WIFM’s Broad Appeal: Rapid Program Fill-Up, Male Ally Initiatives, and Record-breaking Gala Attendance Highlighted by Leadership

Marisol Collazo, Cassandra Seier
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In the second segment of JLN’s conversation with WIFM‘s Chair Marisol Collazo and President & CEO Cassandra Seier, Collazo pinpointed high-caliber events and robust networking as major draws for members.

The appeal of WIFM’s offerings isn’t limited to women; both genders show keen interest. Notably, new programs often reach full capacity within just 30 minutes of invitations being released, according to Collazo.

Following the rebrand, WIFM anticipates attracting an even broader spectrum of professionals from capital markets, fintech, risk, and compliance sectors, Collazo noted.

Seier emphasized the existing void WIFM fills, saying, “There is a gap, there is a need to create an organization like ours.”

Envisioning the organization’s trajectory, Seier foresees potential collaborations where firms might delegate their women-centric leadership initiatives to WIFM.

Highlighting inclusivity, Collazo talked about WIFM’s male ally initiative, which integrates men into their training programs. Furthermore, she shed light on the organization’s efforts in establishing sound governance to ensure sustainability beyond its founding members.

WIFM’s gala, held on October 11, marked a significant milestone this year. Drawing almost 200 attendees, it stood as a testament to the organization’s growth, celebrating the achievements of its women members and acknowledging its sponsors.

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