Speakers

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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Theresa Gralinski

Director of Marketing, InvestmentNews

Theresa Gralinski is the Director of Marketing at InvestmentNews, where she develops strategies and creative designed to grow the publication’s various events, sales, research and custom content initiatives. Theresa has more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience successfully creating and managing brands across a wide range of disciplines and industries—including automotive, pharmaceutical and financial services. Her favorite projects to work on include: women in finance, diversity and inclusion, next-gen hiring and financial literacy.

Theresa spent the first half of her career working for a full-service marketing agency before transitioning to managing corporate brands in-house. Theresa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations. She resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two teenage sons. As a busy boy mom, she relishes any opportunity to escape on a bike, a kayak or into a good book.

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Renee Hamlen

Vice President, Retail Annuity Marketing, New York Life

As Vice President and Head of Marketing for Retail Annuities, Renee oversees marketing for one of the largest and most diversified annuity businesses in the industry. In this capacity, she also manages the Advanced Income Solutions team, which provides competitive intelligence and case design for New York Life’s Agents and distribution partners.

Passionate about enabling employees, consumers, and friends and family to make the most of their life choices, Renee’s version of #livemybestlife isn’t about having it all, but about having the ability to pursue the things in life that are most important to you.

Renee holds a BA and MBA and has served a member of the IRI editorial board, VISION meeting planning committee and LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute Women’s Business Resource Roundtable. Together with her husband and their two children, Renee manages work, school, and family adventures from the ski slopes of Vermont to a roadtrip through the UK in pursuit of #livemybestlife.

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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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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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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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James White

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, OppenheimerFunds

James White joined OppenheimerFunds as Head of Diversity & Inclusion in late September of 2015 where he is tasked with leading the execution and ongoing development of a multi-year strategy to establish inclusion as a core value and competitive advantage for the firm. Implementation of this strategy entails establishing an ongoing change management process with targeted programs and effective governance in order to yield measurable, impactful results.

James began his career at Merrill Lynch where he spent 15 years in Human Resources, working primarily in Talent Management leading various efforts geared toward the development of diverse talent.

In 2010, James joined Credit Suisse as the Human Capital Project Lead for the Investment Bank where he helped to create and lead human capital committees in the Equities, Fixed Income, and Investment Banking Departments. On each committee, James developed Diversity & Inclusion sub-committees to focus on attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent. With an increased focus on the impact of these diversity initiatives, in 2013 he joined the Credit Suisse Americas Diversity & Inclusion team. In this role, he provided strategic consulting and thought leadership on creating an inclusive culture, believing that, through inclusion, companies can create a more diverse workforce that drives innovation and therefore, business results.

James currently serves on the PFLAG Business Advisory Board, an LGBTQ advocacy organization. He was recently elected President of the Board of Directors of Amas Musical Theatre, a theatre company that works to amplify the voice of diverse communities through the performing arts, providing educational and professional development opportunities for both youth and adults. James is also an off-Broadway theatre producer.

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