NEW YORK, Nov. 7 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Board ofDirectors has named iMentor the beneficiary of its 6th Annual Gala to be heldon November 14, 2007, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. iMentor,founded in 1999 by John Griffin of Blue Ridge Capital, serves to cultivaterelationships between young people and volunteer adult mentors through itsinnovative and technology-enriched mentoring model, combining e-mailcorrespondence with in-person meetings.
Caroline Kim Oh, Executive Director of iMentor, said, "We are absolutelydelighted to be honored as the beneficiary of the 2007 Gala. The generous giftfrom 100 Women in Hedge Funds is truly inspiring to all of us at iMentor andwe are excited to work with such a visionary organization to expand the reachand impact of iMentor." To-date, iMentor has matched and supported over 4,000mentor-mentee pairs, partnering with over 30 schools and after-school programsin underserved communities.
100 Women in Hedge Funds will also present two of the most prestigiousawards in the hedge fund industry at the 2007 Gala.
The 2007 Effecting Change Award will collectively honor top leaders acrossthe hedge fund industry who serve as powerful examples of effective mentoring.Among the many leaders that will be attending to celebrate the award includeJohn Griffin and his mentor, Julian Robertson, founder of Tiger ManagementCorp. Robertson, an active philanthropist who serves on a number oforganization and university boards is the founder and benefactor of theRobertson Scholars Program which awards merit scholarships providing 4-yearsof full tuition for 36 students at Duke University and University of NorthCarolina each year.
Also taking part in celebrating the 2007 Effecting Change Award will beDavid "Tiger" Williams, founder of Williams Trading. William's has invited aspecial guest who has served as an inspiration, contributing to the growth andsuccess of his exceptional achievements. Many other key figures across thehedge fund industry have invited their mentors to attend the gala with them tocelebrate the award.
The 2007 Industry Leadership Award, presented by the Board of Directorsfor 100 Women in Hedge Funds, will be awarded to Jane Mendillo, ChiefInvestment Officer, Wellesley College in recognition of her talent, ethics andpassion which help define the hedge fund industry's standard of excellence.Ms. Mendillo has overseen the management of the $1.5 billion endowment ofWellesley College since 2002. Prior to becoming Wellesley's CIO, Ms. Mendillowas a portfolio manager at Harvard Management Company where she wasresponsible for approximately $7 billion in assets. She joined HarvardManagement Company in 1987 and during her 14-year tenure managed equities,private equity, real estate and hedge fund investments.
Ms. Mendillo's predecessor and mentor, Jack Meyer, Managing Partner andCEO, Convexity Capital and former head of Harvard Management, commented on theIndustry Leadership Award saying, "Jane has a fierce intellect, a steelyresolve, and incredibly high standards for herself and those around her. Shehas been quick to master and excel in every position she's held. For Jane,there are no limits."
This year's auction will be conducted by Guest Auctioneers Jamie Niven andEliza B. Osbourne of Sotheby's and is full of great packages including anincredible golf trip to New Zealand, wine fantasy camp at the exclusive NapaValley Reserve, tickets to the Golden Globe awards after party at ChateauMarmont in Hollywood, a day of fashion and beauty 'behind the scenes' at TeenVogue, and private lunches with Nobel Laureates and powerful business women.
Individuals or firms who purchase tables at the $50,000 and $100,000levels will be encouraged to invite their mentors to the Gala. Those who buy$100,000 tables will be able to further celebrate their mentors through anacknowledgement in the progr