Annual Dinner

Committee Chair

Katrin Dambrot

In 2014, the FWA will reach a major milestone in fundraising for its nationally acclaimed scholarship, mentoring and summer training programs that have enhanced the lives of nearly 6,000 students and young professionals. On April 23, 2014, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Women of the Year Awards during our Annual Dinner at the New York Grand Hyatt.

Attended by more than 500 high-achieving professionals from every sector of the financial world, it raises the much needed funds that allow our organization to continue to prepare high school students for college and college students for the workplace.

2014 Honorees

Martina Hund-Mejean

Vickie Fuller Chief Investment Officer New York State Common Retirement Fund

Vickie Fuller
Chief Investment Officer
New York State Common Retirement Fund

For more information on this year’s celebration, please visit

Some of Our Past Honorees

  • Secretary Madeline Albright
  • The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman
  • The Honorable Margaret M. Richardson
  • The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin

In 2013, the Public Sector Woman of the Year was Judith Rodin, Ph.D., president of the Rockefeller Foundation, while our Private Sector honoree was Barbara J. Krumsiek (a long time FWA Member) who is also chair, president and chief executive officer of Calvert Investments, Inc.  Also, for the first time our Visionary Woman of the Year was Betsy West, executive producer of Storyville Films and “MAKERS: Women Who Make America.”

Judith Rodin, Ph.D., Betsy West, Barbara J. Krumsiek

Judith Rodin, Ph.D., Betsy West, Barbara J. Krumsiek

At the 2013 event, excerpts from Honoree West’s documentary “Makers: Women Who Make America” gave a sense of the revolution that led women into the workplace. It featured an interview with the late Muriel Siebert, the first woman to have a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and FWA Woman of the Year for the Private Sector in 1993-1994.

Min Lu, who works in the audit department at Credit Suisse (CSGN) was particularly moved. “I see how much we take for granted,” Lu said during a “networking break” at the dinner. “I’ve been leaning in out of personal motivation. Now I feel I have an obligation to lean in for the women who fought so hard before me.”

For a complete list of past Honorees, click here.

Honoring the Next Generation

In addition to the honorees, each year the dinner recognizes the special stars of the evening—the FWA mentees. In 2013, Ashley Jordan from Murry Bergtraum and Fang Fang Nam from Baruch College were highlighted for their achievements.

At the podium, Ms. Jordan gave tribute to her FWA Mentor Cynthia Drew and spoke eloquently about the FWA mentoring experience. She further added, “The FWA program gave me the determination and support to approach my dreams.”

In addition, Ms. Nam spoke of her experience as a new immigrant to this country, her determination to succeed and the FWA’s role in helping her acquire her first job.

Our Supporters

Christine Farkas BMO Capital Markets Director of US Equity Research at 2013 Annual Dinner

The event would not be a success without the ongoing help of our Presidents Circle Sponsors, other major corporations and the FWA Community at large.  Since its beginning, the event has raised more than five million dollars for all of our Next Generation programs. In 2013, with the help of a $25,000 matching grant from our President’s Circle Partner BMO Capital Markets, the FWA was able to raise an additional $85,000 over and above our corporate table, advertising and ticket support.

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