Workplace Bias and Women in Leadership
Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals. This spans several businesses: she is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a just-launched digital investment platform for women. She is also the Chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional woman’s network. And she is the Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She is also the author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work”, released in January of 2017.
Krawcheck is the past CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, the largest wealth management business in the world, at $2.2 trillion in client balances.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Krawcheck was the CEO and Chair for Citi Global Wealth Management, responsible for Smith Barney, the Citi Private Bank, and Citi Investment Research. During her time at Citi, she was also a member of the senior leadership committee and executive committee.
Krawcheck joined Citi in October 2002 as Chair and CEO of Smith Barney, where she oversaw the global management of the Smith Barney and Citi Investment Research businesses. In 2004, she was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. In this role she was responsible for a number of asset dispositions, including the sales of Travelers P&C and Citi Asset Management.
Prior to joining Citi, Krawcheck was Chair and CEO of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. She began her career as a research analyst, covering the financial services industry, a role in which she was consistently ranked first in her field by “Institutional Investor.”
Krawcheck was named number 9 on Fast Company’s 2014 “100 Most Creative People in Business” list, as well as one of “10 Up and Coming Leaders to Watch” by Entrepreneur Magazine. During the research scandals, Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” and noted that hers was the most influential voice for research quality and integrity. She has been listed as one of Forbes’ and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” in business and U.S. Banker’s top “Woman to Watch.” She is a past recipient of CNBC's “Business Leader of the Future Award,” was one of Time magazine’s “Global Business Influentials,” Fortune’s “Most Influential Person Under the Age of 40” and an “Institutional Investor” top CFO in financial services. She was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of its Young Global Leaders.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Krawcheck attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Morehead Scholarship and graduated in 1987 with academic honors in Journalism and Political Science. In 1992, she received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
An active participant in the affairs of her alma maters, Krawcheck has endowed her former secondary school, The Porter Gaud School, with the Krawcheck Scholarship, a needs-based scholarship awarding full tuition to students of exceptional aptitude. She is on the Board of 2U, Digital Asset, and Columbia University Business School. Krawcheck is a past member of the Board of Directors of Dell Inc, Blackrock, Carnegie Hall and the NY Economic Club.
Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC and Unleashed Productions, Inc. As a business woman, longtime professional photographer, and social entrepreneur, Robin brings her leadership skills, creative eye and passion to her documentary film projects. Her artistic vision and experience in the business world afford her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Robin’s most recent award-winning film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers in Washington, DC and abroad. Robin is currently directing and producing Bias, a documentary about unconscious bias and how it affects the ways we hire, promote and fund. Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at Watermark, Conference for Women, Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network and Women 2.0. As Director of CODE, Robin has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR. Robin is recipient of the 2016 National Political Women’s Caucus President’s Award.
Michael joined Upfront Ventures as an Associate in 2015. Most recently, Michael was a West Coast Editor at PandoDaily, where he lead the publication’s coverage of the venture capital, financial technologies, ecommerce, on-demand services, and online video sectors. Previously, Michael worked as a Managing Director at WorldVest, a merchant bank based in Los Angeles, leading investments in early stage opportunities within the technology and natural resources sectors in North and South America, and Asia.
Michael concentrates on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, providing support to portfolio companies, and conducting financial & business due diligence, and leading the firm’s strategic content initiatives.