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Bonus: UK Public Fund Special – Doug Heron CEO of CERN (formerly CEO at Lothian) – Cycling Through Pensions the World OverDoug Heron is Chief Executive Officer at CERN pension fund based in Geneva, a role he assumed in August 2021. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Lothian Pension Fund, and prior to that held a number of finance industry roles throughout banking and asset management. He's a trustee director of the NatWest group pension funds and was a Member ...
Bonus: UK Public Fund Special – David Vickers CIO of Brunel Pensions Partnership – People, Process and Progress towards SustainabilityDavid Vickers is Chief Investment Officer at Brunel Pensions Partnership Limited, which manages assets on behalf of 10 partner funds within the local government pension scheme, representing about £30 billion He has extensive experience and investing in the multi asset arena, where he has spent time managing assets for a range of institutional inve...
Bonus: UK Public Pension Fund Special Series – Chris Hitchen, Chairman of Border to Coast – Building an Institution for the Long HaulChris Hitchen is Chairman of the Border to Coast pension partnership, as well as the Pension Super Fund and Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee at Nest, the National Employment Savings Trust. He holds a number of other Board and director roles and was formerly chief executive of RPMI representing over £27 billion of pension arrangements ...
Bonus: UK Public Pension Fund Special Series: Mike O’Donnell, CEO of the London CIV – Finding a “Home” in Public ServiceMike O’Donnell is Chief Executive Officer of London LGPS CIV Ltd., a position he has held since March 2019, following a career of over 30 years in local government including a range of finance-related roles. He recently announced his intention to step down from that role in March 2023. Our conversation celebrates his roots in […]...
141. Fabiola Schneider – Sustainable Investing Expert – Greenwashing and Mislabeling – An Industry Cautionary TaleFabiola Schneider is a doctoral researcher at UCD Michael Smurfit business school, where she focuses on sustainable finance with a particular focus on progressing the UN SDG agenda. She is Research Co-Lead on Greenwatch, which applies AI to detect Greenwashing in the market. She is also passionate about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion...
50 Faces Podcast Resources
- The Skills Workshop
- 10000 Black Interns
- The Toigo Foundation
- Headstart Internships
- A Rolling Start Podcast
- Talking Responsibly Podcast
- The Diversity Project
- The Greenwood Project
- Pensions for Purpose
- Cary Krosinsky
- 100 Women in Finance
- GAIN – Girls are Investors
- Entrepreneurs in Action
- Girls Who Invest
Many keen young grads have recently asked me about resources for starting a career in investment management. While this may have been a ploy to try and engage me so I might give them a job, I have taken their requests seriously and come up with some ideas for books, podcasts, and other resources.
Given my heavy involvement in Responsible Investment and all the opportunities for collaboration that brings, I thought I might approach my network and see what others were thinking. After all, in finance there’s no right or wrong; if you want to be a buyer, there has to be another market participant who is a seller. Getting a broad array of views and then deciding yourself is critical. Stay curious and question everything! Before I give away the top picks from my collection and my network, I’ll quote Rachel Lord (head of EMEA, BlackRock), who was kind enough to leave some very good advice to ANY reader (fresh grad or seasoned executive):
“My advice: It’s important not to think about finance and investing in a vacuum. Mastering the technical skills is absolutely critical, but I’d advise anyone starting out to think about the context in which those skills get used, and to remember just how important the skills of communication are. With that in mind I have two recommendations:
1. Subscribe to Foreign Affairs. Understand the broader geopolitical drivers that impact people, society and the world’s economies; and
2. Read great poetry, novels, philosophy and plays, in whichever language you are fluent in. Understanding people, their basic motivations, and how they respond to communication will matter tremendously as you progress in your career, whichever part of investing or finance you may work in.
And remember that an insatiably curious mind is the most important skill of all in this industry.”
And with that, here is a list of things you may find useful
Bad Science Ben Goldacre
Factfulness Hans Rosling
Fooled by Randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Prisoners of Geography Tim Marshall
Start With Why Simon Sinek
The Infinite Game Simon Sinek
Thinking, fast and slow Daniel Kahneman
Rebel Talent Francesca Gino
Deep Work Cal Newport
The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee
Zero to One Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds Charles Mackay
Nudge Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein
Freakonomics Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
The Great Crash, 1929 JK Galbraith
Irrational Exuberance Robert Shiller
Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari
The Defining Decade Meg Jay
Grow the Pie Alex Edmans
Modern China Cary Krosinsky
Liars Poker Michael Lewis
Talking to my Daughter - a brief history of Capitalism Yanis Varufakis
The Decisive Moment Jonah Lehrer
The Intelligent Investor Ben Graham
Finance for Ordinary People Meir Statman
The Rule of Law Tom Bingham
Outrage & Optimism
The Daily – a New York Times Podcast
Man Group – A Sustainable Future
The Ethical Compass Podcast
Capital Allocators (check out especially the episodes with Hiro Mizuno and David Blood)
Hugh Rockoff ‘The “Wizard of Oz” as a Monetary Allegory’ https://economics.rutgers.edu/joomlatools-files/docman-files/RockoffWizardofOz.pdf
Letters to Investors from the likes of Howard Marks etc. Here is a good list to get you started
Anything about Charlie Munger, ever in Buffet’s shadow https://www.thendobetter.com/investing/2017/8/29/charlie-munger-life-lessons
And of course Warren Buffet’s Letters to Berkshire Shareholders https://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/letters.html
Organisations with great output!
CFA Institute Research Foundation - https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/research/foundation
IIGCC - https://www.iigcc.org/resources/
Pensions for Purpose - https://www.pensionsforpurpose.com/
Asset TV - https://www.asset.tv/
IEA - https://www.iea.org/
Girls are Investors (GAIN) posts job opportunities in the investment arena here. Their summer internship program for 2022 is now closed, but check back for details of other opportunities and their 2023 program.
Georgeson, a Computershare Company, is searching for an ESG Analyst to join their advisory team. Arun Kelshiker is Head of Environmental and Social at Georgeson (UK/Europe). Please find further details here.
50 Faces Podcast Themes
Karen Shackleton on what impact investing means to her, and the vision behind Pensions for Purpose: 1.28 to 5.20
Simon Chisholm of Resonance Limited discusses place-based impact, how it is measured and their work with homeless people, vulnerable women and adults with learning differences: 3.46 to 10.08
Cary Krosinsky, Yale university lecturer, on how he proposes to solve the sustainability challenge and how investors can stay abreast of changes in this area: 14.25 to 20.16
David Hickey of Lothian Pension Fund discusses how he was introduced to Responsible Investing and the approach his engagement takes: 37.26
Tim Hodgson of the Thinking Ahead Institute on why he is hopeful for the future: 12.45 to 20.02
Pippa Gawley on the opportunity in ClimateTech and what excites her most about the current innovations: 3.19 to 9.59
Luba Nikulina discusses why stewardship should be at the heart of asset ownership: 6.25 to 11.31
Terry Mellish, Ambassador at The Diversity Project, discusses his upbringing in Essex, how he felt when he entered the city and how his path was somewhat different than most: 2 to 9.36
Darren Johnson, of Impax Asset Management, grew up in South London and had some unusual role models that inspired him to enter the corporate world: 1.09 to 6.16
Jessica Portis, of TIFF Investment Management, enjoyed the backing of an Inroads program to introduce her to the corporate world and has not looked back since: 0.56 to 2.22
Judy Chambers, of Meketa, had a mom who set a high bar for her daughters, and thanks to her, as well as a program called “Better Chance” she found an internship at JP Morgan at the age of only 15: 1.11 to 3.50
Anji Kaur Kang-Stuart, of Man Group, tells a poignant story of her upbringing and the challenging early years of her adult life: 1.19 to 5.52
Elois Joseph, co-founder of The Greenwood Project, discusses growing up in Chicago’s West Side and how her first job came from an unexpected place: 1.11 to 2.13
Andrew Osayemi former Trader turned Netflix Producer on using his true voice, and his South London accent, in the City, and the liberation that that brought: 5.28 to 11.40
Marisa Hall of the Thinking Ahead Institute on empowering underrepresented voices in finance: 16.04 to 21.28
David Hickey discusses growing up in a Yorkshire pit village and how he entered university 2.12 to 3.37
Rob Gardner of St. James Place describes his passion for financial literacy and why he believes it should start very young: 17.05 to 22.46
Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, founder of 10,000 Black Interns, reveals his vision for what has now become the 10,000 interns program: 17.28 to 26.39
Kimberly Smith of Techstars discusses her passion for education here: 20.24 to 25.40
Daniele Beasley reveals why financial literacy is critical at every age: 4.07 to 6.04
Henry Tapper is passionate about making pensions more transparent and more accessible in the UK. Find out why here: 3 to 8.03
Rachel Green founded The Skills Workshop to light a spark for thousands of young people and inspire them to enter the investment profession. Find out why: 11.23 to 15.30
Bevon Joseph discusses the Greenwood Project, which aids black and Latin-x students to enter the finance profession: 3.49 to 12
Justin Onuekwusi, host of A Rolling Start podcast, discusses mentoring, breaking down biases and where we go from here: 29.56 to 32.47
Angela Miller May, an Illinois based CIO, discusses her commitment to diversity in her team and portfolio: 5.28 to 3.56
Elizabeth Burton, CIO of the State of Hawaii, describes what is at the forefront of her mind: 3.35 to 8.38
Mark Steed gives some examples of his “out of the box” thinking that enables him to seek outsized returns for his public plan in Arizona: 3.08 to 6.49 and 18.27 to 25.44
Daniel Booth believes that we should always start from a position of trust and relies on his global background to inform his investment decisions: 16.01 to 16.57, 23.43 to 25.19
Rod June of Los Angeles provides insights into the right approach to governance in a public plan, as well as insights into how to create an atmosphere of true inclusion 5.52 to 9.47 and 17.44 to 23.56, 26.50 to 31.32
Katie Wyatt, CIO at Loyola University, on running a mission-driven and values-based portfolio: 11.02 to 16.45
Leslie Lenzo, CIO at Advocate Aurora Health, on nurturing a diverse team and managing hospital assets: 1.53 to 2.50, 8.51 to 15.08
Genia Diamond breaks down the essential steps in building billions of dollars in assets: 10.59 to 16.39
Rahul Moodgal, described as a master fundraiser, describes his own long-term and relationship driven approach:2.58 to 6.13,
Kimberly Smith of Techstars discusses how listening to learn was the key to developing a successful career in client relations and business development for hedge funds. She describes her passion for education here: 3.49 to 5.44
Machel Allen, fund founder, describes her vision of building a value-driven asset manager and the steps that it involved: 5.50 to 8.17
Jenna Gerstenlauer has an all-female executive team at her firm focused on real estate debt. Hear about her journey as a founder: 8.22 to 13.58
Tom Majewski, CLO equity fund founder, plans his life in 5-year stages – find out how he builds for success: 1.11 to 2.31
Connie Teska, fund of hedge funds founder, faced an interesting reaction when she and her female co-founder announced they were launching their own fund of hedge fund firm: 5.36 to 10.59
Aman Kapadia, hedge fund founder, believes in intellectual curiosity and orthogonal thinking at his young hedge fund firm. Find out how this culture translates into success: 6.18 to 8.33
Bob Snigaroff, founder of a value-based asset manager, on the challenges of running a small active manager amid today’s surge of interest in interest in passive investing: 7.15 to 9.05
Carrie Pickett, serial founder, reveals some inconvenient truths about starting a business: 5.57 to 10.31
Roxanne Martino, original founder of a $11 bn hedge fund of fund firm, on blazing a trail through hedge funds: 5.09 to 7.52
William Heard on starting small and winning the trust of backers: 3.21 to 7.38
See our entire Next Chapter series for excerpts from 17 non-executive directors, chairs and committee members for how to build successful portfolio careers and how to be effective in such roles.
Go to our Meditations Hub for a series of free inspiring meditations. Whether you want to start the day with a positive mindset, reset during the day, calm your mind or draw upon the power to forgive, these reflections will encourage you to give yourself this time.
Go to our Coaching Hub for videos from some of our inspiring guests and coaches to help with your career and personal development.
Hear from Oli Shakir-Khalil about his mental health advocacy here: Listen from 6.30 to 12.5 on Apple or Spotify.
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