Karen Cook passed away on October 2, 2013 from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare neurodegenerative disease.
Commenting on the honorees and 100WHF's
philanthropic partnership with Best Buddies
, Lauren Malafronte, 100 Women in Hedge Funds Board of Directors Executive Committee member said, "Among the leaders of the alternatives industry, there are few women like Barbara Novick and Karen Cook; both blazed many trails, climbed corporate heights and mentored women in our sector.
Karen Cook retired as Chief Investment Officer of Steinhardt Management Company, Inc. in 2008, marking the end of a career that spanned over 30 years and saw the earliest days of women's leadership in the Alternatives industry.
She joined Steinhardt Partners, LP in 1995 as General Partner and Director of Client Services and in 1996 transitioned to overseeing outside hedge funds and managed accounts.
In addition to her responsibilities at Steinhardt, she simultaneously served as Managing General Partner of Nepeta Partners, LP, a top-performing fund-of-funds invested in hedge funds.
Prior to her tenure at Steinhardt, Karen was a Vice President and senior proprietary trader in the Equities Division at Goldman Sachs & Co. from 1975 until 1988, where she was the first woman hired in that division and the third female finance professional in the Firm overall.
She also served on the Supervisory Board of Fifth Avenue Alternative Investments, LLC (Bessemer Trust).
Karen received an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1979 and a BA, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College (MA) in 1974.