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Our Mission

The Women’s Symposium of Southern California (WSSC) improves the quality of life, financial independence, and confidence of women in Southern California by hosting and promoting an annual event that is accessible and comprehensive in financial planning resources and STEM field awareness.

Just by being here at Women’s Symposium of Southern California (WSSC) website, you’ve shown that
Women are important and you want to know more about the empowerment & financial planning
process or validate where you are in that process. Women’s Symposium of Southern California is all
about approaching your plans and life with confidence. WSSC advocates for financial empowerment &
STEAM awareness for women in Southern California. This is a grassroots organization for the betterment
of our future, a historic time in History for women, and time to celebrate the advancements of Women
in Southern California and around the world.


The Women’s Symposium of Southern California is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 public charity with a mission to
help women achieve financial literacy and enhance their self- confidence and improve 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 personal
experiences to the community though a symposium format with attendees at an annual event held on
the Friday afternoon around International Women’s Day (IWD) which is March 8 th annually.
What does International Women’s Day mean to WSSC? It is a reminder of how important it is for
women to support one another in All Realms of life and to work together to improve gender parity.
WSSC is for all women – pioneers, nurturers, philanthropists - to know its ok embrace femininity, while
pursuing your goals. It’s our vision to continue a forum to discuss, learn, and innovate together around
current trends to empower 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 PLANNER TM . Marah has 17 years’ experience working directly
with business and money managers on Wall Street, the male dominated investment & financial arena.
Through her experiences, Marah realized the need for an organized local annual Women’s Symposium
event to help with empowerment & education. Marah thinks, “There is a need for essential items to be
discussed today as women because we are stronger and more modern than ever, yet have an
uncomfortable relationship with money, financial planning, investing, science & technology.” Marah’s
philosophy is to make a difference together, participate in the conversation to lead, serve, and recognize
those that want to further the agenda of gender equality, STEAM Career education and empowerment
for local women.


In 2014 Marah attended Barron's invite-only Women Summit in Florida which brought together the best
minds in the wealth-management industry. The Summit designed to facilitate a free-flowing exchange of
information, ideas and insights from the industry's most accomplished women advisors—in the interest
of raising the standards of excellence in the wealth management profession. Marah participated in the
discussions on the challenges facing the wealth management industry, strategies for improving
outcomes, and best practices. There was a call to action for the Barron’s Womens Summit attendees to
stand –up and lead their respective communities.


Through Marah’s career involvements, in 2016 she had been invited to join and attend SoCal Chapter of
the US National Committee for UN Women - a passionate activist Womens Rights group globally- to
share empowering financial information to the group on International Womens Day. This is when
Marah’s idea for WSSC sprouted! As soon as she RSVP’d YES to that UN Women’s event, Marah looked
inward and asked herself: What am I doing for my clients and what am I doing for my community to help

further the gender parity agenda? That’s when she planned her first Female Symposium, and self-paid
for the entire event. Marah’s 1st Women’s symposium focused on celebrating the achievements and
trends with women in today’s modern ever changing world as it relates to general life and family
planning, financial planning and even investing. 48 women were in attendance ranging from ages 18 to
86 years old coming from LA & Orange Counties. Marah helped to create a forum for open dialogue for
these women to review some trends and opportunities with women today, review some actionable
planning best practices, and hear from a panel of experts in their fields- and compare their perceptions
as women in their careers. There was professional panel Q&A, room discussions, and some networking
time. The event evaluations were off the charts- women in attendance learned so much and felt very
much uplifted! 10 attendees encouraged Marah to take the next step to make the Women’s Symposium
official, and to incorporate into a nonprofit, these supporters eventually became the Women’s
Symposium of Southern California’s first Advisory Board members. WSSC was incorporated August
2016, and held its 1 st annual Women’s Symposium event in Long Beach under their own nonprofit tax ID
in 2017.


Marah is dedicated to building an inclusive community of likeminded people, who endeavor to live the
change they would like to see in the world. All too often, women today are targets to be sold to, or
marketed to, or talked down to. Marah’s vision is to create an objective atmosphere for women to
convene and learn from each other through meaningful positive dialogue, and not a place to be talked
down to, or sold 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 have been highly
screened through WSSC Program Committee due diligence to ensure WSSC attendees have a fabulous
experience.


Strengthening the lives of all Southern California women MATTERS. Established in 2019, The Purple
Diamond Award is given by the WSSC Advisory Board to a qualified individual in recognition of their
service to their community and to the WSSC mission. The WSSC Advisory Board created the Purple
Diamond Award to further the agenda to increase recognition of women in our community. WSSC
believes we need to have more recognition women in leadership roles. WSSC knows there are so many
individuals who work tirelessly to significantly achieve positive impacts to Women’s lives, and they
sometimes go unnoticed. Let WSSC help reveal these mentors and leaders in our Businesses &
Communities which will provide the next generation more needed female role models to look up to.

 

WSSC General Principals

  • Financial literacy, empowerment, and applicable know-how for all women of all levels must be elevated as a priority, through advocacy, and STEAM education to drive innovation for our future.

  • Financial Planning and STEAM skills are important elements of a well-rounded education and essential to effective family units & citizenship

  • Initiatives to attract and retain talented and effective leaders, educators, and partners from all backgrounds in Southern California into the Financial Planning & STEAM industries

  • Strong emphasis on hands-on & symposium based learning activities, working directly with Financial Planning, Personal Empowerment, STEAM industries , and other professionals

  • Gender equality fundamental focuses are employment, compensation, work-life balance, career development, family leadership, business, health & safety, civic engagement, transparency, accountability and marketing practices

  • Southern California must expand the capacity and diversity of the Financial Planning and STEAM workforce pipeline to prepare more young professional women for the best jobs of the future

  • Integration of Public-Private partnerships and incentives that promote business and industry engagement in Financial Literacy & STEAM advocacy for women

2019-2020 Contacts:
Executive Director: Marah Fineberg-Kuck CFP®, pro-bono basis
WSSC Program Chair & Advisory Board: Susan Viator, pro-bono basis
WSSC Partnership/ Marketing Chair & Advisory Board: Kirsten Larsen, pro-bono basis
WSSC Event Committee & Advisory Board: Theresa Murphy, pro-bono basis
WSSC Digital Strategist & Member: Margaret Hernandez Brown, pro-bono basis
WSSC Attorney: Shannon Switzer, pro-bono basis
WSSC CPA: Melinda Taylor, pro-bono basis
The Women’s Symposium of Southern California (WSSC)
Public Relations Contact: Marah Fineberg-Kuck, CFP® Executive Director & Founder
Email: womenssymposium@outlook.com Website: http://wssocal.org
1198 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite #D104 Seal Beach, CA 90740
All donations are tax-deductible, We are a 501(c)3 Non-profit Public Charity Tax ID 81-3501443

Our Approach

The Women’s Symposium of Southern California (WSSC) improves the quality of life, financial independence, and confidence of women in Southern California by hosting and promoting an annual event that is accessible and comprehensive in financial planning resources and STEM field awareness.

We are building a community of women who desire to take charge of their financial future, expand their knowledge, and build their confidence regarding money and wealth. Whether you’re at the end of your rope or the top of the corporate ladder, there is always more to learn about how to lead yourself and your family.

There are three main reasons to focus on women:

  1. Women live longer than men (Social Security Administration, 2012)

  2. Women still earn only 77 cents to a man’s dollar (U.S. Censure Bureau; September 2013)

  3. Women take more time off from work to care for family

Meet the Team

WSSC is 100% volunteer operated!  We are passionate about bringing you a fantastic symposium every year!

Marah Fineberg-Kuck

Founder & Executive Director

Marah B. Fineberg-Kuck, CFP® CRPC is a practicing  Certified Financial PlannerTMspecializing in comprehensive investment management and consults in her Financial Advisory practice for the last 15 years. She created the vision for Women’s Symposium in 2015, and incorporated this non-profit in 2016 with the support of her Advisory Board. You can contact Marah at womenssymposium@outlook.com or at (858) 361-8556.

Finally Here!

Advisory Board

Over 10 local women support each other in making the symposium happen!  We look forward to meeting you at the event!