Women in Wealth Awards 2016

www.wealthandfinance-intl.com 29 Headquartered in Boston, Standish is a leading investment management firm, dedicated to serving sophisticated fixed income investors. The roots of this company can be traced back to 1933, when Standish began managing fixed income portfolios for US financial institutions, banks and insurance companies. Diane Vieira, Director of Marketing, discussed her role within the company and her aspirations for the future with us. WW160022 Company: Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC Name: Diane Vieira Email: [email protected] Web Address: www.standish.com Address: Boston, MA Even when I am not in an office, I am regularly checking my email, something that has become a source of great amusement to my friends and family! “My advice to someone looking to succeed in the finance industry would be the same as for any other industry; never let someone take an opportunity away from you that you have worked hard for. Many times people struggle with uncertainty, centring around whether they deserve a promotion or if their work adds value. Confidence is an attribute that can either hinder a person’s growth or help them succeed; finding the right balance is key. “A growing body of research shows that gender-diverse teams lead to improved corporate performance and better investor outcomes. Although the business case for gender diversity is well established, women are still underrepresented in the investment profession globally. Whilst evidence supports the need for gender diversity, many younger women are unaware that the investment management industry can be an interesting, fulfilling and lucrative career. They need to be convinced that they can be successful and happy in what is today a male- dominated industry. “As a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, we actively support the growth of women across our firm and the industry. The Woman’s Initiative Network (WIN) seeks to advance and empower women at BNY Mellon while developing talented professionals with the potential to drive our business success and improve our bottom line. As a catalyst for change, WIN supports the advancement of women at BNY Mellon through various channels and opportunities for professional development, leadership, enhanced visibility and greater connectivity with other employees and clients.” Diane details how Standish’s investment team is varied, and includes credit analysts, economists, and specialists who cover ever sector and region of the world. “Our analyst teams and portfolio managers meet daily to share ideas, combining macroeconomic views with multiple bottom-up perspectives. This constructive and inclusive debate enables us to develop well- informed strategies that have consistently delivered strong performance results in various investment environments. “We attribute Standish’s success, in part, to our ability to customize strategies that fit the specific needs of our clients. We do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all mentality. We deliver customized solutions to ensure that our clients are getting the most out of their investment portfolios. At Standish, we are constantly analysing the investment landscape to ensure we are well positioned to compete with other investment managers in the market. We analyse trends that may have an impact on our short-to-medium-term success as well as trends that will have a long-term effect on investment management as a whole. “As I look towards the future personally, one constant when it comes to my career goals is to always commit 110% to the job at hand. I made a decision early in my career that I wouldn’t look too far ahead, instead I would focus all of my attention on adding as much value as possible in the role that I had been hired to do; this way of thinking served me well through my seven promotions at Standish.”

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