Two of our very own, Ashleigh White and Phoebe Park, were interviewed in the Dallas Business Journal this week. The link to the article can be found here and I have included some excerpts from the interview below that really highlight the spirit of Texas Wall Street Women and what we want for each of our members. Both Ashleigh and Phoebe have been outstanding volunteers for us and have grown up through our ranks to now being on the board. I am so honored to have their friendship and watch them grow over the last 7+ in their careers and personal lives. It underscores why it is so important to have more women in our industry – their contribution to all of us has been amazing.
Ashleigh White, education committee co-chair in Dallas and a junior board member for Texas Wall Street Women, said she got involved early in her career and that it’s helped her in networking, how she presents herself and public speaking. Since her time in the organization, she’s worked from being an associate in accounting to an audit senior manager at KPMG. “I’ve just grown up in the organization,” White said. “I think about where I started and where I am now and how great it’s been, within my own career in developing me.” White mentioned though in the workforce women have made strides toward equity, there’s still a lack of substantive numbers of women at the traditional C-suite levels.
Park, also a vice president at JPMorgan Private Bank, got involved in Texas Wall Street Women at the recommendation of a colleague about seven years, and said that there’s something valuable for someone at each stage of their career.
Park said within both her job and Texas Wall Street Women she’s felt very supported as a woman in the finance industry. She added education in the nonprofit spans across issues faced in the workplace and listed developing leadership and communication skills as topics that Texas Wall Street Women addresses.
White said the community within the organization is strong and works to help each other through job losses, promotions or other challenges and successes women are going through in their finance careers. Park added that men are also eligible to be a part of Texas Wall Street Women to support and mentor in the organization.
Mentoring programs in the organization are for members in their professional careers, along with students. Both Park and White said mentoring students is one of the biggest benefits of Texas Wall Street Women. The nonprofit partners with the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a Dallas-based organization composed of nine schools around the state — all single-sex, college-preparatory public schools for girls in 6th through 12th grade in neighborhoods largely made up of low-income residents and people of color.
“I love mentoring, that is a passion of my own,” White said. “The students that come through this network in their schools across Texas, they are all smart. They are driven, they are hardworking. And it’s just awesome to see how if you can focus in on the younger generation and build them up, the success that they can have.”
Our calendar is filling up with amazing events. We have also incorporated a unique networking opportunity at the outset of each event so our members are connected beyond the event itself. We are excited for our economic outlook events with Dr. Lev Borodovsky, Danielle Di Martino Booth and a series of happy hours with the TXWSW board so you can get to know us better and give us your feedback. Check out our new site for more details.
I would ask each of you to consider corporate sponsorship of TXWSW. Benefits include attendance at our flagship events and recognition for your firm. And most importantly, you help us support the life-changing work of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. To learn more about YWPN, you can find a short video here. To learn more and sponsorship, 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