Annual Summit/Cocktail Reception

Committee Co-Chair Katherina Ansink

Katherina Ansink

Highlighted for being the FWA’s most successful fundraisers benefiting its scholarship, mentoring, financial literacy and all our other educational programming, this annual gala is typically held in either April or May. For many years, it has been held in the heart of midtown Manhattan at the Hyatt next to Grand Central Terminal.

For more information, contact Katherina Ansink.


Holiday Benefit

Karen MacLeod

Committee Chair Karen MacLeod

Kicking off the holiday season, this not-to-miss event also raises money for the multiple FWA mentoring programs and brings out Members and guests for a great evening to network, catch-up with friends and support students – the FWA Way!

For more information, contact Karen MacLeod.


Microfinance Giving Fund

Committee Co-Chairs Patricia Addeo, Charlotte Peyraud, and Nelun deS. Wijeyartne

The promise of microfinance is one of empowerment – empowering low-income women and men through access to financial services to save, invest, and grow their businesses and to build assets.

Lenore Albom Impact Investing Trailblazer

Lenore Albom
Impact Investing Trailblazer

Former FWA President Lenore Albom understood the power of microfinance in regards to how it can transform women’s lives, and her legacy continues through The Lenore Albom Microfinance Giving Program. In Lenore’s honor, the FWA has raised close to $100,000 for microfinance organizations – a fitting tribute to a visionary leader who initiated the FWA’s involvement in the industry.

With the funds raised in Lenore’s memory, the FWA has:

  • Helped Women’s World Banking fund the purchase of a bank in the Dominican Republic
  • Contributed to scholarships received by women leaders of overseas MFIs to attend executive leadership training seminars organized by Women’s World Banking and ACCION
  • Supported the rebuilding of Haiti through Fonkoze, USA.

For 2015, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Enterprise Development Programme has been selected as the recipient of the Lenore Albom Microfinance Giving Program. The aim of the programme is to empower women entrepreneurs to become successful small and growing business owners, so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.

For information about this exciting program, contact Patricia Addeo at, Charlotte Peyraud or Nelun deS. Wijeyeratne at

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