Meanwhile, it is already the 4th summit that the Fondsfrauen hold in Mannheim. With over 200 participants – among them some male participants -, the event was sold out. Atmosphere and ambiance could not have been better.
This year’s newly introduced Networking Lounge was well received, as it also expanded the space at the Leonardo Hotel and offered interesting “theme tables”, where current themes of the investment industry were discussed.
After Fondsfrau Anne Connelly greeted the participants with a very motivating address, negotiating expert Claudia Kimich started her inimitable “negotiation tango”. She explained how women can gain more money and self-esteem. Her presentation was funny, entertaining and a little shrill. Her subsequent speed coaching in the Networking Lounge was also well received.
The CIO panel discussed the wide-spread subject of ESG. Panellists were Marion Krimmel, co-head multi-strategy at DWS, Anja Mikus, CEO and CIO of the Fund for Financing the Management of Nuclear Waste in Germany, and Helen Windischbauer, head of equity at the investment boutique Huber, Reuss & Kollegen. Moderator Anke Dembowski addressed interesting topics, e.g. what exactly the mission of a CIO is, why so many women can be found in the ESG investment space, and why it can be attractive for an employee to switch from a large asset manager to an investment boutique.
Subsequently, Julia Bewerunge, Associate Financial Services at KPMG, presented the results of the study that KPMG conducted together with the Fondsfrauen last year. The study “Together to the Top – Promoting Women in Asset Management” shows that the “pink ghettos” such as HR and marketing, are still popular among women, but that there are now more young women in the IT departments of the asset managers in Germany. After all, a start!
Panel of the “young wild”
In another panel, Fondsfrau Manuela Fröhlich moderated a discussion about the special expectations and challenges that young women in the asset management industry have. Panellists were Hannah-Lea Hühn, Senior Sales Manager Institutional Sales at Amundi Germany, Annika Milz, Head of Institutional Asset Management Germany at Fidelity International, Karoline Pointner, Vice President at BlackRock, and Maren Schmitz, Partner at KPMG. Conclusion: There is still much to do for women in the asset management industry, but we are getting there!
With her look beyond the asset management industry, Anne Connelly spoke to Julia Countess Arco-Valley. Julia previously had a technical job with an energy supplier and recently founded her start-up company b.ventus, which sells small windmills to mid-sized companies looking to produce their own electricity. With her ability and her charisma, she convinced the audience that running a family and founding a start-up are a possible combination – but preferably with a good family network that can do some babysitting.
The subsequent networking with drinks and appetizers offered good possibilities to discuss the many topics of the day and many more.
Workshop for IFAs
In the run-up to the Fondsfrauen Summit, a workshop was held specifically for financial advisors. Under the moderation of Fondsfrau Manuela Fröhlich, the advantages of the different legal forms of managed fund accounts were discussed. Panellists were the four practitioners Jennifer Brockerhoff from Brockerhoff Finanzberatung, Klaus-Dieter Erdmann from Erdmann Financial Management GmbH, Annika Peters from FrauenFinanzBeratung Barbara Rojahn & Kolleginnen, and Hartmut Petersmann from the Petersmann Institut für Finanzberater. Managed fund accounts have become an important building block of successful financial consulting in Germany.