At the OFN Conference in 2016, 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.
- 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.
Join the Online Community
The CDFI Women's Network (CWN) is an independent, women-led, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women who work for CDFIs or for organizations that support the Community Development Finance industry. CWN creates opportunities for members to connect, share, and learn from each other to foster their professional success. We seek to mentor emerging practitioners and commit to being a diverse and inclusive organization that reflects the industry and the communities and people we serve. Please join us in connecting, supporting, and learning from each other!
You will need an account to join the community, so please check if you have an account first here. If you don't, it will lead you to a registration page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any techincal issues you may encounter.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
The following chapters have launched and have leads responsible for organizing local events.
- Washington, D.C.: Michelle Weston, OFN (email@example.com); Mary Scott Hardwick, OFN (firstname.lastname@example.org); Dafina Williams, OFN (email@example.com); and Caroline Valvardi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Connecticut: Kayla Giordano, Capital for Change (email@example.com) , Ali Robinson, California FarmLink (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), Scalia & Co. and Kristin Blum (KBlum@lisc.org), Rural LISC
- Rural Community via remote technology: Beth Davis (email@example.com), Dakota Resources
- Texas: Marsha Krassner (firstname.lastname@example.org), MDK Consulting Group
Promotion Request Form
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 the first meeting of what would become the CDFI Women’s Network, an independent, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of 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. The CDFI Women's Network (CWN) officially launched its partnership with OFN to build an online community presence on CDFI Connect at our 2017 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
But women want to meet in person as well. They have answered the call to action—holding happy hours and informal networking events in cities and states across the country. This spontaneous outpouring is inspiring. We want to support efforts to plan more networking events and reach as many women as possible.
If you would like assistance with an upcoming CWN event, meeting, or gathering, please use the promotion request form below. We at OFN are happy to use our resources and expertise to help you get the word out to women in your area who might wish to attend an event via all our marketing channels.
Please give us a minimum of 4 weeks of notice to prepare and plan marketing activities for your CWN event.