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Mee Warren: Advocating for Women in Finance

This is the eighth in a series of articles describing previous Markets Choice Award winners. The MCA 10th Anniversary Program will be held on May 4, 2022 in New York City.

Mee Warren shone at Markets Media’s 2015 Markets Choice Awards, winning the ‘Women in Finance Outstanding Contribution’ award. At that time, she worked for Two Sigma Investments, one of the world’s leading systematic investment firms, on proprietary execution tactics, portfolio construction research and risk monitoring. She was part of an elite five-person team that strategized investment decisions for Two Sigma’s equity businesses.

Warren was recognized early on for her advocacy for women in finance, as she won the award in February 2015 and Markets Media did not hold its inaugural Women in Finance Awards program until 10 months later.

But life changed for Warren in 2017. “I got hit by a car. I needed to fix it,” she recalls.

“During my healing process, the thought crossed my mind again and again that I had so much more to do in life. I took time off and decided I had to do something different. she said. As a result, she left Two Sigma in 2018.

While abiding by a non-compete clause with Two Sigma Investments, she has run the New York City Marathon, competed in bridge and pool tournaments, and traveled to more than 25 countries.

She said her favorite country was Myanmar: “It was so special – the Buddhist culture there, the way the people are.”

“If there’s a dog in the middle of the street, they don’t bother it. They’re just waiting for him to wake up, or maybe someone will push him,” she added.

Mee Warren at the Carlson School Women’s Leadership Conference.
Photo credit: Slow Road Photos

Warren has kept a foothold in the industry by planning the 2018 FWA (Financial Women’s Association) International Business Conference in Tokyo and the 2019 FWA International Business Conference in Mumbai and New Delhi, India.

She is also a member of NOIP (National Organization of Investment Professionals), 100 Women in Finance, Women in ETFs, MM Women in Finance Advisory Board and also sits on the board of several non-profit organizations.

Asked about her contribution to Women in Finance, Warren said her goal was for people to recognize the accomplishments or accomplishments of her female colleagues and understand some of the unconscious biases that have evolved in the workplace.

“I tried to be outspoken to others and organize events that had substance, using my network of people to help others,” she said.

Later in her career (June 2020 – March 2022), Warren served as President of Bodhi Research Group, doing consulting work for pension funds and single-family offices. Warren said she enjoyed her role but “missed the investment side of things”.

Therefore, when the opportunity arose, she joined KULA Investments as Chief Portfolio Strategist. Kula Investments is a newly launched systematic investment fund that launched its first fund, the Kula Equity Market Neutral Fund (KEMN), on April 1, 2022. The KEMN fund seeks to achieve attractive absolute risk-adjusted returns across all cycles market with a low correlation with stock markets. “We are data-driven and systematic. We are professionals with a lot of experience and oversight,” she said.

Warren is delighted to work and collaborate with the Kula team. She said: “The firm is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion. And that means a lot to me. Our practices reflect our values.

“I want to make sure that our team members have the resources they need to succeed, male or female, and that our company can attract talent that others seem to miss,” she added.

Warren said there are many professional networks where women can help each other: “It’s a valuable connection – learning from each other’s experiences and finding different ways to help each other,” she commented. Having men as allies is also helpful, she added.

“Many women have lived through and survived ‘death by a thousand cuts’. I don’t want that for the next generation,” she said.

To the next generation of women in finance, she advised, “Eliminate any toxicity. Just play your long game and you will always come out on top.

Previous MCA winner profiles:

Bryan Harkins is passionate about philanthropy

Andy Brooks: from trade to aquaculture

Nanette J. Buziak: from buy side to sell side

William Brodsky: a key figure in listed derivatives

Dan Royal: The Joy of Buy-Side Trading

Jennifer Nayar follows the evolution of the Fintech space

Career Advice from Larry Thompson: Keep an Open Mind