November 1, 2017
Dear FWA Members, Sponsors and Supporters,
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the FWA is particularly grateful for all the support it receives. I would like to express a special appreciation to BMO for funding our scholarship and mentoring program at Baruch College, and to MUFG for funding our scholarship and mentoring program at Seton Hall University.
It is my privilege to announce that BMO Capital Markets has once again selected the FWA to be one of several recipients of the proceeds from their Equity Through Education trading day. Since the program began in 2005, BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group, has raised USD $17.5 million and helped more than 3,000 students. And, the FWA has been a proud partner from the start.
This year, BMO has generously donated USD $275,000 to support our programs that foster education, leadership and success, which in turn helps promote diversity in the workplace.
The FWA is very appreciative of BMO’s support, and extends a hearty thank you to our BMO partners, with special appreciation to FWA Members Kim Hanson and Renée Lantaigne. Thanks to this important partnership, and many others, we have been able to reach more than 6,000 young professionals and students throughout our programs.
I also want to thank BMO for showcasing the FWA’s Back2Business return-to-work program at a recent industry event. Congratulations to the program’s founder, the FWA Immediate Past President Katrin Dambrot, who shared the program vision and achievements at an American Banker Roundtable panel at their esteemed Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance event. Katrin was joined by BMO’s Back2Business Champion, Chief Administration Officer Summer Hinton, for an in-depth discussion on the great success of the program’s first year.
Last month, I shared an update of this year’s kick-off of the MUFG FWA Mentoring program at Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business. It was a very special evening, with a record number of mentor/mentee pairs participating in the program.
It is my privilege to announce that in addition to supporting the Mentoring program, MUFG has generously donated $30,000 to fund a new MUFG FWA Scholarship Program at Seton Hall. This program will make an enormous impact to deserving students of the Stillman School of Business.
The FWA is very appreciative of MUFG’s support, and extends a very special thank you to Kathy Patoff, Lori Nickel, dedicated FWA Member Hermina “Nina” Batson, and to all at MUFG.
I am truly touched by the exceptional vision and outreach of BMO and MUFG. And, in this time of some heartbreaking headlines, I am continually inspired by the resolve, giving and personal commitment that people make in their communities every day.
I have always been an optimist – and see the glass as half full. I choose to celebrate the strength and spirit that defines us as humans.
As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, we have much to be grateful for. I hope you will enjoy a moment to reflect on the many blessings all around us!
As you look to your December calendars, please join us for the 2017 FWA Holiday Benefit on December 13th. To align with our International Business Conference in Japan in April 2018, the event will be held at the Penthouse of the Kitano Hotel, an exquisite Japanese boutique hotel, located on Park Avenue, just blocks from Grand Central. REGISTER TODAY!
On behalf of the FWA Leadership, thank you for your ongoing involvement and support.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
FWA President 2017-18