I hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend! Our 9th annual State of the Markets event will be held April 26th in Dallas. This event is an important for us not only for great speakers and the chance for our members from all over the state to get together, but it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. TXWSW partnered with YWPN at our founding 10 years ago, and I wanted to share the following quote with all of you because it touched my heart immeasurably to know what an impact our efforts have had on the lives of the YWPN students:
“I am a first-generation college student. The first woman in my family to graduate high school. The first in my family to receive a Bachelor’s Degree. The first in my family to receive a Master’s Degree. And it has all been possible because of the College Bound Program at the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School. I’ve received continuous support and outpouring love from a community of professionals who believe in girls like me. Given my family’s history, in any other school I would have been considered an “at risk” student. A student with the ability to succeed but no guidance. I am eternally grateful for the College Bound Program and those who have contributed to our success. Without knowing who we are, the Texas Wall Street Women provided us with the help we needed to succeed. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for believing in my sisters. Friends like the Texas Wall Street Women have transformed the lives of not only young girls like me, but those around us.” Erika Zapata, YWPN Class of 2012. Austin College class of 2016.
Huge thanks to our sponsors and members who have been part of making a difference in the lives of these young women. Please help us continue this important work by joining us for the Market Outlook Event, becoming a sponsor, becoming a paid member or simply making a donation.
To underscore the importance of having a strong network, today’s first article notes that many executive women are thwarted in their search for a board seat due to the paucity of their networks. When it comes to attaining a board seat, who you know can make all the difference. The full article can be found here.
The next article from the Wall Street Journal profiles men who sexually harass women. The article notes that the attainment of power can make one feel less inhibited, so for example, people who are compassionate tend to become more so. For men who have what psychologists term as “hostile masculinity” or “impersonal sexuality,” having power represents an opportunity to harass or assault women. Warning signs can include sexist attitudes such as an opposition to gender equality or a favoring of traditional roles for women. The full article can be found here.
Finally, from the New York Times, Justin Wolfers examines the ramifications of the lack of female voices in economics and the negative impact it has on our society. The full article can be found here.
To help us celebrate our anniversary, I would ask each of you to consider corporate sponsorship of TXWSW. Benefits include attendance at our flagship events and recognition for your firm. To learn more, you may find our sponsor information here. Additionally, we would be happy to create a custom sponsorship for you. Please contact Bianca King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have some terrific events lined up for you in 2018 including our ten-year anniversary celebrations in August! We look forward to seeing you all at an event in 2018! To learn more about our 2018 events, please visit www.txwsw.com.