Committees


Membership Committee
– Chair: Ilene Froom, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Gala/Fundraising Committee – Chairs: Cassandra Tok, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs and Lona Mozumder, Senior Sales Executive, TriOptima

Scholarship Committee – Chair: Kyle Brandon, Managing Director, SIFMA

Mentoring Committee –  Chairs: Supurna Vedbrat, Managing Director and Co-Head of Electronic Trading & Market Structure at BlackRock; Marisol Collazo, Managing Director, DTCC Solutions

Secretary of the Board of Directors – Carlotta King, Associate General Counsel, Managed Funds Association

One-On-One Education and Mentoring

WIND currently has over 2,300 members in the financial industry, which consist of women with a range of backgrounds, positions and seniority. WIND aims to pair its senior members with junior members to create individualized education and mentoring opportunities for junior women, which are critical to their success. Studies have shown that woman who found mentors through formal programs were 50 percent more likely to be promoted than women who found mentors on their own. WIND has developed a specific method of pairing. The way to participate in this program is to become a member and indicate whether you would like to be a mentor, mentee or both! The Mentorship Program is generously supported by our sponsors. No matter where you are in your career, you may always feel that you need a mentor. (For an interesting article about mentoring, see the following Harvard Business Review article.)

The Mentoring Program Committee was developed by and is chaired by Alexandra Guest, Chief Compliance Officer of Barclays and Supurna Vedbrat, Managing Director and Co-Head of Electronic Trading & Market Structure at BlackRock.

If you are interested in participating in the Women In Derivatives Mentoring Program, please use one of these forms to let us know: Mentor Form or Mentee Form.

Scholarship Initiative

Providing Scholarships and Support to Young Women Interested in Technology, Math, Science and Finance

In order to achieve our goal of helping girls and women succeed in financial services and other traditionally male-dominated arenas, WIND recognizes that women must be educated, supported, and encouraged to pursue these fields well before college graduation or when they seek graduate degrees. To that end, WIND intends to create a scholarship program, offering scholarships and grants in an amount determined by the Board to as many qualified women as it can on an annual basis who are interested in pursuing careers in technology, math, science and finance. At the outset, WIND anticipates hiring Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America, to help implement its scholarship program because of its expertise. Applicants to the WIND scholarships must be high school seniors, college students or college graduates who plan to enroll in full-time study in the areas of technology, math, science or finance. Scholarship recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services based upon academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in community activities. In order to avoid any conflict of interest, no child of a WIND board member or committee member will be selected.

The Scholarship Program Committee is chaired by Kyle Brandon, MD at SIFMA and Nancy Davis, Chief Investment Officer of Quadratic Capital Management LLC.

Gala & Fundraising Committee

Our valuable programs survive solely by the contributions of our volunteers, donors and sponsors. We are so very appreciative. If you would like to participate, please contact one of the chairs of the Gala & Fundraising Committee. Your contributions allow girls and women to enhance their education through:

  • Our mentorship program;
  • Our internship program;
  • Our group educational events;
  • Our scholarship program.

The Gala and Fundraising Committee is chaired by Cassandra Tok, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs and Lona Mozumder, Senior Account Executive, TriOptima.

Membership Committee

Our membership committee is focused on ensuring that our members enjoy and benefit from our programs. The membership committee chairs actively seek to review and recommend changes to enhance our programs. The membership committee also welcomes new members.

The Membership Committee is Co-Chaired by Kim Rozman, Associate General Counsel, HBK Capital Management and Ilene Froom, Partner, Jones Day. If you are interested in becoming a member of Women in Derivatives, please click here and fill out this brief form.