To the Women of STA

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. 

Julie Andress, KeyBanc Capital Markets & STA WIF Co-Chair

Agata Lipinski – Chicago
Allison Lynch – Boston
Amy Wiedmeyer – Wisconsin   
Anastasia Yamane – San Francisco 
Ann Claire Lathem – Georgia
Beatrix Kondor – Georgia
Beth Hamburger – New York
Bethany Graham – Chicago
Betty Sharples – Chicago
Brittany Letto – Los Angeles
Cass Sanford – National
Christina Kowalski – Philadelphia
Cristina Ciaravalli – San Francisco 
Danielle Dayan – Chicago 
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 Bondarenko – Los Angeles
Irene Pajer – Carolina 
Janice Morgan-Hilsman – Florida
Jennifer Nayer – New York
Jessica Theisen – New York
Joanna Fields – New York
Julie Andress – Ohio, National
Kaitlyn Izon – Canada
Kate McAllister – National
Kelli Springer – Kansas City
Kelly Myers – Chicago
Kim Sabet – San Francisco 
Kimberly Russell – National
Krissy Bernstein – Mid-Atlantic
Lauren Arbid – Chicago 
Lesley Cresswell – Canada
Linda Heuman – Ohio
Lisa Utasi – New York
Margie Hewel – Denver
Meena Saggar – Canada
Nanette Buziak – Connecticut 
Nora Nicols – Wisconsin
Patricia Koetzner – New York
Patty Schuler – Chicago
Paula Sexsmith – Canada
Peggy Bowie – Canada
Regina Frate – Connecticut 
Roberta Pigat – Canada
Robin Smith-St. Kitts – Canada
Rosanna Bruni – Canada
Roseanne Lissow – Carolina 
Samira Khan – Canada
Sandy Chism – Kansas City  
Stephane Oullette – Canada
Stephanie Libien – San Francisco 
Stephanie Minister – Boston
Tammy Wiggs – Mid-Atlantic
Theresa DeLosasda – San Francisco 

See May STA WIF Newsletter here