Every FCS event and activity is planned, organized and executed by a committee of dedicated volunteers. There are Steering Committees that govern the FCS' presence in each city where we stage our live events. There are ample opportunities to get involved.
FCS NATIONAL COMMITTEES
FCS Financial Marketer of the Year Committee
The annual FCS Financial Marketer of the Year award is bestowed on a financial services company and its CMO for the marketing and communications work performed over the course of the prior year, that sets it clearly above the competition. The committee organizes the entire award process from the nominations and judging through the event planning and luncheon logistics. The award is presented each year at a gala dinner in November.
FCS Portfolio Awards Committee
The annual Portfolio Awards recognize financial marketers and their agencies for advertising, digital media, social media, branded content, event marketing, print collateral, visual identity, integrated marketing and public relations. Advertising categories include TV, print, out of home, direct mail, and audio. Digital media categories include apps/tools, digital collateral, display/rich media, email, mobile, web video, web sites. The committee is responsible for the complete organization of the event – including the call for entries process, judging, event logistics, and sponsorship. The annual gala awards dinner is a black tie affair with music and dancing, and held in NYC in late April/early May.
Active membership is the lifeblood of the FCS organization. This committee is charged with creating meaningful benefits for all members, while seeking to optimize recruiting efforts to broaden, deepen and diversify representation across financial institutions, agencies, media outlets and other resource partners. The committee will pursue constant dialogue through surveys and direct networking.
In addition to annual support of children's charities out of New York, Chicago, Charlotte and San Francisco, the FCS considers other timely and relevant donations. The Philanthropy Committee vets requests for support and identifies unique giving / fundraising opportunities.
Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee
The goal of DISC is to develop programs to help people underrepresented in our industry explore and advance their careers in all areas of financial and fintech marketing, media and communications. The Steering Committee is led by eight volunteers from the FCS Board of Directors. They are: co-chairs Nia Armstrong of Investing Media Solutions and Kirti Naik of BNY Mellon Wealth Management; as well as Abiy Bekele of SmartBrief, Kevin LaPierre of CME Group, Julia Pawling of AIG; Melissa Scauri of Morgan Stanley; Damon Webber of Bank of America; and Ahmed Yearwood of Y INTERACT. Former FCS Board Director Renée Baker, DBA, Head of PCG Advisor Inclusion Networks at Raymond James, serves as an advisor.
Website / Social Media Committee
The FCS website (www.theFCS.org), our Twitter presence (@theFCSorg), and LinkedIn group are the main information resources for FCS members and the financial community at large. We strive to grow our presence on Facebook and Instagram as well. The committee’s role is to maintain an interesting and informative interactive experience that is useful as a communications vehicle for the FCS. The committee also solicits and provides value to sponsors, through ad space, and works closely with other committees to help them meet their communications objectives.
FCS NEW YORK COMMITTEES
Charity Golf Tournament Committee
Each summer, the FCS stages a fun and competitive golf outing whose net proceeds help fund our support of children’s charities. The committee coordinates the selection of the golf course, and organizes the logistics of the outing, including sponsorship, communications, recruiting, and prizes.
Working with the Website Committee, the Communications Committee provides news releases and other articles for www.thefcs.org. From writing informative recaps of FCS events to crafting stories about industry topics to critiquing popular business books, the writers on the committee look to tackle a wide range of topics of interest to the FCS membership.
Education Summit Committee
The highlight of the many informational FCS events staged throughout the year, our Executive Education Summits are the centerpiece. A full morning of keynote presentations and panel discussions is designed for senior level participants on the stage and in the audience. The committee works on developing the theme, choosing panel topics, recruiting top industry talent, securing the venue and resources, and soliciting sponsorship.
FCS Race for Kids Committee
Since 2000, the FCS has helped raise more than $2.5 million for three children’s charities, primarily through the annual ski weekend known as FCS Race for Kids. By supporting Hope & Heroes Columbia University Medical Center, Make-A-Wish Vermont, and Downey Side Adoption Agency, the FCS focuses the tremendous generosity of the financial marketing industry on these three worthy causes. The committee helps organize all aspects of the ski weekend: from recruiting corporate racing teams and individual skiers, to coordinating activities for all participants as well as branding opportunities for sponsors. One of the many highlights of the weekend is the three day Fireside Forum, which stages several panel discussions. The committee develops the topics and recruits the senior level talent for each panel. For more information, visit: www.fcsraceforkids.org.
FCS Young Members Circle
FCS YMC is the exclusive committee for dues-paying members age 35 and younger. YMC hosts its own events, focusing on financial marketing topics as well as career planning, personal brand building, social networking and community services. Annual membership is discounted and provides a discount to all FCS events.
This committee is charged with continuing the FCS’s rich legacy for delivering quality speakers for our monthly luncheons, periodic breakfast presentations and after-work receptions. Committee members propose themes and speakers and help coordinate the logistics for each event.
Special Events Committees
During the course of the year, the FCS looks to host special events focused on networking opportunities for its members and industry friends. We have hosted Wine Tastings, Casino Night, Mardi Gras and other social events in the past. This committee identifies and recommends new event ideas and follows through on coordinating all logistics. Each event is designed to focus on our community and/or education mandates, while delivering a philanthropic result through the donation of net proceeds to our children’s charities.
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