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Luncheon - Women in Finance Panel

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​Thursday, May 23, 2019
Goodwin Hotel, Hartford

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

CFA Society Hartford is excited to host its second Women in Finance event on May 23rd at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford. In a panel format, we will bring together three very successful and highly experienced entrepreneurs to share their insights on what it takes to launch and run a woman-led business. In line with the CFA Institute's Women in Investment Management (WIM) initiative, which aims to improve investor outcomes by announcing diversity in the investment management profession, the panel will seek to explore various issues confronting women in a highly competitive environment that is predominated by their male counterparts. They will discuss the characteristics of successful leaders and their own personal experiences. Join us for a lively and informative discussion.​

Women in Finance Panel featuring:

  • ​​Denise SHull (ReThink Group)
  • Sheryl O'Connor (Wealth Conductor
  • Lalitha Shivaswamy (Helios Management Corp)
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Lalitha Shivaswamy is Founder & President of Helios Management Corp. Helios is proudly incorporated in Connecticut, and works with growth stage companies in the Greater Hartford area, helping them scale. Helios currently advises 30+ companies and in three years has helped them raise $3MM+ in capital and created ~100 jobs.  Lalitha's professional expertise is in private debt portfolio management, with an emphasis on working with portfolio companies. She was a private placement analyst at Citigroup in Hartford, and a venture lending portfolio manager at Horizon Technology Finance in Farmington. She has lived and worked in India, the United States, Singapore and South Korea. Lalitha is a fifth generation attorney in her family. She is originally from India and migrated to the United States with her husband.  Lalitha has a BA. LLB (Hons) from National Law School of India University, an MBA in Finance from The University of Connecticut School of Business and an LLM in US Law and Legal Systems from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Laws (SJD) at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Combining her love for private placement with her passion for law, her research focus is on private placement debt contracts and portfolio management. Lalitha is enrolled as an attorney in India and Connecticut.  Lalitha serves on the board of governors of the Hartford Chorale. She promotes and advocates for the classical performing arts community in Connecticut. Having lived, worked, traveled and studied in different parts of the world, Lalitha and her family are proud to call Connecticut, "home".​​

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Sheryl O'Connor​, Co-Founder/CEO

​Sheryl has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry at insurance and investment management firms, leading strategic business growth and technology innovation.
In 2006 Sheryl co-founded 3D Asset Management, an SEC-registered investment management firm that focused on providing innovative practice management solutions along with investment portfolios to fee-based advisors to help them grow their business and succeed in the wealth, retirement plan and retirement income marketplaces. She has worked closely with advisors and is passionate about helping them re-define their value proposition in ever-evolving professional and market environments.


Denise Shull, MA, leverages her training in psychological science to solve the challenges of mental mistakes, confidence crises and slumps in Olympic athletes, Wall Street traders and corporate warriors. Denise is known for her uncanny effectiveness in coaching, training and assessing for the X factor of human performance under pressure. Her clients include portfolio managers, traders, professional and Olympic athletes and business innovators.  Ms. Shull’s Wall Street career began in 1994 at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. She traded for Electronic Trading Group and Schonfeld Securities before moving to NYC to run trading desks at Sharpe Capital and NYSE Floor Broker Bonfanti. She founded the risk decision consultancy, The ReThink Group in 2003. Her 2012 book, Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk has been described as the “best of its genre” and a “veritable Rosetta Stone of trading psychology.”  In 2015, Shull consulted on Showtime’s drama BILLIONS and the character Wendy Rhoades and in 2016 Bloomberg’s Tradebook built the Trader Brain Exercise based on The ReThink Group’s work. In 2017, Shull delivered HEADSx, a unique talent assessment tool, used by hedge funds to hire exceptional market talent.
The head of regional trading for a global bank says:
“…the work I have done with her has enabled me to make more progress in my trading than my 15 years of experience did on their own.”  An engaging speaker, Shull has delivered keynotes at MIT’s Sloan Fellows program, US Ski and Snowboard, Harvard Business School, Leaders in Sport, Women in Entertainment and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan among many others. She has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box both in the US and Asia – most recently to discuss risk psychology in the NFL. FORBES, WSJ, FT, Bloomberg Markets, and New York Times’ Dealbook  have run profiles on her unique work. She has also appeared on FOX Business with Liz Claman, Bloomberg, Cavuto, PBS, The Discovery Channel, CNBC’s Halftime Report and REAL VISION, the innovative financial TV start-up.  Shull holds a Master of Arts in neuropsychoanalysis (1995) from The University of Chicago. Her thesis research, “The Neurobiology of Freud’s Theory of the Repetition Compulsion,” was published in 2003 in the Annals of Modern  sychoanalysis and was cited in 2013 as one of the first papers written in neuropsychoanalysis. She is also a 2009 alumna of Harvard’s Kennedy School Executive Education program, Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance. ​Shull resides in NYC but remains a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and a relatively fast downhill skier.

Cost: Includes dinner
Member Price $10
Non-Member Price $30
Candidate Price $20

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Society; Educational

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5/23/2019 12:00 PM

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5/23/2019 1:30 PM

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Goodwin Hotel
1 Haynes S
Hartford, CT 06103​


Denise Shull (ReThink Group), Sheryl O’Connor (WealthConductor), and Lalitha Shivaswamy (Helios Management Corp)

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