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Speaker: Dune Thorne

Dune Thorne explores the statistic that 70% of high school valedictorians are girls yet 4% of S&P CEOs are women. How can businesses be more supportive of women and gender diversity? Dune illustrates the “S curve” as a potential solution and discusses the need for a new approach and a new conversation—which can benefit women and benefit businesses.

Dune Thorne is a partner, portfolio manager and head of the Boston office at Brown Advisory, where she helps families and nonprofits develop financial and investment plans to align with their long-term goals. Dune was honored as one of the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and serves on the Sustainable Investing task force for the WEF. She was also honored as one of the Top 50 Women in Wealth by AdvisorOne in 2011 and was a recipient of Boston Business Journal's Emerging Leader Award in 2011. Dune is the founder and chair of the board of Invest in Girls; a trustee and investment committee member for Milton Academy and the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum; serves on the investment committee for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and The Lincoln Nursery School; and is a member of Golden Seeds LP Advisory Committee, Tiger 21 and Women Moving Millions. Dune earned her BA at Dartmouth and MBA from Harvard Business School.

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