Irish America Magazine will welcome Eileen K. Murray, Co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, as keynote speaker at the 21st Irish America Wall Street 50 Awards Dinner, taking place on Wednesday, September 26th at the New York Yacht Club.
Ms. Murray has over two decades of Wall Street experience, having held senior leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse as a member of both firms’ Management and Executive Committees. She was also appointed the first female member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board. In July 2016, Ms. Murray was voted in as a Board member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
One of nine children, Eileen grew up in Upper Manhattan’s Dyckman Housing Project (“as diverse a community as you can imagine”). With roots in counties Cork and Galway, she credits her parents’ Irish values, work ethic, and views on diversity as a key advantage doing business in a global economy. “Diversity of thought was encouraged,” she says. “As a result, what I tend to focus on are commonalities, what brings people together, not the differences – which is what keeps these Irish eyes smiling.” In a nod to her Irish heritage, Murray serves on the board of the New York Irish Arts Center.
In recognition of her leadership in the financial services industry, Eileen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by Markets Choice Women in Finance, was named one of Hedge Fund Journal’s 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds in 2013, and U.S. Banker named her as one of the 20 Most Powerful Non-Bank Women in Banking in 2007 and 2008.
As keynote speaker, Murray joins a stellar group of industry leaders who have inspired attendees. Over the past 20 years, Irish America has welcomed keynoters such as Tim Ryan, PwC’s U.S. chairman and senior partner; Kathleen Lynch, COO of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas; Shaun Kelly, global COO for KPMG International; Bob McCann, CEO of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management; and Brian Moynihan, president and CEO of Bank of America.
Since 1997, the annual Wall Street 50 has recognized the top Irish and Irish American financial leaders in the U.S. and the dinner has come to be the premier networking event for those financiers who share a passion for their careers, and an acknowledgement of the influence their Irish heritage had on their personal and professional lives. The list annually includes people with a range of connections to Ireland, from immigrants who have found success in the American financial industry, to fifth-generation Irish Americans corporate leaders who are still connected to the land of their ancestors.
For more information on the 2018 Wall Street 50, contact Kate Overbeck at email@example.com ♦