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March 2017


Past FWA Presidents Maureen Adolf (2014-15) and Susan L. Harper (2012-13), who is also FWA pro bono General Counsel, posed with “The Fearless Girl” statute Artist Kristen Visbal at NY City Hall in a gathering organized by US Congresswoman Maloney to extend the statute’s stay on Wall Street.

Commissioned by asset management firm State Street Global Advisors to mark its initiative urging the 3,500+ companies in which it invests for its clients to increase the number of women on their corporate boards, Fearless was conceived by McCann New York and sculpted by Visbal (pictured above). The NYC Mayor’s Office announced today that the statute of the young brave bronze girl facing the iconic Wall Street bronze bull will remain in its place for at least 11 more months.

Pacesetter Jamilynn Cimino, is featured in a LinkedIn article, Reverse Mentoring: Millennials teach old dogs new tricks, published March 6th.

Jamilynn lead the development of the “Connect” program. According to Cimino, the “overall objective of the program is to leverage generation-wide talent to help shape the future direction of the firm and position Pershing for success.”

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January 2017

Meet on Bowery in affiliation with Spacebase presents, A Night for Women in Leadership with Regina HuberShow up with Power and Authenticity to Drive Your Success.

As women finding the method to your success can be riddled with obstacles. The key to success is empowering yourself and acknowledging your undiscovered talent in order to build the confidence that will allow for advancement in male dominated industries.

Regina Huber, author of Speak up, Stand out and Shine, has defined her career by helping companies attract, create, and retain more female leaders. Her signature system “Powerful Leadership Transformation” encompasses an empowering mindset, distinctive uniqueness, a body-conscious presence, and effective action. This approach allows her clients to achieve their leadership goals and success above and beyond traditional methods.

December 2016

Regina Huber

Regina Huber

Regina Huber, is not only the co-chair of the Distinguished Speakers committee but also the author of the recently published Kindle book, Speak up, Stand out and Shine – Speak Powerfully in Any Situation.

Speak up, Stand out and Shine prepares you for any speaking situation, online or offline. It equips you with tools that make speaking in meetings, in job interviews or in front of a room less daunting. It is brimful with techniques that allow you to increase your success as a speaker and communicator.

If you have something important to say, pick up Speak up, Stand out and Shine and read it!

Available currently as a Kindle book on Amazon and soon in print!

September 2016

Merrie Frankel, is appointed to the Board of Directors of Agree Realty.

Read the Press release.




June 2016

Nina McLemore, is featured in the Washington Post style section. Some of the nation’s most powerful women look to her for fashion advice.

May 2016

Sharon Lewis, participated in a discussion on the topic of “Undercover cameras expose ageism, challenge old stereotypes”, on  NBC’s Today Show, broadcasted on May 25, 2016.

We are  pleased to inform you that Susan L. Harper, pro bono FWA General Counsel, will be a featured speaker on the Japan Society’s policy panel, “Womenomics-in-Action: Approaches by the Japanese, American and European Governments” on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  Harper is a Managing Director of the Bates Group LLC. She Chairs the NY State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law’s Legislative Subcommittee and is a past Co-Chair of NYCLA’s Women’s Rights Committee.  She is also a Past FWA President 2012-13. The program will focus on Japan’s new law promoting women’s roles in the workplace effective April 2016. Companies with 301 or more employees, as well as the central and local governments, are required to report their percentage of female hires and female managers, and set numerical targets for employing and promoting women. Harper will be  discussing the American government and businesses efforts to promote women’s empowerment and advancement and U.S policies impacting women’s economic rights.

For more information about the event, click here.


Pamela Packard, FWA Past President 1999-2000 has been named Chairperson-Elect of Financial Planning Standards Board, Ltd (FPSB), a certification, education and professional standards setting organization for the global financial planning community.  She will automatically assume the role of Chairperson in April 2017.

Read the Press release.


April 2016

Prudential Annuities names Melissa Kivett Senior Vice President and Business Strategy Officer
Newly-created role will drive business priorities

In this newly-created role, Kivett will lead the overall development of business strategy, reporting to Lori Fouche, president of Prudential Annuities. She will join Prudential Annuities senior leadership team. Read more


Kimberly Weinrick,, FWA Past President 2013-14 with Honoree Barbara Krumsiek

Congratulations to Barbara Krumsiek, former CEO, President and Chair of Calvert for received the Fund Action’s Lifetime Achievement Award on April 26th. Barbara is a FWA member and was the FWA Woman of the Year Private Sector in 2013.



November 2015

Maria Semple, is a long time member and now author of the recently published book: “Magnify Your Business:  Tips Tools and Strategies for Growing Your Business or Your Nonprofit.”

Her book is for entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives who see a need and have a great idea for meeting it.

View more details on Maria’s website: and order your copy today!

November 2014

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Nancy Ancowitz, coach and author of “Self-Promotion for Introverts,” has been quoted by CNN revealing “Introverts can thrive in any work environment, but it’s about knowing what works for you.”

Read more by clicking here.

May 2014

Robin Judson, managing partner and group founder of Robin Judson Partners, LLC., recently welcomed Lorrie Landis to her dynamic team as a managing director. Ms. Landis, whose prior experience includes serving as a consultant for two major distressed credit hedge funds; managing alternative investments at the Tulane University Investment Office; co-founder and managing general partner of a woman-owned long short credit and distressed hedge fund; assistant portfolio manager and senior analyst at Caspian Capital Partners (Mariner Investment Group); and, vice president and associate in various capacities at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York Investment Banking, will be responsible for recruiting positions in research, marketing, trading and portfolio management. “We are thrilled to welcome Lorrie to the team,” said Robin Judson, managing partner and group founder. “The passion, experience and judgment that Lorrie brings to this firm will be incredibly valuable to our clients.” Ms. Landis has a particular interest in seeing more women and minorities on investment teams and corporate boards.

View Stephanie Ackler’s interview with the Wall Street Journal on the topic of “What to to Do the Five Years Before Retirement.” The five years leading up to retirement are very important. Here’s why:

FWA Members Joyce Sullivan and Linda Descano participated in a panel discussion on how social and Banking do go together!

Hear the podcast by clicking here.

April 2014

Pamela Packard, FWA Past President 1999-2000 and a board director of Brown Jordan International is featured in two National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) BoardVision videos on Evolving Needs of Private Company Boards. The videos address the changing priorities and needs of private company boards through different life cycles, tone at the top and the relationship between external auditors and private company boards.

Watch the videos:


mayer_raleigh72_10See Raleigh Mayer‘s comments in the Wall Street Journal article, “Making Sure the Boss is the Right Fit“, published April 15, 2014.

March 2014

Beleaguered by emails? You are not alone! According to FWA member Nancy Ancowitz, a business communication coach and author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®, many of us multitask at every opportunity to get through them all. Nancy is mentioned in the March 12, 2014, issue of The Wall Street Journal. Read it here: “Email Enigma: When the Boss’s Reply Is Cryptic.

Congratulations to FWA Men’s Alliance Chair, Deborah Kaye, on BONY/Mellon being honored last night at the New York Law Journal’s “2014 Outstanding Legal Department Awards” for their “pro bono” program which was organized and is led by Deborah. View details of the award ceremony in the electronic edition featuring Deborah on the cover and inside with an impressive double spread. Deborah’s contributions are recognized alongside other leading attorneys in the country.

February 2014

Can a bank tweet? Blog? Post on Facebook? How are banks communicating online (and why)? FWA member Joyce Sullivan, VP Social Business Programs for Socialware answered these questions and more on February 12 at the Apple Soho NYC stage for “Meet The Innovators: Social Banking” hosted by Women Innovate Mobile. View the podcast and add your recommendation and rating here Social Banking: Meet The Innovators.

Wanda Hill, is featured in the article,” Voice of Experience: Wanda Hill Managing Director, BK University, BNY Mellon” published by, February 13th, 2014. We learn that Wanda was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, , was named one of the 25 most influential women in business by The Network Journal and oversees learning and development for BNY Mellon’s Investment Services businesses. View the article

January 2014

packard_pamela72_08Pamela Packard, FWA Past President ’99-00 has been named President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), New York Chapter. The NACD is a membership organization which advances exemplary board leadership for directors by directors, provides educational events and resources, and serves as a voice of directors in the dialogue on board governance issues.View the press release

December 2013

adolf_maureen72_13President-Elect, Maureen Adolf, has joined leading law firm, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton. As the Senior Vice President of the firm’s Government Relations Practice, Maureen will advise clients on insurance regulatory issues and related corporate business practices, and compliance. Maureen will also assist clients to effectively frame issues for regulators and offer insight to the pending changes in insurance regulation at the state, federal and international levels. View the press release

November 2013

merenda_diana_72_12Diana Merenda, Co-chair of the Entreprenuers committee, is quoted in the article, RFP Teams Adapt to Tougher Due Diligence, published by on November 27th. Diana shares her views on the RFP process. View the article (subscription required, free trial available)

mayer_raleigh72_10FWA’s Leadership Council member Raleigh Mayer has just authored a timely piece on “Natural Networking: Chatting for Fun and Profit” for The Glass Hammer newsletter. For specific advice and real-world techniques for making compelling connections, read on…

September – July 2013

merenda_diana_72_12Diana Merenda, Co-chair of the Entreprenuers committee, provides the answer to the question, How Is Inst’l Client Service Evolving?, published by on September 5th. Diana shares her views on the increasing importance of “new media” as a tool for an integrated client service communications effort. View the article (subscription required, free trial available)

In August, Diana co-authored the article: What value did you bring to your customer today?, published by, August 28th. Her message is clear: Great Client Service is “Smart Business.” View the article

In July, Diana, was informed by the CFA Institute that she is now the proud holder of their new Claritas® Investment Certificate, CFA Institute ID #6916469. Diana participated in the CFA Institute’s “pilot program” for this new designation.

Congratulations Diana!

June 2013

packard_pamela72_08Pamela Packard, FWA Past President 1999-2000, and a board director at Brown Jordan International participated in a panel discussion on The Board as a Strategic Asset at a Forbes Insights and KPMG program: How Private Companies Fuel the US Economy held on May 22, 2013 at Forbes in New York City.

May 2013

semple_maria72_08The May 23 issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights entrepreneur Maria Semple. The article reviews/highlights Maria’s advice that is given in the organization’s Fundraising Fundamentals podcast. Read the article.

Ami Kaplan, is featured in the article, “Deloitte Executive and Mother of 3 Advises Next Generation of Working Women on Path Ahead” published in the New Jersey Star Ledger, May 12, 2013. Read the article.

April 2013

zichy_shoya72_07Shoya Zichy’s latest book is now available!

Discover Your Unique Profile—and Unlock Your Potential for Breakthrough Success

Readers of all personality types will find specific strategies to help them:

  • Leverage their unique work-related strengths and beware of their potential blind spots.
  • Define their ideal work environment and eliminate (or, at least, minimize) the stressors most likely to provoke exasperation or anger.
  • Adjust smoothly to the workplace styles of others and avoid personality clashes.
  • Choose the best words and communication approaches to get through to bosses, get along with team collaborators, and coach employees of different styles.
  • Create a personal career roadmap complete with concrete steps for achieving their goals…and much more.

Shoya Zichy Seminar Leader & Career Coach and Author:
New Book: Personality Power Creator: Award-Winning Color Q Personality Model

Calvert CEO Barbara Krumsiek Receives Annual FWA Private Sector Award Citation honors women leaders for their career achievements, leadership and professionalism View Commentary

February 2013

cornell_alison72_13Alison A. Cornell, a resident of the Asbury Park area and Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Covance Inc., a $2 billion drug development services company, has been named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business. The award recognizes the recipients for outstanding professional accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women. View the Press Release

Since joining Covance in 2004, Alison has been a driving force in the evaluation and lowering of our company’s cost structure, and her ability to recruit, develop and retain talent has significantly enhanced our finance bench strength companywide. In addition, she’s demonstrated her commitment to women’s advocacy by mentoring several senior women executives, helping them develop and execute their individual career plans; actively participating in the Financial Women’s Association; and serving as executive sponsor to a maternal health program co-sponsored by the Covance Charitable Foundation and CARE Nepal and designed to help women in Nepal gain control of their reproductive health.

January 2013

cornell_alison72_13Alison Cornell, has been named as one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ for her outstanding contributions to the state of New Jersey, both in her industry and community. The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field.

walker_erika72_13Erika Walker, Vice President and Transaction Manager is one of the recipients of the BNY Mellon Star Awards. The annual BNY Mellon Star Awards recognize outstanding employees from across the business and around the world. Star Award recipients exhibit excellence in their work and consistently demonstrate the company’s values. This year, 57 individuals from the businesses and business partners groups are winners, including six individuals who are being recognized for supporting the company’s priorities of Innovation, Community Partnership, and Diversity and Inclusion.

lewis_sharon72_12Sharon Lewis, co-chair of the FWA Membership Events Committee was recently selected as a founding member of the 23 person AARP Leadership Institute, a 13 month brain-trust charged with identifying and delivering innovative solutions to advancing the goals and mission of AARP.

Sharon is an independent marketing strategy and communications consultant. Sharon has launched five credit card products; played pivotal roles with three loyalty/continuity programs, uncovered new segmentation strategies for leading brands and generated millions of dollars in bottom line revenues through smart lead generation and activation.

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