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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.
Upcoming WiS Events
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.
Barbara Casu of Cass Business School at City University of London and four coresearchers compared data on board and leadership diversity at large European banks against records of fines levied on those banks by the U.S. government since the global financial crisis of 2008. They found that banks with more female directors faced lower and less-frequent fines for misconduct, saving those institutions $7.84 million a year, on average. The conclusion: Banks with more women on their boards commit less fraud.
Structured Finance Association Announces Women in Securitization Partnership With Junior Achievement USA
The Structured Finance Association (SFA) today announced it has established a partnership with Junior Achievement USA (JA) as part of its Women in Securitization (WiS) initiative to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the securitization industry.
Women Are Leading the Charge for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing in the U.S. Amid Growing Demand for Responsible Investing Solutions
MINNEAPOLIS, April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - The winds of investing in the U.S. are shifting and women are a driving force behind the change. A recent client survey conducted by RBC Wealth Management – U.S. shows that responsible investing, namely Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), is gaining traction. Women are leading the charge for ESG investing and are more likely to have a positive outlook toward this growing investment trend.
London (CNN Business)A new report from the World Economic Forum estimates that attaining global gender parity will take nearly 136 years, up from its previous estimate of almost 100 years. WEF measures parity in four ways: economic participation and opportunity, education, health and political empowerment. Data examined by the organization showed that the gap in political empowerment has widened significantly since its 2020 report, while economic participation has improved only slightly.
Despite some progress, it will take women in North America approximately 61.5 years to have economic parity with men according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2021. Why it matters: Women in the U.S. have made strides in political representation, but they still lag behind men in job market participation and income, according to the report.
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].