Women in Finance

STA WIF raises over $10.7K for women veterans

On May 18th, the STA WIF Initiative completed its 2017 charitable spring campaign raising over $10.7K for our women veterans. Starting on April 27th for four weeks, STA affiliates united across the nation to shed light on our women warriors.

Women veterans are the largest growing group of veterans and are underserved, 60% experience housing instability, and one fourth of women vets experience PTSD. Also notable is that post 9/11 women veterans have the largest share of unemployment.*

All proceeds went to the Foundation for Women Warriors. The events hosted by STA WIF affiliates are the first co-ed and exclusive fundraising events held on behalf of the Foundation. Much appreciation and gratitude to our STA WIF Committee and Chair, Jodie Mrotek of Henderson, who led the planning efforts.

Women veterans are the largest growing group of veterans and are underserved, 60% experience housing instability, and one fourth of women vets experience PTSD. Also notable is that post 9/11 women veterans have the largest share of unemployment.

Participating WIF Affiliates (and Affiliate Chairs) were Philadelphia (Christine Kowalski), Chicago (Bethany Graham), New York (Kim Unger), San Francisco (Stephanie Libien), Wisconsin (Jodie Mrotek), and Boston (Stephanie Minister).

According to Foundation for Women Warriors Executive Director Jodie Grenier, “This is just in time for summer where a lot of veteran moms struggle with childcare. We will be able to ensure the kids have fun at camps and mom has peace of mind while remaining employed or in school.”

The following testimonial came from a U.S. Marine grant recipient from the Foundation of Women Warriors:

I would like to express my gratitude for the amazing assistance your team will be able to provide my family. I just got the news we were approved for a gracious amount for next month’s rent. I cannot even begin to tell you how much this will help us! This allows me to get back on track with my finances, which lifts a huge weight off my shoulders and gives me peace of mind again, and for that I am sincerely grateful to you and the Foundation for Women Warriors. I feel very blessed to have come across your organization.

Humbly and Respectfully,
Marine Veteran

We are so thankful to all who donated at events and online for our first-ever national fundraising effort!

*Source: Foundation for Women Warriors

For more information about the Foundation for Women Warriors please visit:

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All donations, in any amount, are much appreciated.

Make checks payable to:
Foundation for Women Warriors
2355 Westwood Boulevard #350
Los Angeles, CA 90064

An Evening of Recognition & Education

Gender Diversity: Including Men in the Conversation

Corporations that engage men in their gender diversity strategies achieve better results. Unfortunately, most gender diversity strategies focus on women-only initiatives or workplace harassment training. A successful diversity strategy is a culture shift within the entire organization.

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Our program highlighted the value that gender diversity brings to individual career development and corporate success. Ken Heath Award Winners shared their personal experiences during a fireside chat moderated by Ann Neidenbach of Convergex.

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Given the STA’s unique makeup of industry practitioners, the STA WIF committee is positioned to gather women from diverse business models to identify issues of most relevance and deliver expertise through the committee’s subject matter experts to the financial services industry .


The Security Traders Association of Women in Finance supports and co-markets with other affiliate women’s organizations within the finance community. Together we create a stronger presence, promote membership amongst all organizations, and establish a platform for women in finance. We are leveraging the established network, resources, and values of the Securities Traders Association to foster and create a culture of inclusion for women in finance.

Guiding Principles

  • Designed under the premise that there has not been a better time for women in finance.
  • Should work in partnership with those STA affiliates with diversity programs
  • Needs to address the mentoring, networking, education and coaching needs of women.
  • Address the additional unique career development needs of minority women.
  • Action items should consider the male perspective where appropriate.
  • Incorporate STA WIF into existing STA initiatives: Monthly newsletter, Events Calendar, Website, Conferences and Open Calls.
  • STA WIF Committee should be organized similar to the existing STA Advisory Committees.
  • Promote networking and educational events across the industry without prejudice.


Core Actions

Data Center

  • Be a data center which 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,

Distribution Platform

  • Provide a national distribution platform which fosters robust education on career development and awareness of networking events.

Organize Networking and Educational Events

  • STA WIF should organize a minimum number of educational and networking events in 2016 which include, but will not be limited to; Open Calls, General Announcements and in person STA WIF symposiums/workshops.