Some two weeks before the celebration of InvestmentEurope 's Women In Investment Awards Italy 2019, shortlisted candidates from the Italian asset management industry keep commenting on her nominations.
The Awards seek to reward and honour the achievements of women across all parts of the investment industry in this country, while aim at helping to shape the discussion around how diversity can be improved within the sector.
The categories include an award for Analyst of the Year, Fund Manager of the Year, Fund Selector of the Year, Investment Woman of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Most Inspiring Returner, Role Model of the Year, Team Leader of the Year, Young Investment Woman of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. This latest recognition will be announced on the night.
There is still a long way to go in gender equality, especially with regards to the presence of women in top positions."
Alessandra Festini, portfolio manager at Italy's pension fund for lawyers Cassa Forense, has been shortlisted in the category of Investment Woman of the Year.
Commenting on her nomination, Festini said: "I am honoured to have been shortlisted at the Women in Investment Awards Italy 2019 with other women that I have known and admired for a long time.
"I like to think of myself as an example for other women who work in the financial sector, and in particular in the world of Italian pension funds.
"There is still a long way to go in gender equality, especially with regards to the presence of women in top positions.
"The career for a woman becomes even more difficult when she becomes a mother - not only for ancient prejudices, but also for the actual lack of infrastructure to support women and their families."
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Awards partners include:
- Aviva Investors
- BNY Mellon
- Natixis Investment Managers
- Association of Professional Fund Investors
- Investment Week
- The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy
- Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile
- Business Green
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