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Leading Edge with Karen Frank | Webinar

Wednesday, May 5th 2021
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Virtual Program, ON

Join WCM for an in-depth conversation with Karen Frank, Senior Managing Director, Equities at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and WCM’s President and CEO, Lara Zink. 

Karen will discuss her career trajectory that brought her to her current role and what makes up the day-to-day work that she undertakes. Karen will also share insights about the trends and changes that she is seeing within Equities and the skills that she thinks will be most valuable in her industry. 

About WCM's Leading Edge Sessions
WCM's Leading Edge sessions offer finance professionals and members direct access to some of the industry's most influential thought leaders. Participants will learn prevalent industry trends, market outlooks and insights into future careers in finance, as well as a glimpse into the speaker's personal career journey. These events are targeted at junior and mid-level professional men and women.

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*Ontario Teachers' employees can access a complimentary ticket by emailing Sabrina Trani at [email protected]

Karen Frank

Senior Managing Director, Equities | Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Karen Frank is the Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Equities at Ontario Teachers’.
Karen has over 25 years of experience in the finance and investment industry. She began her career in private equity at Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area, and she continued working in the sector with a number of private equity funds in the US and Europe. Since 2005, Karen began working as an advisor to Private Equity firms, both as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs, as well as co-Head of Barclays Financial Sponsors Group. In 2016, Karen was asked to take on the responsibility of CEO of Barclays Global Private Bank, based out of London. Since joining OTPP in 2020, Karen leads a team responsible for $55 billion in net assets, including a portfolio of more than 70 private companies worldwide, significant investments in public companies, and relationships with more than 30 private equity funds. 
Karen has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics from Georgetown University.

Lara Zink

President and CEO | WCM

Lara Zink is currently President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets. WCM is the largest network of female professionals in Canadian finance, with initiatives that impact the careers of countless female students and professionals across the country.
Prior to joining WCM, Lara spent 18 months in venture capital. She is an angel investor and a mentor at a startup accelerator called NEXT Canada. NEXT accelerates the growth trajectory of aspiring and scaling entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, funding, and access to Canada’s strongest entrepreneurial network. 
From 1995 to 2019 Lara worked at RBC Capital Markets. She sold North American and European equity research and investment banking products to many of Canada’s largest institutional investors, including pension funds, bank owned mutual funds, and independent fund managers. A lead partner in RBC Women’s Leadership ETF, she has been a strong advocate for ED&I throughout her career and has extensive volunteer experience for social impact. 
Lara holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from UWO, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. Lara is a Governor on the University of Toronto Governing Council, she sits on two Foundation boards, the CAMH Campaign Cabinet, and is a volunteer for the Special Olympics.  Lara has been an active mentor to junior women and men throughout her career. 

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