President's Message

Dear Members,

We just had our last speaker event of the year on Monday, after what has been an event-packed calendar of 2016, including our Crystal Jubilee celebrations on 1 Dec.

Altogether, FWA raised more than $17k for Daughters of Tomorrow through ticket sales, sale of charity items and pledges towards the sponsorship of a DOT beneficiary to a Financial Literacy Programme.
A big thank-you to our members, both Individual and Corporate, as well as our Male Champions and Friends, for your kind and generous support to DOT as our designated charity!

Another key milestone reached this year, was the Mentoring Programme having hit a record high of 32 mentees (compared to 20 the year before). We would also like to thank all Mentors for your kind contributions of time and effort for the betterment of our younger ladies.

We hope you have enjoyed our events in 2016 and look forward to a fresh new slate of exciting topics and activities for you in the new year (check out our 2017 Event Calendar here).

Please do remember to renew your memberships for 2017! (Membership renewal link here)

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Fiona Yik
President


Welcome to another year at the Financial Women's Association of Singapore 2016/2017, and another milestone reached with our 15th anniversary!

For those who do not know me, I have been a member of the FWA since 2007 and have served actively in the Exco from 2009 - 2013, including roles as Membership Chair and Vice-President. For the last couple of years, I have taken a bit of a backseat at the FWA to focus on building my family (proudly consisting of a girl aged 3 years, and a boy aged 1 year). I am therefore humbled and touched by the faith and support shown by the FWA Community to have me return to the fold, and not just to return, but to have the opportunity to step up in a significant way.

This to me is FWA demonstrating its truest calling - putting in practice what it promotes by way of facilitating women leadership development, enabling and providing avenues for women to progress in their careers even with the reality of family commitments, while supporting them through with mentorship and network.

It is therefore an honour for me to serve as your President for this next year, and to carry on the mantle.

This year, we continue to look forward to a meaningful event calendar of enriching speaker events, mentorship opportunities (both as mentors and mentees), and charity initiatives, put together by our capable Events, Mentoring and Charity sub-committees. A further initiative of note since last year, is that of the FWA Gender Statistics Survey in Financial Services in partnership with INSEAD. Several of our Corporate and Institutional members have participated in this to great insight and benefit. We intend to continue exploring similar initiatives via our newly-set up Strategic Projects sub-committee, to help us gain better analytics and insight into the gender diversity issue, as part of the journey towards greater industry awareness.

Thanks to our growing membership base, particularly the generosity of our Corporate/Institutional members, FWA has been able to continually have our events hosted at various fabulous venues. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for your unfailing support to the FWA.

A new segment of support started last year in the form of Male Champions, has also been an incredible source of generosity to the FWA. We look forward to having more of our Male Champions share their time and wisdom with us through the Males from the Top and Kopitiam Chat series of events.

We continually work on improving the user experience on our website to facilitate greater participation in our events by members. This year, we can also look forward to a brand new website to be rolled out in the middle of the year.

Finally, being our 15th anniversary, we will look to celebrate growing another year older and wiser in true FWA style...stay tuned!

 

Sincerely,

Fiona Yik