William Blair’s Stephanie Braming, CFA, Partner, and Global Head of William Blair Investment Management, was named to Pensions & Investments’ (P&I) inaugural list of influential women in institutional investing for 2023 published September 11.
The list, which is part of P&I’s Influential Women in Institutional Investing program, honors and celebrates women across the industry who have an outsize impact and are driving positive change.
Braming joined William Blair in 2004 and was promoted to Global Head of William Blair Investment Management in 2017. She leads a global team of approximately 350 employees who manage $64.3 billion in client assets.* She is president of the William Blair Funds and chairperson of the William Blair SICAV. In addition, Braming is a member of William Blair’s governing executive committee, responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the firm. Before leading investment management, Braming was a Portfolio Manager of nearly $20 billion in client assets.
During her tenure as Global Head of Investment Management, Braming has overseen the launch of 16 new investment strategies; led the expansion of investment management services in Europe and Asia; and shaped an emerging markets debt team offering multiple products. She also spearheaded William Blair’s acquisition of ICM, a U.S. value equity investment firm with $3.2 billion in assets.
“[Stephanie] has curated the most diverse teams in our firm with an intentional recruiting focus and an inclusive culture that has expanded our firm’s breadth of perspectives,” said Brent Gledhill, president and CEO of William Blair. “This focus underpins her drive to increase the number of women leaders at the firm and within the financial industry, leading by example and empowering female colleagues to take on new roles.”
Her passion for client service and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has inspired her civic leadership as well. She works with nonprofits focused on literacy for underserved communities and STEM education for girls.
Braming serves on the boards of the Investment Company Institute, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and Working in the Schools. She is also a member of the International Women’s Foundation, Economic Club of Chicago, and The Chicago Network.
*as of June 30, 2023