March 12, 2018
Dear FWA Members, Sponsors and Supporters,
As March is Women’s History Month, we hope you will join us to recognize the past and celebrate the future of women at one of the FWA’s Annual Signature Events. We will hold the FWA ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY on the evening of Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Co-sponsored by BMO Capital Markets and Thomson Reuters, the event will be hosted by Thomson Reuters at 3 Times Square, and proceeds will support the FWA’s programs to advance women, including scholarships, mentoring, financial literacy, education and professional development offerings.
The FWA is proud to recognize two dynamic and inspiring trailblazers:
2018 Public Sector Woman or the Year – Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America, a think and action tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. Dr. Slaughter is also the author of “Unfinished Business – Women Men Work Family” and “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” published in The Atlantic in 2012.
2018 Private Sector Woman of the Year – Deirdre Stanley, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Thomson Reuters. Ms. Stanley is also a Director of Consolidated Edison, Inc., a Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Special Surgery, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council.
We will also honor the incoming class of Pacesetters and our High School and College Mentees, which is always a highlight of the evening.
Please join us for this very special evening
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending several FWA events. I want to thank Co-Chairs Regina Huber and Anna Haskell and the FWA Distinguished Speakers Committee for bringing us A Fireside Chat with Candy Straight and
Colleen Campbell. Candy (Executive Producer of Equity and The Pages) and Colleen (Vice Chair of BMO Capital Markets), are two Finance industry veterans who had very different career paths and each shared her remarkable story of success.
Interviewed by Donna Parisi (Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP), the event was co-hosted by the FWA, Shearman & Sterling LLP, and BMO Capital Markets. My appreciation to Conni Gibson (Associate General Counsel & Managing Director, US Capital Markets at BMO) for her warm opening remarks, and especially to Pat Cronin (CEO at BMO Capital Markets) for his inspiring words of praise for the FWA. We are very grateful to Pat and BMO Capital Markets for their longstanding partnership with the FWA.
On March 8th, the FWA celebrated International Woman’s Day with a special event, “Women Who Run With the Bulls and the Bears – Yesterday and Today” at the National Museum of Mathematics. The program began with a conversation for our FWA Pacesetters and high school and college mentees. Interviewed by FWA Executive Director Ria Davis, FWA Board Member Stephanie Ackler, who heads Ackler Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors, discussed the challenges of advising women and men on wealth management and about career opportunities for young women interested in the field.
This was a great segue to a Fireside Chat with FWA Past President and Board Member Kimberly Weinrick, of OppenheimerFunds, who interviewed Professor George Robb, the author of “Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression.” Long overlooked in the histories of Finance, women had an essential role even as their presence sparked controversy – and Professor Robb gave us a compelling look into three generations of women who blazed new trails and transformed Wall Street.
On behalf of the FWA, I applaud the trailblazing women who came before us, and offer support and encouragement to the women who are leading the way today and to our Pacesetters, mentees, young FWA members and others who represent our future. Given their talent, drive and passion, I know that our future is very bright!
FWA President 2017-18