In 2016, at the OFN Conference in Atlanta, Vicky Stein, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Community Reinvestment Fund, USA, and Megan Teare, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment, held what was the first networking event for women in the CDFI Industry. The concept was simple – women in our industry are looking for ways to connect, share, and learn from each other. The response was overwhelming and exciting.
Since this first gathering, momentum for formalizing a network of women in the CDFI industry has grown and the CDFI Women’s Network (CWN) officially launched at OFN Conference 2017 and is working toward building a community space on CDFI Connect.
The mission of the CDFI Women’s Network is to promote the role of women in the CDFI industry, foster their professional success, and mentor emerging practitioners. OFN is pleased to serve as a launch point for this new network. Please send questions or comments to Megan Teare or Vicky Stein.
The CWN is building the infrastructure to deliver the kinds of resources and programming that members have recommended or requested. To do this, we need to harness the energy and talent of CDFI women across the country
The CWN will begin by building out Hubs with volunteers leading teams. We are recruiting volunteers to lead and staff the teams noted below. Click Get Involved to sign up for a committee. The first order of business is for the Technology Team to fully operationalize our virtual community on CDFI Connect
- Communications Team – curate and manage the content and resources of the Network in the CDFI Connect Community and on social media, including success stories, articles, announcements, etc.
- Technology Team – devise and manage how the Network and its individual members use the CDFI Connect Community and social media, manage database of members, etc.
- Chapters Team – facilitate the formation and on-going operation of geographic and virtual chapters
- Professional Development Team – design mentorship and peer-to-peer learning programs
- Programming Team – create and solicit content for the Network including webinars, speakers, trainings, etc.
Sign up to join the CWN, volunteer for a committee position, and provide us with insights into what you hope to gain. If you already entered your basic information on this form when you first signed up, please bear with us and enter it again, along with your committee interest:
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program
Do you know a woman entrepreneur who could benefit from the Tory Burch Foundation? Applications have just opened for the third year of the Foundation's flagship Fellows Program!
Women entrepreneurs in the United States are invited to apply online for one of 10 fellowship positions. Fellows will receive a one-year fellowship, a trip to Tory Burch's headquarters in NYC for a 3-day workshop, and a $10,000 education grant. Additionally, a pitch competition will determine one winner to receive a $100,000 grant investment.
Please note: applications must be received by November 9, 2017.
The following chapters have launched and have leads responsible for organizing local events.
- Washington, D.C.: Donna Fabiani, OFN (email@example.com), and Joyce Klein, Aspen Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bay Area: Olivia Rebanal, Capital Impact Partners (email@example.com) and Adria Moss, Pacific Community Ventures (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Albuquerque: Leslie Hoffman (Leslie@LEHConsultingGroup.com) and Myra Jordan, Accion NM (email@example.com)
- Twin Cities: Megan Teare, Wells Fargo (Megan.G.Teare@wellsfargo.com)
- The Women’s Business Center Conference: Amy Bunton, Pathway Lending (Amy.Bunton@pathwaylending.org)
- Boston: Vicky Stein, CRF (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Lina Page (email@example.com) & Alex Jaskula-Ranga (firstname.lastname@example.org), OFN
- Chicago: Mary Fran Riley (email@example.com), Accion Chicago
- New York City: Anne Dyjak (firstname.lastname@example.org), PCDC and Norah McVeigh (email@example.com), Nonprofit Finance Fund
- Durham: Karen O’Mansky (Karen.Omanksy@self-help.org ), Self Help
- Philadelphia: Amanda Joseph (firstname.lastname@example.org), OFN
- Wisconsin: Wendy Baumann ( Wendy.Baumann@wwbic.com), Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.
- Colorado: Sandy Maben (email@example.com), Mercy Loan Fund
- Maine: Helen Scalia (firstname.lastname@example.org), Consultant
- Rural Community via remote technology: Beth Davis (email@example.com), Dakota Resources
- Texas: Marsha Krassner (firstname.lastname@example.org), MDK Consulting Group