About Us

Our mission
To accelerate the success and leadership of women in the financial community across all industries by advancing careers, fostering alliances and preparing the current and next generation of professionals.
Our vision
To be the voice for women in the financial community across all industries, advancing thought leadership, recognizing women's achievements, and illuminating their unique contributions to their professions, companies and communities.
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The Financial Women’s Association brings together high achieving professionals from every sector of the financial world. We are dedicated to developing future leaders, enhancing the role of women in finance, and investing in the community.

In this vital work, we are fortunate to have the partnership of prestigious institutions, government agencies and talented individuals.

Our history
The FWA was established in 1956 when 8 enterprising women on Wall Street met to share professional experiences and further their knowledge. Our non-profit organization proudly numbers more than 850 members worldwide. The FWA continues to live up to its mission, by:
  • Furthering knowledge with outstanding programs that explore social concerns, technology, financial and political issues.
  • Expanding horizons through international conferences and regular briefings with government officials and industry leaders.
  • Contributing to our communities, reflected in 20+ years of scholarships and mentoring programs, internships, and community service activities.

Within the financial services industry, the FWA provides a public forum for examining important contemporary issues in business, finance, governmental policy and
civic affairs.  Click here to view a more comprehensive history of the FWA including the list of past presidents.

Our members
The FWA mirrors the dynamic financial services industry, with a diverse membership that illustrates the breadth and depth of opportunities and occupations:

  • Nearly 85% of members have been employed in the financial services industry for over 15 years
  • 75% hold senior positions of power and influence within their companies
  • Members are fairly evenly divided between very large and very small organizations
  • 64% hold post-graduate degrees and 45% obtained an MBA
  • Almost 40% personally earned over $200,000 in 2009
  • More than half state their net worth at more than $1 million
  • Most women in the FWA are long-term members.

FWA Member Survey, 2010

Our sponsors and partners
In addition to the many speakers from private industry and the public sector who share their expertise with us, the FWA benefits from exceptional collaboration with industry leaders. As members of the FWA’s President’s Circle, these companies demonstrate their advocacy of women’s leadership initiatives – increasingly important to top firms looking to develop talent, retain key employees, and recruit high potential staff. We hope you will consider supporting the FWA.

Our activities
From public to private sector, personal to professional life, the Financial Women’s Association offers more than 100 exciting programs each year designed to broaden horizons and enhance skills.
Examining today’s critical issues
By fostering an ongoing dialogue on contemporary issues, the FWA fulfills a need for timely information on specialized industry and community affairs topics. Prominent speakers regularly take the podium at FWA events to share their ideas with members. From global marketplace issues to corporate support for education, from regulatory trends to business ethics, the scope of discussion reflects the wide variety of member interests.

Recognizing the achievements of women leaders
The FWA is committed to highlighting the achievements of distinguished women, bringing members and leaders together for interactive exchanges throughout the year. Special events and ongoing programming offer professional development and networking opportunities. Choose from events and activities addressing topics from mentoring and scholarships to corporate board advocacy and referrals. Cultivate your own leadership skills and learn more about the FWA by becoming actively involved on a committee.

Honoring the Women of the Year
Each spring the FWA honors a woman leader in the public sector and private sector for their achievements, leadership and professionalism. The FWA Woman of the Year awards are presented at the Annual Dinner, the FWA’s major fundraising activity for our nationally acclaimed scholarship, mentoring and summer training programs.

Presenting distinguished speakers
Through our Distinguished Speakers programs, the FWA introduces members to CEOs and other senior corporate executives. We learn how these leaders perceive and resolve key strategic issues, share success stories of accomplished women leaders and hear how corporations promote the capabilities and potential of female executives.

Supporting professional and personal growth
Professional development and educational programs are central to enhancing personal effectiveness and continuing professional growth. With seminars that explored topics such as estate planning, investment strategies, caring for aging parents, and strategies for working mothers, the FWA equips members with necessary knowledge to navigate their private and professional lives.

Achieving national and international influence
To encourage ongoing dialogue between the financial community and the public sector, the FWA sponsors fact finding forums in the United States and abroad. These local, national and international forums enable members to gain needed insights into the turning points and trends that shape our global economy. We go right to the scene to meet with business and government leaders who influence the world's events.
Founded in 1956, the Financial Women's Association (FWA) is a leading executive organization of over 850 members committed to shaping leaders in business and finance with a special emphasis on the role of and development of women. The FWA serves its members through educational programs and networking opportunities, and serves the community through its nationally acclaimed scholarship, mentoring and training programs.

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  Last updated:
  July 3, 2013