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Mentor and Connect Through New Women's Group for Members
The Women in Collections Resource Council is working toward education and mentoring
opportunities in the year ahead. Join their new discussion group on The Hub.
By Katy Zillmer

I

t all started with a handshake.
When Fran Fisher was introduced to
Roger Weiss' daughter, Anna, a few years
ago at the Washington Insights Conference,
she noticed right away she could help her
improve one of the first impressions from
the meeting: her handshake.
Fran and Anna left the meeting with a bond
and the younger Weiss, a better handshake.
Fisher has told the story before with
the blessing of Weiss, ACA's 2019/2020

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president, as just one example of how
women can mentor each other in the
professional world and the accounts
receivable management (ARM) industry.
Her interaction with Anna, who
introduced her father as president with
a speech at the 2019 ACA Convention &
Expo in San Diego, was also part of the
impetus for starting a women's mentorship
and education group within ACA
International's membership.

Fisher said she knows it can be tough for
women at any level in their career to find
their footing and put themselves out there at
professional events and conferences, or even
in their day-to-day work at the office.
"I am shy underneath, but I taught myself
how to overcome that shyness and meet
people and have a presence," Fisher said. "I
think it's important."
Anita Manghisi, an ACA board member,
Fisher and other women and leaders within

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