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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Oral history: The enduring legacy of Financial Women of San Francisco

In 1956, 17 women gathered to create The Financial Women of San Francisco in what was the first organization for executive women in finance in the entire country. Over the past 65 years the forum has changed countless lives by providing a place where women working in financial services can meet, share ideas and experiences and propel their careers. The volunteer-run organization has evolved new ways to professionally advance its members through mentorship, events, awards and scholarships as dress codes, social mores and access to education and career opportunities expanded. Here is a personal history of FWSF and what it has meant from members, leaders and beneficiaries.

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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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Master Class: Diversity and Inclusion Discussion

On October 29, 2019, at the Robert Half office in San Francisco, nearly 50 women gathered to hear a panel of highly accomplished professionals discuss diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. This engaging event attracted attendees who were interested in learning more about progress that is being made within organizations focusing on building positions and programs focused on diversity and inclusion. This Master Class event provided a forum to discuss the past, current and future diversity and inclusion efforts within organizations.

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Economic Trends and Outlook for 2020

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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