TiE Boston Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Geeta Aiyar

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Boston-TIE Bostonthe region’s largest organization supporting the Massachusetts entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs, executives, and venture capitalists, announced Boston Public Asset Management President and founder Geeta Aiyar will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

This prestigious award celebrates a person who has pushed the limits of what is possible. Ms. Aiyer has contributed significantly to driving market efficiency and improving corporate behavior through a gender and ESG lens. In 2003, she founded Boston Common Asset Management, an independent ESG-Integrated global equity manager, led by women with a majority of women and employees with $4.3 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2022.

“This year, we are pleased to honor sustainable investment entrepreneur and Boston Public Asset Management Founder Geeta Aiyer with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Geeta is best known for building sustainability into the Capital Markets,” said TiE Boston President Yash Shah. “In addition to her outstanding contributions over the years -years, Geeta has been a huge supporter of TiE Boston and the New England entrepreneurial community.”

TiE Boston’s annual gala will be held on December 2, 2022 at the Sheraton Boston.

“As a long-time resident of Boston and the founder of three companies, I have long admired TiE Boston’s leadership role in building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community,” said Ms. Aiyer. “It is a special privilege to be honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement award.”

Mr. Shah said that TiE Boston’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship and the organization is happy to honor Ms. Aiyer.

“We do this by running a structured program as well as organizing many networking events that allow emerging entrepreneurs to connect with established entrepreneurs, company executives and industry experts who can provide valuable guidance and funding to support their journey. TiE Boston’s Annual Gala is one event where we celebrate our outstanding achievements and report on our performance for this year,” added Mr. Shah.

Ms. Aiyer combines over 30 years of experience in finance with a passion for environmental and social justice. Under his leadership, Boston Common has built a strong investment record and meaningfully improved the policies and practices of portfolio companies through proactive and influential shareholder engagement. Ms. Aiyer was an early innovator in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing and remains an influential leader today.

After learning that Ms. Aiyer would be recognized at this year’s TiE Boston Annual Gala, Boston Common CEO Ally McDonald commented, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Geeta. Working with her for the past three years has been one one of the highlights of my career. He has built an incredible organization at Boston Common and a singular legacy for himself.

Among other awards, Ms. Aiyer was honored by Warta Investasi as an Innovator and recognized at the CERES conference for Building Sustainability into Capital Markets. For her diversity advocacy, she was named as one of the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 Movement Makers in 2021. In 2022, she received an honorary degree from Regis College (Weston, MA) and GreenBiz named her as one of 25 “badass women shaping the climate.” action”. Prior to founding Boston Common, Ms. Aiyer was President of Walden Asset Management and worked at US Trust Company (Boston) and Cambridge Associates.

He serves on the Board and Investment Committee of the National Resources Defense Council, Inc. She is the co-founder and chairman of the board of DAWN Worldwide, an NGO that tackles gender-based violence. Previously, he served on the boards of the Sierra Club Foundation and YW Boston. From 2015-2017, he was a member of the UN PRI Board, becoming the first US asset manager elected to serve.

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