cits resonance with professionals across various industries, tied together by shared experiences and opportunities for growth. The WICF and RMA are planning a second Southern California Women’s Business Connection in 2018. “Hearing the perspec- tives of women business owners was a unique twist to the typical industry panel discussion,” commented Sheri Fenenbock,
co-chair of the Santa Monica chapter of
Capital Finance’s Women’s Connection and
member of the event’s planning committee. “It was inspiring to see such a diverse
group of professional women coming
together to collaborate and share common
Jessica Staheli is senior vice president with
Scherzer International and serves as a committee member of the CFA’s Women in Commercial Finance.
Sheri Fenenbock is a national program manager
at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, responsible for
overseeing all early talent credit training programs. Sheri serves as Co-Chair of the Capital
Finance Women’s Connection in Santa Monica
and is a committee member of the CFA’s
Women in Commercial Finance.
sion and drive,” said the panel moderator
Katherine Bell, CFA’s WICF Committee Chair
and a Partner at Paul Hastings LLP.
The uniqueness of this program
drew a diverse group of financial service
professionals, as well as entrepreneurs,
established lawyers, and service providers, all of whom networked over sushi and
cocktails after the panel. Some attendees
reconnected with peers they hadn’t seen in
years, while others appreciated the opportunity to meet women they normally don’t
encounter at networking events.
As part of the CFA WICF Committee’s
dedication to community outreach, a portion of the night’s proceeds was donated
to Dress for Success Worldwide West. In
addition, eight students from a local high
school and their chaperones received
complimentary access to the event.
Jessica Staheli, member of CFA’s WICF
Committee and a board member of RMA
LA, remarked that “we couldn’t have been
happier with the event. It was fantastic
to see so many women come together for
conversation about life, work, challenges
The popularity of the event spoke to
Over 150 finance professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners gathered for the
inaugural Southern California Women’s Business Connection on March 2 at the Skirball
Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event
was a joint effort led by the CFA’s Women in
Commercial Finance (WICF) Committee and
the Los Angeles Chapter of the Risk Management Association. These two organizations
partnered with the National Association of
Women Business Owners and the Commercial Finance Conference of California
to create an event whose mission was to
facilitate economic growth and partnerships between women.
The evening featured a panel discussion among an esteemed group of women
entrepreneurs and finance professionals.
Guests were treated to an inspiring discussion on pursuing passions, discovering
personal power and overcoming obstacles.
Each panelist provided unique perspectives
on successful financing arrangements and
how entrepreneurs and lenders can better
work together to create mutually beneficial
relationships. “What made this event so
special was the energy and candor that
our panelists brought into the room. They
shared their experiences and perspectives
on the visibility of women in industry, growing their business, taking risks, managing a
team, working with advisors, and remaining
nimble in an ever-changing environment.
It was a pleasure to be a part of such a dynamic discussion with women so full of pas-
wicfON THE MOVE
Over 150 finance professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners gathered for the inaugural Southern California Women’s Business Connection on March 2 at the Skirball Cultural
Center in Los Angeles. The event was a joint effort led by the CFA’s Women in Commercial Finance (WICF) Committee and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Risk Management Association.