MS, Operations Research, National Science Foundation Scholar
NYU Polytechnic University
PhD, Statistics and Operations Research
Dr. Leila Heckman is a highly regarded investment manager and global strategist with over twenty-five years of experience. She and her team manage international portfolios for premier domestic and international institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals. In addition, she leads an independent research advisory business.
Dr. Heckman is currently Senior Managing Director for DCM Advisors. Previously, she was the Managing Director for Lebenthal and led the International Equity teams at Roosevelt, Mesirow Financial, and Bear Stearns Asset Management. Dr. Heckman was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heckman Global Advisors, an independent research company that was purchased by Bear Stearns in 2005. Between 1993 and 2003, she was Senior Managing Director of Global Asset Allocation at Citigroup Smith Barney, where she built a preeminent team that was ranked #1 or #2 by Institutional Investor’s annual global poll for four years in a row. She also served as a voting member of the Investment Policy Committee and Asset Allocation Committee of Salomon Smith Barney. During her career, Dr. Heckman also was Vice President at Alliance Bernstein, where she developed sophisticated strategic asset allocation models.
Currently, she is on the investment committees for Catalyst.org, a non-profit focused on women in the workplace, and for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She serves on the Advisory Committee for Cornell University's Financial Engineering Program. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She served on the Sun Life Financial U.S. Board for nine years. Dr. Heckman has a B.A. from Brown, a M.S. in Operations Research from Cornell, and a Ph.D. from NYU Polytechnic (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering).
She resides in New York City with her husband and has two grown daughters.