Vivian Lin Thurston, (MA, sociology; MS, finance) is a partner and portfolio manager for the China A-Shares Growth strategy at William Blair Investment Management. She is also a China Generalist and was previously a global research analyst covering large-cap consumer stocks at the firm. Vivian has more than 20 years of experience working in the investment management and finance industries in the US, Europe, and China. Before joining William Blair in 2015, Vivian was vice president and consumer sector head at Calamos Investments. Before that, she served thirteen years as an executive director and senior investment analyst at UBS Global Asset Management/Brinson Partners, where she was responsible for stock selection and research for consumer sectors in the United States and emerging markets. Vivian also held roles at Mesirow Financial, China Agribusiness Development Trust and Investment Corporation, and Vanke. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. Vivian is the founder and chairman of the Board of the Chinese Finance Association of America, a 501(c) nonprofit organization. She is also a principal dancer and head of the Dancers Group at a non-profit performing arts group, Xilin Dance Company, on a volunteer basis.