Member News

 November 2014

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Nancy Ancowitz, coach and author of “Self-Promotion for Introverts,” has been quoted by CNN revealing “Introverts can thrive in any work environment, but it’s about knowing what works for you.”

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  May 2014

Robin Judson, managing partner and group founder of Robin Judson Partners, LLC., recently welcomed Lorrie Landis to her dynamic team as a managing director. Ms. Landis, whose prior experience includes serving as a consultant for two major distressed credit hedge funds; managing alternative investments at the Tulane University Investment Office; co-founder and managing general partner of a woman-owned long short credit and distressed hedge fund; assistant portfolio manager and senior analyst at Caspian Capital Partners (Mariner Investment Group); and, vice president and associate in various capacities at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York Investment Banking, will be responsible for recruiting positions in research, marketing, trading and portfolio management. “We are thrilled to welcome Lorrie to the team,” said Robin Judson, managing partner and group founder. “The passion, experience and judgment that Lorrie brings to this firm will be incredibly valuable to our clients.” Ms. Landis has a particular interest in seeing more women and minorities on investment teams and corporate boards.

View Stephanie Ackler’s interview with the Wall Street Journal on the topic of “What to to Do the Five Years Before Retirement.” The five years leading up to retirement are very important. Here’s why:

FWA Members Joyce Sullivan and Linda Descano participated in a panel discussion on how social and Banking do go together!

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April 2014

Pamela Packard, FWA Past President 1999-2000 and a board director of Brown Jordan International is featured in two National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) BoardVision videos on Evolving Needs of Private Company Boards. The videos address the changing priorities and needs of private company boards through different life cycles, tone at the top and the relationship between external auditors and private company boards.

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mayer_raleigh72_10See Raleigh Mayer‘s comments in the Wall Street Journal article, “Making Sure the Boss is the Right Fit“, published April 15, 2014.

March 2014

Beleaguered by emails? You are not alone! According to FWA member Nancy Ancowitz, a business communication coach and author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®, many of us multitask at every opportunity to get through them all. Nancy is mentioned in the March 12, 2014, issue of The Wall Street Journal. Read it here: “Email Enigma: When the Boss’s Reply Is Cryptic.

Congratulations to FWA Men’s Alliance Chair, Deborah Kaye, on BONY/Mellon being honored last night at the New York Law Journal’s “2014 Outstanding Legal Department Awards” for their “pro bono” program which was organized and is led by Deborah. View details of the award ceremony in the electronic edition featuring Deborah on the cover and inside with an impressive double spread. Deborah’s contributions are recognized alongside other leading attorneys in the country.

February 2014

Can a bank tweet? Blog? Post on Facebook? How are banks communicating online (and why)? FWA member Joyce Sullivan, VP Social Business Programs for Socialware answered these questions and more on February 12 at the Apple Soho NYC stage for “Meet The Innovators: Social Banking” hosted by Women Innovate Mobile. View the podcast and add your recommendation and rating here Social Banking: Meet The Innovators.

Wanda Hill, is featured in the article,” Voice of Experience: Wanda Hill Managing Director, BK University, BNY Mellon” published by, February 13th, 2014. We learn that Wanda was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, , was named one of the 25 most influential women in business by The Network Journal and oversees learning and development for BNY Mellon’s Investment Services businesses. View the article

January 2014

packard_pamela72_08Pamela Packard, FWA Past President ’99-00 has been named President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), New York Chapter. The NACD is a membership organization which advances exemplary board leadership for directors by directors, provides educational events and resources, and serves as a voice of directors in the dialogue on board governance issues.View the press release

December 2013

adolf_maureen72_13President-Elect, Maureen Adolf, has joined leading law firm, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton. As the Senior Vice President of the firm’s Government Relations Practice, Maureen will advise clients on insurance regulatory issues and related corporate business practices, and compliance. Maureen will also assist clients to effectively frame issues for regulators and offer insight to the pending changes in insurance regulation at the state, federal and international levels. View the press release

November 2013

merenda_diana_72_12Diana Merenda, Co-chair of the Entreprenuers committee, is quoted in the article, RFP Teams Adapt to Tougher Due Diligence, published by on November 27th. Diana shares her views on the RFP process. View the article (subscription required, free trial available)

mayer_raleigh72_10FWA’s Leadership Council member Raleigh Mayer has just authored a timely piece on “Natural Networking: Chatting for Fun and Profit” for The Glass Hammer newsletter. For specific advice and real-world techniques for making compelling connections, read on…

September – July 2013

merenda_diana_72_12Diana Merenda, Co-chair of the Entreprenuers committee, provides the answer to the question, How Is Inst’l Client Service Evolving?, published by on September 5th. Diana shares her views on the increasing importance of “new media” as a tool for an integrated client service communications effort. View the article (subscription required, free trial available)

In August, Diana co-authored the article: What value did you bring to your customer today?, published by, August 28th. Her message is clear: Great Client Service is “Smart Business.” View the article

In July, Diana, was informed by the CFA Institute that she is now the proud holder of their new Claritas® Investment Certificate, CFA Institute ID #6916469. Diana participated in the CFA Institute’s “pilot program” for this new designation.

Congratulations Diana!

June 2013

packard_pamela72_08Pamela Packard, FWA Past President 1999-2000, and a board director at Brown Jordan International participated in a panel discussion on The Board as a Strategic Asset at a Forbes Insights and KPMG program: How Private Companies Fuel the US Economy held on May 22, 2013 at Forbes in New York City.

May 2013

semple_maria72_08The May 23 issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights entrepreneur Maria Semple. The article reviews/highlights Maria’s advice that is given in the organization’s Fundraising Fundamentals podcast. Read the article.

Ami Kaplan, is featured in the article, “Deloitte Executive and Mother of 3 Advises Next Generation of Working Women on Path Ahead” published in the New Jersey Star Ledger, May 12, 2013. Read the article.

April 2013

zichy_shoya72_07Shoya Zichy’s latest book is now available!

Discover Your Unique Profile—and Unlock Your Potential for Breakthrough Success

Readers of all personality types will find specific strategies to help them:

  • Leverage their unique work-related strengths and beware of their potential blind spots.
  • Define their ideal work environment and eliminate (or, at least, minimize) the stressors most likely to provoke exasperation or anger.
  • Adjust smoothly to the workplace styles of others and avoid personality clashes.
  • Choose the best words and communication approaches to get through to bosses, get along with team collaborators, and coach employees of different styles.
  • Create a personal career roadmap complete with concrete steps for achieving their goals…and much more.

Shoya Zichy Seminar Leader & Career Coach and Author:
New Book: Personality Power Creator: Award-Winning Color Q Personality Model

Calvert CEO Barbara Krumsiek Receives Annual FWA Private Sector Award Citation honors women leaders for their career achievements, leadership and professionalism View Commentary

February 2013

cornell_alison72_13Alison A. Cornell, a resident of the Asbury Park area and Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Covance Inc., a $2 billion drug development services company, has been named one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business. The award recognizes the recipients for outstanding professional accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women. View the Press Release

Since joining Covance in 2004, Alison has been a driving force in the evaluation and lowering of our company’s cost structure, and her ability to recruit, develop and retain talent has significantly enhanced our finance bench strength companywide. In addition, she’s demonstrated her commitment to women’s advocacy by mentoring several senior women executives, helping them develop and execute their individual career plans; actively participating in the Financial Women’s Association; and serving as executive sponsor to a maternal health program co-sponsored by the Covance Charitable Foundation and CARE Nepal and designed to help women in Nepal gain control of their reproductive health.

January 2013

cornell_alison72_13Alison Cornell, has been named as one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ for her outstanding contributions to the state of New Jersey, both in her industry and community. The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field.

walker_erika72_13Erika Walker, Vice President and Transaction Manager is one of the recipients of the BNY Mellon Star Awards. The annual BNY Mellon Star Awards recognize outstanding employees from across the business and around the world. Star Award recipients exhibit excellence in their work and consistently demonstrate the company’s values. This year, 57 individuals from the businesses and business partners groups are winners, including six individuals who are being recognized for supporting the company’s priorities of Innovation, Community Partnership, and Diversity and Inclusion.

lewis_sharon72_12Sharon Lewis, co-chair of the FWA Membership Events Committee was recently selected as a founding member of the 23 person AARP Leadership Institute, a 13 month brain-trust charged with identifying and delivering innovative solutions to advancing the goals and mission of AARP.

Sharon is an independent marketing strategy and communications consultant. Sharon has launched five credit card products; played pivotal roles with three loyalty/continuity programs, uncovered new segmentation strategies for leading brands and generated millions of dollars in bottom line revenues through smart lead generation and activation.

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