Welcome back to the Synergist newsletter! We hope everyone had a great summer and for those of you who have transitioned to new roles, we hope you are enjoying them thus far. See below for a recent event recap, our latest interview, and details on an upcoming PE recruiting event!
Event Recap - Women in Business: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

In Partnership with WINGs, a women's group at GCM Grosvenor, Synergist sponsored a panel moderated by Kelly Williams at the Yale Club on October 6th. The panel featured accomplished female professionals from Simpson Thacher, MidOcean Partners and W Capital Partners

Topics included navigating major career decisions, managing and sustaining work/life balance and seeking formal and informal mentors. After the event, there was a short networking session for panelists and attendees

Senior Sound Bites:
Kim Stolz

Director, BofAML
Wesleyan '05

Kim Stolz is a Director of Equity Derivatives Sales in New York, NY, working with hedge funds, investment advisors, multi-strategy and macro funds to strategize, implement and execute Equity Derivatives trades for their portfolios. Prior to joining BAML, in 2012, she joined the Equity Derivatives Sales team at Citigroup where she won the Corporate Citizenship award for her work in Diversity Recruiting and leadership. She was also awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Trader’s Magazine at the Wall Street Women’s Awards in 2014. From 2010 to 2012, Kim was Vice President of Equity Derivatives Sales at BTIG, LLC. Before her career in finance, from 2006-2010, Kim was a reporter and anchor for MTV News, focusing on the political angle for the network. In 2014, Stolz published her first book, Unfriending My Ex: Confessions of a Social Media Addict (Scribner, 2014), a study on social media’s impact on her generation

Favorite / least favorite thing about your role
Favorite thing is the drive I feel to win every day and to transact with my clients and do well by them. Least favorite thing is having to wear heels every day!

Something you wish you knew at the start of your career
I wish I knew in my very early 20s that having a job that allows you to live the lifestyle you want to live and be proud of the work you do is more important than having a “cool” job. Not that my job isn’t “cool” now but it isn’t why I do it

Mistakes on the job / tough lessons learned
When you’re at work, focus on work. The rest of your life can wait until outside the hours of your work day

Biggest accomplishment
Becoming a Director in Equity Derivatives after only 5 years in the business. It took a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck but being able to succeed at the speed I have has been very exciting and has only added to ambition for more success

If you weren’t doing your current job...
I’m not sure. I still miss things about being a news anchor. I think I would have loved to have a long term career in that if I wasn’t doing what I do now

Recent read
11/22/63 by Stephen King

Favorite NYC restaurant
Shuko on East 12th street

Something you do outside of work
I love traveling and experiencing new places. I try to get away as much as I can

Anything we haven’t asked about that you’d like to share?
Never forget how important family is no matter how hard your job is or how much you need to work. I have wonderful parents, my amazing partner Cary, and the best cocker spaniel Izzy. They all mean the world to me!
November 9, 2016 – Synergist Fall Breakfast: Introduction to PE Recruiting
On November 9, Synergist will be hosting a Women in Private Equity breakfast in midtown. The event will be geared toward female analysts in investment banking who are interested in learning more about the private equity recruiting process and role of an associate from current members of Synergist who are willing to share their insights and experiences. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to us via the Synergist website. Space is limited.
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