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Wall Street bigwig Susan Wagner tapped as Wellesley College commencement speaker

Susan Wagner, BlackRock cofounder, Wellesley College commencement speaker 2014Wellesley College alum Susan Wagner, co-founder and director of Wall Street giant BlackRock, has been named as the school’s commencement speaker for ceremonies slated to take place on Friday, May 30 at 10:30am. Wagner retired as vice chairman of BlackRock in 2012.

“Sue’s career at BlackRock exemplifies the important role that the liberal arts play in enabling smart, capable women to make a difference in the world,” said Wellesley College president Kim Bottomly, in a statement.”I know she will offer our students important insights as they prepare to make their mark—in whatever path they choose.”

Wagner graduated from Wellesley in 1982 with a BA in English and economics, before earning an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. She was 26 years old when she and seven others founded BlackRock, and went on to  orchestrate the $13.5 billion deal between BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, creating the world’s biggest asset manager.

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