January 5, 2018
Dear FWA Members, Sponsors and Supporters,
As 2018 begins, we want to wish all of you a New Year filled with health, happiness, laughter and success. And hopefully, the FWA will be an important part of helping you to reach your personal and professional goals!
2017 was an exceptional year for the FWA as we continued our mission of advancing women – and we look forward to making 2018 another banner year!
We were delighted to close out 2017 with a memorable Holiday Benefit at the Penthouse of the beautiful Kitano Hotel. We celebrated the holidays with a nod to our upcoming International Conference in Tokyo. Our full house enjoyed wine, sushi and Japanese appetizers, toasting friends and industry colleagues, and thanks for the generous sponsorship of SMBC, we also enjoyed a premium sake tasting.
Also in December, Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein honored FWA Member and former Past President (2001-02) Betsy Werley with the College’s “Community Partner” Award for her work in establishing Baruch’s FWA Mentoring Program in 2002. Now, 15 years later, with many volunteers and corporate leaders, the Program is still going strong with Betsy at the helm!
We are proud of how the FWA Mentoring Program helped shape the lives of numerous students at Baruch, and want to congratulate Betsy. We also want to recognize Olga Barskaya, an alum of the Program who serves as the Baruch Lead, and FWA Member and Past President Kristin McDonough, who helped make the Program a reality. We also want to thank FWA Member Marietta Bottero and BMO Capital Markets for their ongoing support in making the Program a vibrant success.
I was delighted to be part of the FWA Holiday Lunch for the current Baruch mentees as we hosted them for a ballet performance of The Nutcracker Suite at Lincoln Center.
As announced at the Holiday Benefit, registration is now open for the FWA 2018 International Business Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The Conference will include a Reception at the US Embassy and exclusive meetings with industry, government and finance leaders as we celebrate women’s accomplishments and potential in the Japanese economy.
In closing my first President’s Message of 2018, I want to wish you a year filled with sweet dreams, new beginnings, glorious opportunities, and unlimited possibilities!
Happy New Year!
FWA President 2017-18