Anchin launched the Anchin Women's Initiative Network (AWIN) to help our female professionals advance their careers by:
- Guiding women beyond technical training. We believe that it takes more than being technical to be a well-rounded professional.
- Teaching business development skills that are critical for success in today's competitive market.
- Promoting networking and mentoring. With a staff that exceeds 350, we know that it is not easy to get to know everyone on staff. Our programs bring together a group of women who share common goals.
- Enhancing the retention of our own staff. By offering these training sessions, we continue to make Anchin the employer of choice for professionals.
Anchin's Women's Initiative Network represents the evolution of a professional development program that was created for Anchin's women professionals many years ago.
First proposed by Tax Principal Mela Garber and now under the direction of Audit Partner Terry Pissi, AWIN includes periodic presentations and internal workshops by outstanding professional women in a variety of industries.
Speakers and topics for AWIN are based on surveys completed by participants. Topics of interest include communication skills, leadership skills, and business writing skills. Additional discussion topics are balancing time between work and personal life, networking, public speaking, mentoring, and dressing for success.
The commitment that the Firm has made to this program is evident by the caliber of recent speakers:
- Ginny Brown, an anger management professional, guided the AWIN audience through the dynamics of anger management. The event focused on why understanding corporate emotional intelligence is vital to changing the communication paradigm for oneself and for colleagues.
- Representatives and stylists at Ann Taylor Loft store presented professional clothing etiquette and provided examples mixing and matching outfits that easily transitioned from office to after-work events. Attendees were treated to a 20% discount and fresh pastries and fruits while they mingled.
- Susan Hirshman, personal finance expert and author of "Does This Make My Assets Look Fat?", and Alexandra Levi, Co-Managing Partner of The Element Financial Group, presented "Achieving Financial Empowerment". The Firm purchased signed copies of Hirshman's book for all participants.
- Elaine Taylor-Gordon, President and Publisher of WomensBiz.US. Taylor-Gordon is well-known in marketing circles for building brands like Snapple, B. Dalton Booksellers and Helmsley Hotels on a national and international level. She is heavily involved in women's roles within the business community as a past vice president and board member of the New York Women's Forum. In addition to being an author to "A Business Woman’s Guide to 30 Cities," Taylor-Gordon has produced a cable television show on home renovation, and is a frequent speaker to business groups and universities around the nation.
- Judith Glaser, CEO, President, Benchmark Communications, Inc. Glaser's company works with corporations to help them create strong leaders and managers; her clients include Pfizer, Coach, IBM, Pricewaterhousecoopers, and more. She has been seen on several major networks and has authored a book, "Creating We," exploring how to create healthy work environments. The Firm purchased copies of Glaser’s books for all program participants.
- Andrea Kantor, President and Founder of Bond Street Coaching, LLC. Kantor is a highly respected executive and business coach who inspires and empowers financial services professionals and entrepreneurs to achieve exceptional results in their careers and lives. She specializes in work-life balance, leadership development, performance enhancement and change management. The certified performance coach spent many years as a corporate banking and risk management professional in the financial services industry. Kantor is active in many nonprofit and professional organizations and was recognized by the Long Island Business News in 2006 as one of the Top 50 business women on Long Island.
In addition to these outstanding speakers, recent internal programs range from technical training to marketing to networking have included:
- Toys for Tots (in conjunction with Anchin's CARE Committee), a cause which combined staff enjoyment and teambuilding with charitable donations in the form of Anchin-assembled bicycles for youth just in time for the holidays.
- A private food and wine networking session between a law firm and bank to create new connections.
- Annual Holiday Party where participants went from table to table exploring different facial products and meeting as many others in the room as possible.
- A Lean In roundtable discussion where Anchin women discussed their thoughts and opinions of Sheryl Sandberg's book ultimately improving internal communication and networking skills within the Firm. Purchased copies of Sandberg's book were given to program participants to read prior to discussion.
- Holiday Party where each attendee received a list of facts about those present with the goal of finding out who matched each fact. Anchin women learned to break the ice and find the common ground that binds people together.
- Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Exchange with wonderful cookies, cheeses and snacks including recipes and DIY suggestions.
- Ling Ou, a director in Anchin's Quality Control department, presented "Expectations of Quality Control for 2010 Year End Audits and Review Engagements," focusing on new disclosures and presentations requirements.
- Terry Pissi presented to Anchin's working mothers a Work/Life Integration round table focusing on communication for part- and flex- time workers.
- A marketing 101 workshop presented by Kayte Steinert-Threlkeld, Anchin's former Chief Marketing Officer and Terry Pissi to help women of Manager level and above enhance their marketing and networking skills in addition to creating a marketing mentor network system.