2018 Speakers

Jennifer Bacarella

Director of Firm Development, Sigma Financial Corp.

Jenny is an Executive Manager for the group of affiliated firms consisting of Sigma Financial Corporation, Parkland Securities, LLC, and Sigma Planning Corporation. As a member of the firms’ Executive Committee, Jenny provides leadership and vision in their overall management and operations. Jenny is also Director, Firm Development, responsible for expanding and maintaining the firms’ relationships with independent registered representatives and financial advisors, and ensuring they are properly licensed. She began working for Sigma Financial Corporation in 1994, and since that time has taken a proactive relationship manager role with representatives, allowing her to interact with the firms’ most successful advisors in their businesses and in their lives. Over the years, her high-touch approach has created firms with some of the lowest turnover ratios in the industry. Jenny’s personal interaction and attention to detail confirms for representatives that they have direct access to a member of the Executive Committee at their broker-dealer and/or registered investment advisor. Her efforts and daily leadership are carried throughout the firms, by all of the management team and staff. In 2001, she assisted in the creation of what is now Parkland Securities, LLC. Jenny earned her undergraduate degree from Siena Heights University and received Executive Management training through Wharton School. She has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS) designations.

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Hannah Buschbom

Co-Founder, The W Source

Hannah Buschbom, CFP®, CDFA, has nearly a decade of experience in the financial services industry. During her career, she noticed the lack of a dedicated local female-centric network that could help her serve her clients and grow her business. Her search quickly developed into a passion to further the success of women in professional fields around the country. As both a Co-founder of The W Source and a Chapter Head for the Santa Barbara Chapter, Hannah is part of a growing nationwide network of female professionals. The company, which launched in September of 2017, is a referral network in which female professionals are able to connect, engage, and collaborate with other female professionals in their local area.

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Marie E. Dzanis, CIMA®

Head of Intermediary and Wealth Distribution Northern Trust Asset Management

Marie is Head of Intermediary and Wealth Distribution. She is responsible for establishing Northern Trust’s presence in the intermediary market, recruiting and retaining talented sales professionals, as well as developing significant relationships across important industry channels including FlexShares which is currently ranked as the 11th Top ETF Sponsor.

Recognized with a “Top Women in Asset Management” award by Money Management Executive in May 2015, and voted “Top Women to Watch” by InvestmentNews in 2017, Marie has more than 25 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust in June 2011, she held executive and leadership positions at iShares/Blackrock, JPMorgan Asset Management, and Smith Barney. She has managed multiple channels and has grown several lines of businessin the institutional and intermediary space including securities lending and trading, product development, product sales, sales management and branch management. Marie started in the industry as a nancial advisor.

Marie is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (B.A. in Political Theory), the Stanford University Executive Education Program, and the Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education Program. Holds her CIMA®, is a member and was Chairwoman of the Specialty Conference Committees for IMCA®. She also is on committees for Money Management Institute, Womenin ETFs and currently holds her FINRA Series 7, 24 & 66 Licenses. She serves on the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago Cancer Foundation, and isthe Founder of the Emergency Champagne Women’s Leadership Group. She is a member of Northern Trust’s Business Leadership Committee, serves on the Northern Trust Asset Management Operating Committee, Is an officer for FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds Trust and is on the Northern Trust Securities, Inc. Board of Directors.

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Yonhee C. Gordon, CFP®

Principal and Chief Operating Officer, JMG Financial Group, Ltd.

As Chief Operating Officer, Yonhee is responsible for employee development and the day-to-day operations of the firm.  She focuses her efforts on organizational development to ensure the sustainability of JMG's long-term operations.  Since starting at JMG in 1986, Yonhee has presented at various industry conferences on topics ranging from career development to business management strategies, in addition to being featured in numerous leading industry publications.  Prior to her current role, she served as financial advisor and focused on cash flow management, retirement planning, investment strategies, and income and estate tax minimization.  Yonhee is a Principal of the firm, a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and spearheads JMG's involvement in community service.  She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, a member of NAPFA and Financial Planning Association, and a board member of both the Youth Symphony of DuPage and Almost Home Kids.  She holds a BA in Communication from Dominican University.  

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Kate Healy

Managing Director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Kate Healy is Managing Director, Generation Next, focused on advocacy for sustainability issues facing the RIA industry. Healy leads TD Ameritrade Institutional's NextGen and Women's Leadership Initiatives, which support the future of the profession through programs designed to raise visibility, provide support and resources to guide professional development of the next generation of advisors. She is a member of the Company’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.

Healy is widely recognized as a leading advocate for the next generation of financial planners, for women advisors and for the financial planning profession. Wealthmanagement.com named her to the 2018 “10 to Watch” list. In 2016, Investment Advisor magazine named Healy as one of the industry’s 25 most influential people. Healy was named to InvestmentNews' inaugural "Women to Watch" in 2015. Additionally, she was TD Ameritrade's 2014 Impact Award winner for Diversity and Inclusiveness.

She is a trustee for the Foundation for Financial Planning and a member of the Invest in Others board. Kate also is a founding member of the CFP Board's Women's Initiative (WIN) Council, the Center for Financial Planning's Advisory Council and a founding member of the Center’s Diversity Advisory Board.

Healy has spent more than 20 years in a variety of roles supporting the program development and marketing of financial and estate planning services in the financial planning industry.

Before moving to her full-time advocacy role in July 2017, Healy was managing director of marketing for TD Ameritrade Institutional, responsible for the development of marketing strategies and programs to help increase awareness and deepen relationships with nearly 5,000 independent RIAs that custody with TD Ameritrade Institutional.

Healy, who joined TD Ameritrade in 2008, previously served as a director of marketing responsible for promoting the firm's technology and investment products offerings, as well as supporting the firm's advocacy and client loyalty efforts.

Healy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers College and has completed the Securities Industry Institute program, sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) at the Wharton School of Business.

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Finka Jerkovic

Leadership Empowerment Coach, Personal Development Mentor, FINKA Communications Inc

Finka Jerkovic is a speaker, leadership coach and owner of FINKA Communications Inc. She works with professionals and organizations to help them discover their “signature leadership brand” using the Fascination Advantage® system. She is the Certification Program Director for How to Fascinate® and featured guest on Breakthrough Radio. Finka is the founder of The Daring Introvert, which offers programs that teach introverted leaders how to turn up the volume on their quiet ambition so that they can be heard in the boardroom, valued for their strengths and recognized for big assignments and promotions. She is lead creator of the Leadership and Loyalty Program at one of Canada’s largest financial services organizations. She spent 25 years in corporate Canada in the financial services industry, with roles in sales, leadership, human resources, strategy, training and development.

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Maz Kamaruddin, MBA

Head of Diversity Markets, AXA

Based in New York City and with over 20 years’ experience in financial services industry, Maz Kamaruddin is the Head of Diversity Markets for AXA Advisors. Maz’s AXA Advisors career began in 2004 when she joined the Sales Implementation and Support team as its Chief of Staff. Since then Maz holds several positions working closely with AXA field force providing support and guidance for their practices.

Prior to joining AXA Maz spent five years at the MONY Group as the Marketing Manager and Director of Business Operations. In her current role Maz is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity strategies to penetrate and establish AXA as a key financial protection and wealth management provider in diverse markets. Maz also plays an important role in the retention of AXA advisors through diversity and inclusion (D&I) educational programs.

Maz is a member of AXA Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC) which guides the D&I strategy and drives the agenda for change. DIAC supports the strategic alignment of D&I to talent, culture, and marketplace. Maz is a member of various AXA Employee Resource Groups (ERG) such as the PARC ERG (Pan Asian Resource Council Employee Resource Group), HERO (Hispanic Employees Resource Organization), BLACC (Building Leadership And Cultural Connections), PRIDE (a LGBT resource group), CARES (Veterans resource group), AXA ABLE (group supporting employees/caregivers to individuals with disabilities/special needs), WOW (Women’s Outreach at Work), DPN (Developing Professionals Network) and AXA Family.

Maz is a member of the InvestmentNews Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board whose mission includes a commitment to creating awareness around the importance of D&I in four key areas: recruiting, training, culture and communication. Maz is also an active member of LIMRA’s Diversity Marketing Committee and held the Chair position of the Committee in 2016.

Maz holds an MBA from University of New Haven, CT and a Bachelor of Science in Management Science from SUNY Binghamton, NY.

On a personal note Maz enjoys gourmet cooking and crafting. She, her husband Abdul, and daughter Liyana travel outside of continental United States every year to experience other cultures. As a family, they volunteer at the local soup kitchen and support the local small businesses.

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Susan Kay

Vice President and Director of Business Development, MFS Fund Distributors, Inc.

Susan Kay is a vice president and a director of business development at MFS Fund Distributors, Inc., a subsidiary of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). She has been with MFS for more than 20 years. Susan has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. In her role as a director of business development at MFS, she has traveled extensively, meeting on a daily basis with top advisors from a wide array of firms. She has been invited into their practices and learned about what has led to their success. She has asked advisors about how they market themselves, how they maintain visibility, how they treat their clients to a consistent five-star experience, how they get referrals effortlessly and how they have created raving fans out of their clients.

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Kathleen Burns Kingsbury

Wealth Psychology Expert, Author and Founder, KBK Wealth Connection

A wealth psychology expert, founder of KBK Wealth Connection, host of the Breaking Money Silence® podcast, and an internationally published author and speaker. Breaking Money Silence: How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk Openly about Finances, and Live a Richer Life is Kathleen’s fifth book.

Named one of nine amazing conference speakers in 2017 by InvestmentNews, Kathleen is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant on the topic of women and wealth and couples and money. Her mission is to empower women, couples, and families (and the advisors who serve them) to shatter money taboos and communicate more effectively about financial matters.

As an expert on financial psychology, Kathleen has appeared on television and written for consumer and trade publications. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PBS News Hour, Money Magazine, TODAY Money, Forbes, and CNBC.

Kathleen is an adjunct lecturer at the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University and a guest lecturer at the Personal Financial Planning program at Texas Tech University. She received an Undergraduate Degree in Finance from Providence College and started her career in retail banking before becoming a commissioned Bank Examiner with the FDIC. Due to her desire to coach executive management on improving performance, she attained a Master’s Degree in Psychology, became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and founded her consulting firm, KBK Wealth Connection.

When she is not working, Kathleen is an avid alpine skier who lives for the next powder day. In the off-season, she enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, and laughing with her friends. She lives with her husband and her cat Avery, in the Mad River Valley of Vermont.

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Julie Littlechild

Founder, Absolute Engagement

Julie Littlechild is a speaker, writer and researcher. Her firm, Absolute Engagement, helps advisors tailor their client experience to support a compelling personal vision for the future.

Julie has worked with and studied successful financial advisors, their clients and their teams for more than twenty years. Prior to founding Absolute Engagement, she launched and ran one of the industry’s leading research firms, focused on client engagement. Julie is the author of a popular blog, the co-host of the Becoming Referable podcast and her first book, The Pursuit of Absolute Engagement, was released in January, 2017.

Julie sat on the national board of the US Financial Planning Association from 2010 – 2013, was twice identified as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Planning by Investment Advisor Magazine and won the Influencer Award in practice management from Financial Planning Magazine. She works in the US, Canada, UK and Europe and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.

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Kathleen McQuiggan

Special Adviser on Gender Diversity, Center for Financial Planning Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, INC

Kathleen McQuiggan is the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning’s Special Adviser on Gender Diversity. A longtime advocate for advancing gender diversity in the financial services industry, she helps guide the Center’s Women’s Initiative (WIN) which undertakes efforts and campaigns to address the shortage of women in the financial planning profession. In this role, she works with the WIN Council and collaborates on existing programs, including the WIN-to-WIN mentoring program, WIN Advocates, “I am a CFP® Pro” and the Financial Planner Reentry Initiative. Kathleen is also a wealth advisor at Artemis Financial Advisors.

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Suzanne Siracuse

VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews

Suzanne Siracuse is a Vice President at Crain Communications and Publisher of InvestmentNews and Investmentnews.com where she oversees the business, editorial strategies, and operations for each brand. With a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, Siracuse has helped to make InvestmentNews the leading news source for financial advisers. Her leadership responsibilities include the newspaper, website, e-newsletters, webcasts, research, data, and conferences. Siracuse is also the publisher of Crain’s Wealth. In addition to these responsibilities, Siracuse helped to establish the Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards, which recognize financial advisers for giving back to their communities. She also serves on the board for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation, is the current Retail Communications Award Chairperson of the RIIA, and is an active volunteer at the Animal Rescue Fund in East Hampton, NY.

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