Global Agenda & Outreach

“The Global Agenda Committee is THE group that brings the world to the FWA and seeks to enhance Members’ knowledge of global trends and opportunities.”
— Simone Vinocour, committee co-chair

Committee Co-Chairs

Donna La Spina

Donna La Spina

Simone Vinocour

Simone Vinocour

Responsible for hosting assorted events that focus on hot topics circulating within the financial market, the Global Agenda Committee brings together next generation thought leaders from financial institutions, corporations, and research and academia industries. In fact, Members will benefit significantly from working with others that are actively engaged in global business. Comprised of individuals who have lived and worked abroad, are focused on cross-border business or who themselves have a globally diverse background, this Committee is both exciting and dynamic.

Strong leaders spearhead the committee and working at leading global firms including:

  • BNP Paribas
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Sidley Austin

This has given the Committee access to real-time market expertise and global trends. Most importantly, all of its Members are involved in enlightening discussions and events and have recently added a “teach in” portion to committee meetings. This portion covers a particular globally relevant topic in about 15 minutes. Any committee Member can propose to present on an area of expertise, and past topics have included the outcome of the German elections and regulatory issues.

Some recent past events include:

  • Third Annual BNP Paribas Eurozone Panel and Breakfast
  • View from the State, Investing in Emerging Markets
  • Brazilian Jazz & Bossa Nova Brunch at SOBs
  • A Conversation with Mona Sutphen and CNBC’s Sharon Epperson

“Our Committee not only has covered major global trends in business with a focus on specific markets such as Europe, China, Latin America and upcoming Africa, but has also sought to round out members’ cultural awareness. In the past three years, the Committee has held ‘fun’ events such as a tour of the Islamic Cultural Center and mosque of New York, followed by brunch in support of the UAE International Conference, brunch at S.O.B.’s with live Brazilian jazz music, and recently, a private tour of German art at MoMA, followed by brunch, in support of the Berlin Conference. We look forward to continuing to add one cultural event to our agenda each year,” Ms. Vinocour added.

For more information, contact Donna La Spina at or Simone Vinocour at