WOODBRIDGE, NJ -Cohn Reznick LLP, one of the nation’s top accounting and advisory firms, hosted approximately 50 women business leaders at their Executive Women’s Forum (EWF)  on February 11 at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge.   The program which consisted of networking over cocktails and  a panel discussion, focused on "Long Term Planning Essentials” including financial stability in retirement.  The conversation ranged from how to best leverage social security benefits in light of changing regulations as well as advice for trust and estate planning. 

Tracy Fink, Director of the EWF, kicked off the evening by reiterating the goals of the EWF and introducing the panel.   The panel, which consisted of Amada Lott, Partner and Wealth Advisor at RegentAtlantic and Tracy Child, Partner with the law firm of Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP, addressed current tools and options to navigate retirement and long term retirement and estate planning.  The panel was moderated by John Dugan, CohnReznick’s Director of Insurance.

One of the highlight’s of the evening  was a Community Giving component.  A portion of the collected registration fees went to support Easter Seals New Jersey.   Cheryl Marks Young, ESNJ CFO, was on hand to receive the donation and explain the mission of ESNJ which is to enrich the lives of people living with disabilities and special needs, and those who care for them, by providing opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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About the EWF

As women pursue leadership positions in business, they gain a strategic advantage by developing key relationships and partnerships aimed at opening doors and establishing life-long connections. This is the founding principle of CohnReznick’s  EWF. Through the EWF, female business executives and community leaders build relationships, expand their professional networks, and develop business opportunities. CohnReznick knows that it makes good business sense, for our Firm and for other companies, to leverage meaningful opportunities to enrich their professional lives, increase their knowledge, and meet their career goals. When women advance in business development, everyone benefits. The EWF was founded on this belief and the programs we have put in place are expanding business development and career opportunities for women leaders across the country.

Launched as a pilot program in 2005, the EWF has grown into a nationwide movement. CohnReznick clients, employees, referral sources, industry association members, and many other key decision makers have gained tremendous value from regular participation in EWF activities. From panel discussions with corporate leaders to local golf events, EWF enables women from many different industries learn from one another and support each other’s goals.

Key Benefits of the EWF

Participation in EWF events provides numerous benefits to women executives and their employers. EWF participants gain:

• New ideas and opportunities designed to expand their professional and personal networks

• Introductions that can further lead generation and business development initiatives

• Real-world business education with practical applications

• A new avenue to access leading industry associations and their members

• Increased visibility for themselves/their companies among like businesses

• Alignment with organizations that share a commitment to women’s leadership, diversity, and career advancement.

Women’s leadership continues to be of interest to a number of professional service firms.  Tracy Fink, agrees.   “The current business climate has required us to find more strategic and creative ways to develop business relationships and retain clients. Couple the rise of women’s leadership with the demands of a multigenerational workforce, and that is why the program works,” said Fink. 

For more information about the Executive Women’s Forum, please visit www.cohnreznick.com or  contact Tracy Fink at tracy.fink@cohnreznick.com