June Newsletter Print


"Bring a Friend for Free"

AFWA would like to make an effort to increase awareness of our organization.  To help with this initiative, we would like to extend our invite for the June AFWA luncheon to your friends and co-workers at NO CHARGE! 

 Please note – the free lunch will only apply to those who are not already members of AFWA.  Please have your guest register through our website (link below) and include “Guest” in the “Special Instructions and Comments” box upon registration.  They will need to add the Non Member Registration Ticket and will also need to bypass the payment option when prompted to pay.

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Community Service

The Financial Literacy Committee has finished the 6 week course at Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and is now following up periodically with the participants to help answer questions as they implement their personal budgets.  We thought it would be nice that when we go the next time, to take items that they are in need of, and help make their budget dollars go further!  We are asking each AFWA member to bring something to the next meeting.  Below are lists that Karen Schmidt, WIN Director has provided us.  Items such as gift cards are also welcomed.  If any of you have a stockpile of hotel soaps, shampoos, etc., these are welcomed.  And since no good deed goes un-noticed, for each AFWA member that brings a donation, their name will be put in for a drawing!  Our assistance to these women has been met with much gratitude, and has definitely been rewarding to us!  If you have any questions, please contact Trisha Grosch, 316-253-9028.  Thank you.

One load of items and some gently used storage containers have already been given and they were THRILLED!!

We are continuing to add please bring items to the next meeting and be eligible for a prize!


Kitchen items
Cleaning supplies
Toilet paper
Shampoo and conditioner
Laundry soap
Large toothpaste



Twin sheets
Body lotion/body spray
Gift cards/passes to family activities
Laundry baskets
Broom and dust pan
Towels and bathroom set



Bras (brand new)
Underwear (brand new)
Socks (brand new)
Contact lenses/prescription glasses
Trash bags (13 gal and 30 gal)
Trash cans
Kitchen items (cookware, plates, cups/glasses, etc.)
Light bulbs (60/75 watt bulbs)
Bed sheets (Queen size; twin size)
Wichita Transit passes (city bus)
Household cleaning supplies (Clorox liquid bleach, Pine Sol, Fabuloso, etc.)

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Welcome New Members


 Welcome to the Accounting & Financial Woman’s Alliance! 

 In an effort to get to know our newest AFWA members a little more, we would like to invite you to a New Member Welcome Lunch.  We hope this will help you learn how to get the most out of your AFWA membership.  In addition, this will be a great opportunity for you to network with other members who have been a part of the organization for several years.

 Event Information

Place:  Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza

Address: 2132 N Rock Rd (Bradley Fair)

Date: June 27, 2017

Time: 11:30am – 1pm

 Lunch will be provided.


Please RSVP to Angie.Kemp@invista.com by June 16th.  A menu with lunch options that you will need to select from will be sent.  This will ensure prompt and timely service. 


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Calendar of Events


June 20, 2017 - Membership Meeting: Women and Wealth  Click here to register

July 12, 2017 -2017-2018 Strategic Planning Board Meeting Members are invited to join us as we plan for the 2017-2018 program year.  Bring your ideas for meeting topics, speakers, events, fundraisers, etc.  Dinner and drinks will be provided so please RSVP to Rachel.R.Hoopes@invista.com if you plan to attend.  This is a great opportunity to further develop your network and influence the outcome of your AFWA membership experience!


(Dates subject to change)





AFWA offers webinars throughout the year to hear from inspirational female professionals and build critical competencies for success. Most webinars deliver 1 hour of CPE. All webinars are FREE for AFWA members and just $25 for non-members.


AFWA Members >> login now to register FREE for upcoming webinars (from the Members Portal homepage, select webinars in the sidebar navigation)


Non-Members/Guests >> Select the registration link below. Register for 4 webinars and your 5th will be free!


All attendees will receive handouts and a recording of the webinar. Check back often for new webinars added. Questions? Contact ericka.harney@afwa.org


All times listed are Eastern

  •  6/15/2017, 8pm – Savvy Series –  Difficult Conversations: Discuss what really     matters (1 CPE, Communications) 
  • 7/20/2017, 3pm – Savvy Series – Modern Mentoring: Advice for today’s business (1 CPE, Personal Development)
  • 8/17/2017, 8pm – Savvy Series – Conflict Management: Tips for handling it like a boss (1 CPE Personal Development)
  • 9/21/2017, 3pm – Savvy Series – Your Body Says it All: Reading Nonverbal Ques (1 CPE, Communication)
  • 11/30/2017, 8pm – Savvy Series – Hey, I’m Over Here: 7 Tips to stay relevant (1 CPE, Personal Development)
  • 12/14/2017, 3pm – Savvy Series – Keep on Going: 6 Tips for increasing motivation (1 CPE, Personal Development)


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Speaker Information


Lisa A. Haffner, CDFA™, CPA

Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor

Lisa is a Financial Advisor with the Boleski Group at Morgan Stanley. Lisa has earned a reputation for providing highly customized advice, comprehensive financial planning and risk management services, with an emphasis on empowering the individual to create a secure financial future through planning and education. Lisa also specializes in helping to educate individuals on the financial matters of divorce by working closely with the client’s attorney and other trusted advisors to create a financial plan that addresses short and longterm financial needs throughout the divorce process. In 2017 Lisa was named to the Morgan Stanley Pacesetter’s Club, a global recognition program for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first class client service.

Prior to becoming a Financial Advisor, Lisa spent 19 years at a $3.5 billion manufacturing company where she held the title of Director of Taxation for her last 9 years. This extensive corporate experience has served her well as a Financial Advisor. She is keenly aware of the financial management challenges as men and women change jobs, plan for retirement, experience divorce or the loss of a loved one. Lisa spent 9 years in public accounting before moving into the corporate tax environment and joined the Boleski Group in October 2014. 

Raised in Northwest Kansas, Lisa has called Wichita her home for over 20 years where she has lived with her husband, Chuck and three children. When Lisa isn’t working, she enjoys gardening, boating, exercising and spending time with family. She also volunteers at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, the Lord’s Diner and Wichita Dress for Success where she is particularly passionate about helping women.



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Contests, Recaps, and Opportunities

 Scot Loyd, CPA, Partner at Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC. presented on “Ethics in Work and Life”.

 Scot presented on how every day we are challenged to stay ethically fit. Ethics are what is absolute. They are a set of standards around which we organize our lives and from which we define our duties and obligations. They are a set of imperatives that establishes behavior patterns that are acceptable. It’s what people ought to do. Ethics are instilled in you when you are little. As children, the standards are established by authority figures including parents, teachers, and ministers. As adults, the standards are generally established by the predominant beliefs of the society in which we live. As employees, the standards are established by the employer and as professionals, the standards are established by regulatory authorities and professional organizations to which we are subject or belong.

 Scot also talked about how our values are defined today through honesty, integrity, objectivity, promise keeping, fidelity, caring, respect, accountability, excellence, and social responsibility. Staying ethically fit is the same as staying in good physical shape. Staying ethical is a like running a marathon where it requires ten thousand steps, it’s full of setbacks, aches, pains, and aggravations, it’s full of factors that you cannot control, and if you stop being ethical you have lost. A person should always find the golden rule as a good guideline for being ethical

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Scholarship Information

This year we received 17 scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications were received from several schools across the State including the University of Kansas, Washburn University, Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University, the University of Saint Mary, Kansas State University and Pittsburg State University.  We are fortunate to award three $1,000 scholarships this year.

The 2017-2018 academic year scholarship recipients are:

                Marysa Bradshaw – University of Kansas

                Daniela Calderon-Cordoba – University of Kansas

                Princess Moran – Kansas State University

Thank you to the AFWA membership for supporting fund-raisers and providing donations to support the scholarship efforts of the Chapter.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, you may send donations to AFWA Scholarship Fund PO Box 222, Wichita, Kansas 67201


Kate Grant, CPA

Vice President / Scholarship Chair

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Committee Requests and Reminders


  • We want your feedback! If you have any ideas for upcoming meetings or a specific topic you would like to have covered in a meeting please let us know. If you know of a speaker or group that would be interested in speaking at one of our meetings, you can also call/email a board member or just write your suggestions down on the meeting evaluation forms – whichever you prefer. We want you to get the most out of your membership in AFWA!


  •  Do you have some personal news to share? A career change announcement?  We'd like to recognize your success!  Please submit anything you would like to include in the next newsletter to newsletter@wichitaafwa.org by June 30, 2017.


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Lifetime Membership Information

Many of you may have heard about the lifetime membership- If you were still on the fence about our lifetime membership offer, the board has made a few changes to the structure including another payment option (6 payments), payments not starting until January 1 and if you have paid dues for the 16-17 membership year already, your lifetime amout of $1200 will be prorated to include your dues ($99 or $199 depending on your membership). The lifetime membership offer deadline has been extended thru June 30, 2017 to the first 100 members! Join now! Those who are interested can go to http://www.afwa.org.lifetime-membership for more information.

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