To the Women of STA

By Julie Andress

KeyBanc Capital Markets & STA WIF Co-Chair

Finding the proper balance on how we allocate our precious time can be overwhelming. For the vast majority of us, finding enough time for family, friends and career is challenging enough, but if you add community service to the equation, words like “impossible” and “sorry, I can’t” come to mind. It appears community service finishes a distant fourth, if it finishes at all, not because of a lack of desire, but with busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits can be significant to you and your community. Even helping with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to organizations in need, and dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you expand your network and boost your professional and social skills. 

Each year nearly 240 individuals across North America give their time to serve on any one of STA’s 24 affiliate boards in the U.S. and Canada. All of these individuals are paying it forward in an effort and desire to improve our industry not just for today, but for the next generation as well. 

While some question if Winston Churchill uttered the quote, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” these powerful words remind us that service to others has its own rewards to those who give their time in doing so. In other words, there is fulfillment in community service. 

Each year nearly 240 individuals across North America give their time to serve on any one of STA’s 24 affiliate boards in the U.S. and Canada. All of these individuals are paying it forward in an effort and desire to improve our industry not just for today, but for the next generation as well. While all of these individuals deserve our appreciation, this month we wanted to say thank you and provide recognition to a subset, the Women of STA.

Today more than 20 percent of STA affiliate boards are comprised of women in the financial services industry. While this figure under represents the overall figures of women in finance, it is an improvement and more importantly, a large enough figure to build cultures of inclusion that promote and sustain a sense of belonging for other women across the network of STA affiliates.

Their names and affiliate organizations are listed below. If you know any of them, please take a moment to thank them for their service to our industry. Appreciation for their efforts to lead and inspire others to do the same is well deserved. 

  • Agata Lipinski – Chicago
  • Amy Reichard – New York
  • Alina Shah – San Francisco
  • Amy Wiedmeyer – Wisconsin   
  • Anastasia Yamane – San Francisco 
  • Ann Claire Lathem – Georgia
  • Beatrix Kondor – Georgia
  • Beth Hamburger – New York
  • Bethany Graham – Chicago
  • Brittany Letto – Los Angeles
  • Brittnee Dalton – Georgia
  • Carolyn Heslop – Boston
  • Cass Sanford – National
  • Christina Kowalski – Philadelphia
  • Claudette Mason – Boston
  • Danielle Dayan – Chicago
  • Elizabeth Traster – St. Louis 
  • Ellen Wile – Boston
  • Erin Sheehan – Boston
  • Erin Williams – San Francisco 
  • Frances Proctor – Florida
  • Georgene Pedrie – Denver
  • Gina M. King – Carolina 
  • Ginny Kowalczyk – Chicago 
  • Helen Kang – San Francisco
  • Inessa Ruffman – Los Angeles
  • Irene Pajer – Carolina 
  • Janice Morgan-Hilsman – Florida
  • Jennifer Nayar – New York
  • Jessica Schultz – Chicago
  • Jessica Theisen – New York
  • Jill Bartell – Portland
  • Joanna Fields – New York
  • Joany Page – Canada
  • Julie Andress – Ohio, National
  • Karen Couldrey – Canada
  • Kate McAllister – National
  • Kelli Springer – Kansas City 
  • Kimberly Russell – National
  • Krissy Bernstein – Mid-Atlantic
  • Laura Delaney – Dallas
  • Lauren Arbid – Chicago 
  • Lesley Cresswell – Canada
  • Linda Heuman – Ohio
  • Lisa Utasi – New York
  • Meena Saggar – Canada
  • Nanette Buziak – Connecticut 
  • Nanette Marks – St. Louis
  • Nora Nicols – Wisconsin
  • Patricia Koetzner – New York
  • Patty Schuler – Chicago
  • Paula Sexsmith – Canada
  • Peggy Bowie – Canada
  • Regina Frate – Connecticut 
  • Roberta Pigat – Canada
  • Roseanne Lissow – Carolina 
  • Sandy Chism – Kansas City  
  • Stephanie Libien – San Francisco
  • Stephanie Minister – Boston