Professional Development & Continuing Education

BOLD – Build Opportunities to Leverage and Develop your career
formerly Career Connections and Professional Development

Susan Isquith

Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen

Helen Dayen

Committee Co-Chairs Helen Dayen and Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen

The Building Opportunities to Leverage and Develop (BOLD) Careers Committee, a combination of the former Career Connections and Professional Development Committees, supports members in growing and progressing their careers and professional aspirations and helps them establish and  maintain a robust competitive edge in their respective industries. Through targeted educational and dedicated networking events, the BOLD Careers Committee serves as a platform for talented FWA members to build presence, personal brand, and professional relationships, to hone their career navigating skills and to deepen industry awareness. 

For more information, contact Helen Dayen or Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen.


Distinguished Speakers

Susan Isquith

Susan Isquith

Regina Huber

Regina Huber

Committee Co-Chairs Regina Huber and Susan Isquith

Want the opportunity to hear the firsthand experiences of leading CFOs and CEOs in the financial industry? Check out events organized by the Distinguished Speakers Committee, which was created with the intention of promoting programs that Members can attend and then leave with key knowledge that can be utilized to propel their career forward now and in the future.

Overcoming challenges is much easier when lessons learned by others who have previously blazed the same trail are shared. That is just one of many goals of holding workshops featuring enlightened speakers to provide Members with information related to their personal career path.

“We focus on a small number of very involved and high profile events. The committee works intensively around those and because of the prominence of our speakers, there has to be a significant amount of leadership effort put out and relationship management in terms of producing those events,” Vanessa Van Brunt, former committee co-chair, revealed.

Some past topics are:

  • Fireside Chat on Leadership: Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and CFO Marianne Lake discussed leadership, engaging stakeholders, navigating challenges currently seen in financial institutions and planning for the future.
  • A Conversation with Richard Ketchum, FINRA Chairman and CEO, “Compliance, Risk Management and the Bottom Line- How Do They Co-Exist?”
  •  Lunch with Jeff Sprencher– Founder, CEO and Chairman of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Don’t wait, hear the vital information Distinguished Speakers are discussing today! Contact Regina Huber or Susan Isquith.


Emerging Leaders

Lauren Leipold

Lauren Leipold

Alice Globus

Alice Globus

Committee Co-Chairs Alice Globus and Lauren Leipold

The Emerging Leaders Committee’s two primary objectives include:

  • Enhancing Members’ skill sets in networking with their peers. These “horizontal” relationships are then supplemented by the Committee’s second objective:
  • Skill enhancement seminars that focus on the development and practice of a professional skill set through lecture, role playing and other interactive procedures

For more information, contact Alice Globus or Lauren Leipold.



Diana Merenda

Alana McNichol

Committee Co-Chairs Diana Merenda and Alana McNichol

This Committee provides support for women entrepreneurs through group meetings, networking and special events. FWA entrepreneurs have a support system for those who do not have the same resources available as corporate America/more established businesses.

The Entrepreneurs Committee has also featured successful funding events related to angel investing and crowd funding, and considering the ever-changing funding landscape resulting from the new Jobs Act, the committee is likely to sponsor similar events in the future.

All FWA members are welcome to get involved.

Get access to information that could help you to excel in growing your business! For more information, contact co-chairs Diana Merenda or Alana McNichol.


Executive Leaders

Maura Regan

Raleigh Mayer

Committee Co-Chairs Raleigh Mayer and Maura Regan

The unique event settings and customized formats designed by this Committee attract existing, prospective and former members of the FWA, along with past FWA Distinguished Speakers, Annual Dinner Honorees and Dais Members. Participants appreciate the concept of intimate, invitation-only events where senior-ranking professionals have an opportunity to network with their peers.

Members of the FWA Executive Leaders Committee are senior executive leaders and “C-Suite” professionals. Prospective new Committee members who meet these criteria should contact the FWA’s Manager of Member and External Communications or at 1-212-533-2141, X-301.

Past events include: private museum tours; backstage tours; intimate gatherings with renowned , designers, chefs and musicians; as well as roundtable discussions with corporate leaders.

For more information, contact Raleigh Mayer or Maura Regan.


Professional Services Liaison

Sareena Sawhney

Sareena Sawhney

Susan DiCicco

Susan DiCicco

Jennifer Delgado

Jennifer Delgado

Committee Co-Chairs Jennifer Delgado, Susan Di Cicco, and Sareena Sawhney

Helping women to realize the immense benefits related to networking and being a member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), the Professional Services Liaison works closely with individuals primarily in the legal and accounting spaces through co-sponsoring events designed to spark the interests of lawyers, accountants and FWA Members employed in other related fields as well.

In addition to planned FWA events, this committee hosts quarterly dinners with Members to foster networking and greater involvement in the committee and holds periodic conference calls to prepare for upcoming events.

For more information, contact Jennifer Delgado, Susan Di Cicco, or Sareena Sawhney.



Janet Handal

Janet Handal

Heidi Evenson

Heidi Evenson

Committee Co-Chairs Heidi Evenson and Janet Handal

This committee develops and shares programs on technology subjects of interest to those in financial services.

For more information, contact Heidi Evenson or Janet Handal.

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