Heather Gardner

Heather Gardner

CIMA, AIF, Business Development, Financial Institutions
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Heather Gardner is responsible for financial institution business development and relationship management at William Blair Investment Management. In this role, she focuses on product placement for insurance firms, defined-contribution investment-only platforms, and sub-advisory relationships. Before joining William Blair in 2001, Heather was an institutional equity-research sales executive with Stephens Inc. She is a member of the Investment and Wealth Institute (IWI) and Money Management Institute (MMI). She serves on the board of the Civic Leadership Foundation and the Sustaining Fellows program committee of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a former board member of Women Investment Professionals (WIP) of Chicago. She is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF). She also has certifications from the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association (Fundamentals of Alternative Investments), the CFA Institute (Investment Foundations Program), the University of Chicago (Booth Executive Education, Chicago Management Institute), and Northwestern University (Kellogg Executive Education, Corporate Governance Program). Heather received a B.A. in business/economics from Hendrix College.