Past Events

2019

November 21, 2019 - NEWPF Holiday Party

November 12, 2019 -  NEW "Day in the Life"  SERIES
We held a hugely successful lunchtime teleconference featuring our own 
Freda Johnson interviewing Julie Morrone, partner and principal at Rosemawr Management (an alternative investment manager focused exclusively on the US municipal market). One listener remarked, "I thought it was delightful. Two women speaking honestly about their careers," and another commented, "I thought they were both fabulous, articulate speakers. And it was very interesting and useful."

October 7, 2019 - NEWPF Health Care Panel
NEWPF hosted a panel discussion on trends in the healthcare sector, with a focus on current and anticipated developments at RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University. A panel of leaders of the institution spoke about the affiliation process that created the largest and most comprehensive academic healthcare system in New Jersey and what they foresee to be the critical issues facing healthcare providers in the coming years. 

Panel Moderator: Amy Jeffries, Delphi Capital Management, Senior Municipal Credit Analyst

Panelists included:

Amy Mansue, RWJBarnabas Health System, EVP and Chief Experience Officer
Mary-Catherine Bohan, Rutgers Health: University Behavioral Health Care, Vice President of Outpatient and Ambulatory Services
Sangeeta Lamba, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean of Education
Kathleen Bramwell, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, 
Olga Beck, Fitch Ratings, Senior Director

 

 

October 3, 2019 - INSIDE OUT: Business Insiders are the New Government Outsiders
A distinguished panel of members of the Lamont Administration who have come from the corporate world shared their views and insights into their new roles as government officials. Welcoming remarks were provided by Shawn T. Wooden, Connecticut State Treasurer. The panel was moderated by Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Lieutenant Governor. The panelists included Melissa McCaw, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, Josh Geballe, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, David Lehman, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, and Seila Mosquera-Bruno, Commissioner of the Department of Housing.

September 17, 2019 - Third Annual NEWPF Career Counseling Teleconference
We held our third annual one-hour teleconference featuring three distinguished members of NEWPF who discussed their career paths and answered listener questions. The panelists were Eileen Foley of Ramirez & Co., Cate Singer of KPMG, and Vanessa Youngs of Moody's Investors Service. Thanks to our Sponsor, Moody's Investors Service.

September 10, 2019 - A Conversation with New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen C. Hochul
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is the 77th Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York and the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State. She has served at all levels of government: from the Hamburg Town Board to Erie County Clerk, and as a Member of Congress, where she represented New York’s 26th Congressional District. 

The Lieutenant Governor shared her insights and observations about her experience in government, the importance of women getting involved in the political process, the State’s Women’s Justice Agenda and other legislative updates.

Moderator:
Beth Smayda, ACA Financial Guaranty and Former City of White Plains Councilwoman


July and August 2019
- Summer Dine-Arounds! 12 dinners hosted by NEWPF Board Members during NYC Restaurant Week

 

June 26, 2019 - Informal Pop-Up Networking Event

February 20, 2019 - In Celebration of Black History Month - Black Women Who Lead 
Insights from women who are leading the charge in Public Finance
Co-Sponsored with Orrick

Northeast Women in Public Finance and Orrick co-hosted an honest and provocative discussion Recognizing Black Women Who Lead in celebration of Black History Month. All too often employees of color do not see themselves reflected in the upper ranks of their companies. Black women in business are challenged by this even more. While companies have recognized that diverse leadership is good for business, today’s challenges for black women with leadership aspirations have yet to be part of a larger dialogue on women, work and ambition. The event was inspired by the Center for Talent Innovation’s (CTI) groundbreaking research “Black Women: Ready to Lead” which focuses on the importance of highlighting and understanding the history, voices and experiences of black women in order to shift the conversations around race, feminism and leadership. 

The event featured a powerhouse group of speakers from across public finance who took a courageous approach to their personal and professional lives and as a result, have achieved remarkable success. The evening began with a greeting from Lorraine McGowen, Partner and Co-Chair of Orrick’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, followed by opening remarks by Neene Jenkins, Vice President at AllianceBernstein. Neene highlighted the CTI research to set the goals for the discussion. Industry leaders Natasha Holiday, Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets; Kimberly Lyons, Senior Vice President at Dexia; and Ritta McLaughlin, Chief Education Office at MSRB, alongside panel moderator Sandra Altine, Managing Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion and Moody’s Investors Service, then shared their insights on everything from the importance of authentic leadership and creating a “circle of sisters” to celebrate your victories and support you through challenges. While a number of topics were touched on throughout the evening, there was overwhelming agreement that the formidable power, talent and organic leadership of black women should be more fully leveraged within Corporate America including public finance. The event closed with remarks by Vanessa Youngs, Assistant Vice President, Manager at Moody’s Investor Service, who shared ways attendees could be stronger allies for women of color.  The event transitioned to a networking reception that kept the conversation going!

A special thank you to event organizers from NEWPF and Orrick including Neene Jenkins, Kimberly Lyons, Bonnie Tessler, Vanessa Youngs, and Alison Radecki.  The response was overwhelming with over 100 guests trekking through the snow to be in attendance. We look forward to keeping the dialogue going! We look forward to seeing you at the next NEWPF event on March 20. 

panel speakers

 

2018

November 15, 2018 - NEWPF Pre-Holiday Party. Thanks to our sponsor Assured Guaranty.

October 30, 2018 - NEWPF Project Finance Event: Hudson Yards
We heard about how the project incorporated environmentally friendly design components and green construction techniques make this project a model for clean, efficient development.  We also learned about the innovative financing utilized for Hudson Yards and heard how the project is viewed by ESG investors. Moderator: Diana Hoadley, Goldman Sachs, PanelistsAlan Anders, President, Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation, Angela Cavaluzzi, President, Hudson Yards Development Corporation, Marvin Markus, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Al Quintero, Managing Director, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Erin Bigley, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, AllianceBernstein, Taylor Hard, Project Manager & Geologist, NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation, Geoff Hurst, VP Sustainability, Related Companies. Thanks to our sponsor: AllianceBernstein

October 17, 2018 - Second Annual Career Q&A Teleconference 
We held a one-hour teleconference featuring three distinguished members of NEWPF who discussed their career paths and answered questions. This event was open to ALL municipal finance professionals - public or private sector, men or women, NEWPF members and non-members. The panelists were Alice Cheng, Associate Director, Kroll Bond Rating Agency; Kimberly Lyons, Senior Vice President, Dexia Credit Local; and Ana Yordanov, Portfolio Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with Diane Brosen (S&P Global, retired) serving again as the moderator. Sponsored by Kroll Bond Rating Agency.

Summer Dine-Arounds 
This was the seventh annual Dine Around event during Restaurant Week in New York City.  This popular event enables members and non-members to meet in small groups over dinner, to get to know one another and exchange valuable information. Each dinner is "hosted" by a NEWPF Board member (but diners pay their own way).

May 14, 2018 - Second Annual Tax Reform Panel
This panel discussed changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act relevant to municipal bonds and how these changes have affected the municipal community in general.  Speakers from the legal, issuer, banking, and purchaser realms addressed how the municipal world has changed, and the need to develop and implement financing strategies for the future. 
Moderator: Linda D'Onofrio, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Panelists: Emily Brock, GFOA, Kristin Stephens, UBS Financial Services Inc., Paul Creedon, Citi. Thanks to sponsors Fitch Ratings and Assured Guaranty, and to KPMG for hosting.

April 11, 2018 - 11th Annual Mentoring Event 
With the generous support of Assured Guaranty, Build America Mutual, Roosevelt & Cross Inc, and S&P Global, NEWPF held our kick-off mentoring event to begin the process of pairing mentors and mentees for the upcoming year.

March 6, 2018 - Annual Project Finance: Moynihan Project
NEWPF arranged a discussion by the key players about the $1.6 billion project to convert the James A. Farley Post Office into a new train hall which will provide commuters with increased train and passenger capacity at Penn Station. In addition, the project will create a super-hub to revitalize the neighborhood and create a new business district. The discussion provided an overview of the different phases of the project and the various financing vehicles being used which include a TIFIA loan. Moderator: Susan Long, Esq., Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Panelists: Michael Evans, President, Moynihan Station Development Corporation and Nicole Doheny, Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC. Thanks to our sponsor Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

2017

Holiday Cheer in CT - November 30, 2017

Pre-Holiday Party - November 17, 2016
Sponsored by: Assured Guaranty

YOU SPOKE, WE LISTENED! Career Q&A Teleconference - October 17, 2017
Participants in our popular Mentoring Program requested additional career counseling programming. We held a one-hour teleconference featuring three distinguished members of NEWPF who discussed their career paths and answered questions. This event was open to ALL municipal finance professionals - public or private sector, men or women, NEWPF members and non-members. The panelists were Elaine Brennan, Senior Vice President, Roosevelt & Cross, Inc., Neene Jenkins, Vice President, AllianceBernstein, and Jessalynn Moro, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Public Finance, Fitch Ratings. Sponsored by Fitch Ratings.

Breakfast with State Treasurer of Rhode Island, Seth Magaziner - October 5, 2017
Rhode Island's historic 2011 state public pension reform significantly changed the trajectory of the state’s finances. Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner continues to lead the way towards a more sustainable pension system post-reform, amidst growing national dialogue about the future of public pensions.

Summer Dine-Around
This was the sixth annual Dine Around event during Restaurant Week in New York City.  This popular event enables members and non-members to meet in small groups over dinner, to get to know one another and exchange valuable information. Each dinner is "hosted" by a NEWPF Board member (but diners pay their own way).

The Municipal Bond Tax Exemption in Perspective: You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til it's Gone - June 7, 2017
NEWPF hosted a panel discussion focused on the role that municipal bonds—and the municipal bond tax exemption—has played in the development of our public infrastructure. The panel reflected on the history of our current method of financing public infrastructure and what the benefits of tax exemption have been, as well as on possible future changes and how current uncertainty is affecting investors and issuers today. Panelists: Michael Zezas, Municipal Bond Strategist, Morgan StanleyCarol Kostik, Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance, The City of New YorkEmily Brock, Director of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Federal Liaison Center; and Robert Fippinger, Chief Legal Officer, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)Moderator:
Linda D'Onofrio. Sponsor: Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Fitch Ratings

Second Annual Municipal Market Panel - April 25, 2017
NEWPF and MBWCNY presented an interactive panel focusing on navigating the municipal marketplace that is confronted with possible regulatory reform of tax-exemption, health care policy and state funding, in the context of Fed rate increases. Moderator: Kimberly Lyons, Head of Municipal Finance Credit Risk Management, Dexia Credit Local; Panelists: Vivian Altman, Head of Origination and National Strategy, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC; Natalie Cohen, Managing Director, Municipal Securities Research, Wells Fargo LLC; Robin Prunty, Managing Director, Analytics & Research, U.S. Public Finance Ratings, S&P Global Ratings; and Marian Zucker, former President of Finance and Development, New York State Homes and Community Redevelopment 

Pace University Event - April 2017
Kim Vaccari (NYCEDC), Cristin Jacoby (Moody’s) and Beth Smayda (ACA Financial Guaranty) participated in a panel introducing Pace University MBA students to careers in public finance and green financing initiatives.  The event was sponsored by Pace’s Graduate Finance Club and Lubin Women in Leadership.

UConn's New Hartford Campus: An Overview - March 30, 2017
An overview from UConn's lead architect, Laura A. Cruickshank

10th Annual Mentoring Event - March 23, 2017
Mentoring event hosted by Standard & Poor's at which we describe the program, answer questions, and match up mentors and mentees. Thanks to our Sponsors: Assured Guaranty, Build America Mutual, National Public Finance Guarantee, Roosevelt & Cross, Inc., and Standard & Poor's

NEWPF Panel on Transportation Sector - February 2, 2017
NEWPF hosted a panel consisting of Secretary Leslie Richards, PA Department of Transportation; Donna Manuelli, CFO, New Jersey Turnpike Authority; and Pat McCoy, Director of Finance, Metropolitan Transit Authority, moderated by Kim Vaccari, Executive Vice President and CFO, NYCEDC. Thanks to our host and sponsor: Assured Guaranty.

Download Donna Manuelli's presentation.

2016

Credit Spotlight: City of Chicago - December 7, 2016
NEWPF hosted Carole Brown, the CFO of the City of Chicago to discuss Chicago's current status and where she sees the City in the future. Thanks to our sponsors: AllianceBernstein and Jefferies.

Download the presentation.

Pre-Holiday Party - November 17, 2016
Sponsored by: National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation and Ramirez & Co., Inc.

NEWPF Annual Project Finance Event: LaGuardia Airport - November 9, 2016
Panel discussion about New York State's most significant P3 project at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B. Moderated by Mary Francoeur, Managing Director, Public Financial Management, the panel included Cheryl Yetka, Treasurer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Young Lee, Esq., Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Marie-Liesse Marc, Senior Director, Vantage Airport Group, and Doreen Frasca, President, Frasca & Associates LLC. The event was sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.

The following video was shown during this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC7CrgJrCCc.
Further information can be found here: http://laguardiaairport.com/redevelopment/.

Pop-Up Happy Hour - September 15, 2016 - spontaneous informal gathering at The Beer Bar

Summer Dine-Around
This was the fifth annual Dine Around event during Restaurant Week in New York City and Connecticut.  This event enables members and non-members to meet in small groups over dinner, to get to know one another and exchange valuable information. Each dinner is "hosted" by a NEWPF Board member (but diners pay their own way).

The Short-Term Muni Market - June 14, 2016 - Municipal Bond Women's Club of New York and Northeast Women in Public Finance co-hosted an interactive panel on the Short-Term Muni Market. Money Market reform is impacting the entire municipal bond market. The panel featured Colleen Meehan, Money Market Portfolio Management, Dreyfus Corp (Moderator) and Olga Chernat, Deputy Director of Finance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mary Jo Ochson, Money Market Portfolio Management, Federated Investors, and Betty Infantes, Short-Term Trader, Jefferies LLC (panelists).

Handout: Money Market Reform and the impact on the Municipal Market

Making the Best of Ourselves - May 5, 2016 - Presentation hosted by Ramirez & Co., featuring Charlotte A. Lee of Lee Hecht Harrison, one of the world's largest outplacement firms. Topics included managing your career for optimal success, presentation skills, managing diverse leadership styles, embracing risk and much more. Handouts: Phone Interviewing Tips, Body Language Tips

Pensions: What is Really Behind the Numbers - April 20, 2016 - Panel event hosted by AB Global featuring moderator Neene Jenkins (AB Global), Ritta McLaughlin (Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board), Les Richmond (Build America Mutual) and Marcia Van Wagner (Moody's Investors Service).

College Outreach - February 5, 2016 at NYU - In our efforts to engage and promote interest in public financewe host an annual event targeted to New York City metropolitan area students and their professors  to enable them to learn about the various professions related to the public finance industry and to meet industry leaders in each of these areas.  It also gives the students an opportunity to forge relationships for future contacts.

9th Annual Mentoring Event - March 3, 2016 - Mentoring event hosted by Standard & Poor's at which we describe the program, answer questions, and match up mentors and mentees. Thanks to our Sponsors: Assured Guaranty, Build America Mutual, National Public Finance Guarantee, Roosevelt & Cross, Inc., and Standard & Poor's

2015

8th Annual Mentoring Event - April 7, 2015 - Mentoring event hosted by Standard & Poor's at which we describe the program, answer questions, and match up mentors and mentees. Thanks to our Sponsors: Build America Mutual, National Public Finance Guarantee, Roosevelt & Cross, Inc., and Standard & Poor's

Impacting the Muni Market - Hedge Fund Participation - April 15, 2015 - Panel discussion hosted by Citigroup featuring Susan Courtney, Prudential; Julie Morrone, Rosemawr; Thea Okin, Western Asset Management; and Hector Negroni, Fundamental Advisors. Thanks to our Sponsor: Citigroup

Stepping Up: Women Elected and Connected Through the Political Process - June 30, 2015 - Panel discussion hosted by RBC Capital Markets featuring Hon. Kathleen Rice (United States Congresswoman) and Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (New York State Senator).

Summer Dine-Around
This was the fourth annual Dine Around event during Restaurant Week in New York City and Connecticut.  This event enables members and non-members to meet in small groups over dinner, to get to know one another and exchange valuable information. Each dinner is "hosted" by a NEWPF Board member (but diners pay their own way).

Charting a Different Course: Women Entrepreneurs in Public Finance - November 6, 2015
Panel discussion in Hartford, CT
Sponsored by: First Southwest, Piper Jaffray, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLP, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
Hear the stories of successful women entrepreneurs who broke the mold and took a chance by starting their own firms to serve the needs of public debt issuers. 

Featured Project Series: Goethals Bridge - November 9, 2015
Host: FitchRatings
Each year we highlight a major project financed with municipal bonds, bringing together all significant parties (e.g., issuer, banker, advisor, bond counsel) to discuss with the audience the important aspects of the financing.

Puerto Rico: What does the Future Look Like? - November 17, 2015
Sponsored by: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Panel discussion on the anticipated impact of a broad restructuring of Puerto Rico's debt on the muni-market as a whole, and in particular on the high-yield and alternative markets? 

Pre-Holiday Party - November 19, 2015
Sponsored by: National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation

2014

Mentoring Event
Sponsored by: Standard & Poor's, Roosevelt & Cross Inc., Build America Mutual

Municipal Advisor Rule: The Municipal Market after July 1
Sponsored by: RBC Capital Markets, Wells Fargo, PFM, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Summer Dine-Around

Featured Project Series: Applied Sciences NYC
Facility Host: Goldman Sachs

It's Easy Being Green: Green Initiatives in Public Finance
Sponsored by: Day Pitney LLP, Pullman & Comley LLC, Robinson & Cole LLP, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Social Media - How to Elevate your Career

Pre-Holiday Party
Sponsored by: National Public Finance Guarantee, Kroll Bond Ratings, Assured Guaranty, Fitch Ratings

2013

Mentoring Event
Sponsored by: National Public Finance Guarantee, Assured Guaranty, Build America Mutual

NEWPF Panel of Elected Women
Sponsored by: Orrick

Hudson Yards from Start to Finish
Sponsored by: KPMG, Frasca & Associates, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Nixon Peabody, RBC Capital Markets, Roosevelt & Cross Inc., Wells Fargo

Summer Dine-Around

The Detroit Bankruptcy: A 360° View

Members Only: Diverse Opportunities for Women in Public Finance
Sponsored by: J. P. Morgan

Pre-Holiday Party
Sponsored by: Kroll Bond Ratings, Assured Guaranty, Fitch Ratings

2012

Terms of Engagement: The Changing Rules in Public Finance
Sponsored by: J.P. Morgan

Summer Dine-Around

Fall Party
Sponsored by: Assured Guaranty. Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Services, Standard & Poor's Rating Services