A formidable business woman with the highest of standards,Sayra Fischer Lebenthal believed that serving clients with honesty and integrity was the best and only way to do business. This award is presented to a woman in the financial services profession who, like Sayra, believed in teaching women the importance of understanding their investments and taking responsibility for their financial lives.
Sayra Fischer Lebenthal (October 1898 – March 1994) was a Wall Street Legend.
In 1925 at the age of 27, Sayra Fischer Lebenthal cofounded the investment banking firm Lebenthal & Company with her husband Louis Lebenthal, and was responsible for democratizing the Municipal Bond business. The company thrived, continuing to do so even after the death of Louis Lebenthal in 1951. Mrs. Lebenthal, grieving, decided to stay in business, becoming the first woman to run a Wall Street brokerage firm. She specialized in tax-exempt municipal bonds for small investors, and watched the market for them soar. Among her innovations: She organized a department exclusively for women investors. Sayra continued to work full time until the age of 92.