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Wall Street Women

03/07/2019 @ 17:30 - 20:00

In honor of International Women’s Day, the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable is hosting its second annual all-female forum.

Panel members will discuss their views on broad range of issues impacting the alternative investment industry –from the role alternatives play within the industry at large, to the global markets and where the macro environment will take the markets in 2019 and beyond. Most importantly, they will discuss their individual roles and how they rose to their positions in what has traditionally been a male dominated industry, how that industry is changing and what advice they would give to aspiring professionals.


  • Carmen Lai, executive director of Morgan Stanley’s alternative investments group.
  • Anna Raytcheva, founder and CIO of Sonya Capital Management.
  • Lisa Vioni, CEO and co-founder of Hedge Connection.
  • Susan Webb, president and CIO of Appomattox, a $2.5 billion dollar, woman owned investment firm.

Carmen Lai is executive director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s alternative investments group services and co-head of product development. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley she was with Citibank, initially as a financial management association, then as a vice president in the firm’s global wealth management group and later as a senior vice president in product management for the firm’s alternative investments group. She began her career as a credit officer at Shanghai Commercial Bank in Hong Kong. She holds a bachelor of business administration, international business and marketing from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Anna Raytcheva founded and seeded Sonya Capital Management following 22 successful years at Citigroup, where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar balance sheet and large teams of traders as the Head of the Strategic Trading Desk, Co-Head of Risk Treasury and Head of the Agency MBS trading desk. Anna traded through 7 Central Bank tightening and easing cycles and a few financial crises, such as the Asian financial crisis, the Dot-com bubble and the Global Financial crisis. When she left Citigroup, the Wall Street Journal featured her as “Citigroup’s last proprietary trader”. She holds a degree in Mathematics from Princeton University, where she graduated with honors.

Lisa Vioni is founder and CEO of Hedge Connection, which connects fund managers and allocators through investor-introduction events and networking opportunities. Prior to founding Hedge Connection, she served as director of marketing at Ellington Management Group and previously at Singleterry & Co., where she oversaw all aspects of client relationships including raising money, organizing company events, developing marketing strategy and client servicing in both roles. Before moving into hedge fund marketing, she was on the sell side at Lehman Brothers Securities, where she works as a senior vice president in mortgage backed securities –institutional sales. Beyond Wall Street, Ms. Vioni has produced three Broadway shows, including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, for which she won a Tony Award. She holds a bachelor of arts in French studies and a minor in Economics from Smith College.

Susan Webb is president and CIO of Appomattox Advisory, a woman owned investment firm with approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Ms. Webb is a member of the firm’s investment committee, which is responsible for identifying and evaluating managers and managing portfolios. Prior to co-founding Appomattox, she was head of First Atlas Capital, the SEC Registered Advisor of global fund of hedge fund firm Atlas Capital. Other previous positions include working on the trading desks of Citibank, Paribas Capital Markets and CIBC. In addition to that, she was also a managing director at Caisse des Depots, where she established that firm’s U.S. credit derivative and synthetic CLO and hedge fund structuring business. Ms. Webb is a member of GTI Capital Group’s board; is on the board of High Water Women, and is on the advisory board of Catalyst Financial Partners. She holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School.


  • Amanda Cantrell, deputy editor, Institutional Investor

Amanda Cantrell is the deputy editor of Institutional Investor and an award-winning financial journalist who has focused on hedge funds and alternative investments for the majority of her career. She joined Institutional Investor in 2004 as a senior writer with Absolute Return magazine and also spent two years in London as deputy editor of EuroHedge before serving as managing editor of Institutional Investor’s Alpha for several years. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and the Industry Standard, among other publications. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, where she has also worked as an adjunct professor.

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