The Financial Women’s Association works collaboratively with leading firms to advance mutual goals of retention and advancement of female professionals. In addition to providing leadership opportunities, the FWA gives back to the community by providing scholarships and mentoring to young professionals and students, helping to develop a diverse pipeline of talent. We have several committees dedicated to this space – if you are interested in getting involved and are a Member, simply contact the FWA Office.
Mentoring and Scholarship Program Examples and Related Committees:
College Connections / Wall Street Exchange
Wall Street Exchange (WSE) was formed 1976 for upper level college students working within the New York area who will soon be joining the workforce. Over 1,000 WSE participants have been hired since this program’s inception upon graduation after completing weekly sessions for nine weeks. The informative workshops provide information on the presenting firms, professionalism, leadership, resume writing and interview techniques. Programs also cover networking and the best ways to create a powerful marketing plan for one’s career.
The mentoring program powered by the FWA assists mentees to smoothly transition into long, successful careers after gaining the knowledge and leaving with the tools provided by experienced women part of this organization. In one of the longest running New York City School partnerships, the FWA matches FWA mentors to students at Murry Bergtraum High School. The program currently mentors 30 students each year through graduation. The FWA–Baruch College Mentoring Program matches FWA mentors with 30 undergraduate business students, providing one-on-one mentoring focused on career and personal development.
Supporting the education of young deserving women through helping them achieve key goals academically, the FWA’s scholarship program has been around for nearly 25 years. During this time, the cost of education has risen significantly making it virtually impossible for many to attend college. With this type of scholarship in place however, aspiring women can still continue onto higher education.
Now celebrating the 30th consecutive year of awarding scholarships to women students at top graduate schools in New York City who are pursuing careers in business, the FWA Graduate Scholars are selected by their schools based on merit and the FWA’s criteria of academic accomplishment and demonstrated leadership. Each scholarship award is $10,000 and all awards are merit-based.