Born to Lead: Beyond the Glass Ceiling

10th Annual Corporate Asian Women's Leadership Forum

June 30, 2014


Sheryl WuDunn

Senior Managing Director
Mid-Market Securities

Sheryl WuDunn is a business executive, philanthropist, lecturer, best-selling author, and the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize. She is currently a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities, a boutique investment banking firm helping growth companies in the middle market, particularly those started or run by women. Her new book, A Path Appears, comes out this September.
She has co-authored three best-selling books. Her first two, China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia, are non-fiction Asian studies books that examine the cultural, social, and political situation of East Asia largely through interviews and personal experiences. Her third best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe. The book was featured on The Oprah Winfre Show, The Colbert Report, and other network television shows. Half the Sky also became a multi-platform digital media effort that included an award-winning PBS documentary series, mobile games, and an online social media gave on Facebook.
WuDunn has previously worked at The New York Times, as both an executive and a journalist, where she developed a deep and broad network of contacts across a wide range of industries. She ran the Times' coverage of international markets, energy, global technology, and industry; she helped develop news documentaries for The Times' digital cable TV channel, she held management roles in strategic planning and circulation at The Times, and she wrote about economics, finance, and political issues as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing. She has also been vice president for Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the firm's investment management division as an investment advisor for private clients, and as a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust. 

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for covering China, she has also received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and other journalism prizes, including George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club awards. 

Sheryl graduated from Cornell University, where she is a former member of the Board of Trustees.  She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Princeton University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees. 


Anu Aiyengar 
Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions

J.P Morgan Securities LLC
As Managing Director of J.P. Morgan's Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Anu Aiyengar is responsible for the execution and marketing of advisory assignments for clients in Financial Institutions, Retail, and General Industries sectors. Over the last 15 years, she has advised both domestic and international clients on a broad variety of assignments including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, hostile transactions, and special committee assignments. She has extensive multi-billion dollar transaction experience and also serves as engagements officer for North America and serves on J.P. Morgan's fairness and valuation committee.  She is a board member of the Investment Banking Women's Council and the Co-Chair of the Summer Associate Program at JPMorgan. She is also involved with the Women's Bond Club and Asia Society.
Anu has a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. 

Martina L. Cheung 

Chief Strategy Officer

McGraw Hill Financial

Martina L. Cheung is Chief Strategy Officer for McGraw Hill Financial. In this role, she is responsible for the execution and measurement of MHF's Growth and Performance objectives, positioning the company for sustainable growth and the continuing expansion of MHF's global footprint. Martina holds a lead advisory and implementation role on a broad range of initiatives within and across the company. This includes helping Business Unit executives in their pursuit of commercial opportunities, identifying growth areas, potential strategic alliances and acquisitions, and market development. In addition, she oversees efforts to accurately monitor, measure, and evaluate MHF's performance.
Previously, Martina was Managing Director of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services Strategy group, responsible for developing strategies for growing both existing and new markets. She joined S&P in 2010 as Vice President of Operations, where she supported the business in developing strategy, operational planning, Lean process improvement, and organizational alignment. Before joining S&P, Martina worked in the consulting industry, where she defined strategies and drove transformation for more than 20 companies across multiple industries over a period of 12 years. As a partner at Mitchell Madison Consulting, she led strategic initiatives on behalf of clients in the financial services, insurance, and publishing industries. She also served as manager in Accenture's Financial Services Strategy Group.
Martina holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce and a master's degree in Business Studies from University College Galway. 


Susan Soh 

Partner, Global Head of Marketing and Client Services

Perella Weinberg Partners

Susan Soh is a Partner and Global Head of Marketing and Client Services at Perella Weinberg Partners, a leading independent financial services firm. Established in 2006, the Firm provides advisory and asset management services to a global client base. Perella Weinberg Partners has capital commitments and managed assets of approximately $11.3 billion.

Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in January 2007, Susan was a Managing Director and Head of Hedge Fund Business Development at Highbridge Capital, where she was responsible for fundraising for its hedge fund strategies, including the flagship multi-strategy fund (HCC), long short equity, European special situations, Asia Opportunities, Event Driven, Highview Global Macro, Convertible Arbitrage, Statistical Arbitrage, etc. Previously, she was Vice President at Lightyear Capital, a $2.5 billion financial services private equity firm affiliated with UBS PaineWebber, responsible for business development and investor relations. From 1996 to 2001, Susan was a Vice President in the Merchant Banking Group, where she was responsible for marketing its first $1.5 billion institutional fund as well as principal investing. She also spent time as an M&A Banker with a focus on retail/consumer and healthcare.

Susan began her career as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, summa cum laude, from Yale College and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Susan serves as a board member of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers.  

Julie Yoo

SVP, Corporate Development

Scripps Networks Interactive 
As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Scripps Networks Interactive, Julie provides counsel and support for the development and execution of Scripps Networks' long-term corporate growth strategies. She lends her extensive transactional experience to lead the company's corporate development team as it identifies, evaluates, and executes acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, and partnerships that support the company's growth objectives. Scripps Networks Interactive is a leader in developing lifestyle programming for television, the internet, and mobile platforms. The company owns and operates HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, and Great American Country.

Since joining Scripps Networks four years ago, Julie helped direct the company's 2013 acquisition of Asian Food Channel and 2012 acquisition of Travel Channel International. She also played a key role in negotiating corporate investments and digital partnerships in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to Scripps, Julie assessed transactions and oversaw mergers and acquisitions at NBC Universal. Before that, she served as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, and worked at The Vanguard Group. She received both a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.







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