SFNet's Women in Secured Finance Conference

July 29 - 30, 2020

Exhibitor Booths/Networking 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET
Sessions 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Exhibitor Booths/Networking 3:00-9:00 p.m. ET

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A live online event.

Thank you to our conference sponsors:
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We are excited to bring you this year's conference as a live online event! You can see our new online platform, SFNet Connect, in the attendee experience video here.

This year’s theme is “Empowered Women Empower Women.” SFNet’s Women in Secured Finance Conference will bring together some of our industry’s leading female executives and other professionals to offer their insights and tips on navigating issues faced in today’s work environment, providing women in secured finance an opportunity to learn from and support each other.

This year's keynote speakers are Tiffany Dufu and Libby Gill.

Tiffany Dufu SFNet

Tiffany Dufu is founder and CEO of The Cru. Their algorithm matches circles of women who collaborate to meet their personal and professional goals. She’s also the author of the bestselling book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave."

Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany has raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls. She was a launch team member to Lean In and was Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, one of the fastest growing millennial professional networks. Prior to that, Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, as a Major Gifts Officer at Simmons University, and as Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School.

Tiffany is a member of Women’s Forum New York, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and is a Lifetime Girl Scout. She serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Libby Gill SFNet

Libby Gill is a leadership speaker, executive coach and author. She is also is the CEO of Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm, guiding clients and their teams through change, challenge and chaos. Previously, Gill was Senior Vice President at Universal Studios Television, and Vice President at Sony Pictures Television and Turner Broadcasting.

Libby is the author of five books, including the award-winning You Unstuck, Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow, and Traveling Hopefully. Her latest book is The Hope-Driven Leader: Harness the Power of Positivity at Work. She is a former columnist for The Dallas Morning News.


Wednesday, July 29

1:00 p.m. ET  Welcome and Keynote Speaker Tiffany Dufu
Keynote sponsored by Bank of America
Paula Currie, SVP, PNC Business Credit
Rich Gumbrecht, CEO, Secured Finance Network
Keynote speaker: Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO, The Cru
Moderator; Karen Sessions, President, Bank of America Business Capital

2:00 p.m. ET Concurrent Panels:
Panels sponsored by CSC

The “New Balancing Act”

Panelists will discuss best practices for handling the added stress we are all dealing with from working remotely, work/family balance, homeschooling, networking without being face to face, and under-employment Attendees are encouraged to share their best tips also.
Bethani Oppenheimer, Associate, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Meredith Carter, President & CEO, Context Business Lending
Cindi Giglio, Associate General Counsel, Gordon Brothers
Joye Lynn, Head of Corporate ABL, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Jennifer Palmer, CEO, Gerber Finance, Inc.

Congrats, You're the Boss! Now What?
Join emerging leaders in the secured finance industry to learn how they have overcome common pitfalls for new managers: going from being one of the team to leading the team, managing someone your parents’ age, making your voice heard as the youngest person & only woman in the room, learning to manage your boss’s expectations while managing a team, and more.  Panelists are representative of different industry segments: large & small lenders, legal, and service provider.
Moderator: Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, Managing Director, NautaDutilh  
Panelists: Miin Chen, CFO, Siena Lending Group
Regina Kelbon, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Nancy Lee, CEO, ABLSoft Inc.
Tiffany Ormon, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Thursday, June 30

1:00 p.m. ET  Welcome and Keynote Speaker Libby Gill
Keynote sponsored by Blank Rome
Paula Currie, SVP, PNC Business Credit
Keynote speaker: Libby Gill, CEO, Libby Gill & Company
Moderator; Regina Kelbon, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

2:00 p.m. ET  Concurrent Panels:
Panels sponsored by Gordon Brothers

Leadership During Crisis

We do not face the real test of leadership when things run smoothly. Leadership is tested during times of crisis. COVID-19, and the uncertainty that has come with it, have added a new perspective and importance around readiness and preparedness. Leaders have to overcome new challenges and are forced to think and behave in ways that feel unfamiliar. Join our interactive panel discussion with experts across the Secured Finance industry who will explore best behaviors and mindsets that can help leaders navigate the current crisis and look ahead. Panelists will share their personal experience, discuss how to adapt to the new environment and continue to inspire teams, as well as key lessons learned and pitfalls to watch out for.
: Guelay Mese, Head of ABL, BNP Paribas
Panelists: Andrea Beirne, Partner, KPMG LLP
Lisa Donahue, Managing Director, AlixPartners
Betty Hernandez, EVP & Chief Credit Officer, North Mill Capital LLC
Janet Jarrett, Managing Director, Head of Asset Finance, Truist

Is This Your First Recession? If yes, it may not matter because the “rules” have changed. Join our panel for a frank discussion of the salient information that you need for your role during this current recession. Covid-19 has disrupted the business world in a completely new manner and the experienced members of this panel will provide you with advice and food for thought.
Moderator: Eileen Kowalski, SVP, PNC Business Credit
Panelists: Denise Albanese, BDO, Cost Reduction Solutions
Holly Etlin, Managing Director, AlixPartners
Laura Glass, SVP/ East Region Senior Portfolio Manager, Bank of America, N.A.
Valerie Mason, Member, Otterbourg P.C.

3:15 p.m. ET  Concurrent Roundtables:

Roundtable 1: Job hunting/recruiting in the age of COVID

Roundtable 2: How to win new deals without being in front of the client–sales strategies when you can’t be there in person

In order to bring you a dynamic and enjoyable conference experience, we have engaged an online platform that will enable us to deliver engaging, informative and entertaining content while also connecting you to other attendees. You can check out the platform demo below:

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Member Price: $125

Non-Member Price: $225


Contact Information

Contact: Jeff Walsh

Phone Number: (646) 839-6084

Email: jwalsh@sfnet.com






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