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Investing in Women: Marney Cumming McCabe ’90 on Connecting Females in Finance

Marney Cumming McCabe ’90 believes that women are the future of finance. As the senior vice president and head of Securities Lending Relationship Management for the Americas at Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston, she has spent the last 18 years in a traditionally male-dominated field.

With two daughters of her own and as a part of a family with a deep dedication to women and finance (her aunt, Sudi Cumming ’63 was a pioneer in educating young women on the importance of financial literacy), she has a vested interest in diversifying the gender makeup in her field, and thinks Lincoln Connect, the new digital home for alumnae, will be a very valuable tool.

“The industry is looking for more senior level women, and we want to make sure girls have the tools they need to move their way up in the financial services industry,” said McCabe. “People really underestimate the value of a network as you start to think about your career and navigating through your career. [In my industry] it becomes increasingly important for women to connect, to elevate each other and advocate for each other, and so much of that is done through a network.”

McCabe’s family is behind the Lincoln School Women in the Global Economy Fund, formed in her aunt Sudi’s honor to provide programming in financial literacy and opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of the global economy, equipping them to be active participants in the industry rather than passive bystanders.

Though McCabe’s sector is on the lookout for more senior-level women to join the ranks, she says the best way to foster those positions is to start early.

“Lincoln Connect [is] a valuable tool, not only for myself when my company is looking for younger women to join… but also to put younger graduating classes in touch with myself when they are thinking about what their next move is,” said McCabe. “More recently, I had an experience when an alumna did do an internship at Brown Brothers Harriman, and we were able to connect, and now I’m hoping when she graduates we can find her a full time position at Brown Brothers.”

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