Financial Women's Association

September 23, 2013 13:46 ET

FWA Programs to Advance Young Women to be Supported by BMO Capital Markets' Trading Day

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Sept. 23, 2013) - For the ninth consecutive year, the Financial Women's Association's educational programs for young women will be among the beneficiaries when BMO Capital Markets holds its annual Equity Through Education Trading Day in New York and Toronto on Sept. 25, 2013.

Each year since 2005, BMO Capital Markets has contributed the proceeds of its Equity Through Education Trading Day to the FWA of New York Educational Fund and other charitable organizations. Over the course of eight years, the FWA Educational Fund has received $1.6 million to provide undergraduate scholarships, participation in international development conferences and other programs.

"Through the support of BMO Capital Markets over the course of nearly a decade, we have been able to accelerate the advancement of approximately 300 young women - quite literally, helping develop the next generation of financial leaders," said FWA President Kimberly Weinrick. "We are deeply grateful for the longstanding, consistent contributions of the BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education program toward this important work."

"BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education Trading Day highlights our clients' and colleagues' commitment to the community," said Eric Tripp, President, BMO Capital Markets. "Our objective is to deploy this generosity where it can have significant, sustainable impact, which is another reason why we are pleased to continue supporting the FWA Educational Fund, which makes a lasting, positive difference in the lives of young women professionals."

By the Numbers: Hundreds of New Opportunities

The Equity Through Education program's contributions since 2005 have funded a variety of FWA Educational Fund programs:

  • Undergraduate scholarships have been awarded to 181 Baruch College students and more than 75 graduates of Murry Bergtraum High School in New York City. In addition, more than 23 young women have received support from the FWA/BMO Capital Markets Scholars Fund at Baruch.
  • As part of new programs added in 2012-2013, two young women studied in China, and nine participated in leadership and professional-development conferences at Simmons College and University of Maryland at College Park.
  • In another new initiative in 2012-2013, the FWA's Tools for Clear Speech Program helped 284 students with workshops, direct instruction and other resources to improve their communication skills.
  • All of the scholars can now join the new FWA Scholars Community on LinkedIn.

In Their Own Words: Reflections of FWA Mentees Participating in Development Conferences

Following are brief excerpts from essays by just a few of the many participants in the 2012-2013 conferences:

"I learned how to make myself stand out and raise my voice, made many new friends of intelligent and innovative women, and opened my thoughts to the possibilities of building a better future." - Zina Goxheri, Participant, 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland.

"Walking away with the accumulated wealth of life stories, words of wisdom, career advice and support, I feel empowered to shape my own professional destiny, to be as influential, inspirational and impactful as each of the speakers, and to be as open, supportive, and engaging as each of the fellow attendees I spoke with." - Rita Dai, Participant, 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference.

"It was fascinating to see how women could use their differences in the business community to their advantage. I am excited to learn more and apply my findings in my academic career and internships this summer." - Rachel Ryu, Participant, 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland.

"What made the conference so special was that it presented a phenomenal program guaranteed to inform, empower and energize women who came from all over the U.S. All the speakers were women with exceptional leadership qualities, appealing personalities, positive attitudes toward life, and enormous sense of humor and tact." - Halina Karatayeva, Participant, 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference.

About the Financial Women's Association

Founded in 1956, the FWA of New York, Inc. provides a forum to help advance the leadership of women in the financial community. The FWA provides opportunities for members to build their careers, meet industry leaders, earn the support of powerful women and major companies, and contribute to the next generation of female leaders. The FWA's philanthropic activities include mentoring, scholarships and development programs that have assisted more than 6,000 young people.

About BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education Program

Equity Through Education is a charitable initiative aimed at creating a more diverse workplace by helping people realize their educational ambitions. On one day each year all North American institutional equity trading commissions are donated to organizations dedicated to the education of bright and deserving individuals. To date, Equity Through Education has raised C$12.3 million (US$11.7 million). This translates into assistance to over 2,500 students through scholarships, bursaries and job search strategy forums. This year's Equity Through Education trading day will be September 25, 2013. Please consider placing your trades with us. It's one day of trading for a lifetime of opportunity.

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About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with more than 2,200 employees operating in 16 offices in North America and 29 worldwide, offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$535 billion total assets and more than 46,000 employees as at July 31, 2013.

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