove, DTCC

Trailblazer Joanna Davies, NEX Traiana

Top Trader (Equities) Lucy DeStefano, Aptigon Capital (a Citadel company)

Excellence in European Banking & Capital Markets Marisa Drew, Credit Suisse

Excellence in Marketing (Content Marketing) Shelley Eleby, Clearpool Group

Disruptor of the Year Susan Estes, OpenDoor Trading

Excellence in Trading Platforms Kristina Fan, 7 Chord

Excellence in Regulation Joanna Fields, Aplomb Strategies

CIO of the Year Cindy Finkelman, FactSet

Excellence in Fintech Anna Garcia, Runway Venture Partners

Excellence in Consulting Betty Gee, Barclays

Excellence in Marketing (Video and Design Marketing) Cheryl Gilberg, Mizuho Americas

Rising Star Maryse Gordon, UnaVista (an LSEG company)

Rising Star Carolyn Harbaugh, Credit Suisse

Excellence in Banking Elinor Hoover, Citigroup

Excellence in Hedge Funds Kimberly Jensen, Citadel

Rising Star Emiko Kamoda, Goldman Sachs

Excellence in Research Kathleen Kelley, Queen Anne’s Gate Capital Management

Rising Star Olivia Kelly, OpenDoor Trading

Excellence in Product Management Elisabeth Kirby, Tradeweb

Rising Star Christina Landry, trueEX

Crystal Ladder Andrea Leung, Deutsche Bank

Excellence in Marketing (Retail Marketing) Anita Liskey, CME Group

Rising Star Kristin Lyons, Cowen & Co.

Legal Eagle Vivian Maese, Latham & Watkins

Excellence in Exchange Data Lynn Martin, ICE Data Services

Excellence in Asset Management Marie-Helene McAndrew, Perella Weinberg Partners

Excellence in Institutional Sales Khristina McLaughlin, Macquarie Group

Rising Star Amanda Meatto, Tradeweb

Excellence in Private Equity Kristin Mott, Seamax Capital Management

Lifetime Achievement Eileen K. Murray, Bridgewater Associates

CEO of the Year Jennifer Nayar, Vela

Excellence in Leadership Karen O’Connor, trueEX

Excellence in Algorithmic Trading Sharon Pinter, Deutsche Bank

Rising Star Lauren Rauch, Chicago Trading Company

Excellence in Marketing (Marketing Entrepreneur of the Year) Marisa Ricciardi, The Ricciardi Group

Rising Star Natasha Shamis, Liquidnet

Rising Star Meghan Suriani, INTL FCStone Financial

Excellence in Blockchain Andrea Tinianow, State of Delaware

Excellence in Marketing (Brand Marketing) Brenda Tsai, FactSet

Rising Star Gabriela Wilewska, Citadel Securities

Excellence in Fixed Income Trading Thea Williams, T. Rowe Price

Rising Star Vivian Yiu, Cboe Global Markets

Excellence in Marketing Kelli Annequin, Convergex

Excellence in Trading Platforms Erica Barrett, Tradeweb Market

Rising Star Kate Bauernschmidt, INTL FCStone Financial

Achievement in Diversity Tina Byles Williams, FIS Group

Excellence in Hedge Funds Olga Chernova, Sancus Capital Management

Excellence in Clearing Marisol Collazo, DTCC

Rising Star Iseult Conlin, BlackRock

Excellence in Fixed Income Samantha Coyne, KC

Excellence in Data Services Elizabeth Duggan, Intercontinental Exchange | ICE Data Services

Entrepreneur of the Year Susan Estes, OpenDoor Trading 

Excellence in Equities Heidi Fischer, Deutsche Bank

Excellence in Exchanges Adena Friedman, Nasdaq

Rising Star Sabrina Gagliotta, Bloomberg Tradebook

Trailblazer Ali Hackett, London Stock Exchange Group

Excellence in Asset Management Jacqueline Hurley, QS Investors

Achievement in Innovation Sheri Kaiserman, Wedbush Securities

Excellence in Information Services Jenny Knott, ICAP

Individual Achievement 2016 Sophia Lee, IEX

Excellence in Blockchain Caitlin Long, Symbiont

Excellence in Trading Technology Jennifer Nayar, Vela Trading Technologies

Lifetime Achievement Annette L. Nazareth, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Rising Star Erin Preston, Dash Financial

Excellence in Banks Diane Reyes, HSBC

Crystal Ladder Tami Schademann, Bats Global Markets

Excellence in Buy Side Technology Julia Sears, TIAA

Excellence in Leadership Supurna VedBrat, BlackRock

Rising Star Julie Waring, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Excellence in Rates Trading Nicola White, Citadel Securities

Excellence in ETFs Julie Abbett, Detusche Bank

Entrepreneur of the Year Bhavani Balasubramaniam, COSI Consulting

Excellence in FX Denise Bandl, Detusche Bank

Excellence in Social Responsibility Hermina Batson, MUFG

Excellence in Client Development Marta Cotton, Matarin Capital Management

Excellence in Exchanges Stacey Cunningham, NYSE

Rising Star Nancy Davis, Quadratic Capital Management

Excellence in Financial Planning Jeanne Gibson Sullivan, Financially in Tune

Excellence in Derivatives Stacey Gilbert, Susquehanna Financial Group

2015 Achievement Seema Hingorani, Girls Who Invest

Excellence in Block Trading Elizabeth Hunter, Guggenheim

Excellence in Operations Martha Jaramillo

Excellence in FinTech Blythe Masters, Digital Assets

Excellence in Investment Management Michelle McCloskey, Man FRM

Excellence in Trading Technology Ann Neidenbach, Convergex

Excellence in Hedge Funds Betsy O’Farrell, Gemima Capital Partners

Excellence in Market Structure Sapna Patel, Morgan Stanley

Lifetime Achievement Amanda Pullinger, 100 Women in Hedge Funds

Excellence in Institutional Sales Trading Amy Reichard, Bloomberg Tradebook

Excellence in Trading Johanna Rossi, Alden Global Capital

Excellence in Sustainable Investing Stephanie Sfakianos, BNP Paribas

Excellence in Strategic Investing Rana Yared, Goldman Sachs




Erica Barrett is a Managing Director at Tradeweb. With over twenty years’ experience helping to drive the evolution of fixed income markets, Ms. Barrett manages Tradeweb’s commercial relationships with its largest dealers, and is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Ms. Barrett also leads key teams at Tradeweb, including the firm’s money markets platform which she helped establish and expand over the course of her tenure with the company. She also oversees operational teams responsible for client system integration, and customer service, as well as the implementation of enterprise- trading solutions. Ms. Barrett has sponsored a number of initiatives to better support women working in financial services. She is a charter member and co-head of the Tradeweb Global Women’s Network and is a member of the Women’s Bond Club industry association. It is Ms. Barrett’s honor to service on the Board of Directors for Tuesday’s Children, which was first founded in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, and now serves communities altered by acts of terrorism and violence in both the U.S. and around the world. Ms. Barrett began her career working in programming and electronic trading sales at Bloomberg L.P. and holds a B.S. in Business from the State University at Albany.




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