Financial Women’s Association Names Jennifer Openshaw New Executive Director


Contact: Jamie Epstein
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New York, August 5, 2014 – The Financial Women’s Association (FWA) today announced that Jennifer Openshaw, a nationally known leader in wealth management, women’s investing, and consumer advocacy, has been named its new executive director.

Openshaw becomes only the second person to serve as executive director for the organization since it was founded in 1956. She succeeds Nancy Sellar, who served for nearly 30 years.

“Jennifer brings not only a unique blend of technology, educational and financial industry experience, but also the vision, passion and reputation for advancing women in today’s evolving world,” said FWA President Maureen Adolf.

Openshaw’s financial industry experience includes serving as press secretary in the California State Treasurer’s Office and in senior roles at Bank of America, Wilshire Associates, and BankOne, where she served as senior vice president of corporate marketing. She is perhaps best known as the founder and CEO of Women’s Financial Network, a financial services company created for women, later acquired by Wall Street legend Muriel Siebert.

“I’m honored and excited to serve as FWA’s executive director,” said Openshaw. “Advancing women in the industry – including our next generation – is more important than ever. The FWA has delivered for over 50 years and I can’t wait to help them continue to advocate and impact women in the financial industry.”

Openshaw most recently served as president of Finect, a compliant social networking platform for wealth advisors and other financial professionals. She also writes on financial issues for MarketWatch and serves as chair of Consumer Action’s Corporate Advisory Board. She is the author of three books, including The Socially Savvy Advisor: Compliant Social Media for the Financial Industry (Wiley), due out this fall. A frequent voice on consumer financial empowerment and literacy issues in the media, she has appeared on “Oprah,” “Dr. Phil,” CNN and CNBC. A member of the Economic Club of New York, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.

Howe-Lewis International led the recruiting effort for the FWA’s new executive director.

About FWA
Founded in 1956, the FWA helps to advance the leadership of women in the financial community. The New York-based organization partners with companies and offers its members opportunities to network, learn, and access industry leaders to further their careers. Its financial education efforts have impacted over 5,000 young people.
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