September 15, 2017
Dear FWA Members, Sponsors and Supporters,
As the FWA is an important advocate in the mission of accelerating the leadership and success of women in all industries, we are always grateful for an opportunity to lend our voice for the advancement of women.
We are proud that the FWA has enjoyed a partnership with Forbes since 2008 and for the ninth time, the FWA will be featured in a Special Section. This year’s Special Section will appear in the Forbes Centennial Anniversary issue and will reach 6.6 million readers. In the feature, entitled, “Women are the Competitive Advantage in the Age of Disruption,” we discuss the importance of bringing men and women to the table and integrating their respective leadership traits. When we work together, it brings out the best of both and creates a more powerful outcome than either can achieve alone.
Look for the Forbes article – it will hit newsstands on September 19th. In the meantime, a heartfelt “thank you” to Lily Klebanoff Blake for creating and leading our relationship with Forbes for all these years, and to PGIM for sponsoring this year’s effort.
In last month’s President’s Message, I announced two new free benefits for FWA members, and I would like to give you an update. First, I am proud that our Professional Development Workshop series has started with a roaring success – thanks for Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen and the BOLD Committee, and our extraordinary and ever-inspiring coach, Jim Arnoff.
Our first workshop, which sold out quickly, was entitled, “Power Networking and Power Pitching – The Dynamic Duo.” In this interactive session, Jim shared the importance of being authentic and personalizing your message to connect with others and gain trust. He also discussed the power of claiming your voice and presenting yourself with confidence. After all, so much of how others think of us, comes from how we think of ourselves!
Secondly, I am proud to report that the committee co-chairs, Joan Shapiro Green and Marietta Bottero, are making great progress in setting up our Member2Member Mentoring Program, which will be launched next month. The response has been very strong so we are seeking a few additional mentors; please contact them if you would like to enjoy the rewards of leveraging your expertise and experience and giving back.
In addition to inviting you to become a mentor, I welcome you to get involved in other ways – give yourself a career development opportunity by joining a committee or taking on a leadership role in the FWA.
Over the past month, I have had the privilege of attending several exciting FWA events.
A big “thank you” to Betsy Werley for all her great work over the years with the Baruch College Scholarship and Mentoring program. I was proud to participate in a breakfast event at Deloitte for our Baruch mentees, where they heard first-hand what it means to build a career in Audit, Tax and Consulting.
In the coming weeks, we will be launching a new FWA Scholarship and Mentorship program with students at Seton Hall College in New Jersey, sponsored by MUFG. I will share more about it in my next President’s Message.
Here’s to a productive and exciting Autumn. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming programs!
FWA President 2017-18