Merit Award

The annual Merit Award Dinner is the premier event of the Women’s Bond Club. The Women’s Bond Club’s mission is strengthened and support by the annual Merit Award Dinner (MAD) MAD is the Club’s biggest public facing event and one of the largest and grandest Financial Services Industry networking events hosted by industry leaders. Through the MAD venue we provide market relevant key note speakers and topics, honors women who have provided exceptional leadership within the financial services industry and in the general market place and raises funds for our mission focused programs. MAD has been held since 1993 and now enjoys attendance by over 750 industry leaders each year.  A number of awards  are granted, honoring successful women in finance chosen for their professional accomplishments, as well as women who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of women more generally.

The Merit Award, which is given to a woman in the financial community who is widely recognized for her contributions in the industry. We are looking for nominees who have not only been successful in their careers in the financial services industry but have also distinguished themselves by breaking through the glass ceiling and providing leadership within their organizations. Ideally nominees should have a significant voice and influence within their Firm's senior management structures.

The Betty Cook Award is given to a woman who has dedicated herself to helping other women. Nominees for this award are not required to be a part of the financial services industry.  Instead they have made a unique and sustained contribution to the advancement of women.  This award was formerly known as the Isabel Benham Award.

 Some of the most recent award winners include:

Merit Award Winners

Betty Cook Award
(Formerly Isabel Benham Award)

Anne Ackerley
Managing Director, Head of U.S. & Canada Defined Contribution, BlackRock



Suni Harford, Managing Director,
Regional Head of Markets,
North America, Citi


Shelley O'Connor,
Co-Head of Wealth Management,
Morgan Stanley

Debra Walton,
Chief Content Officer, Financial & Risk,
Thomson Reuters

Beth E. Mooney,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Eve Ellis
Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager of the Parity Portfolio and The Diversity & Inclusion Portfolio
The Matterhorn Group at Morgan Stanley
In Support of Girls Who Invest

Ruth DeGolia,
Co-Founder and Executive Director,
Mercado Global

Ana Oliveira,
President and CEO of the New York Women's Foundation

Reshma Saujani,
Founder and CEO,
Girls Who Code

 Erin Ganju,
Co-Founder and CEO,
Room to Read