Michelle Harm

As I approach the end of my Presidency, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the many accomplishments the National Board has achieved. It’s been a very successful year!

We focused on advancing our strategic plan by implementing initiatives that position WIFS as a thought leader, strengthen our governance structure at all levels and support member recruitment, engagement, retention and development. We launched National Board meetups to better connect with our members on the ground in their local communities, grew the association’s membership and revamped our Mastermind program into two specialized study groups to better serve the needs of our members. We also cultivated a relationship with Eastern Kentucky University to further our efforts in attracting young professionals to financial services by inviting six students to attend our National Conference and engaged in the development of a pipeline program that introduces the financial services profession to students early in their careers to support expanded diversity in the field.

It truly has been a pleasure to lead this year’s Board. Their commitment and dedication to WIFS is commendable. Every advancement we’ve made this year has helped further key pieces of our mission that will not only impact our current members but will also pave the way for future women who enter the profession. I am also very grateful for our members and their investment in our association. You are the foundation of WIFS and the inspiration for each initiative we participate in to move the dial on diversity and inclusion in the profession.

I look forward to showing you my appreciation in person at our National Conference in October. Have you checked out the amazing lineup of speakers? This year’s program is guaranteed to educate and inspire attendees by sharing a wealth of strategic advice and actionable tactics that will take your business to the next level! The panel discussion on attracting the next generation of female talent to financial services will be a special treat. It will be led by Maura Cunningham, Founder & Executive Director of Rock The Street, Wall Street and Bertie M. Greer, the Associate Dean for Strategy and Planning at Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business. Visit the Conference website today for more information on the program, speakers and registration options.

See you in Louisville!

Best Wishes,

Michelle Signature 

Michelle Harm, MBA, RICP®
2019 National President

 

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