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October 25, 2018 
10:30 AM

The PA Department of Banking and Securities and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education are pleased to offer the PA Forum on Women in Business and Finance LIVE at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and via webcast

Business and finance students and faculty from PA’s public and private colleges and universities are invited to participate in this event, which will focus on how to enhance the pipeline for moving women into the business and finance industries.
A panel of experts will discuss national and global trends on women in business and finance, the variety of career paths in the industry, and the ever increasing importance of diversity in the workplace.

The event will start with a 90-minute moderated panel discussion, including Q&A from the audience—all of which will be webcast. A discussion guide will be provided to facilitate small group discussion following the panel discussion. Those attending in-person will participate in small-group discussions over lunch; those viewing the webcast are encouraged to use the discussion guide as well.

Faculty members are invited to incorporate this into their Fall semester plans by either bringing a group to the event or using the webcast and discussion guide in class. (The 90-minute panel discussion/Q&A will be webcast live and archived online.)

​​Discussion Guide

Expert Panel  


Victoria Geyfman began her academic career in the Zeigler College of Business in 2005. Before joining BU, she worked in the financial services research section of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Temple University. Geyfman’s research has focused on financial services institutions, bank regulations, emerging markets finance, and the status of women in business. She has taught courses in corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and commercial bank management. Dr. Geyfman’s research has appeared in Emerging Markets Finance & Trade, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Banking & Finance Review, The Case Journal, as well as journals about women in business, including Journal of Business Diversity, NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, and Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research. She is an advisor to the student chapter of Financial Management Association (FMA), Bloomsburg Investment Group (BIG), and serves as a director of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis in the College of Business.


In March 2007, Patti Husic led a team of shareholders to acquire and establish Centric Bank and Centric Financial Corporation, where she now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to taking the leadership role at Centric, Husic joined Vartan Bank, serving as Executive Vice President, COO & CFO. She was appointed President in July 2005, distinguishing her as the first woman in the Harrisburg region to hold that title at a financial institution. Before rising to leadership at Centric Bank, Husic was a member of the executive management team at Pennsylvania State Bank where she successfully directed the accounting, finance, and management information systems for 14 years. She brings over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. As Chair of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association in 2013, she is only the third female in 120 years to hold that prestigious leadership position. Husic was also recognized by American Banker as one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017. A graduate of Temple University where she earned her BBA in Accounting and Management Information Systems, Husic is also a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Robin L. Wiessmann has served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking and Securities since 2015. She provides overall leadership to an agency that supervises nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and trust companies; licenses more than 20,000 consumer lenders, including mortgage lenders, auto sales finance companies, consumer discount companies, and debt services companies; and registers more than 200,000 investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, investment adviser notice filers, broker-dealers, and broker-dealer agents. She serves as chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Non-Depository Supervisory Committee. She also serves on the Federal Legislation and Fintech committees of the North American Securities Administrators Association. Wiessmann has served as Pennsylvania Treasurer; Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia; Vice President of Public Finance at Goldman Sachs; and was a Founding Principal and President of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street; served as Chairman of the Board of an Act 40 company, Vantagepoint Funds Mutual Fund; and chaired the Nominating Committee and served on the Steering Committee and Audit Committee of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Last year, she was recognized by City & State Pennsylvania as one of “50 over 50” for her achievements, leadership abilities, philanthropic efforts, and dedication to Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers Law School, from which she earned a law degree. She is a graduate of Lafayette College.

Panel Moderator: JANET L. YEOMANS

Jan Yeomans is a former executive with 3M Corporation, spending nearly 30 years with the company, including as a vice president and treasurer. She also has served as an independent trustee of Delaware Group Income Funds since 1999 and serves on the board of Temple University Hospital. She holds degrees in mathematics and physics from Connecticut College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.



Register Online ​

REGISTRATION IS FREE, though seating at the LIVE event is limited, so please make contact ASAP to reserve space for you and/or your group.

Lorelee Isbell
Executive Director
Dixon University Center and State System @ Center City
P: 717.720.4091
C: 717.728.6888
E: lisbell@passhe.edu 

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