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.


FWSF East Bay How to Navigate a Wine List and Tasting Tips from the Experts!

Buon Vino, meaning “good Wine”, is modeled after the wine shops in Italy – taste, bottle, cork and buy. This was the setting for an evening of collaboration, networking, philanthropy and FUN for 30 attendees at the FWSF East Bay “How to Navigate a Wine List and Tasting Tips from the Experts” event.

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East Bay Book Club Hosts First Meeting

I love books. It’s a love affair that started in the 2nd grade when I realized I could borrow as many books as my arms would hold from the local hometown library. So imagine my delight when I joined the Financial Women SF monthly book club and got to discuss a book and share life experiences. And, for those too busy to read the book, the facilitator Julianna Iran shared that skimming the synopsis off Amazon qualified as having read the book.

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Challenges in the Financial Services Industry: Legal and Regulatory Developments and the Road Ahead

On February 14, 2017, the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWSF) partnered with The Financial Institutions Committee of the California State Bar Business Law Section and the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association to host “Challenges in the Financial Services Industry: Legal and Regulatory Developments and the Road Ahead.” A panel of distinguished financial services experts was moderated by Maureen Young, Senior Regulatory Counsel, SVP, Bank of the West and the FWSF Industry Leadership Co-Chair as well as a member of the FWSF Board of Directors. Once again, this event was held at the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) of San Francisco. The panel included the perspectives from both regulators and banking executives, as well as the legal and consulting communities. The program attracted more than 165 attendees.

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Thought Leadership

On March 7th, the day before International Women’s Day, the FWSF partnered with Wells Fargo for an event on Thought Leadership, featuring Denise Brosseau as the speaker. Denise was introduced by Sue Bunnell, who extolled her professional accomplishments. Among them was co-founding the first women’s venture conference, Watermark, as well as Springboard Enterprises, which raised $7.4 billion for women entrepreneurs since its foundation in 2000. Denise not only teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, but she also received the highest ratings from her students out of the entire faculty.

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April 2017 - Conversations in the Fast Lane

Renessa Boley Layne gave a riveting presentation to a crowded room of over 30 ambitious women in the East Bay on March 21, 2017. There was a delightful amount of crowd interaction, self-evaluations and inspiring realizations and epiphanies. It was easy to leave the event with a new sense of empowerment and a refreshing outlook on life.

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