Standing Committees


Stephanie Ackler

Stephanie Ackler

Committee Chair Stephanie Ackler

The Audit Committee assist the Board of Directors of the FWA in fulfilling the Boards’ financial oversight responsibilities. The group’s principal tasks include selecting the auditors, assuring the audited financial statements and tax returns are prepared and filed, monitoring the financial reporting processes and overseeing the FWA’s conflict of interest policies.

For more information, contact Stephanie Ackler.



Stephanie Hauge

Committee Chair Stephanie Hauge

The Development committee oversees the planned giving initiative and other fund raising initiatives.

For more information, contact Stephanie Hauge.



Investment Policy

Merrie Frankel

Committee Chair Merrie Frankel

The Investment Policy Committee oversees the Board’s ongoing policy, process, guidelines and management of the fund balances and investments in the Business League and Educational Fund accounts of the FWA.

For more information, Contact Merrie Frankel.



Christine Birnbaum

Committee Chair: Christine Birnbaum

The Nominating Committee seeks to identify qualified members to serve in FWA Leadership roles including the President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Nominating Committee and roles requiring election by the membership. In addition, the Committee makes recommendations to the Board to fill any openings on the Operations Resource, Investment and Audit Committees, whose members serve a three-year term. The Nominating Committee also solicits input from the Board, other FWA leaders and the entire organization on members or prospective members with leadership potential. As of the 2016 – 2017 elections the Nominating Committee added a “Nominating Button” on the FWA’s home page to increase the available ways members could submit suggestions.  These suggestions are then shared with the President-Elect and Board to be approved and listed on the fiscal year-end ballot.

For more information, contact Christine Birnbaum.


Operations Resource

Katrin Dambrot

Committee Chair Katrin Dambrot

The Operations Resource Committee (ORC) focuses on policies, plans, and issues arising in connection with the FWA office and office personnel. The committee’s oversight includes FWA personnel issues, employee benefits, wage structure, technology and communications plans and strategies, in addition to facilities and office space requirements. The Committee coordinates with the FWA General Counsel and recommends appropriate actions to the Board.

For more information, contact Katrin Dambrot.


President’s Circle/Corporate Sponsorship

Lee Woo

Lee Wood

Peggy Decker

Committee Chair Peggy Decker, Vice Chair, Lee Wood

Formed in 1998, President’s Circle is the FWA’s corporate sponsorship program which allows firms to establish strategic partnerships with the FWA to advance its core mission to accelerate the success and leadership of women in the financial community across all industries. This is accomplished by exchanging best practices, showcasing industry thought leaders, enhancing programmatic content, and empowering mentoring and educational initiatives. Since its inception, the FWA President’s Circle has been extremely successful, providing substantial financial support for FWA programs and scholarships, and developing strong, mutually-beneficial partnerships with corporate sponsors. Funds from President’s Circle support FWA programming, scholarships, and training for students interested in pursuing careers in business and finance.

For more information, contact Chair Peggy Decker or Vice Chair Lee Wood.

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