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.


Sarah Friar, CFO of Square, Honored as 2014 Financial Woman of the Year

“Every year this event gets even better!" was overheard at our table as everyone stood to applaud Sarah Friar at the conclusion of her honest, amusing, and inspiring remarks at the 2014 Financial Woman of the Year Luncheon on October 2nd at the Westin St Francis hotel in San Francisco. Over 750 attendees attended the 19th annual event and were both captivated by Sarah's remarks and impressed by the ambitions of this year’s eleven scholarship recipients.

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The Fracking Boom and the US and California Economies

On October 15, FWSF hosted a panel on the topic of the US fracking boom and California’s energy outlook. It was held at Bloomberg West on Pier 3, in a beautiful event space with a stunning view of the Bay. Our panelists represented very different market segments providing a broad perspective on the topic.

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2014 Scholarship Luncheon a Truly Special Event

If someone had told me two years ago that by clicking “submit” on a scholarship application I’d found online that I would later join a network of amazing and talented professional women and together, find the bay area’s best talent and recruit scholarship applicants, I would have waived my hand in disbelief. However, life has a funny way of surprising us...

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Holly Schroth Presents Session on Negotiation Strategies

Professor Holly Schroth led an entertaining and interactive workshop about negotiation skills to a sold-out crowd in April in our third Professional Development program in 2014. Holly emphasized that successful negotiations aren't about "win or lose" but rather are about problem solving. Holly highlighted the following "sins of negotiation," all of which are related to poor preparation: 1. Settling for too little 2. Leaving money on the table (because you don't know enough about what you are negotiating for) 3. Walking away from the table when there is a good offer 4. Settling for terms that are worse than your alternative (this can set precedence for future deals)

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FWSF Members Volunteer at Dress For Success Event

On March 26, members of FWSF spent an afternoon volunteering at Dress for Success San Francisco. The mission of the organization is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire,a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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