Women in Commercial Finance Conference 2019

Starts:  Mar 13, 2019 5:30 PM (ET)
Ends:  Mar 14, 2019 2:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  CFA Conferences


Wells Fargo Capital Finance
150 E 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017


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The CFA Women in Commercial Finance Committee is proud to present an in-depth conference offering a dynamic combination of networking and professional development. This half-day conference will bring together some of our industry’s leading female executives and other professionals to offer their insights and tips on navigating issues faced in today’s work environment, providing women in commercial finance with the tools to "make your mark." Registration includes a special reception the evening of March 13 at the offices of Paul Hastings in NYC. Space is limited – sign-up today!

This year's event takes place on the day of the National Jewish Health Financial Industries Dinner. Our Fintech and Innovation Forum on March 13 will include a panel on Women in FinTech, comprising female Chief Officers in the FinTech world and moderated by futurist Deborah Reuben.


Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Sharon Melnick, global authority on women’s next level success and Founder of the Next Level Leader initiative. Informed by 10 years of psychology research at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Melnick's methods have transformed 22,000 trainees at 30 Fortune 500 companies (including 8 in the Financial Services sector) and 150 conferences (she has even presented at the White House and the United Nations). She equips smart and busy women with strategies to stay calm, confident, and powerful to sustain themselves as they increase the value of their contribution. Discover more at www.sharonmelnick.com.

Fee: $225 per person


Wednesday, March 13
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Opening Reception hosted by Paul Hastings
200 Park Ave., 26th floor
New York, NY 10166

Thursday, March 14
Wells Fargo Capital Finance
150 E 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am
"Be in Your Power: 5 Strategies to Speak Up, Be Heard, and Make Your Mark"
Keynote speaker: Dr. Sharon Melnick
Introduction by Karen Sessions, President of Bank of America Business Capital
Are you presenting your most powerful self? Do you know how to communicate with confidence? When you are faced with an intimidating scenario or an unexpected situation, you want to handle it "in your power."

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Choice of Panel Sessions:
Session 1 "How to Get Ahead"
An interactive panel discussion about mentoring, networking, visibility, and making your voice heard.  The panel will include audience polling, Q&A, brainstorming, and much more.

Moderator: Bhav Singh, Associate, Paul Hastings LLP
Panelists: Andrea Bernard, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Cheryl Carner, Senior Managing Director, Crystal Financial
Jennifer Ezring, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Betsy Ratto, Managing Director - Head of Retail Finance (BABC), Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Session 2 "Now That I Am Here, What Is Next?"
Our esteemed panel will offer insights on on real life challenges faced by women in senior roles and offer tools to leverage your success to a top leadership position and make a mark on your organization.

Moderator: Guelay Mese, Head of ABL, BNP Paribas
Panelists: Penny Fine, Managing Director, CIT Asset Management, investment advisor to CIT Northbridge Credit, LLC
Joye Lynn, Head of Corporate Asset-Based Lending, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Jan Naifeh, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Cyntra Trani, Director of Credit Management, TD Bank

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Networking lunch

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
"I Got This": Women Negotiating
Speaker: Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida

  • Preparing for your negotiation
  • Staying grounded and confident
  • Being agile at critical moments

Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is Vice Chair of the Faculty of Professional Studies and the Academic Director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia University. As Professor of Professional Practice, she teaches classes in negotiation, conflict resolution, and conflict analysis. Learn more.

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Thank you to our Conference Host

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact James Kravitz at jkravitz@cfa.com
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