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Financial Women of San Francisco has been making news in business and financial circles for more than 60 years. Scan the articles below to see all the ways we advance the success of today’s women in finance throughout the Bay Area.

Enlightening Event – Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Business

Financial Planner’s Association of SF hosted a very enlightening event on September 19 – “Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Business” at the City Club of San Francisco. Led by Craig Watanabe, compliance and cybersecurity expert, this one-hour session described practical, economical and effective safeguards that firms can employ to protect their businesses from cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is a significant regulatory and business risk that affects nearly all firms. Craig laid the groundwork by explaining regulatory expectations and then identified cyber protections and safeguards that can be deployed at firms, including disk/file encryption and multi-factor authentication.

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Open, honest communication key to increasing diversity

A recent KPMG and Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF) sponsored panel of business leaders delivered a clear message about how to boost inclusion and diversity in business: open, honest communication. Conversations, even if difficult, must happen more often to make significant progress in inclusion and diversity across Corporate America, said the panel.

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Demystifying Quantitative Analysis: Real Stories Beyond Quants and the Quantitative Models that Power Our Lives - Jing Zhang

On September 19, in a presentation that was part of the Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF) Leadership Series, Dr. Jing Zhang, managing director and the global head of Moody’s Analytics Research and Modeling Group, brought a different perspective to the quantitative analysis field, one that was focused on financial inclusion. Although quants have been blamed for some misdoings of the past, and are known for structuring products like Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), which played a critical part in the last financial crisis, Dr. Zhang emphasized the field’s many positive contributions.

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