CFWA Past Events

September 7, 2017 -The Business of Diversity-Driving the Bottom Line Event  

On September 7th Chicago Financial Women’s Alliance hosted our annual combined event: The Business of Diversity: Driving the Bottom Line. This was an “un-plugged” discussion, moderated by Kathryn Burdett, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Deutsche Bank .  Kathryn posed poignant questions to a panel of leaders and advocates of diversity and inclusion.

The conversation was a meaningful and thought provoking exchange. We heard from Jyoti Chopra, Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability and Chief Diversity Officer, BNY Mellon, Leslie J. Anderson, Senior Vice President & U.S. Head of Business Banking

Treasury and Payment Solutions, BMO Harris Bank, and, Daniel Needham, President and Chief Investment Offices and Diversity Advocate, Morningstar

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May 4th, 2016 – Embracing Calculated Risk

On May, 4th The Chicago Financial Women’s Alliance (CFWA), a collaboration of WOWS Chicago and the women’s advancement groups from BMO Harris, BNY Mellon and Morningstar, hosted “Embracing Calculated Risk” a networking event and panel discussion featuring Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest CEO and Co-Founder, Susan Skerritt, Deutsche Bank Americas Global Head of Institutional Cash Management and Head of Global Transaction Banking and Gail Landis, Morningstar Board Member. Ms. Krawcheck, Ms. Skerritt and Ms. Landis led a lively discussion of navigating risk to achieve career success. More than 500 guests attended in person and via live streaming sites in Jacksonville and New York City to hear our accomplished panelists share personal stories of risks taken and lessons learned from taking those risks throughout the many stages of their careers. Attendance for this event represented  growth of more than 150% since the CFWA’s inaugural event in 2014. Positive reviews from guests include, “Incredibly inspiring panelists.”, “Loved hearing that we are showing our children lots of positives when we as mothers work outside the home. Just a great message to deliver and sometimes is forgotten. The panelists were honest, engaging, and positive.”, “I loved what Susan shared about changing the system in which we operate instead of trying to overcome unconscious bias.”, “The program content was strong and relevant to both early career professionals as well as seasoned professionals. I also enjoyed meeting women from other companies.”

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