• One vibrant, engaging Event for

    all women in consumer finance

    December 10-12 in Baltimore, MD

  • 1.5 days of networking, idea sharing, problem solving and wild camaraderie

    Come see what we can accomplish when we all get together.

    Sharpen your leadership skills

    ...with smart, tailored content.

    Packed with sessions designed to help you handle the biggest challenges faced by female consumer finance execs - such as overcoming gender stereotypes in leadership roles or countering impostor syndrome.

    Expand your professional network

    ...the minute you arrive.

    You'll meet and hear from some of the smartest, most accomplished and most motivated women executives in all of consumer finance. Plus, you'll have a really, really good time.

    Improve your workplace culture

    ...with practical advice, strategies and connections.

    You'll come back to the office equipped with tips and strategies you can use right away to make your environment more productive for everyone.

  • Q: Who attends Women in Consumer finance?

    A: you do.

    Women in Consumer Finance 2018 is for professional women working in consumer finance at ALL levels.


    If you're a female manager, supervisor, attorney, agency manager, strategy exec., sales exec., marketer, VP, COO, Chief Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, CTO, CEO (or hold any other position within, around or near consumer finance), this event is for you.


    If you work for a consumer lender, a creditor, a collection agency, a law firm, a services or tech firm, or a regulator for the consumer finance industry, this event is for you.

  • event highlights

    We Are More Than Our Titles

    A keynote address from Joanna Bloor

    How do you answer the question, "what do you do?" Most of us answer simply by reciting facts. Well, here's the thing. Every decision made about you and your career is likely made in a room you're not in. And if the people in that room only have your list of facts to go on, you may be missing out on new opportunities and advancement. In this funny, factual address, Joanna will help us all understand how to talk about our work in a way that helps shape others' thinking about us and, in turn, helps advance our careers.


    About Joanna Bloor

    TED veteran Joanna Bloor has been described as a little like Tony Robbins, Bette Midler, and Steve Wozniak rolled into one.

  • Conference Details

    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Inner Harbor

    Reserve your room now.

    Room rate: $109 / night + applicable taxes.

    Inaugural Conference Rate:

    $795 per attendee

    Cancellation policy: You can cancel for a refund (less $75 admin fee) until the day before Thanksgiving (11/21/2018). After that, no cancellations but can substitute another attendee at any time.

    Dates: December 10-12, 2018

    For your planning purposes:

    We'll begin with a reception on Monday December 10 at 6pm.

    The conference continues on Tuesday December 11 with sessions from 8am-4pm. We'll all have a terrific dinner together on Tuesday night.

    Wednesday morning December 12 we'll have breakfast and additional sessions, concluding by noon.


    Are you an organization that supports the professional development advancement of women in consumer finance?


    We're planning a small number of sponsorships for this event. Interested? Please contact us for details.

  • Hotel

    Kimpton Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor

  • Why this event

    Every woman's professional journey is unique...

    But if you’ve had honest conversations with your colleagues, you know that we are more alike than different. We really do have common views and experiences when it comes to financial services work.


    What’s missing from our industry is an event organized around this point-of-view. So, we decided to create one.


    I know that I want to meet with other women who share my experiences - women who have so much great expertise to share, who want to get to know one another better, advance their careers and, as they do, improve workplace culture for everyone. I’ll bet that you do, too.


    We're hard at work on this and we'll have more information for you soon. Let's stay in touch!


    -Amy Perkins, Chair

    Women in Consumer Finance 2018


    It's not about calling men out, but rather calling women up...

    I am so excited about this conference. It feels like everything I’ve done before has led me to this point. This will not be a conference about compliance or best practices, but about women; about the common professional challenges we face, about how to tell our own career story, and about building our network.


    I’ve had several pretty distinct careers across a wide variety of industries. I have often found myself to be the only woman in a room, or one of just a few. As I think back on my career, I realize that nobody has ever really taken me under their wing, or been a champion for me. I regret that. Maybe it was my issue; maybe it was the environments I’ve been in. Nonetheless, I am where I am, and I - like you - have a story to share.


    This event is not about calling men out, but rather calling women up.


    I hope you’ll join me and Amy in Baltimore this December and get a last boost of professional energy just before the holidays!


    - Stephanie Eidelman, CEO

    insideARM & The iA Institute

  • Conference Agenda

    Day 1

    6:00–7:30 PM - Opening Reception

    Day 2

    7:30-8:00 AM - Breakfast & networking


    8:00–8:15 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Women share their professional journeys and their lessons along the way.


    8:15–9:15 AM - Keynote Address – What Do You Do?

    The way you talk about yourself and your work absolutely does influence how others perceive you. In this session, TED vet Joanna Bloor will help us all understand how to talk about our work in a way that helps advance our careers

    • Joanna Bloor, CEO, Founder - The Amplify Lab

    9:15–9:30 AM - Setting Up the Journey

    A rapid-fire intro to upcoming topics.


    9:30 – 10:15 AM - Workshop 1: Personal Branding

    You’ll put Joanna’s tips into action when you draft out your personal description and define your personal brand.

    • Joanna Bloor, CEO, Founder - The Amplify Lab

    10:15 - 10:45 AM - Networking / Break

    Acknowledging the implications of cultural norms that subconsciously affect our confidence and discourage us from leading with our whole selves.


    10:45 – 11:30 AM - Workshop 2: Sorry, Not sorry

    Ever find yourself unnecessarily apologizing or over-explaining your decisions? In this session, we’ll share our stories and craft ways to help make us aware of and stop this tendency.

    • Amy Perkins, insideARM
    • Katie Neill, insideARM
    • Yardley Kliger, NCB Management Services
    • Ana Nizialek, Transunion

    11:30 -12:30 PM - Lunch


    12:30 – 1:15 PM - Workshop 3: Influence for Success

    Being smart and capable isn’t enough. In this session, you’ll learn how to use your skills and abilities to influence outcomes and navigate for success - Marcy Schwab, President, Inspired Leadership

    • Marcy Schwab, Inspired Leadership LLC

    1:15 - 2:00 PM - Storytime: Just Freaking Own It Already!

    Ever sat in a meeting and wondered if you’re qualified to contribute or even take your seat at the table? Even the most confident women have moments of doubt and bouts of imposter syndrome. Knowing you belong, demonstrating value and using your voice will make a difference - for you and for those following your lead.

    • Joann Needleman, Clark Hill LLC
    • Heather Bentley, Citizens Bank
    • Robin Cole, National Creditors Bar Association
    • Rhonda Nelson, Severson & Werson

    Day 2 (Cont.)

    2:00 – 3:00 PM - Gametime 1

    Everyone will be matched with a team at the launch of the conference. Each team will have a list of “missions” they’ll be asked to complete and photograph.


    3:00 - 3:45 PM - Workshop 4: Raise Your Glass

    Learning to advocate for each other and mentor the next generation of women leaders.

    • Shelly Gensmer, ERC
    • Larissa Crum, NPC Inc.
    • Leslie Bender, BCA Financial Services Inc.

    3:45 - 4:30 PM - Workshop 5: Like a Girl

    Redefining what it means to do it “like a girl.” We don’t have to lead like men to be effective. Acknowledging and embracing our female qualities and using them to our advantage.

    • Ellen Silverman, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLC
    • Rebekah Johnson, Numeracle
    • Linda Straub Jones, Lexis Nexis
    • Terese Delcollo, Barclays

    4:30 - 4:45 PM - Wrap-up

    Share top learnings across group (open mic). Review logistics for evening/morning


    6:00 – 8:00 PM - Group Dinner

    Day 3

    7:45 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast & networking


    8:30 - 8:45 AM - Opening Remarks


    8:45 - 9:30 AM - Storytime

    Women share their professional journeys and their lessons along the way.

    • Stephanie Jackman, Ballad Saphr LLC
    • Stephanie Eidelman, insideARM
    • Kristin Walker-Probst, Severson & Werson
    • Kelly Knipper-Stephens, Stoneleigh Recovery Services

    9:30 - 10:15 AM - Gametime 2: Can I Get a Thank You?

    It’s about time we learn to take a compliment. This game will help change the way you respond the next time someone tells you how kick-ass you are!


    10:15 - 10:30 AM - Break


    10:30 - 11:00 AM - Storytime - Moving out of Our Own Way!

    Acknowledging the implications of cultural norms that subconsciously affect our confidence and discourage us from leading with our whole selves.

    • Marney MacFayden, Heritage Home Group LLC
    • Deanna Busby-Rast, DCM Servies
    • Amanda Flashner, Lending Point
    • Rozanne Andersen, Ontario Systems

    11:00 - 11:45 AM - Gametime 3: Here’s What I Learned, How about You?

    Paper ball fight! Open mic, sharing


    11:50 - 12:00 PM- Closing Remarks

  • Our Stories

    What’s your story? At Women in Consumer Finance 2018, our stories will be front-and-center. But we’re not willing to wait until December to start sharing them. Check this space regularly for new stories shared by attendees all across the consumer finance industry. And let us know if you have a story to share. You can email us about it right here.

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