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Directorship & Corporate Governance

Pawneet Abramowski imagePawneet Abramowski Deepa Keswani imageDeepa Keswani

One of the most powerful aspects of the D&CG Committee is the advocacy work it does to diversify the corporate boardroom here in America and around the globe. It also sponsors regular training sessions for FWA members interested in seeking executive or corporate board positions and then coaches them on how to persuasively present their qualifications.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs Pawneet Abramowski or Deepa Keswani.

Emerging Leaders

Melissa Barall imageMelissa Barall Kelsey Hopkins imageKelsey Hopkins Chen Rao imageChen Rao

The Emerging Leaders Committee seeks to enhance both the networking and technical skills of FWA members, specifically young professionals or professionals who are transitioning into a new career, through its use of workshops, strategic events, partnerships with other FWA committees, and social opportunities. This committee strives to provide professionals the appropriate tools to successfully navigate and excel in their current or new career path.

For more information, contact the Committee Co-chairs:  Melissa Barall or Kelsey Hopkins.


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.


Aly Lui imageAly Liu

Puja Samuel imagePuja Samuel

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

For more information, contact Committee Co-Chair: Aly Liu or Puja Samuel.






Global Agenda

Donna La Spina imageDonna La Spina Janet Zagorin imageJanet Zagorin

Hosting events focused on hot financial topics, the Global Agenda Committee brings together next generation thought leaders from financial institutions, corporations, research and academia. Committee members include those who have lived and/or worked abroad, are focused on cross-border business and who have a globally diverse background. Those interested in benefiting significantly from working with others who are actively engaged in global business are encouraged to join as well because members of this committee are involved in enlightened discussions and events as well as “teach ins” whereby any committee member can propose to present on an area of expertise or relevant topic in 15 minutes.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs Donna La Spina or Janet Zagorin.

International Business Conference (IBC) Sub-Committee

Annette Stewart image  Annette Stewart

With the primary objective of managing the annual international conference to Amsterdam and all of the details related to its itinerary, the International Business Conference Sub-Committee will also host programs that highlight key international issues surrounding the conferences’ destination while giving committee members and delegates alike direct access to commercial, cultural, and political leaders.

Click here for past conferences highlights.

For more information, contact the IBC chair  Annette Stewart.


Impact Investing

Ellen Mo imageEllen Mo Nelun deS. Wijeyeratne imageNelun deS. Wijeyeratne

The FWA Impact Investing Committee’s primary role is to build awareness about impact investing and to mobilize new ideas and networks in this space. To this end, the FWA organizes panel discussions and conversations featuring distinguished speakers from financial institutions, double bottom line investors, innovative social enterprises and academia.

Note: Impact Investing is an approach to harness investor capital for social enterprises seeking to find innovative solutions to address social and environmental problems. Many of these social problems have a disproportionate impact on poor women, who often bear primary responsibility for managing the care of the family and the household.

For more information, contact Committee Co-chairs Ellen Mo or Nelun deS. Wijeyeratne.

Click here to learn more about the FWA Lenore C. Albom Microfinance Giving Program.

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

Martha Post imageMartha Post

The Westchester/Southern Connecticut committee’s mission is to augment the brand, career, philanthropic, educational, and professional charter of greater New York by growing an enthusiastic and nurturing regional professional hub. This will be achieved by identifying major corporate and financial services employers as partners in the area, pinpointing unfulfilled professional association needs of community that align to the FWA’s charter, and creating differentiated in-person networking events, programming, and digital engagement that espouses the brand and delivers Gotham+ membership value.

For more information, contact Committee Chair: Martha Post