New opportunities to enable female leaders in the pension industry to enhance their leadership skillsLearn more about the Women In Pensions Network here.
This year, the Women in Pensions Network (WiPN) is pleased to announce its Leadership Fellow Program, enabling four of its members to attend prominent leadership programs around the country. Three members will be selected to attend the 1 1/2 day Simmons Leadership Forum ($1,500 value), and one member will be selected to attend their choice of programs from the following:
Women’s Leadership Program From Opportunity to Action (Babson College)
in Boston, October 2019, 5 days ($7,500 value)
Strategic Leadership for Women Certificate Program (Simmons College)
in Boston, September 2019, 5 days ($7,500 value)
Women Leading Change Program (Institute for Women’s Leadership)
in San Francisco, Fall 2019, 3 days ($7,500 value)
This opportunity is open to all WiPN members in good standing and will require that WiPN Leadership Fellow candidates meet one or more of the following criteria:
- High achiever having substantial organizational impact;
- Middle to senior level manager ready to take her career to the next level;
- Advisor or TPA business owner with a proven track record of accomplishment.
Becoming Better Leaders
“We are proud to launch this new fellowship program focused on helping our high achieving members become even better leaders. We believe this is an extraordinary opportunity for our members who are dedicated to advancing their careers in the retirement industry,” explains Daniella Moiseyev, President-Elect of WiPN.
Interested members must complete an online application form, submit two letters of recommendation, and have approval from their organizations to attend the program if selected. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced on April 7, 2019.
For more information, please visit https://www.womeninpensionsnetwork.org/new-wipn-leadership-fellow-program/. Women interested in joining WiPN can do simply by texting ‘WiPN’ to 31996.
Despite significant strides, women continue to be underpaid and underrepresented in the workforce. Today, women in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men (American’s Women and the Wage Gap, National Partnership for Women and Families, September 2018). When it comes to representation in the Board room, women represent about 20% of seats at larger companies, yet smaller and newer companies still lag in finding women to serve on their boards, with many firms still reporting one or no women on their boards.(2020 Gender Diversity Index, 2020 Women on Boards, 2017).
We still have a ways to go!
The obstacles that women face that keep them from advancing to top level positions often have their roots in a lack of mentorship and sponsorship both within their organizations and the industry. Isolation is a huge issue for women in male-dominated fields such as the retirement plan business. It is hard to find peers, mentors and advocates to support reaching goals. Women often are not as active in forming their own industry connections, touting their own accomplishments and asking for recommendations and referrals.
Who are we?
Formalized in 2009 and now an established 501(c)6 non-profit, WiPN has a network of 1700+ women. Membership represents all segments of the retirement industry including early, mid- and senior level women across service providers such as Record keepers, TPAs, DCIOs and ERISA attorneys as well as financial advisors and consultants.
How do our members benefit?
WiPN members have access to WiPN’s exclusive networking events, mentoring opportunities and interesting webinars. They have unique opportunities to connect with and learn from one another through regional events and receptions at national industry conferences.
How do companies benefit from partnering with WiPN?
WiPN is grateful for the support of our valued sponsors and offer many options including industrywide visibility, prominent branding on our website and at events, discounted membership pricing, opportunities to contribute to the newsletter and the ability to post jobs to assist with recruiting goals.