2021 marked the 25th anniversary of Women in Public Finance (WPF). Twenty-five years ago, four visionary women working in public finance in Chicago, dared to envision what would be possible if women in the industry come together and support one another to advance their careers by building relationships, and sharing successes and challenges. From a gleam in the eye of those four women WPF has grown into a national organization of nearly 700 women with 22 regional chapters support women across the United States.
During these 25 years and importantly since March 2020, we now know that we are stronger together; and together we make a difference in our communities, organizations and particularly in the lives of other women. Who knew that 25 years later we would be in an ongoing defining moment of our generation? Our world now requires us to juggle more, adapt, pivot, and discover newly how to be together.
Each of you has made it possible for us to continue through your generous support. You share your time, expertise, and being willing to dare to care about others – by participating in educational, mentorship, and scholarship programs, and community service initiatives. A heartfelt thanks to all! WPF is positioned to be at the source of making the difference in our every changing world. I am inspired by what is possible as we unfold our future together.
Ritta McLaughlin WPF President 2021