Keynote Speaker Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck

Chair of Ellevate, Former CEO of Citi Global Wealth Management, and former President of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America

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Sallie L. Krawcheck is the Chair of Ellevate. Ellevate Network is the global professional woman’s network, with thousands of women from across industries and around the world. Ellevate Asset Management has partnered with Pax World on the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, the first and only mutual fund of its kind, investing in the 400 top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. These businesses are united in the recognition that investing in women is simply smart business.

Krawcheck is the past president of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America, the largest wealth management business in the world, at $2.2 trillion in client balances. Its operating businesses include Merrill Lynch and US Trust.

Some of Sallie's Top Achievements

She has a track record of turning around and innovating to drive growth in a number of businesses. These include:

  • Reversing the decline in Merrill Lynch’s profitability and Advisor headcount and stabilizing US Trust while at Bank of America, gaining share across the wealth management businesses;
  • Separating research from investment banking at Citi, to restore the business’ reputation and profitability in the wake of the Wall Street research scandal;
  • Substantially growing Sanford Bernstein’s research business by avoiding the conflicts of investment banking; and
  • Integrating and launching the innovative MerrillEdge, Merrill Lynch’s on-line offering.

In addition, alone among senior Wall Street executives, Krawcheck reimbursed individual investor clients for a portion of losses incurred during the financial downturn from poorly performing products sold by Citi and, later again, at Bank of America.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Krawcheck was the chief executive officer and chairman for Citi Global Wealth Management, responsible for the Citi Private Bank, Citi Smith Barney and Citi Investment Research. During her time at Citi, she was also a member of the senior leadership committee and executive committee.

Krawcheck joined Citi in October 2002 as chairman and chief executive officer of Smith Barney, where she oversaw the global management of the Smith Barney and Citi Investment Research businesses. In 2004, she was appointed chief financial officer for Citigroup. In this role she was responsible for a number of asset dispositions, including the sales of Travelers P&C and Citi Asset Management.

Prior to joining Citi, Krawcheck was chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. She began her career as a research analyst, covering the financial services industry, a role in which she was consistently ranked first in her field by “Institutional Investor.”

Krawcheck was recently named number 9 on Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People 2014” list, as well as one of “10 Up and Coming Leaders to Watch” by Entrepreneur Magazine. During the research scandals, Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” and noted that hers was the most influential voice for research quality and integrity. She has been listed as one of Forbes’ and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” in business and U.S. Banker’s top “Woman to Watch.” She is a past recipient of CNBC’s “Business Leader of the Future Award,” was one of Time magazine’s “Global Business Influentials,” Fortune’s “Most Influential Person Under the Age of 40” and an “Institutional Investor” top CFO in financial services.  She was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of its Young Global Leaders and has been lauded as an exceptional top female business speaker for businesses and associations.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Krawcheck attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Morehead Scholarship and graduated in 1987 with academic honors in Journalism and Political Science. In 1992, she received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.


Testimonials 6

  • Sallie – was the belle of the ball. Everyone loved her, even the hard-core males in the audience. She was genuine, so eloquent and handled the audience brilliantly. Definitely one of the best speakers we have ever had.

    CEO of a Multinational Bank

  • Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that Sallie was fantastic at our event yesterday. She was warm, funny, insightful and very relevant to our audience. We were thrilled with her keynote.

    Senior Manager

    Major Biotechnology Corporation

  • Thank you for an electrifying presentation to our members last week at our annual convention. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and has initiated many thoughts, ideas and projects consistent with our overall effort to change the conversation about diversity within our industry.

    Senior Vice President

    Large Independent Bank

  • I hope that your ears are still burning today in light of how many plaudits are still rolling in from students, alums, faculty/staff, and friends who were fortunate enough to be able to hear your remarks at our fifth annual NYC Conference. Simply put, you hit it out of the park in terms of authenticity, insights, and delivery.

    Dean of a Prominent Business School

  • “What a privilege it was to welcome Chatham Hall and for her to share her inspirational message with our girls. Our students took away the importance of conviction, resilience, and owning your competencies. She modeled for them authenticity in one’s journey of success as well as the difference one makes when she lifts as she climbs.”

    Suzanne Walker Buck

    Director, Chatham Hall

  • What a privilege it was to welcome you to Chatham Hall and for you to share your inspirational message with our girls. Our students took away the importance of conviction, resilience, and owning your competencies. You modeled for them authenticity in one’s journey of success as well as the difference one makes when she lifts as she climbs

    Suzanne Walker Buck

    Rector, Chatham Hall

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