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"Passing the Torch: Celebrating 100 Years of Herstory"


BELOW IS THE TRAILER! Watch the full event here.

On August 26, 2020, FWSF premiered the short film "Passing the Torch: Celebrating 100 Years of HERstory," during a one-hour live stream event. The film explores how women won the vote, celebrates the diverse trailblazing women who were "first" and discusses how we can Pass the Torch to the next generation of women.  

Following the film, there is a Proclamation and a panel of Change Makers who discuss the bright future of women. The one-hour event, featured Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California& Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA. It includes special panelists Corinne Nevinny, Alyse Nelson, and Leah Edwards and was moderated by Michelle Alberda. Be prepared to shed a tear and leave inspired.


Meet the Member Behind the Passing the Torch Event

Michelle Alberda, a financial planner for the past 20 years and head of a woman-owned business with offices in San Francisco and North Carolina, has relied on her long-time membership in the Financial Women of San Francisco to support her success through learning and connecting with likeminded women.

When she joined the organization in 2005, Alberda served as the first co-chair of the Lifestyles Committee, vice president in 2006, and president of FWSF in 2007. In 2009, Alberda cofounded the scholarship endowment and has been involved with it ever since. Among her many contributions to the organization, Michelle also served as a scholarship recipient mentor. Read the full interview with Michelle.

FWSF President's Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Dear FWSF Community:

Along with many of you, I’ve spent countless hours reflecting on the tragic events of recent days and weeks, wondering what I can do to further the causes of racial justice and peace. I believe that all of us are called to find the role that we can play in moving our society toward reconciliation.

FWSF President's Diversity and Inclusion Statement

“Make a Difference” Challenge Grant: Honoring Lela Jahn’s Legacy

When Lela Jahn passed away in 2015, she left FWSF with an incredible gift—a fund to challenge women to make a meaningful difference in other women’s lives. For the fifth consecutive year, FWSF will be announcing a $10,000 award to an FWSF scholarship recipient.

Lela inspired many through her active engagement in FWSF’s scholarship and mentorship programs, and was instrumental in developing the year-long mentorship curriculum that FWSF continues to offer to its Scholarship recipients today. FWSF was proud to honor Lela as the Financial Woman of the Year in 2010 for her remarkable contributions. Read more

Financial Woman of the Year Luncheon a Huge Success!


On Friday, October 11 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, FWSF honored Terri Kallsen, former executive vice president, Investor Services, at Charles Schwab, as the FWSF 2019 Financial Woman of the Year. Read more and view her speech.

This year’s luncheon raised money for the FWSF Scholarship Fund. These funds directly benefit rising stars in the San Francisco Bay Area who are pursuing a career in finance or in the financial services industry, including the 2019 scholarship recipients.

FWSF Awards 2020 Scholarships

Read more about the scholarship recipients.

Member profiles on Twitter/LinkedIn. We want to hear from you!

We want to let the FWSF community know about you! If you would like to participate in our new "Member Monday" social media feature, please complete this form (registration required). Answer any of the questions that interest you (or answer them all!).

Once our Social Media co-chairs receive your responses they will schedule our #MeetaMemberMonday and #CareerTipThursday features. Thanks


Check out our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Read updates about our members, interesting articles about women in finance, and learn about the many benefits of FWSF membership. Plus, you'll learn more about a variety of upcoming events where you can hear about issues in finance from experts and network with peers.


2019 FWSF and Financial Woman of the Year Sponsorship opportunities are now available.
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