Making Our Mark

Women in Economics Alumni Speaker Series - Presentation by Union College Trustee Kelly Williams '86

May 28, 2020 4:00 PM–5:00 PM

Join us ReUnion weekend for the Women in Economics Alumni Speaker Series - Presentation by Union College Trustee Kelly Williams '86.

Kelly Williams '86 is a prominent asset management CEO, public company director and non-profit board chair who has devoted much of her professional and personal life to building community and advancing women and others that have been historically underrepresented.

She was president of GCM Grosvenor Private Markets, and a senior advisor for the firm’s diversity and corporate responsibility initiatives. Previously, she held a number of management positions with firms, including Prudential and Credit Suisse AG.

A member of Union’s Board of Trustees since 2008, Williams and her husband, Andrew Forsyth, have been longtime College benefactors, supporting programming on Constructive Engagement, the Williams Center for Campus Community Safety, the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex, the Annual Fund and International Programs.

In addition, Williams has been a champion of the arts at Union. She currently has pieces from her collection on loan to the College and on display in Schaffer Library and the Mandeville Gallery. In addition, the couple donated the funding for the Steinway piano in Memorial Chapel.

She founded the Williams Legacy Fund and serves on the board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, which offers business school fellowships to women and other underrepresented professionals. As founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network, she created Project Pinklight, a program to advance private equity and venture capital funds by women.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in political science and mathematics, and a law degree from New York University. She received the Alumni Gold Medal from Union in 2016.


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