President’s Circle

“The FWA President’s Circle provides organizations with an unmatched opportunity to develop their female professionals internally and to raise their visibility externally as advocates of women’s leadership. Our President’s Circle offers an inspiring community of peers enabling our members to exchange best practices and support our common goal of women’s advancement.”
Lily Klebanoff Blake, Chair of the President’s Circle Committee

Committee Chair

Lily Klebanoff Blake

Lily Klebanoff Blake

Formed in 1998, President’s Circle is the FWA’s corporate sponsorship program which allows firms to establish strategic partnerships with the FWA to advance its core mission to accelerate the success and leadership of women in the financial community across all industries. This is accomplished by exchanging best practices, showcasing industry thought leaders, enhancing programmatic content, and empowering mentoring and educational initiatives. Since its inception, the FWA President’s Circle has been extremely successful, providing substantial financial support for FWA programs and scholarships, and developing strong, mutually-beneficial partnerships with corporate sponsors. Funds from President’s Circle support FWA programming, scholarships, and training for students interested in pursuing careers in business and finance.

“Our firm recognizes the value women add in the workplace and we continue to focus on and invest in the advancement of women into leadership roles. Our longstanding relationship with the FWA has been an integral part in helping us continuously raise our high standards.”
— Joe Echevarria, CEO, Deloitte LLP

Benefits of Membership in the FWA President’s Circle:

  • Demonstrates firm’s commitment to cultivating diverse and forward-thinking leaders internally and to the community at large
  • Showcases a firm’s expertise, leadership, and talent across lines of business
  • Provides prominence on FWA website for firm thought leadership and achievements in diversity and inclusion
  • Opportunity for development of joint programming with the FWA
  • Sponsorship of on-site events featuring firm’s executives, encouraging networking through complimentary admission to firm employees
  • Invitations to FWA President’s Circle Breakfasts, open only to members of the President’s Circle, which provide access to thought leaders and an opportunity to network among peers and learn best practices
  • Designated relationship manager, a senior FWA member, assigned to each member firm
  • Expedited membership process for firm employees
  • Special access to pipeline recruiting opportunities through access to FWA members, participants in the FWA Wall Street Exchange Program, participants in the FWA’s Baruch mentoring program and recipients of FWA graduate scholarships
  • Special link from FWA job postings page to firm’s job listings

FWA President’s Circle Sponsorship Levels
• Platinum: $50,000
• Gold: $25,000
Both levels offer flexibility to combine cash as well as in-kind contributions.

Members of the FWA’s President’s Circle

  • BMO Capital Markets
  • BNP Paribas
  • BNY Mellon
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Credit Suisse
  • Delta Airlines
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Guggenheim Partners LLC
  • McGraw Hill Financial
  • Merrill Lynch, Bank of America Corporation
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New York Life
  • Proskauer
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • PwC
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • SAP
  • Sidley Austin, LLP
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
  • UBS
  • Wells Fargo Advisors

FWA President’s Circle Relationship Managers

  • Stephanie Ackler
  • Joanne Brady
  • Sheila Colucci
  • Suzanne DiSabato
  • Liz Farrar
  • Louiza Ferrara
  • Lily Klebanoff Blake
  • Lynthia Romney
  • Valerie Simson

For more information, contact Jennifer Openshaw, Executive Director, at (212) 533-2141 x303 or