HWW Board of Directors
The High Water Women Board of Directors meets regularly to guide staff and HWW initiatives and programs, and to develop strategies for the organization’s growth. The Board of Directors is also organized into committees focused on specific aspects of the organization’s affairs.
- Janice Abert, DHR International
- Maria deLisi Ward, M. collection
- Ariane de Vienne, oekom research, Inc.
- Tracey Redmond Fenton, Institutional Investor
- Kathleen M. Kelley, Queen Anne's Gate
- Karen Lanci, Walk Products, LLP
- Athena Ole, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Anna K. Snider, Bank of America
- Susan Webb, Appomattox Advisory, Inc
- Anna Snider, Board Chair
- Ariane de Vienne, President
- Katharine Crost, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP, Recording Secretary
- Jamye Starr, BNY Mellon, Treasurer
Janice Abert has been an Executive Recruiter specializing in helping asset management firms build their Investor Relations, Institutional Marketing, Consultant Relationship Management, Client Service and Marketing Communication teams for over 20 years. Janice joined DHR International as a Partner in December 2016. Her prior search experience includes for the last 12 years she was the Managing Partner of Abert Associates, LLC which she founded in 2004. She had also been a Managing Director in the New York office of Warren International and a Partner at TMP Worldwide. She began her recruiting career in 1996, joining Johnson, Smith & Knisely as the Head of their Asset Management Sales Practice. Prior to her career in Executive Search, Janice spent over eight years in sales and marketing positions at PaineWebber, with her last position being the Corporate VP, National Sales Manager, Retirement Plans.
Janice holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College where she has been the Co-Head Class Agent for over 25 years and a member of the Annual Fund Committee. Since 2010 Janice has been the Chairwomen of the Fund Raising Committee for the HWW Backpack Drive.
Throughout her career, Ariane de Vienne has leveraged expertise in investment advisory and wealth management to assist family offices, foundations and other institutional investors to define and implement successful investment strategies.
As Director Business Development North America and Head of New York Office for oekom research Inc, one of the leading global ESG research and rating firms, Ariane is responsible for building oekom’s presence in North America and growing oekom’s work with institutional investors and asset managers.
Prior responsibilities included Managing Director at Cornerstone Capital, charged with building the firm's ESG integrated investment advisory business. Before joining Cornerstone, Ariane was Principal at AV Advisors LP/LLC in both Hong Kong and New York. She launched and built the independent consultancy to provide investment advice to individuals and families with a focus on impact investing, as well as business consulting to intermediaries.
Before that, Ariane was a Managing Director in Client Management at Guggenheim Investment Advisors LLC (“GIA”). There she defined and built the brand strategy to position GIA in US and off-shore UHNW markets and was responsible for business development. GIA’s investment approach used behavioral psychology methods developed by Noble Laureate, Professor Daniel Kahneman. Ariane also served as Senior Vice President at David J. Greene and Company and in several Managing Director roles with JPMorgan Chase, including Head of EMEA, Head of the Wealthy Family Group, and Head of NY Metro I., Ariane began her career in banking in Germany.
Tracey Redmond Fenton is the global head of custom media, events and strategic partnerships at Institutional Investor, where she oversees the group’s strategy, operations and teams. Since 2005, Tracey has been at the helm of II’s world-renowned awards dinners, through which she’s helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for High Water Women’s Backpack Drive.
Tracey has more than twenty years of business development leadership experience in the digital media and intellectual property industries, launching and growing programs and revenues for organizations including the International Trademark Association, the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council, Reciprocal, Copyright Clearance Center and Lawyers Weekly Media.
Tracey graduated from Salem State University with a major in Finance. Tracey joined the board of High Water Women in April 2015 and is a member of the organization’s Financial Literacy Advisory Board.
Kathleen Kelley is the founder of Queen Anne's Gate Capital. Previously, Kathleen Kelley was a Global Macro Portfolio Manager at Kingdon Capital Management LLC. Prior to this, she served two years as a global macro strategist at Vantis Capital Management in New York. She joined Vantis from Tudor Investment Corporation where she ultimately managed a portfolio focusing on fixed income and commodities. She began her career at Tudor in 1990 providing economic research for Paul Jones, she then spent a number of years in their systematic trading group, developing trading systems. Prior to Tudor she spent three years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an economist in the international research area. Kathleen is on the Board of ReServe and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). She has a BA in math and economics from Smith College and a general course diploma from the London School of Economics.
Karen Lanci is a co-founder and manager of Walk Products, LLP, a consumer products company. She was a corporate lawyer at Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP, a large New York City law firm, for over 10 years. Her corporate experience was largely transactional, and included mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and investment partnerships. She left the law to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. Among other things, she co-founded and managed SendABabyGift.com, an online baby gifts business, and, currently, Walk Products, which develops and brings to market low-tech consumer products.
Karen received her BS in computer science from Stony Brook University and her JD from NYU School of Law. She joined the HWW 2016 Backpack Drive Committee and Financial Literacy Committee in February 2016 and became a member of the HWW Board of Directors in May 2016.
Athena Ole is a Director and Senior Relationship Manager in the Managed Solutions Group, with an expertise in Alternative Investments. This team manages the firm’s relationships with fund managers across Bank of America, and leads business development and training initiatives for them within Global Wealth Management. For seven years prior to this position, she first led Private Equity sales and education before establishing and leading the Hedge Fund Technical Sales team, which services Global Wealth Management's largest and most sophisticated clients and Advisors with deep fund level information and portfolio analytics from the hedge fund world.Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2007, she spent over ten years at Citigroup where she was most recently a Director of Alternative Investment Sales at Citigroup Alternative Investments, and led the third party distribution effort of proprietary hedge funds and private equity. Athena started her career in Citigroup’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank, and spent seven years in NYC, London and Dublin, working in Corporate Finance. Athena completed Citigroup's six month Corporate Credit Training Program, is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and received her B.A. in Economics from Columbia College at Columbia University.
Athena has served on the board of Bank of America’s women’s organization (LEAD for Women) since 2008, and was the Chair and Co-Chair of the NYC Chapter from 2011-2013. She is also a recording artist and lives in Montebello, NY with her husband and their three sons.
Anna Snider is a Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM), a division of Bank of America Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for manager research across all asset classes for the wealth management businesses. She also defines and executes investment strategies focusing on impact strategy research, thought leadership and investment implementation.
Prior to this role, Anna was part of the alternative investments group where she advised clients on hedge fund and private assets portfolio construction and became head of research for externally managed alternative investment fund of funds. She was also a senior analyst in the risk management division at U.S. Trust. Anna offers many years of investment and risk analysis experience, having held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan and UBS focusing on market, credit and operational risk management.
She graduated from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM (CAIASM) designation. Anna serves as chair of the board for High Water Women, a foundation based in New York City.
Susan Webb is the founder and CEO/CIO of Appomattox Advisory, a boutique investment management firm. In this capacity, she is a member of the Investment Committee responsible for identifying and evaluating managers as well as managing portfolios. Prior to co-founding Appomattox, she was Head of First Atlas Capital, Inc., the SEC Registered Advisor of Atlas Capital, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds manager. She was a member of the Global Investment Committee and launched, with Weston Capital, the Weston Atlas Manager Seeding Platform.
Her career in finance spans over 30 years where she developed an expertise in trading, financing, and structuring derivatives. Susan began her career at Irving Trust in 1984 where she completed the credit analyst program and worked in loan work outs. She left after 2 years and joined trading desks for five years each at Citibank, Paribas Capital Markets and CIBC. While there she either joined, or set up and ran, derivative trading groups including interest rate, currency, equity, credit and hedge fund structuring. In 2000, she joined Caisse des Depots as a Managing Director and established their credit derivative and synthetic CLO and hedge fund structuring business in the US. She has 12 years direct experience managing portfolios of hedge funds. She received a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Susan Webb is a board member for GTI Capital Group, and investment firm focused on opportunities in India. She does not receive compensation in connection with GTI Capital Group or any business activity outside of Appomattox. Susan is on the board of High Water Women, a non-profit foundation that encourages financial education of women and youth. She is also on the advisory board of Catalyst Financial Partners, a group that promotes small and emerging managers in the financial industry.
Diane Keating has been with High Water Women since 2009. She started working in the nonprofit sector in 2005, as Development Director for the Equal Justice Initiative and as Director of Growth Finance for Growth Philanthropy Network. Ms. Keating has also served on the Board of Directors for Justice Works Community and served as Board Treasurer for New York City Audubon. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Ms. Keating had a career in sales in the media industry. Ms. Keating holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Graduate School of Business and an MA in Comparative Literature from New York University.
Elanor Brand has worked for nonprofit organizations in varying capacities or over 25 years. Her positions have ranged from Development Associate to Executive Director. Some organizations she has been involved with over the years are: Breakthrough New York, General Theological Seminary, Variety Children’s Lifeline, and Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn. Elanor received her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and attended University College, University of London.