Kathleen Lynch, COO of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management, at the Midtown Manhattan welcome center. Photo: Kit DeFever.

Kathleen Lynch:
A Commitment to Excellence

As Chief Operating Officer for UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas Kathleen Lynch is a dedicated team leader and motivator. Having achieved a role both professionally and personally rewarding, she enjoys paying it forward, acknowledging the support and encouragement she received from her own family and colleagues along the way. “I may not be the smartest person in the room,...

The 2014 Irish America Wall Street 50

2014 Wall Street 50

For seventeen years, Irish America has sought out and recognized the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in the financial sphere, and this year is no exception. The fifty honorees of 2014 are an extraordinary, inspiring, and diverse group – from standout rising stars to masterful Wall Street veterans, this year’s list is comprised of both new faces and longtime...

The cottage in Donegal where Kathleen’s Lynch’s mother grew up. Watercolor by M.A. Kitchel, 2005.

The First Word:
Making the Most of
What You’ve Got

“Being Irish means being the best you can be by making the most of what you’ve got. It’s about being loyal to your friends and family, sharing with them all the joys that make life worth living.”  – Wall Street 50 Honoree Sean Kelly. In the 1980s when Kathleen Lynch was making her way to Wall Street, Irish America was in its infancy. With little money and few staff, we all became dab...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Photo: Irish Voice

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Allows Gay Groups to March

A decision announced in early September by the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, will allow some gays to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, specifically the NBC-affiliated LGBT group OUT@NBCUniversal. The announcement has been seen by many as a change of heart towards the gay community by the organizers, who have long claimed that the parade is a Catholic parade. The...

Maria Walsh, the 2014 Rose of Tralee.

Maria Walsh:
The Gay New Rose of Tralee

The annual Rose of Tralee festival concluded in August with the crowning of a winner, Maria Walsh. The stunning new Rose, a native of Boston, beat out 31 other Roses to win the title. The announcement of the winner coincided with a revelation that Walsh was gay. After her crowning, Walsh sat down with The Sun newspaper and revealed her sexual orientation saying, “I am confident in who I am as a...