January 2023

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Join Us in 2023!

It's a new month, a new year, and with these new beginnings, we look forward to what's in store for STA Women in Finance. While the financial and regulatory landscapes continue to change and challenge all of us, we are optimistic and we remain true to our mission and guiding principles to be a positive force for women in our industry.

As Co-Chairs of STA Women in Finance for 2023, we encourage you to get involved! There is much we can do in our jobs, our communities, our personal lives, to help those around us. Be active. Mentor. Volunteer. Sometimes even the smallest gesture makes a meaningful impact. And if you want to take it a step further and help in the career development of women via the STA Women in Finance initiative, reach out to us!

Wishing you a peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2023.

Inessa Ruffman, JonesTrading Institutional Services

Elizabeth Traster, Janney Montgomery Scott

STA Women in Finance Keynote Speaker 2021

This month's Women in Finance newsletter features the STA WIF keynote address from our 2021 Washington DC Spring Update. Because the insights are still relevant, we are resharing in hopes that this continues to inform and inspire the women of STA.

On April 21 2021, in conjunction with the STA Washington DC Spring Update, Jennifer Willey, CEO & Founder of Wet Cement Inc. presented a keynote address titled, Building Your Blue Sky Blueprint. In today’s "always on" Work From Anywhere (WFA) era, Ms. Willey helped attendees tap into their priorities to create the future they want.

Jennifer Willey

Founder & CEO

Wet Cement Inc.

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Articles of Interest


The Crypto World Needs More Women


The technology and engineering fields have historically been male dominated. Deloitte, for example, estimates that only about a quarter of leadership positions at the largest technology firms are held by women. Yet, the crypto world—cryptocurrencies, digital tokens, smart contracts, NFTs, and decentralized finance (DeFi)—which is underpinned by blockchain technology is giving a whole new meaning to male domination.


7 Intentions to Set for Your Career in 2023


The past year probably didn’t go the way you expected, career-wise. Much like last year, some of us were forced out of the workplace or lost our jobs, while others had jobs that (still) expected us to work twice as hard. Some of us were able to take advantage of new opportunities, but many spent the year just keeping our heads above water.


Women In Business Are Breaking Through Age-Old Systematic Constraints


It was not until 1988 that Congress passed the Women’s Business Ownership Act, which eliminated the laws requiring a “male relative” as a co-signer on business and lending documents. A male co-signer could be anyone from a husband to an uncle to a son. This subjugated women from starting a business on their own. 1988 is not that long ago.


CFO Roles Are Evolving, and Women Could Come Out Ahead


As we head into an uncertain year, companies would benefit from having more women in the finance function. Women in financial leadership roles help to boost corporate growth, returns, and market valuations, according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG) research.


BofA Names 360 Managing Directors, With Focus on Diversity


Bank of America Corp. named 360 managing directors, with more than half of the promotions awarded to women or people of color, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The appointments mark the third consecutive year that underrepresented groups made up the majority of the class, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing personnel matters. 


Women Rarely Manage ETFs. Meet the Team Looking to Change That


The $6.5 trillion US ETF industry boomed in 2022 as innovative product debuts and market volatility fueled a near-record number of launches. But the fanfare revealed a major flaw in the space: the lack of women helming the funds.

Just 11% of US fund managers are women, a figure that hasn’t budged in the last decade, according to Morningstar Inc. 


Save the Date!

8th Annual STA Women in Finance Symposium

October 11, 2023

JW Marriott Washington DC

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