Course leader profile
Our course leaders bring a unique wealth of insights and practical knowledge from within the financial industry and wider business community, including corporate governance, sustainability, and investments.
Bess is a Senior Advisor at Impactive Associates and is our resident corporate governance and stewardship guru.
Prior to joining Impactive Associates in 2018, Bess was the Head of Corporate Governance at major US institutional investor TIAA-CREF (now Nuveen), where she helped to lead, shape and drive the company's corporate governance program and policies. This includes active ownership, public advocacy and proxy voting consistent with our commitment to best practices in corporate governance and social responsibility. Bess is a well-known senior leader in the industry and well-respected as a leading voice in this field.
She was previously in Investor Relations at Goldman Sachs, where she led the company's outreach to institutional investors on corporate governance policies and practices. In this role, she engaged with asset managers, public pension funds, proxy advisory firms, governance thought leaders and academics. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2010, she was an associate director at Hermes Equity Ownership Services in London, leading engagement and voting for client holdings in the Americas.
Bess earned a BA with great distinction from McGill University. She is a Canadian-qualified lawyer from the University of Toronto and gained experience in corporate and securities law at Stikeman Elliott LLP. She also worked for Fairvest in Toronto, now ISS Canada, and PIRC, a UK-based proxy research and advisory firm. In 2008, she was recognized as a Rising Star in corporate governance by the Yale School of Management's Millstein Center.