Professional Development


Katrin Dambrot

Patti Mittelman

Sharon Lewis

Committee Chair Patti Mittelman and Vice Chair Sharon Lewis,
Katrin Dambrot (Board Advisor)

The Financial Women’s Association (FWA), in partnership with four sponsoring organizations, BMO Capital Markets, Deloitte, New York Life and PGIM, the Global Investment Management Businesses of Prudential are launched Back2Business in 2016, a unique and innovative program which will provide opportunities for individuals who have left the workforce for reasons such as childcare, eldercare, serving their communities, etc. to return in a way that recognizes the extra support they may require to re-start and re-establish their careers.

For more information, contact Patti Mittelman or Sharon Lewis.


BOLD – Build Opportunities to Leverage and Develop Your Career

formerly Career Connections and Professional Development

Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen

Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen

Committee Chair 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 Marie-Helene Kennedy-Payen.


Emerging Leaders

Yai Vargas

Yai Vargas

Lauren Leipold

Lauren Leipold

Committee Co-Chairs Lauren Leipold and Yai Vargas

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 Lauren Leipold or Yai Vargas.




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.



Member-to-Member Mentoring

Joan Shapiro Green

Marietta Bottero

Committee Co-Chairs Marietta Bottero and  Joan Shapiro Green

A new committee for 2017, the Member-to-Member committee focuses on pairing seasoned professionals with members that are starting their careers.

For more information, contact Marietta Bottero or Joan Shapiro Green.



Pacesetter Initiative

Christine Loomis

Christine Loomis

Gerri Bostik

Gerri Bostick

Committee Co-Chairs Gerri Bostick or Christine Loomis

pacesetter: a person, group or organization that is the most progressive or successful and serves as a model to be imitated.

The FWA is proud to have the opportunity to recognize each year a new exceptional group of achievers, who are emerging leaders in their fields and in thier companies.

The FWA is honored to provide a Program of Leadership and Development for these outstanding individuals through a series of specially-tailored Pacesetter events each year.

For more information, contact Co-Chairs Gerri Bostick or Christine Loomis.

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