Past Event Highlights

If you missed any of FWSF’s women-in-finance events in San Francisco or the East Bay, click on the links below for event highlights.

Our signature events include the FWSF Financial Woman or the Year luncheon and scholarship awards ceremony.

To get more involved, see our list of upcoming events.

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Passing the Torch Recap

Despite the pandemic requiring the event be changed from an in-person fundraiser, to a virtually attended video production, Newsom reminded the Financial Women of San Francisco how important it is to celebrate these achievements because "across the globe research shows that when you empower women with access to education, economic opportunities and decision making, whole families and communities are lifted up."

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Path to the Board: First Step ─ Maximize Your Membership by Joining a Committee

Have you been curious about how you can get more involved in FWSF? Or maybe you want to deepen your relationships with other members? Or perhaps you want to increase your efforts to give back? Have you considered what it would be like to join a committee, especially if you are new to the organization? To new members, joining the FWSF committees or board might seem a bit of a mystery, but in fact, it’s very simple.

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Catherine Berner Named Recipient of The Lela Jahn Legacy “Make a Difference Challenge” Scholarship

In honor of his late wife and active FWSF member Lela Jahn, Don Bayer has generously donated $10,000 through the Lela Jahn “Make a Difference Challenge” scholarship for the fifth consecutive year. Each year since Lela’s passing in 2015, the scholarship has been given to a student with a career goal that positively impacts the world. It is hoped that using her time, talents and creativity, the grant winner will come up with novel approaches that prove to be an inspiring example for others.

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Financial Women: Profiles in Diversity Series

In our allyship with the women of color in the financial services industry and our membership, we are finishing out 2020 with a series of member interviews aimed at giving us a glimpse into their career journeys, spotlighting their challenges and successes. We hope this series will help provide insight into ways that we can all better stand together and be a strong support system to one another. Our first interview is with our very own Olivia Barbee, 2020 President of FWSF, and a Marketing Programs Manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

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Women on Boards—Changing the Landscape of the Corporate Board

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, FWSF and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business hosted a panel discussion centered around the new California Law that requires companies to have women serve on their boards. Most companies in our state have to have at least one woman serve on their boards of directors by the end of this year. By the end of 2021, they'll need three. It is not hard to find qualified women to serve on corporate boards. The issue is how to change the mindset of companies to create boards that value diverse perspectives and mindsets, thereby creating a more balanced corporate board. Companies need to be committed to looking beyond the traditional board criteria. 

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