The CEO’s Perspective

Navigating the Future Together

March 2022 / 2 minute read
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As spring begins, we are celebrating the ability to collaborate with each other in our offices again and enjoying the heightened energy created by in-person group meetings and conferences. Personally, I have been visiting our offices and connecting with colleagues as well as clients across many industries. Every client has called out the dedication, caliber, and authenticity of William Blair’s team members, which inspires me and fills me with pride to work with such remarkable people. We are grateful for the trust you place in us, and we hope to continue to reconnect in-person more and more over the year ahead.

In March, we hosted our first large-scale, in-person event since early 2020 to honor International Women’s Day. William Blair’s Inspiring Women event is now in its 17th year and again featured an accomplished leadership voice with a unique perspective. 

This issue of Client Focus features two remarkable women who have inspired many: William Blair clients Amy Sue Lebovitz, who shares her story of breaking into and working in the male-dominated logistics industry, and Monique Rodriguez, the founder and CEO of successful haircare and beauty company Mielle Organics. Both women discuss their journey to success.

Additionally, I would also like to recognize Stephanie Braming, William Blair’s global head of Investment Management, who was named one of the most influential women in finance by Barron’s magazine. She is part of a prestigious list honoring the top 100 women executives in the U.S. recognized for shaping today’s financial services industry. It has been an honor to celebrate the accomplishments of William Blair’s female colleagues and clients during Women’s History Month this past March.

Brent Gledhill
Brent Gledhill, William Blair President and CEO

The first quarter of 2022 began with heightened market volatility as investors digested higher inflationary pressures and repositioned for an expected higher interest rate environment. In late February, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shocked markets, elevated commodity prices further, and added additional uncertainty.

The suffering and displacement caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine has created innumerable hardships. As a firm, we stand with Ukraine and have activated a charitable matching program to support relief efforts, by amplifying contributions made by individual William Blair employees.

We have a long history of navigating changing markets and uncertainty—decades of experience evaluating and analyzing the effects of world events—and will continue to monitor today’s markets, staying focused on your objectives and needs.

As we head into the second quarter of 2022, we look forward to connecting with you and helping you navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead. We are always interested in learning more about your perspectives and the questions on your minds.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at CEOPerspective@williamblair.com with any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Brent

Brent Gledhill
President and CEO