SFNet's Women in Secured Finance Conference 2023

June 14 to 15, 2023

Jay Suites Midtown East, 515 Madison Ave.
New York, NY

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Navigating Economic, Professional and Personal Change

Whether arising from the challenges of our fluctuating economy, significant professional decisions or the sometimes overwhelming demands in our personal lives, change is a constant. Join your industry peers on June 15 to examine and learn to negotiate the various changes we all face.

Our Opening Reception will take place the evening of June 14 at the offices of Paul Hastings in the MetLife Building, 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166. With food, fun and great networking, this event will be the perfect kickoff to the conference.

Our Fireside Chat speaker is Suzanne Yoon.

Suzanne Yoon photo Suzanne Yoon is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in lower middle market companies in the manufactured products, business services and consumer industries. She serves as Chair of the Investment and Executive Committees for Kinzie. Yoon has over 25 years of experience investing in and advising middle market companies and is a respected leader in the business and civic communities. She serves on several private company and civic boards, including as Board Chair of Kinzie’s portfolio companies and as Board Chair of the National Philanthropic Trust, a nearly $25B donor advised fund.

Yoon earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Iowa and is an Executive Scholar of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. The Wall Street Journal recognized her as a Top Female Deal Maker Shaping Private Equity's Present and Future in 2019; Mergers & Acquisitions named her one of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023; and Chicago United named her one of their Business Leaders of Color in 2021. Kinzie was also recognized by the Private Equity Women’s Investor Network (PEWIN) as the North American Female Founded Firm of the Year in 2020.

Our afternoon speaker is Sarah House.

Sarah House photo 

Sarah House is a managing director and senior economist for Wells Fargo’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Based in Charlotte, NC, she covers the U.S. macro economy, including the labor market, inflation trends, and monetary policy. Sarah frequently speaks about the economy to the national media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, CNBC and National Public Radio. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Sarah worked as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Sarah earned a B.A. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans and M.Sc. in local economic development from the London School of Economics. She has coauthored two books, Economic and Business Forecasting (2014) and Economic Modeling in the Post Great Recession Era (2017), both published by Wiley.

Sarah currently serves on the board for the Charlotte Economics Club, the local chapter of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE), and was president of the organization from 2020-2021. She is a member of NABE and has previously served as chair for the association’s healthcare industry committee.


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Wednesday, June 14 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
Sponsored by Paul Hastings

Thursday, June 15
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
Registration sponsored by Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Opening remarks

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Fireside chat with Suzanne Yoon, Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners 
Sponsored by Bank of America

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Networking break
Sponsored by Gordon Brothers

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Panel: Managing the Current Economic Cycle
Secured finance professionals will discuss the current environment and how they are handling the changes we’ve recently experienced as well as how they are preparing for the future.

Moderator: Kathy Bell, Partner, Global Finance practice, Paul Hastings LLP
Panelists: Liz Sarhaddi-Blue, Managing Director, Retail Marketing & Business Development, Gordon Brothers
Caitlin Sanders, Managing Director, Callodine Commercial Finance
Alison Franklin, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Lynn Whitmore, Managing Director of Retail Finance, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Economist Sarah House, Managing Director, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking
Wells Fargo’s senior economist Sarah House will provide in-depth, data-driven information on where we are in the current economic cycle and help us prepare for what’s coming down the road. She’ll also share information on the economic inroads women are making, and the challenges they continue to face, through the business cycle. 

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Networking break
Sponsored by Gordon Brothers

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Roundtable discussions

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Networking break
Sponsored by Gordon Brothers

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Roundtable discussions

3:15 p.m.
Wrap up

Thank you to our conference sponsors
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Gordon Brothers

Diamond Level

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Platinum Level

Hilco Womens Business Group logo
Wells Fargo logo

Gold Level

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Cahill logo

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PHRD logo
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Silver Level

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Bronze Level



Exhibitor Level

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Cancellation policy
All cancellation requests must be made in writing. A refund will be granted when the request is received four weeks prior to the conference, minus a 10% processing fee. Email refund requests to Betty at BLam@sfnet.com

Member Price: $295

Non-Member Price: $395


Contact Information

Contact: Jeff Walsh

Email: jwalsh@sfnet.com

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