Seema Hingorani

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  • Founder and Chair, Girls Who Invest
  • Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Former Chief Investment Officer, New York City Retirement Systems
  • Awarded Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2021



As Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM), Seema Hingorani is a powerhouse in the investing sphere who is revolutionizing the industry by creating opportunities and increasing representation and diversity. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Hingorani was the Founder and CIO of SevenStep Capital, an opportunistic investment platform focused on seeding women portfolio managers, as well as serving as CIO for the New York City Retirement Systems, which had assets of $160B, and Head of Public Equities & Hedge Funds for the pension funds, which was named Hedge Fund Manager of the Year (Large Public Pension Plans) by Institutional Investor under her leadership.

While working at the highest levels in the public and private sector, Hingorani saw few faces like her own, and leveraged her experience and industry connections to solve this ‘pipeline’ problem by founding Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. Since founding the organization in 2015, she has raised over $10M to fund summer programs for over 1,400 diverse college women across the U.S. that offer training, mentorship, and internships with over 100 leading asset management firms in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, creating the next generation of leading investors.

Hingorani has worked with several organizations focused on issues concerning women and girls, and has garnered numerous accolades for her groundbreaking work: receiving the insignia of the Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor from France in 2021, listed as one of Barron’s“100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance” as well as The Bloomberg’s 50’s “Ones To Watch,” and Traders “Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2015. She served as a member of the National Finance Committee of Secretary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, is an active member of The Economic Club of New York and 100 Women in Finance, and is a prolific speaker on the topic of a more robust inclusion of women in the corporate sector.

 

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Corporate Sector

Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) and Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest Seema Hingorani is a powerhouse in the investing sphere who is revolutionizing the industry by increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset manag ...

Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) and Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest Seema Hingorani is a powerhouse in the investing sphere who is revolutionizing the industry by increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. A highly sought-after speaker, Hingorani offers insights and strategy for increasing diversity, creating opportunities, and providing support for long-term success that impact companies and individuals.

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Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) and Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest Seema Hingorani is a powerhouse in the investing sphere who is revolutionizing the industry by creating opportunities and increasing representation and diversity. Named Traders “Wall Street Wom ...

Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) and Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest Seema Hingorani is a powerhouse in the investing sphere who is revolutionizing the industry by creating opportunities and increasing representation and diversity. Named Traders “Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2015, Hingorani’s wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, ground-breaking leadership, and actionable strategies for embracing values-driven leadership are relevant for audiences of all kinds.

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Seema R. Hingorani is the Founder and Chair of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. Seema is also a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM). As part of the MSIM senior leadership team, Seema is focused on strategic client relationships, investment talent development and diversity initiatives across the platform. She is also a member of the Investment Management Operating Committee, Chair of the Senior Advisory Board of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners, a Senior Sponsor of Investment Management’s Diversity Council and a member of Morgan Stanley’s Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leaders Advisory Council. Seema joined Morgan Stanley in 2019 and has 27 years of investment experience.

Previously, Seema was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of SevenStep Capital, an opportunistic investment platform focused on seeding women portfolio managers. Seema served until June 30, 2014 as Chief Investment Officer for the New York City Retirement Systems which had assets of $160 billion. Previous to this appointment, Seema was Interim Chief Investment Officer and before that Head of Public Equities & Hedge Funds for the pension funds. Under her leadership, the pension fund was named Hedge Fund Manager of the Year - Large Public Pension Plans by Institutional Investor. Prior to Seema’s four years of public sector experience, she served as Global Director of Fundamental Research at Pyramis Global Advisors; a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Senior Equity Analyst with hedge fund Andor Capital Management; a Partner and Senior Equity Analyst at hedge fund Pequot Capital Management; Co-founder of hedge fund Mirador Capital Management; and an Equity Analyst with T. Rowe Price.

Seema has worked with several organizations focused on issues concerning women and girls and is a prolific speaker on the topic of a more robust inclusion of women in the corporate sector. She was awarded in 2021 the insignia of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by France. She was also recognized in 2021 as one of 100 most influential women in U.S. finance by Barron’s, honored as the 2019 Bloomberg’s 50’s “Ones To Watch, the 2016 Woman with Impact by the Connecticut Women's Business Development Council, and Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by Traders magazine. Seema served as a member of the National Finance Committee of Secretary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. She is an active member of The Economic Club of New York and 100 Women in Finance. Seema earned a B.A. in psychology/philosophy from Yale College and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.