This is the eighth in a series of articles featuring previous Markets Choice Award winners. The MCAs 10th Anniversary program will take place on May 4, 2022 in New York.
Mee Warren excelled at Markets Media’s 2015 Markets Choice Awards, winning the Women in Finance Outstanding Contributions award. At that time she worked for Two Sigma Investments, one of the world’s leading systematic investment firms, on proprietary execution tactics, portfolio construction research and risk monitoring. She was part of an elite team of 5 making strategic investment decisions for Two Sigma’s equity business.
In 2017, however, life changed for Warren. “I was hit by a car that I had to fix,” she recalls.
“During my healing process I kept thinking that I still have so much to do in life. I took some time off and decided I had to do something different,” she said. As a result, she left Two Sigma in 2018.
While complying with a non-compete obligation at Two Sigma Investments, she ran the NYC marathon, competed in bridge and pool tournaments, and traveled to more than 25 countries.
She said her favorite country is Myanmar: “It was just so special – the Buddhist culture there, the way the people are.”
“If there’s a dog in the middle of the street, don’t disturb it. You’re just waiting for it to wake up, or maybe someone will nudge it,” she added.
Warren kept her foot in the industry by planning the FWA (Financial Women’s Association) 2018 International Business Conference in Tokyo and the FWA 2019 International Business Conference in Mumbai and New Delhi, India.
She is also a member of NOIP (National Organization of Investment Professionals), 100 Women in Finance, Women in ETFs, MM Women in Finance Advisory Board and also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
When asked about her contribution to Women in Finance, Warren said her goal is for people to recognize the achievements or successes of their female colleagues and to understand some of the unconscious biases that have developed in the workplace.
“I’ve tried to be open to others and put together events with content, using my network of people to help others,” she said.
Later in her career (June 2020 – March 2022), Warren served as President of the Bodhi Research Group and has served as a consultant to pension funds and single family offices. Warren said she enjoyed her role but “missed the investing side of things.”
When the opportunity arose, she joined KULA Investments as Chief Portfolio Strategist. Kula Investments is a newly launched systematic investment fund that launched its first fund, the Kula Equity Market Neutral Fund (KEMN), on April 1, 2022. The KEMN Fund aims to provide attractive risk-adjusted absolute returns across all market cycles with a low correlation to equity markets. “We are data-driven and systematic. We are professionals with a lot of experience and overview,” she said.
Warren looks forward to working and collaborating with the team at Kula. She said: “The company is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion. And that means a lot to me. Our practices reflect our values.”
“I want to ensure that our team members have the resources they need to be successful, male or female, and that our firm is able to attract the talent that others seem to lack,” she added .
Warren said there are many professional networks where women can support each other: “It’s a valuable connection – learning from each other’s experiences and finding different ways to help each other,” she commented. “It also helps to have men as allies,” she added.
“Many women have experienced and survived ‘death by a thousand cuts’. I don’t want that for the next generation,” she said.
Her advice to the next generation of women in finance, “Avoid all toxicity. Just play your long game and you will always come out on top.”
Profiles of previous MCA winners:
Bryan Harkins finds passion in philanthropy
Andy Brooks: From Trade to Aquaculture
Nanette J. Buziak: From the buy side to the sell side
William Brodsky: A key figure in listed derivatives
Dan Royal: The joy of buy-side trading
Jennifer Nayar follows the evolution of the fintech space
Larry Thompson’s career tip: Keep an open mind