Help Support SFA-hosted events and volunteer opportunities focused on financial acumen and career preparedness programming for high school-aged young women.
WiS NextGen Lunch & Learn: How Joining a Junior Board Can Be Fulfilling, Both Professionally and Personally
On June 17, for our inaugural NextGen Lunch & Learn event, we heard from junior board members as they shared how joining a Junior Board can be fulfilling, both professionally and personally.
WiS sponsorship provides several options for both corporate institutions and individuals to determine how they can best support this important initiative.
Women in Securitization was created to support the retention and advancement of women in the structured finance industry. This initiative is led by a Steering Committee of accomplished industry women who work with our staff to develop programming that champions education and professional development. Since inception, over 4,000 men and women have joined us for networking events, roundtable discussions and industry panels. Get involved today!
WiS Membership is complimentary and open to all involved in structured finance, regardless of level, role, gender, or SFA membership status. Join the conversation and sign up for WiS membership today to enjoy:
- Early access to event programming
- Opportunity to join our WiS LinkedIn Group
- Eligibility to serve on the WiS Cabinet or one of the WiS Steering Committee
Email [email protected] to learn more.
Over the last year, women have left the workforce in unprecedented numbers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. And if you are a Black or brown woman, chances are you fared even worse. This year, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on Tuesday, and it means Black women must work an extra 214 days to catch up with what white, non-Hispanic men made in 2020 alone. Across industries, Black women are paid only 63 cents for every dollar made by white men, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
A record number of 23 women are now running Global 500 businesses, according to Fortune. This number, which is an increase from just 14 in 2020, is the highest number of women CEOs in the Global 500 since Fortune started tracking this data in 2014.
Sandee Barrick was making a six-figure salary as a salesperson when she quit her job in December 2019 to move to North Carolina. She had planned to return to work as soon as she got settled, but she was still enrolling her younger son in school and switching over her driver’s license and registration when the coronavirus pandemic hit and everything shut down
Corporate America: We need to talk about your Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). We became familiar with ERGs when many welcomed us to speak on the gender and racial justice themes we write about in our books. As one of the most powerful trends in the U.S. workplace, ERGs are a way for underrepresented groups to band together to help recruit more talent like them into their companies and make sure that talent feels supported and gets promoted.
TIAA CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett is one of two Black women who lead a Fortune 500 company. She’s also in another select group: powerful women with a stay-at-home spouse. Her husband Richard helps care for the couple’s four children.
Women’s labor force participation grew precipitously in the latter half of the 20th century, but by around the year 2000, that progress had stalled. In fact, the labor force participation rate for prime-age women (those aged 25 to 54) fell four percentage points between 2000 and 2015, breaking a decades-long trend. However, as the labor market gained traction in the aftermath of the Great Recession, more women were drawn into the labor force.
The road to full economic recovery from the pandemic may be steeper than anticipated. U.S. employers added 266,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's far fewer than the nearly 1 million analysts expected given other recent signs of recovery: business reopening, consumer spending increasing, and new unemployment claims falling.
Workers are heading back into the office, but men and women may not return to their desks equally. This could impact gender equality and advancement, keeping women behind in the workplace.
Everyone knows that success at work depends on being—and being seen as—both competent and likable. You need people to notice your growth and accomplishments while also enjoying your company. But if you draw attention to the value you’ve created, to ensure that managers and peers recognize it, you risk coming across as a shameless self-promoter.
The Benefits of SFA’s WiS Initiative
Structured Finance COO Covell Adams talks about the importance of the WiS initiative to our industry, and the key role senior leaders can play in the engagement of women in the industry.
The WiS Cabinet is responsible for setting the strategic goals of the WiS initiative and overseeing the WiS Sub-Committees, which are focused on key cornerstones of the initiative.
Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs
Theresa Dooley, Bank of America
Angela Best, MetLife
Reed Auerbach, Morgan Lewis
Content & Digital Presence Committee Co-Chairs
Stephanie Mah, DBRS Morningstar
Leo Efstathiou, Finsight
Tricia San Cristobal, T-REX
Membership & Sponsorship Engagement Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Sze, J.P. Morgan
Cara Newman, Redwood Trust
Barrett Burns, VantageScore
Networking & Engagement Committee Co-Chairs
Tara Castillo, Alston & Bird LLP
Doug Murray, Fitch Ratings
Chris Pink, Wells Fargo
Next Generation Committee Co-Chairs
Emily Farrell , CITI
Sheli Fitzgerald, GM Financial
Angela Ullum, Mayer Brown LLP
WiS Spotlight On...
Vice President, Federal Policy & External Affairs, Rock Central | Quicken Loans
In SFA’s inaugural WiS spotlight, we feature Chrissi Johnson of Rock Central | Quicken Loans. Chrissi shares her views on how women can leverage their unique strengths to achieve their career aspirations, and the importance of celebrating women’s achievements within the industry.
The support of our sponsors allows us to continue to bring the best programming and resources to our WiS members. WiS sponsorship opportunities provide several tiers for corporate institutions and individuals to determine how they can best support and sponsor this important initiative.
Corporate sponsorship packages
Corporate sponsorship is renewable annually and provides a range of benefits at each level.
Individual supporter packages
WiS also provides the opportunity for individuals to support this important initiative, while receiving recognition and special benefits for their financial contribution. Supporter status is renewable annually.
To learn more about WiS and the opportunities to support this initiative, please email [email protected].