STA Women in Finance


STA Women In Finance (WIF) is a committee that operates under the Security Traders Association (STA). The STA WIF Committee is comprised of members who serve at the national level of STA WIF along with representatives from STA Affiliates that maintain a Women in Finance initiative. Given STA’s long history and unique makeup of industry practitioners, STA WIF is well-positioned to gather women of all seniority to assist in fulfilling its Mission Statement and Core Actions.


STA Women in Finance assists in the unique career development needs of women in the securities industry. STA WIF leverages the established network, resources and values of STA to foster and create a culture of inclusion for women. STA WIF supports and co-markets with other women’s organizations within the industry to create a stronger presence and more networking opportunities.

Guiding Principles

  • Designed under the premise that there has not been a better time for women in finance.
  • Work in partnership with those STA affiliates with diversity programs.
  • Address the mentoring, networking, education and coaching needs of women.
  • Address the additional unique career development needs of minority women.
  • Promote gender diversity strategies that engage men achieve meaningful results.
  • Incorporate STA WIF into STA core actions: newsletter, events, panels and Open Calls.
  • Organize STA WIF Committee similar to existing STA Committees.
  • Promote networking and educational events across the industry without prejudice.

Core Actions

Be a Data Center

  • Be a data center that provides reports on the value add diversity brings to firms and a list of women thought leaders who can serve as panelists and/or speakers at STA events.

Provide A Distribution Platform

  • Provide a national distribution platform that promotes networking events and women’s participation as subject matter experts. #PutHerOnThePanel

Organize Networking & Educational Events

  • Organize a minimum number of events at the national level each year that include the Ken Heath Award Event, which recognizes those men who contribute to the advancement of women in finance and the STA Women in Finance Symposium, held as part of STA’s Annual Market Structure Conference.

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STA WIF Archive

Annual Symposium

2022 Symposium 

Ken Heath Award

Past Ken Heath Award Recipients

Affiliate Contacts

STA Women in Finance Chair
Inessa Ruffman, JonesTrading

Erin Sheehan, LeveL ATS

Canadian STA
Meena Saggar, BMO Asset

Patty Schuler, BOX Options

Christine Lee, Liquidnet

Laura Delaney, Virtu

Kate Bauernschmidt, INTL FCStone

Beatrix Kondor, BTIG

Kansas City
Sandra Chism, Kansas City Capital Association (Division of Oppenheimer)

Krissy Berstein, Stifel

New York
Kim Unger, STANY

Christina Kowalski, Conestoga Capital Advisors

San Francisco
Anastasia Yamane, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Nora Nicols, Fiduciary Management

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