About Us 

The Association of Women in Alternative Investing (AWAI) offers the support and encouragement of a knowledgeable and dynamic community. Our members in California encompass a range of backgrounds and expertise within the financial industry ranging from operations, compliance, marketing, portfolio management and business leadership. Networking and panel events are geared to help our community share experiences to foster career and personal advancement across all levels and disciplines in finance.

AWAI offers women educational and networking opportunities in comfortable and supportive settings. Our programs enable members to increase their contribution to our industry and, in turn, each other.

Upcoming Events


Life's Changing Seasons


AWAI invites you to our 3rd Navigating Your Career in 2016 Roundtable Series


In a high paced and demanding industry, it can be difficult to recognize and respond to life's changing seasons. Dialoging with peers about this shared experience can provide a space for new ideas, encouragement and collaboration. Topics up for discussion include growing in one's career, transitioning to new roles, joining boards, becoming an entrepreneur, retirement and changes in the industry.


Please join us for an afternoon discussion on experiences life's changing seasons at work.


Moderated by: Alana Aldag Ackerson, Managing Partner, Signum Investments, LP¿ and 
Jennifer Dickinson, Managing Director, Greyline Solutions

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 3:30 Registration, 4:00 Start Time
Location: Ernst & Young, 560 Mission St., Suite 1600, San Francisco, CA 94105


Space is very limited, please RSVP here.



Rising Hedge Funds Stars: Building for the Future

What are the essentials to launch and grow an investment firm in today's environment? Learn how to build and scale an institutional quality business from industry experts representing two firms named Institutional Investor's 2015 Hedge Fund Rising Stars along with a tenured hedge fund consulting professional.

Join 100 Women in Hedge Funds for an interactive panel discussion that will begin with the conception of an idea, address strategy marketability and infrastructure, cover legal and compliance considerations and tackle successful fundraising techniques. Bring your questions and "What If" scenarios for Q&A.

DATE: Thursday, July 14th, 2016

TIME: 4 PM Registration.
We will begin promptly at 5 PM; please arrive early.
Networking and cocktails prior to session.

HOST: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

LOCATION: Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Alice Kennon, West Coast PB Sales and Business Consulting, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Janice Tang, Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, Nipun Capital, L.P.
Nadine Terman, CEO, Co-CIO and Founder, Solstein Capital, LLC
Ildiko Duckor, Moderator, Partner and Co-Head Investment Funds & Investment Management, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


Round Table Series - Navigating Your Career in 2016

AWAI is proud to bring you our round table series “Navigating Your Career in 2016”. Each round table will target to have ~25 participants in a working session over lunch. Discussions will be led by a moderator and are designed to be interactive, with participants bringing to bear their unique knowledge, perspectives and insights. Our hope is that that through our collective experience we will help our members in continuing to build successful careers.

Topics Include:

  • The Logistics of Being a Working Mom (Children of All Ages) - February 2016
  • Finding Fulfillment at Work - May 2016
  • Life's Changing Seasons - Humanity at Work - August 2016
  • Finding Your Voice - Being a Women of Influence - September 2016

We hope that you share in our excitement about this programming and we look forward to your participation!

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