FWA Programs to Advance Young Women to be Supported by BMO Capital Markets' Trading Day

FWA Programs to Advance Young Women to be Supported by BMO Capital Markets' 
Trading Day 
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK -- (Marketwired) -- 09/23/13 -- For the ninth
consecutive year, the Financial Women's Association's educational
programs for young women will be among the beneficiaries when BMO
Capital Markets holds its annual Equity Through Education Trading Day
in New York and Toronto on Sept. 25, 2013. 
Each year since 2005, BMO Capital Markets has contributed the
proceeds of its Equity Through Education Trading Day to the FWA of
New York Educational Fund and other charitable organizations. Over
the course of eight years, the FWA Educational Fund has received $1.6
million to provide undergraduate scholarships, participation in
international development conferences and other programs. 
"Through the support of BMO Capital Markets over the course of nearly
a decade, we have been able to accelerate the advancement of
approximately 300 young women - quite literally, helping develop the
next generation of financial leaders," said FWA President Kimberly
Weinrick. "We are deeply grateful for the longstanding, consistent
contributions of the BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education
program toward this important work." 
"BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education Trading Day highlights
our clients' and colleagues' commitment to the community," said Eric
Tripp, President, BMO Capital Markets. "Our objective is to deploy
this generosity where it can have significant, sustainable impact,
which is another reason why we are pleased to continue supporting the
FWA Educational Fund, which makes a lasting, positive difference in
the lives of young women professionals." 
By the Numbers: Hundreds of New Opportunities  
The Equity Through Education program's contributions since 2005 have
funded a variety of FWA Educational Fund programs: 

--  Undergraduate scholarships have been awarded to 181 Baruch College
    students and more than 75 graduates of Murry Bergtraum High School in
    New York City. In addition, more than 23 young women have received
    support from the FWA/BMO Capital Markets Scholars Fund at Baruch. 
--  As part of new programs added in 2012-2013, two young women studied in
    China, and nine participated in leadership and professional-develo
    conferences at Simmons College and University of Maryland at College
--  In another new initiative in 2012-2013, the FWA's Tools for Clear Speech
    Program helped 284 students with workshops, direct instruction and other
    resources to improve their communication skills. 
--  All of the scholars can now join the new FWA Scholars Community on

In Their Own Words: Reflections of FWA Mentees Participating in
Development Conferences 
Following are brief excerpts from essays by just a few of the many
participants in the 2012-2013 conferences: 
"I learned how to make myself stand out and raise my voice, made many
new friends of intelligent and innovative women, and opened my
thoughts to the possibilities of building a better future." - Zina
Goxheri, Participant, 2013 National Conference for College Women
Student Leaders at the University of Maryland. 
"Walking away with the accumulated wealth of life stories, words of
wisdom, career advice and support, I feel empowered to shape my own
professional destiny, to be as influential, inspirational and
impactful as each of the speakers, and to be as open, supportive, and
engaging as each of the fellow attendees I spoke with." - Rita Dai,
Participant, 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference. 
"It was fascinating to see how women could use their differences in
the business community to their advantage. I am excited to learn more
and apply my findings in my academic career and internships this
summer." - Rachel Ryu, Participant, 2013 National Conference for
College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland. 
"What made the conference so special was that it presented a
phenomenal program guaranteed to inform, empower and energize women
who came from all over the U.S. All the speakers were women with
exceptional leadership qualities, appealing personalities, positive
attitudes toward life, and enormous sense of humor and tact." -
Halina Karatayeva, Participant, 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference. 
About the Financial Women's Association 
Founded in 1956, the FWA of New York, Inc. provides a forum to help
advance the leadership of women in the financial community. The FWA
provides opportunities for members to build their careers, meet
industry leaders, earn the support of powerful women and major
companies, and contribute to the next generation of female leaders.
The FWA's philanthropic activities include mentoring, scholarships
and development programs that have assisted more than 6,000 young
About BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education Program  
Equity Through Education is a charitable initiative aimed at creating
a more diverse workplace by helping people realize their educational
ambitions. On one day each year all North American institutional
equity trading commissions are donated to organizations dedicated to
the education of bright and deserving individuals. To date, Equity
Through Education has raised C$12.3 million (US$11.7 million). This
translates into assistance to over 2,500 students through
scholarships, bursaries and job search strategy forums. This year's
Equity Through Education trading day will be September 25, 2013.
Please consider placing your trades with us. It's one day of trading
for a lifetime of opportunity. 
To learn more about Equity Through Education visit:
About BMO Capital Markets 
BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American
financial services provider, with more than 2,200 employees operating
in 16 offices in North America and 29 worldwide, offering corporate,
institutional and government clients access to a complete range of
investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital
Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO), one
of the largest diversified financial services providers in North
America with US$535 billion total assets and more than 46,000
employees as at July 31, 2013. 
Renee Lantaigne
(416) 359-7653
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