When 17 women investment professionals gathered
in San Francisco in 1956, they sought a forum in which they
could exchange ideas, share experiences and help develop their
While the industry has seen tremendous changes,
almost half a century later many of the needs and goals of
women in finance have stayed the same: the desire to network
with other accomplished women and have their accomplishments
recognized, the need for relevant information on the hot issues
of the day and the goal to succeed at the highest levels. And,
just as the needs of financial women haven't changed much, the
Financial Women's Association of San Francisco continues to be
as meaningful and relevant today as it was to its founders.
Committed to promoting the success of financial women, FWA
promotes the development, career progress and leadership of
women in finance and financial services.
We attract executive and managerial-level women
whose expertise ranges from investment management and analysis
to accounting, banking, marketing, communications, corporate
treasury, financial underwriting, and estate and personal
financial planning, among others. Our ranks include CEOs, CFOs,
corporate treasurers, CPAs and attorneys, as well as commercial
and private bankers, investment advisors, fund managers,
securities analysts, administrators, consultants, recruiters and
The FWA is proud to sponsor the following
programs in addition to the industry leader series:
Financial Women of the Year Event: Each
year, FWA honors a senior executive who demonstrates a
commitment to her profession and community and actively promotes
the advancement of women.
Professional Development programs: FWA
offers our members opportunities to improve their professional
skills and standing through a series of small group workshops
that cover topics such as: Negotiating Your Employment
Agreement; How to Get on a Corporate Board and Managing a Career
Since 1985, the FWA Scholarship Fund has awarded over $1,450,000
in scholarships to more than 170 Bay Area women who show promise
as future financial leaders.
Mentors: FWA members serve as mentors to
proteges on subjects ranging from career assessment to
on-the-job challenges to networking effectively.
Other programs and events: FWA also
offers members opportunities for growth and camaraderie through
social gatherings, and annual summer outing and holiday party.