FWA – Financial Women’s Association – (US)

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 1,000 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.

Invest in yourself. Join the FWA.You can take advantage of the remarkable opportunities that membership in the Financial Women’s Association affords.

x Meet other professionals in your industry. Critical at every stage of your career, effective networking helps you navigate your personal and professional life.
x Talk with experts about today’s events and tomorrow’s emerging issues. Social concerns, technology, financial and political issues – explore these topics and more in engaging, enlightening discussions that keep you consistently ahead of the curve.
Broaden your horizons. International travel, meetings with government and industry leaders, and ongoing dialogue with influential experts provide a fresh perspective on a changing world.
Give back to the community. Participate in mentoring programs, scholarship fundraising initiatives and community service activities, and see your involvement pay lasting dividends for others.
Get professional advice and counsel from other women. The relationships you’ll form in the FWA give you a professional head start with support, industry insight, career advice and more.
Gain off-the-job training for on-the-job skills. Try on different responsibilities by joining one of the FWA’s committees. Hone your skills in a supportive environment, then use your newfound talents to expand your professional options.

Come to an event to meet current members and get a first hand look at what makes the FWA so special.

Member benefits
Join the FWA to enjoy special members-only privileges:

Expand your network

Get involved and develop your skills

  • Opportunities to volunteer on over 30 committees
  • Complimentary attendance to monthly Career Connections/Transition Tuesday events
Access professional opportunities

  • Confidential access to employment listings
  • Access to opportunities to serve on nonprofit boards
Take advantage of members-only discounts

  • Discounted registration fees for events, including the International Conference; Non-members pay 50% more on most events
  • Other preferred discounts (e.g. Brook’s Brothers)
Stay informed

  • Emailed News & Events, special updates and reminders
*The FWA is a founding organization of TIAW, and FWA members are automatically members of this umbrella organization that unites, supports and promotes professional women and their networks globally to work together, share resources and leverage ideas. FWA Members therefore attend the Forum and other TIAW events at member rates.** FWA members are automatically members of this umbrella organization that is a coalition of women professionals and community activists who support the diversity and interests of New York women through collaboration, advocacy and education. FWA Members therefore attend NYWA events at member rates.

Find out more
We hope you will join us at an event, most of which are open to the public.
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