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Seema Hingorani, MD, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Founder & Chair, Girls Who Invest. "Paving the Way and Inspiring tomorrow's Women Investment Leaders"

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Release Date: 07/22/2021

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Our guest for today’s podcast is Seema Hingorani, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Founder/Chair of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. As part of the senior leadership team at MSIM, Seema is focused on strategic client relationships, investment talent development and diversity initiatives; She is part of the  Diversity Council and Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leaders Advisory Council. Seema brings a unique perspective as she had been on the sellside as a banker and research analyst then buyside as long only then HF investor and ultimately became CIO for one of the world’s largest public pensions, NYC Retirement System.It was here that she recognized the need for more women investors in the investment management industry and through an OpEd piece with Bloomberg planted a seed about the need for an organization like GWI which could help to create a pipeline of talented  women investors. This has now become a highly successful organization which has helped > 800 women start a career in finance through training, mentorships and internships.
 
Seema is a prolific speaker on the topic of a more robust inclusion of women in the corporate sector and most recently received the French Legion of Honor award and was the first AA to do so. She has numerous accolades including being recognized as one of 100 most influential women in U.S. finance by Barrons this year, as a 2019 Bloomberg 50 “Ones To Watch”, and Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by Traders magazine.
 
Join me today as Seema takes us through her personal and professional journey and describes her commitment to serving the greater good.   Born in CT and raised in an immigrant family from India where her parents had an arranged marriage, Seema is the embodiment of the AA success story having gone from Yale to Wharton and worked at some of the most prestigious investment firms.  She is a talented investor who has become a champion of leveling the playing field for women in the investment world.
 
Seema has an entrepreneurial spirit, is engaging, passionate, a clear visionary, who attributes her success to her parents especially to her mother who inspired her to help others around her.  Seema is a powerhouse figure in our industry and has succeeded in truly paving the way for women of all ages with her work at GWI as well as now at MSIM.
 
Without further ado, here is my conversation with Seema Hingorani.