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Building Opportunities through Leadership and Development Division
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Emerging Leaders

Chen Rao imageChen Rao

The Emerging Leaders Committee’s two primary objectives include enhancing FWA 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 Committee Chair Chen Rao.


Cristina Givelechian imageCristina Givelechian

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 Committee Chair Cristina Givelechian.

Executive Leaders

Jill Epstein imageJill Epstein Rochelle Cooper

The Executive Leaders Committee’s mission is to create unique event settings and customized formats of events designed to attract FWA members who are senior executive leaders, C-Suite professionals, past FWA Distinguished Speakers, Annual Dinner Honorees, Dais Members and Past Presidents. Participants appreciate the concept of intimate, invitation-only events, where senior-ranking professionals have an opportunity to network with their peers, discuss issues pertinent to their firms and the financial world, and be a sounding board for each other’s future business proposals.

For more information, contact Committee Co-Chair Rochelle Cooper or Jill Epstein.


Janet Handal imageJanet Handal

Cornelia Levy-Bencheton imageCornelia
Aly Lui imageAly Liu

This committee develops and shares programs on technology subjects of interest to those in financial services.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs: Janet Handal or Cornelia Levy-Bencheton or Aly Liu.


Men's Alliance

Tracey Shumpert imageTracey Shumpert Stephen Zweig imageStephen Zweig

The Men’s Alliance hosts unusual yet extremely interesting events with an eye towards promoting dialogue and discussion amongst FWA Members around a variety of topics that help to both educate and inform.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs Tracey Shumpert or Stephen Zweig.

Regional Groups

FWA–Long Island

Vivian Breier imageVivian Breier No photo availableArianna Georgiadis No photo availableJill Schneider

FWA–Long Island increases membership and partners with Long Island-based professional organizations to create awareness of the FWA by raising its profile while simultaneously generating support and obtaining referrals and sponsorships in that geographic area.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs: Vivian Breier or Arianna Georgiadis or Jill Schneider.

FWA–New Jersey

Stephanie Hauge imageStepahnie Hauge Armida Youse-Warde imageArminda Youse-Warde

The FWA–New Jersey is devoted to holding key networking and professional development programs, primarily throughout New Jersey. They connect with other associations and women’s groups as well as major corporations and academic institutions. In turn, people are then attracted to the FWA through the quality and variety of its events, the power of networking with successful professional women and the opportunity to explore ways to give back, such as mentoring the next generation. Ideal for individuals that work in NY, but yet may be looking to work in NJ for a more manageable commute and balance of work/life demands or for those looking to enhance their professional network in New Jersey.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs: Stephanie Hauge or Arminda Youse-Warde.

FWA–WestCon (Westchester/Southern Connecticut

FWA–WestCon provides a forum to network with peers in the growing financial communities located in Westchester and Southern Connecticut by offering both professional and social development programs to help women in finance reach their full potential. Working with The FWA of New York, Inc., the FWA – WestCon is continuously developing partnerships with some of the biggest and most influential financial institutions in the region as well as with small, local and privately-owned businesses which help to support the communities in their own backyards as well as the FWA’s mission.

Committee Chair TBA