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Carolyn Leonard, left, joins women at the Tortoise Club event. 0

This former trader is helping women get a leg up

February 2nd, 2018

They sipped “rumtinis,” nibbled truffle mushroom risotto bites, and hobnobbed the way you do after work. But this wasn’t your average women’s networking event. Nearly 100 business-types gathered at the Tortoise Supper Club last week to hear a veteran trader talk about a new investment fund—for women.

Carolyn Leonard, among the first women to trade in the Chicago Board Options Exchange pit, has formed DyMynd Angels Fund to promote women entrepreneurs.

“It’s about women supporting other women,” Leonard said before she and business partner Monika Black stepped to a microphone to make the ask. They’re looking for contributions of $1,000 each to help fund women-run start-ups.

Read about her goals for the angel fund and how she got her own start trading in the male-dominated trading pits. Read about her #MeToo story in Chicago magazine.

 

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