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Upcoming Events

Mindfulness Breakfast Meeting - Creating Clarity Around Competing Priorities

November 13, 2018
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Dopkins & Company, LLP 
200 International Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221

Mindfulness Breakfast Meeting - Creating Clarity Around Competing Priorities

Today’s professionals have a variety of competing priorities in their lives: responsibility for professional results; responsibility for employee development; responsibility for family and personal commitments; responsibility for personal development, etc. Creating clarity around your ultimate goals and aligning priorities to this envisioned future will provide a road map for daily, monthly and quarterly activities. We will explore a few simple strategies to help focus your actions and integrate various aspects of your life.


  • 8-8:30am - Networking / Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:30am - Presentation
  • 9:30-10am - Questions for Jessica / Networking 


About Our Speaker:

Jessica J. Schimert: OD Consultant - Performance Management Partners

Jessica J. Schimert, M.B.A, M.S. is an organizational development consultant, trainer, and executive coach at Performance Management Partners. She works with individuals, teams and organizations to realize full leadership potential.

At the organization level, Jessica works with leadership teams to create a clear vision for the organization and aligns strategic goals and talent to accomplish the vision.

At the team level, Jessica facilitates interactive group sessions to increase team cohesion with a focus on trust building, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication and clarity around roles and goals.

For the individual, Jessica works to develop leadership skills through a proven one-on-one executive coaching process. This process incorporates a variety of assessment tools to provide a clear picture of the individual’s strengths and potential derailers and a foundation on which to develop talent.

Jessica has worked with organizations in the health care, banking and investment, legal, accounting, television, public relations, manufacturing, construction, property management, automotive, agriculture, government, higher education and nonprofit industries. Jessica’s background experience is in the banking and construction industries, including family business management.

Jessica has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Canisius College Center for Professional Development and Women’s Business Center and an adjunct professor at Canisius College in the Communication Studies Department. She began her career at M&T Investment Group.

Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for the Western New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and the Junior League of Buffalo. She volunteers at her children’s preschool and elementary school. She is a proud graduate of the 2012 Leadership Buffalo class and the United Way Board Governance Program for Women. She was awarded the 2015 SBA Woman Business Champion of the Year.

Jessica completed her undergraduate work at St. Bonaventure University and received an Honors BA in Journalism/Mass Communication. She completed an MBA from the University at Buffalo with a marketing concentration and an MS in Communication and Leadership from Canisius College. Her Master’s research is in the field of executive coaching and health communication. She has published articles in both fields.



$5.00 AFWA Member Ticket / $10.00 AFWA Guest Ticket

AFWA Annual Holiday Charity Dinner!

December 04, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Foundry Hotel & Banquet
1738 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14207
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Join us for the AFWA Annual Holiday Charity Dinner!

Purpose of the AFWA Dinner:

Every year, the AFWA Buffalo Chapter hosts a Charity Dinner to raise money for a local women’s charity. The past four years, we were able to raise between $2-3,500 for Dress for Success (2014), Hope for Two (2015), Gerard Place (2016), and Haven House (2017)!  

This year, we are proud to support the Child Advocacy Center!  The mission of the Child Advocacy Center is to integrate and coordinate services to meet the needs of child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse and their families at a single, child friendly facility. Such response is intended to reduce trauma, promote accountability and facilitate healing. A combination of funds from Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, the federal and state government, and private sources including the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County enabled the CAC to open in 1994. The CAC was one of the first two CACs to open in New York State and served as a model for many developing centers including Canadian CACs.  Thank you for supporting the CAC!!

Night of the Dinner:

At the Charity Dinner, we will have a Basket Raffle, Networking, and the opportunity to donate to a great cause during the Holiday Season.  The event will start at 6pm, which will give you plenty of time to socialize and strategize on which of the amazing baskets you would like to put your tickets into for a chance to win!  There will be plenty of appetizers and Dinner will be served at 6:45pm with a quick presentation from the Charity.  If you would also like to bring items to donate, the CAC would love:

  • Small, Throw Fleece Blankets (not bedding)
  • Play-dough
  • Coloring books and/or Colored pencils
  • Comfort items for teens like journals and earbuds


There will be free valet parking for the event!

Bar, Baskets, and Raffles:

There will be a cash bar and plenty of Baskets and Raffles, so please bring cash or checks, if you would like to participate!

This event is open to everyone - Please invite spouses, family, and friends – the more the merrier!

Please Consider a Basket Donation:

Please consider donating a basket or soliciting a basket donation from companies, family, friends, or colleagues.  In addition to any profits earned from the dinner, the gift baskets help us donate even more to this great cause!

If you are interested in making a difference by means of a monetary donation or auction item, please contact Liz Bidjov.  The Buffalo Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance appreciates all that you can do to help make this year’s event even more successful.



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We want to hear from YOU!!

Please fill out this quick survey to help us identify venues and speakers for the upcoming AFWA Events Season!


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Join the AFWA Board!

Are you or someone you know interested in joining the AFWA Board for the 2019-2020 year? We are all set for this year, but we would love to know if you would be interested in joining the board in the future to be part of this awesome team!  If interested in learning more, please contact the Communications Chair today!


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Other Events Around Town!

Buffalo Chapter Society of FSP VTC Event

2 Hour CE session - a LIVE Video Teleconference with lunch. Topic: Retirement Planning after the Tax Reform

Register Here!


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Referral Program for AFWA Members

Do you have a colleague in mind who would benefit from an AFWA membership? A co-worker who has asked for more information about AFWA? Or a guest who comes to events but hasn't yet joined? We know introducing women to AFWA can be difficult and sometimes it's hard to find the words to express the benefits of membership. We want to make it easier for you! AFWA has launched a new membership referral program. When you refer a contact to AFWA, a national volunteer will send a personalized message to that individual. When your referral joins AFWA, you receive a certificate for $10 off your membership renewal!

Learn More


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About AFWA

The mission of the Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance is to enable women in accounting, financial, and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional, and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.  Founded in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance, members of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and their companies benefit from resources that accelerate their professional growth. The industry has evolved enormously for women in the past 75 years, with our organization smartly and passionately evolving with it, ahead of the curve, so that all women in accounting and finance can excel.

Learn More Here!

 Questions? Email our Membership Chair!


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AFWA Buffalo Chapter News

What's Happening?

Do you know of an AFWA member with big news?  If you would like to highlight a member, please let us know!

Would you like to be a Sponsor?

Contact us today to learn more!


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Do you have an Accounting/Finance job to post?

Our AFWA Members now have the opportunity to post jobs on the AFWA website for free!  These job postings stay posted for 3 months and they will reach the entire AFWA email list in the monthly e-Newsletters, in addition to, being posted on the website here for 3 months!  To start, click here, and sign in with your username and password!

Not a member? That's ok!  A non-member can post a job here for $50 for 3 months or you can become a member today!


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AFWA National News


AFWA LEAP Advisory Council is now accepting applications from AFWA members 35 years old and under. LEAP provides a great opportunity for young professionals to get involved at a national level - and represent the voice of all emerging leaders in AFWA. Learn more

AFWA Discounts

AFWA partners with businesses and organizations to bring you added benefit to your AFWA membership through discounts on products and services.  Check out the discounts here!

AFWA Chapter Coach Program

The role of chapter coach will provide our experienced AFWA members an easy way to connect and share their experiences. This program will also provide our Chapters with important mentoring and support at a local level that has been missing without Regional Directors. We are now seeking volunteer members to become Chapter Coaches!  Learn more about Chapter Coaches

Women of Influence

Do you know of a Woman of Influence within AFWA’s membership? Our goal is to expand the Women of Influence community to include even more distinguished professional women. Download the application here.

Accounting MOVE Project

View the 2017 Accounting MOVE Project report to challenge your Firm to:
• build transparent career paths that enable women to address work-life conflicts and find solutions.
• adopt best practices from firms that are leading the way toward gender equity in accounting leadership.
• implement firm wide measurements for advancing women in all practice areas in order to remain competitive. 


As a benefit to your membership in AFWA, we offer free webinars to inspire you in your career and fast-pace your professional development. You can participate in any live webinar (most deliver 1 hour of CPE to live attendees) or you can view the webinar on demand at your convenience. Vsit the AFWA Events page to find out about upcoming webinars and events.


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