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Achieving Success in the Accounting and Financial Services Industry
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Achieving Success in the Accounting and Financial Services Industry


When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
From 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Deloitte
30 Rockefeller Plaza
32nd floor, D-Pub
New York, New York  10112
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.


Achieving Success in the Accounting and Financial Services Industry


In 2016 -

  • The AICPA has found that almost 50% of accounting graduates are women, however only 20% rise to the level of Partnership and other leadership positions.
  • According to a CNNMoney Analysis, of the S&P500 companies only 24 have female CEOs.

Are you looking to overcome challenges and rise to the top of your organization?  Come and meet three powerful women: Marlene Debel (CFO of MetLife’s US Operations), Yie-Hsin Hung (CEO of New York Life Investment Management) and Terri Polley (first woman CEO of the Financial Accounting Foundation), that share their personal journeys on how they reached the top of their field and the challenges they overcame.


Key topics covered are:

  • Common challenges women face in the accounting and financial industries
  • What organizations are doing to help women
  • Techniques these successful women have used to overcome challenges
  • Advice on how to achieve success.

A great event to boost your success – the FWA Way!




Marlene Debel Photo

Marlene Debel
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer U.S.

Debel is executive vice president and chief financial officer of MetLife U.S. In this role, she is responsible for the financial management of MetLife’s businesses in the U.S. Debel was appointed to this position in July 2016.

Debel was previously executive vice president and treasurer of MetLife. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s financial resources, including capital management, liquidity risk, cash management, and managing the company’s relationships with both banks and rating agencies. She was also responsible for MetLife’s transition to federal regulation as a non-bank SIFI. Debel joined MetLife in June 2011.

Prior to joining MetLife, Debel was global head of liquidity risk management and rating agency relations for Bank of America, where she developed the global liquidity risk strategy for the company. She was also responsible for managing the company’s relationships with rating agencies and fixed income investors. She joined Bank of America with the acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

Debel was previously assistant treasurer of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. In her 20 years at Merrill Lynch, Debel held a number of leadership positions across Global Treasury. In 2005, she led the Treasury team in the development of a structured indemnification product that was the Silver Winner of the Alexander Hamilton Award for Excellence in Insurance. Debel began her career at Merrill Lynch on the foreign exchange trading desk.

Debel received an MBA in finance from Fordham University and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in finance from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and a strategic advisor to the Financial Women’s Association.


Yie-Hsin Hung
Chief Executive Officer
New York Life Investment Management LLC

Yie-Hsin Hung is Chief Executive Officer of New York Life Investment Management LLC (NYLIM), New York Life’s global multi-boutique third party asset management business. Ms. Hung is also member of the Executive Management Committee of New York Life. Under her leadership, NYLIM was the primary driver of the investment management division’s growth in earnings and nearly three-fold increase in third party assets under management to $280B billion as of November 30, 2016. Ms. Hung was previously Co-President of NYLIM and Chairman of NYLIM International, where she broadened the firm’s fixed income, equity and alternative capabilities and global boutique presence organically and through acquisition, most recently with the addition of two internationally-based boutiques - Candriam Investors Group and Ausbil - along with IndexIQ, a leading alternatives and strategic beta ETF provider. She also led the firm’s successful expansion into Europe, Asia and Australia.

Ms. Hung joined the firm in 2010 with more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently from Bridgewater Associates and prior to that, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was on the Management Committee and led a number of efforts including its strategic acquisition activities as well as its private equity and hedge fund businesses. She started her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley, with a focus on real estate.

Ms. Hung earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard University. She resides in New York City with her husband and three children.


Teresa S. Polley
President & CEO
Financial Accounting Foundation

Teresa S. Polley was appointed President of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) in May 2008, and was subsequently promoted to the role of President and CEO in 2010.  She brings over 20 years of experience with FAF and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to the position.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Polley served as Executive Director of Advisory Groups for the FASB.  In this role, she was primary liaison between the Board and its constituent organizations that provide input into its decision-making processes.  These include the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), consisting of a diverse membership of financial statement users, preparers, and auditors representing a cross-section of industries; the Small Business Advisory Committee (SBAC), representing more than 20 users, preparers and auditors from the small business community; the User Advisory Council (UAC), representing investors and investment professionals, equity and credit analysts, and rating agencies; and the Investors Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC), consisting of investors with strong technical accounting knowledge.

From 1990 to 1999, Ms. Polley served as Controller of the FAF.  As Controller, she was responsible for all aspects of the FAF’s financial operations, including budgets, financial statement presentations, audits, payroll, tax reporting and investments.

Ms. Polley joined the FASB in 1987 as a Technical Associate, was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, and was instrumental in the administration and operation of its Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) and in the development of the inaugural edition of EITF Abstracts, first published in late 1987.

Previously, she was a Senior Accountant with Arthur Andersen and Company in its Stamford, Connecticut office, where she handled the preparation of financial statements, consolidations, SEC filings and internal control evaluations and commentary with clients in manufacturing, electronics, mining, banking and trust services.

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Event Schedule
5:30 – 6:00 PM Registration & Networking
6:00 – 6:30 PM Panel Discussion
6:30 – 7:00 PM Q&A

7:00 – 8:00 PM Networking

$20 FWA Members, $50 Non-Members  |  Includes refreshments

Subway - B/D/F/M 47th - 50th Streets, Rockefeller Center station; Q/N/R 49th Street Station.

(GE Bldg. between West 50th & West 51st Streets and 5th & 6th Avenues)
Empire Room on 40th floor (register in lobby)

Allow 15 minutes to clear security.


Special thanks to FWA President's Circle Member Deloitte for hosting this event.



This event is organized by the Professional Services Liaison Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc.



Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Friday, May 19, 2017.



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