Friday’s Headlines: New Asset Management Firm Aimed at Hiring More Women

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Former Invesco strategist Diane Garnick’s new venture has an ulterior motive. Clear Alternatives, an asset management firm which aims to raise $500 million by the end of the year, hopes to create senior management jobs for the top female graduates of the best business schools, according to a Businessweek article.

Garnick told the magazine: “One of the biggest challenges is for women to find an organization that’s willing to accept them back after they leave the work force to raise children without taking a cut in compensation and responsibility. Our objective is to solve that problem.”

Women make up just 18 percent of executive officers at Fortune 500 finance and insurance companies, while 43 percent of MBA graduates in 2010 were women. Garnick is launching Clear Alternatives with three other women and expects to grow to 12 women by the end of the year.

 

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