Distinguished Speakers

“There’s never been a better time for women in professional and financial services. The FWA plays an important role in developing women in these professions by fostering mentor and scholarship opportunities and providing environments in which they can showcase their successes.”
— Sharon Allen, chairman of Deloitte LLP

Committee Co-Chairs

Susan Isquith

Susan Isquith

Want the opportunity to hear the firsthand experiences of leading CFOs and CEOs in the financial industry? Check out events organized by the Distinguished Speakers Committee, which was created with the intention of promoting programs that Members can attend and then leave with key knowledge that can be utilized to propel their career forward now and in the future.

“The FWA offers a very robust pipeline of programming about current events and things of interest to people whether in the financial services industry or outside the industry.”
— Amy Shang, head of strategic implementation and executive vice president of HSBC

Some Past Distinguished Speakers

irenedormerIrene Dorner
Chairman of the Board
President and CEO of HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

stevekandarianSteven A. Kandarian
Chairman, President and CEO

rogerfergusonRoger Ferguson, Jr.
President and CEO of TIAA-CREF,
Former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank

maryschapiroMary Schapiro
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

carlaharrisCarla Harris
Managing Director of the Strategic Client Group
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Chair of the board of directors for the Morgan Stanley Foundation

erinconatonErin Conaton
Undersecretary of the Air Force at New York Life

christinecummingChristine Cumming
First Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

mohammedelerianMohamed El-Erian

Overcoming challenges is much easier when lessons learned by others who have previously blazed the same trail are shared. That is just one of many goals of holding workshops featuring enlightened speakers; assisting Members in walking away with an overflow information related to their personal career path.

“We focus on a small number of very involved and high profile events. The committee works intensively around those and because of the prominence of our speakers, there has to be a significant amount of leadership effort put out and relationship management in terms of producing those events,” Vanessa Van Brunt, committee co-chair revealed.

Some Past Topics are

  • Fireside Chat on Leadership: Jamie Dimon and Marianne Lake. JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and CFO Marianne Lake discussed leadership, engaging stakeholders, navigating challenges currently seen in financial institutions and planning for the future.
  • A Conversation with Richard Ketchum—FINRA Chairman and CEO
    “Compliance, Risk Management and the Bottom Line- How Do They Co-Exist?”
    Richard Ketchum sat down with Linda Lerner, FWA’s General Counsel and partner in the Corporate Group at Crowell & Morning LLP to speak about better ways to manage compliance, risk and profitability. He discussed strategies next generation firms and regulators are finding successful when looking to spark attention from financial firms and their employees, while also enhancing their overall bottom line.
  • Lunch with Jeff Sprencher- Founder, CEO and Chairman of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
    Vanessa Van Brunt, senior vice president at Wells Fargo joined Jeff Sprecher where the twosome discussed Sprecher’s path from transitioning ICE from its startup foundation to an enterprise that has extended its footprint globally and is now responsible for running the New York Stock Exchange. Items that were covered during this event include how to adjust to newly introduced and ever-changing industry regulations, ultimately prompting ICE’s marketing share to grow rapidly.

Don’t wait, hear the vital information Distinguished Speakers are discussing today! Contact Michelle Dawidziak at michelle.dawidziak@53.com or Susan Isquith at snisquith@yahoo.com.