Who We Are

Financial Women in Texas (FWIT) brings together women in finance for the exchange of ideas, experiences and interests.

We want to further the meaningful professions or careers of our members and women in general.

We encourage women to choose finance as a career and work to advance the career opportunities for all women in finance.

FWIT serves as an advocate of and to promote improvements in the professional development, leadership skills, education and training of women in finance.

In the early 20th century a group of women started the National Association of Bank Women (NABW) which later changed its name to Financial Women International (FWI) to encompass more areas of the financial services industry. In 2009 FWI made the tough decision to close their doors due to dwindling membership across the country. At that time the Texas District of FWI chose to form a new association and continue our mission. With the help of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and many other partners' support we did just that. Now in our thirteenth year, FWIT has local Groups in ten locations throughout Texas as well as our virtual members in other areas.

FWIT Brochure


FWIT History

In the early 20th century a group of women started the National Association of Bank Women (NABW) which later changed its name to Financial Women International (FWI) to encompass more areas of the financial services industry. In 2009 FWI made the tough decision to close their doors due to dwindling membership across the country. At that time the Texas District of FWI chose to form a new association and continue our mission. With the help of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and many other partners' support we did just that. Now in our twelfth year, FWIT has local groups in ten locations throughout Texas as well as our virtual members in other areas.

The story of our history, covering the first 11 years through September 2020 can be found here:

FWIT History - October 2020


To learn more about our background prior to 2009, click here:

FWIT History - 88 Years of Financial Women International - A Legacy of Leadership.pdf


The story of our founders and the Association's origin in 1921 and the first 35 years can be found here:

https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015016720461


In addition to the general membership, we have local Groups located throughout Texas who hold periodic meetings and other events. Each local Group is listed below and linked to their Group page.



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Board of Directors

President

Melody Hess

Rosenberg, TX


Vice President

Courtney Yeatman

El Paso, TX


Treasurer

Jennifer Friesz

Houston, TX


Secretary

Jessica Lovell

Houston, TX

Director - Membership

Carmen Bates

Kingwood, TX


Director - Marketing

Zelda Morales

San Antonio, TX


Director - Education

Janine Kasper

Larkspur, CO


Director - At Large

Kristin Graham

Longview, TX

Nominating Chair

Hazel Davis

San Antonio, TX


Recognition & Scholarships Co-Chairs

Brandy Patterson  & Lora Torres

Sweeny, TX San Antonio, TX


Social Media Chair

Lindsey Dickerson

Abilene, TX


Historian

Lori Victory

Houston, TX


Bylaws Chair

BJ Cary

Cookeville, TN

Virtual Member Liaison

D'Lynn Lane

Abilene, TX


Technology Chair

Ellie Trace
Austin, TX


2023 Conference Chairs

Laura Rodgers & Tammy Gibbons

Longview, TX

Group Presidents

Austin

Koren Bowie

Austin, TX


Big Country

D'Lynn Lane

Abilene, TX

Dallas

Judy Helm

Dallas, TX


East Texas
Laura Rodgers
Longview, TX

Gulf Coast
Janet Dirba

Wallis, TX

Hill Country

Laura Kaderli-Stocks
Fredericksburg, TX


Houston

Lori Victory
Houston, TX


Llano Estacado

Shari Straley

Lubbock, TX

Paso del Norte

Courtney Yeatman

El Paso, TX


San Antonio

Novie Allen
San Antonio, TX

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