ICS Nantucket Speaker - Kelly Williams
KELLY WILLIAMS PRIVATE EQUITY WOMEN INVESTOR NETWORK (PEWIN)
Chair & Co-Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Williams is a Senior Advisor to GCM Grosvenor with a focus on diversity and corporate social responsibility. Ms. Williams joined GCM Grosvenor in 2014 and served as President of GCM Grosvenor Private Markets until June of 2015, where she was a member of its Management Committee and also a member of its Investment Committee. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Ms. Williams was a Managing Director and the Group Head of the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse Group AG from 2000 to 2014. Ms. Williams joined Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000) as a Director of the Customized Fund Investment Group. She was with The Prudential Insurance Company of America from 1993 to 2000. She was an Executive Director with Prudential’s private equity group, where she was a founder of the Customized Fund Investment Group in 1999. Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Williams was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she specialized in global project finance. She graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mathematics and received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1989. She is a member of the New York Bar. Ms. Williams was appointed in 2015 to the Board of Directors of The Greenbrier Companies (GBX). Ms. Williams has served as a mentor to fellows of the Robert Toigo Foundation since 2006 and was the 2010 recipient of its Leading by Example award and joined its board in 2011. She was elected to the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders in 2007 and is the founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN). In addition, she is chair of the LP Advisory Board for the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program and received the SEO Leadership Award in 2013. She also serves on the advisory board of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) and is the 2013 AAAIM Trailblazer Award Recipient. Ms. Williams is a member of the Metro Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, Senior Advisor to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Union College where she is a member of the Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Audit Committee and also chairs the Finance Committee. Ms. Williams is a board member of the Nantucket Historical Association, Springboard Enterprises and the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is a member of the New York Bar. Ms. Williams was recognized by the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women in 2012 with its Women of Power and Influence Award. She was also named in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of The Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine.
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