December 2021
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Join Us in 2022!
Despite the realities of this past year and the challenges they presented, the STA Women in Finance Committee is pleased to say that we remained true to our mission and guiding principles, thus continuing to be a positive force for women in our industry. As 2021 comes to a close, STA WIF wishes to highlight our 'Top Five' accomplishments below with the hopes that you will consider becoming involved in 2022.

There is more that we can do as a community to help in the career development of women in finance, but in order to do so, we need people to join us and firms to sponsor. So please take a moment to learn about STA WIF and if you are interested in making it part of your 2022 goals, reach out to us. We strongly believe that if you will find the effort worthy of your time.

Thank you, and on behalf of the STA WIF Committee, we wish you and your families a safe, healthy and Happy Holidays! 

FINRA Continuing Education Enhancement
In November 2021 FINRA adopted important changes to its continuing education (CE) and registration rules to train registered persons more effectively while accommodating registered persons, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, whose personal circumstances take them away from the industry for a time. STA WIF played an incremental role in STA’s Comment Letter and other actions in this area.
Women in Finance Symposium
STA WIF held its annual Women in Finance Symposium in person with featured keynote speaker Heather Brilliant, CEO of Diamond Hill Capital Management.
Challenges & Opportunities Facing Women in Negotiations Webinar
Informative webinar featuring Joe Holt, Professor of Business Ethics at the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame.
Social Media & Conference
11 newsletters, dedicated playlist on STA’s YouTube Channel and consistent participation by women subject matter experts on panels. #PutHerOnThePanel
Annual Awards Event
STA WIF held its 5th Annual Award & Recognition Event featuring Sue Herera, CNBC, as moderator.
2021 Women Mentor Awards Panel - Replay Now Available!
Congratulations to this year's recipients of the STA WIF Women Mentor Award

Julie Bauer, The Options Clearing Corporation
Jennifer Fagenson, ION
Lisa Utasi, ClearBridge Investments

Special thanks to Sue Herera, CNBC, for moderating the acceptance panel.
Articles of Interest
Newest Class of Corporate Directors Is the Most Diverse Yet, but Gains Are Uneven
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. public companies added the most diverse slate of new directors on record to their boards over the past year, with a surge of Black nominees and elevated numbers of women and first-time directors, according to two new studies.

Ernesta Procope, the ‘First Lady of Wall Street’, Dies at 98
Ernesta Procope, whose insurance company was greeted as the first Black-owned business on the boulevard of American finance when it relocated its office to Wall Street in 1979, has died. She was 98. As founding president of E.G. Bowman Co., which billed itself as the largest Black-owned and woman-owned insurance broker in the U.S., Procope made a splash with her arrival at 97 Wall Street in Manhattan.

Forbes Announces Its 50 Over 50: Investment List, Highlighting Female Visionaries On Wall Street And Beyond
Forbes today unveils its 50 Over 50: Investment list, which highlights the female investors and financial leaders who are leading high-growth businesses in the male-dominated spaces of Wall Street, venture capital, and impact investing. Forbes‘ “50 Over 50” platform, in partnership with Mika Brzezinski’s “Know Your Value,” is dedicated to shining a light on diverse women over the age of 50 who have achieved significant success later in life, often by overcoming formidable odds or barriers.

The 10 Toughest Career Life Lessons I've Learned (So Far)
Career Contessa
Your career should be a landscape for constant learning, personal growth, and professional metamorphosis (yep, I said it!). Here are 10 important career lessons I've learned so far.

How the First Disabled and Woman-Owned NYSE Floor Broker Is Changing Wall Street
Cynthia DiBartolo’s journey to the New York Stock Exchange floor was fraught with challenges and difficulty. In July 2021, DiBartolo’s firm, Tigress Financial Partners, became the first disabled and woman-owned floor broker to become a member of the NYSE.

The Power Of Diverse Perspectives: Why We Need More Women In Finance
We know the world is evolving rapidly, but in some areas, evidence of that evolution is harder to come by. While women compose nearly 50 percent of financial services employees, they represent a mere 15 percent of industry executives. If our true goal is to help families prosper, that has to change. 
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