Latinas in Finance: Power Lunch with Vanessa Hartigan

Within our group of over 400 Latino professionals we have a very talented group of successful and visible women – Latinas! Our Latina leaders have created Latinas in Finance within our group and will be hosting events throughout the year tailored to Latinas in financial services.

With that, we are happy to kick off Latinas in Finance with a series of power lunches that will highlight Latina industry leaders from our group. The lunches will follow a consistent format where our guest speaker will review her personal background, career trajectory and current role. The lunches will last approximately an hour and a half where most of the time is dedicated to questions from those in attendance. We anticipate the type of questions to range from career advice to forward-looking industry thoughts.

The inaugural power lunch will highlight Vanessa Hartigan on Thursday, July 9th from 12-1:30 PM Pacific Time at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 101 California Street in San Francisco. Vanessa is a Relationship Manager for Merrill Lynch’s Institutional business. Vanessa has 18 years of experience in financial services and has a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a master’s in Development Economics and a bachelor’s in International Relations from Stanford University. Vanessa is also an active leader and mentor in Latinos in Finance.

We will limit attendance to 20 people. To register, please email Latinos in Finance with your full name, phone number, current firm and title. We will confirm your reservation via email and do our best to manage a waiting list. If you are not able to attend this power lunch or the registration is full, there will be similar power lunches this year.

Find Vanessa's biography below. For questions, please email Sarai Rodriguez who is leading the Latinas in Finance effort.

See you soon,

Latinos in Finance


Vanessa Hartigan is a Relationship Manager for Merrill Lynch’s Institutional business which includes coverage of both mutual fund and hedge fund buy-side clients.  She is responsible for working across Merrill Lynch product teams to strategically identify and grow revenues for the West Coast client base.  Prior to relationship management, Vanessa was a Prime Brokerages sales person and relationship manager for the West Coast.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Vanessa was a business development officer and product manager for Finaplex, a San Francisco based software company, which provided client relationship management applications for financial advisors.  Vanessa also previously worked in New York as a Financial Analyst in Corporate Finance at Goldman Sachs & Co. 

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