Rianka Dorsainvil

Rianka Dorsainvilage 28

Financial adviser, Financial Services Advisory

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One of Rianka Dorsainvil’s best skills as an adviser is motivating clients to stick to the financial plans she helps them create.

“Clients tend to follow what’s in their best interest if you focus on the why,” she said. “I help them figure out the why — and then remind them of it.”

A certified financial planner with Financial Services Advisory in Rockville, Md., Ms. Dorsainvil, 28, knows she has to continually push to improve. She takes advantage of monthly business coaching services at her firm — and works on making the industry stronger as well.

Ms. Dorsainvil is the Financial Planning Association’s NexGen president-elect, and previously spearheaded the FPA National Capital Area’s first regional retreat for NexGen — a community that supports and encourages advisers age 36 and younger.

She also founded a mentorship program for women at her alma mater, Virginia Tech, and is active with the Association of African American Financial Advisors. Last year she won an FPA Diversity Scholarship for raising awareness about the lack of diversity in the profession and for her work in the community. She volunteers each year with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which helps lower income people get their returns filed.

Ms. Dorsainvil thinks she can help boost diversity in the industry by being a role model and by being willing to start the dialogue and have the tough conversations within the industry.

“Growing up, people in my community never said they wanted to be president because no one ever was president who looked like them,” she said. “Now they are talking about it because they feel like it’s attainable.”

— Liz Skinner

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be a doctor growing up
  • Guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix
  • When not at work, can be found strength training in the gym
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