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WS Alum named “Woman of the Year”

The National Association of Professional and Executive Women recently named Sandy Gross ‘85, founder and managing partner for Pinetum Partners, LLC, “Woman of the Year” in Executive Search and Recruiting. Only one woman from each industry is named “Woman of the Year” and Gross was selected from thousands of women in her field. Like few other women, Gross was chosen based on outstanding achievements, leadership and service and will nationally represent her industry in the “Women of Excellence” Registry.

Gross has close to 15 years of experience in the area of Executive Search and Recruiting. Pinetum Partners, LLC is a retained executive search firm specializing in senior level search for hedge funds, investment banks and other securities firms. As founder and managing partner, Gross is responsible for placing senior level investment professionals and executives by partnering with her clients and working closely with them on their strategic planning and succession initiatives.

Her honesty, hard work, tenacity, and commitment to her clients are what she attributes to her success. However, she credits her experiences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her liberal arts background for creating her necessary foundation to flourish. Gross values “not feeling limited and looking at the world and opportunities with eyes wide open – being creative and realizing that there may be many ways to reach a goal and there may be more than one right answer.” These ideals along with the ability to work collaboratively with different people and utilize time management skills were among the attributes that brought her to HWS and gave her an opportunity to grow further.

Gross earned a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from William Smith College, where she was a career counseling intern and assistant and chair of Hai Timiai, the senior honor society. She was also a member of the swim team, the social affairs club, and was active with the William Smith Dean’s Committee, softball intramurals, and the United Way.  She is the recipient of the Young Alumna Award and a William Smith Congress Award.

Gross earned an MBA in management from Pepperdine University. She is a founding co-chair of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Human Capital Peer Advisory Group and has made guest appearances on CNBC Power Lunch, CBS News Radio, NPR and Fox 5 Business News. She’s also regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, efinancialcareers.com and Market Watch.

To students and budding professionals she says to simply “Go for it! You will be more disappointed in yourself for not trying than trying and not succeeding.”