March 2019
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We are all Trailblazers
Virtu Financial &
STA WIF Co-Chair

As we celebrate the 110th  International Women’s Day  it is both amazing and inspiring to reflect upon more than a century of achievements by women. Each generation has continued to improve its educational attainment during the course of a lifetime. Through that knowledge and the examples of female leaders, women of every passing generation have been able to leave the world a better place for the next. Our generation, on this day, is no different. Grateful of the accomplishments and successes of women before us, and motivated through a sense of responsibility to leave something better for those yet to come, we are all trailblazers.

Finance is a dynamic and highly competitive industry with its own set of unique challenges towards achieving diversity balance. It is encouraging to see financial firms represented at the top of  Forbes America's Best Employers for Women 2018 . When the STA WIF initiative was formed just a few short years ago, it was designed under the premise that there has not been a better time for women in finance. While true then and now, by no means does it imply that our work towards gender equality is done.

Data in key areas show improvement, but stubbornly wide gaps still must narrow. Transparency that the data provides goes a long way towards identifying where problems exist and from there, how solutions can be formed. It's said that admission is the first step and I continue to be encouraged by the groundswell of activity around gender pay gaps, promoting women, adding women to corporate boards, and just a general awareness around the lack of diversity in boardrooms and across senior management. This transparency, coupled with a genuine desire to effect change, will be at the foundation of our generation’s achievements.

The theme of International Women's Day 2019 is  #BalanceForBetter , a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Balance in all things is better, study after study show, and it drives a better working world. To paraphrase from the IWD 2019 Balance for Better website, this unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action runs all year long. It doesn't end on International Women's Day, but rather just begins.

There is always more we can do, and we will, but we should also be proud of how far we have come. Effecting real change requires a holistic effort, with both women  and  men invested in a common goal.

On behalf of the STA Women in Finance Committee, I wish you a happy International Women's Day.

How will you make a difference?

Reprinted from STA Taking Stock column, March 8, 2019
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Program Participants
STANY 83rd Annual Conference & Party

Hester M. Peirce , Commissioner
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Stacey Cunningham , President
New York Stock Exchange

other presenters:

Arianne Criqui , Cboe Global Markets
Meaghan Dugan , Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Joanna Fields , Aplomb Strategies
Jodie Grenier , Foundation for Women Warriors
Jennifer Hubbs , Dash Financial Technologies
Vivian Maese , Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Carolyn Saacke , NYSE
Erica Thomas , Tradeweb

Women in Finance Events
STANY Women in Finance Breakfast
April 4, 2019
7:30 am to 9:00 am

Christy Turlington-Burns , Founder & CEO
Every Mother Counts

fireside chat
James White, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Lord, Abbett & Co
Sara Eisen , "Squawk on the Street" Co-Anchor &
"Closing Bell" Co-Anchor, CNBC

STA Women in Finance
is now accepting nominations for

3rd Annual Ken Heath Award

Submit your letter of recommendation to recognize
an individual who has made a notable and genuine contribution
to the advancement of women in finance

Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, April 4 .

Presentation will take place at
An Evening of Recognition & Education
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
India House (formerly Bayard's), New York Downtown
STAC Women's Collective Outing

SIX at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:45 p.m.

STAC Women's Collective has purchased a block of tickets
for this event and is offering them at a discount.