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Welcome to our Women’s Symposium of Southern California (WSSC) website.   We are here for you. To help you live life to its fullest. We realize that women need help achieving financial literacy.  We hope to empower you by providing the basics and elements of a sound financial plan and that all that is involved in building an effective, malleable plan that carries you forward.  We also realize that information is power that leads to a confident you and the more resources you have at your disposal, the better equipped you are to shine in all you do.

WSSC is an advocate of financial empowerment & STEAM awareness for all in Southern California. This is a historic time in history for women.  A time to celebrate the advancements of Women in Southern California and around the world.  

The Women’s Symposium of Southern California is a grassroots non-profit 501 (c) 3 public charity.   Our mission and founding principles are to help women achieve financial literacy; enhance their self- confidence and improve their quality of life through every day knowledge, best practices, and STEAM education. WSSC provides a forum for educators, financial professionals, and STEAM professionals to deliver knowledge and resources to the community.  We bring the expertise and success stories of competent and motivational professionals from all fields and careers together in a symposium format at an annual event held on the Friday afternoon near International Women’s Day (IWD) which is March 8th annually.  Through open dialog and conversations with peers and mentors and seekers of information, the Symposium is a lively and safe environment to share experiences, discover new ways to do things and capture your inner authentic self to conquer your fears and claim your seat at the table (whatever the table is for you).

What does International Women’s Day mean to WSSC?  It reminds us how important it is for women to support one another in All Realms of life and to work together to improve gender parity.  WSSC encourages all women – pioneers, nurturers, philanthropists - to embrace all that it means to be female in todays’ world and pursue your goals. It’s our vision to provide a forum to discuss, learn, and innovate together around current trends which empowers women to reach their goals and full dreams.

The Founder and current Executive Director of Womens Symposium of Southern California is Marah Fineberg-Kuck, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM.  Marah has 17 years’ experience working directly with business and money managers on Wall Street.  Historically a male dominated investment & financial arena, her experiences sparked Marah to recognize the need for an organized local annual Women’s Symposium event to help educate and empower women about their own personal finances.  She further realized that women didn’t know where to seek these resources. She initiated a meeting several years ago to bring the resources to a group of women creating the impetus for the organization that exists today. (Be sure to check out How the Organization started).

Marah believes  “There is a need for essential topics to be discussed today. Women today are stronger and more modern than ever yet they have an uncomfortable relationship with money, financial planning, investing, science & technology.” Marah’s philosophy is to further the agenda of gender equality and STEAM Career education through collaboration to make a difference and leading the conversation, encouraging all to participate. 

Strengthening the lives of all Southern California women MATTERS. The annual Symposium, held in early March on the Friday closest to International Women’s Day, joins women from all careers and interests together to ignite a conversation to impact their lives and those around them, their families and their communities.  To further acknowledge women in our community who go over and above to give back of their talents and themselves, The Purple Diamond Award established in 2091, honors a qualified exceptional individual in recognition of their service to their community and to the WSSC mission. We recognize there are many individuals who work tirelessly to significantly and positively impact Women’s lives that often go unnoticed.   We hope to help reveal these mentors and leaders in our businesses and Communities who will provide the next generation more needed female role models to look up to. 

All WSSC program participants are volunteers and work on a pro-bono basis donating their time and expertise to our WSSC annual events.  Program participants are recruited based on their credentials and history and hand-selected by the WSSC Program Committee to ensure WSSC attendees have a fabulous experience and walk away motivated and armed with actionable tools to change their lives. 


For more insight into how the WSSC organization was founded and formed, see Marah’s personal accounting of the journey.




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The Women's Symposium of Southern California (WSSC) is a new nonprofit that needs monetary support now to help us exist and continue to grow and improve the lives of all women in Southern California.  We are continuing to collect contributions to our cause year-round.