Karen C. Altfest
Executive Vice-President, Altfest Personal Wealth Management
Karen Caplan Altfest, PhD, CFP®, is Executive Vice President and a Principal Advisor at Altfest Personal Wealth Management. She helps many of the firm’s clients on a variety of investment and financial planning issues, and specializes in helping women clients and widows. Karen’s Financially Savvy Woman® programs, including the Women’s Financial $pa®, are popular with clients. Her focus is to educate and empower women.
Karen is frequently a speaker on the subject of women and money, and conducts educational seminars for recent widows and people looking to retire. In 2017, Karen’s article, “Life After Loss: 6 Smart Steps for Coping with Widowhood,” was published by the American Association of Individual Investors Journal. She was also featured in “Say What? A Dying Man Says ‘Don’t Worry’ About His Wife” on WSJ.com in 2016. Karen is also the author of Personal Finance: Planning Your Future, an interactive course part of Medscape's Physician Business Academy, which aims to provide essential business information to doctors that most med schools and residency programs don't teach.
Karen is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, holds BA and MA degrees from Hunter College, and holds the CFP® designation. Karen received her Ph.D. in history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She was the Co-Director of the Financial Planning and Investments Program at The New School in New York City and the Coordinator of the Financial Planning program, a professional program for financial planners, which she originated at Pace University in White Plains, N.Y. She is the Co-Chair of the Alumni Professional Development Task Force of the Graduate Center of CUNY, Board Member of CUNY Graduate Center Foundation and McGill’s Alumni Board of New York. Karen also serves as President of her co-op board.
Among her industry recognition, Karen has been named to Forbes Magazine’s list of Top Women Wealth Advisors in 2017, 2018 and 2019, as well as Forbes’ list of 2018 and 2019 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. She was also included in Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Women in Finance list in 2018 and 2019, as well as InvestmentNews’s Top 20 “Women to Watch” in 2016.
President, Altfest Personal Wealth Management
Andrew advises Altfest Personal Wealth Management clients on their personal finances and drives financial planning strategies across the firm. He is an active member of Altfest’s Investment Committee and the Portfolio Action Group, which sets investment strategy for client portfolios.
As a leader at Altfest, Andrew has spearheaded several initiatives to expand the firm, including organizing different practice groups focused on client segments, launching private equity solutions and directing the firm’s Young Professionals group. He also has encouraged further formalizing investment processes and led the introduction of a new technology process mandate with digital planning, to enhance decision-making, client experience and productivity.
Andrew was named a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor in New York City by Forbes in its 2018 and 2019 rankings, and was selected for InvestmentNews’ 2018 list of 40 Under 40 in the financial advisory industry. He was also included in Forbes’ list of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and Financial Advisor magazine’s Due Diligence/Research Manager All-Star Team in 2012 and 2013.
Andrew joined the firm in 2003. He received his BA with honors in English from Cornell University, and his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He also is a CFP® licensee.
Andrew is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and is chairman of the NYC chapter.
Alison Gilman Aquino
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
What does being a financial advisor have in common with being a television news anchor? Both careers offer the chance to connect with people in profound ways. So, when Alison Gilman Aquino chose to leave a 21-year career in the TV news industry after working in Des Moines, Indianapolis, Boston and Milwaukee, it was to pursue two of her passions. She wanted to start her own business and to work face-to-face and help people who need her. Alison started with Edward Jones in 2005. She began at home, working for the first 14 months from her kitchen table. She jokingly will tell you that got her off the hook for making dinner for her husband, Miles, for a nice long time!
Alison comes from an Edward Jones family. Her mother, Barbara, was the 13th female financial advisor hired at Edward Jones in 1982. That career ultimately led Barb to the home office in St Louis as a General Partner and allowed this single mother of three to pay for her children's college educations. Barb retired in 2000, but Alison's brother and sister-in-law are Edward Jones financial advisors in Indiana, her sister is an FA in Corpus Christi, Texas and Alison's husband is also an FA one town over from her office.
Alison is the Wisconsin chair for the Grassroots Task Force. She works with lawmakers and their staff in the US House and US Senate on behalf of Edward Jones clients and travels to Washington DC once a year to represent their concerns and interests. Alison holds the AAMS professional designation.
Executive Director of Firm Development, Parkland Securities/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.
Senior Advisor, Moneta Group
Nicole Bailey’s career trajectory provides much needed inspiration for anyone struggling with succession planning. She passionately pursues the best long-term outcome for her clients, her team, her firm and herself. Now on the cusp of earning partnership at Moneta, Nicole’s rise as a next-gen leader generated fresh energy and progress internally while building trust and confidence amongst the families she serves.
“I need her to be my succession,” Moneta Partner and Board Member Linda Pietroburgo said. “I see her as leading the team at some point and she has that skill set. She’s a leader. She has re-energized me.” Nicole is also building a legacy as a dynamic advocate for females in financial services. She helped initiate major advancements in the firm’s maternity leave, paid time off and expense reimbursement policies during three years of service on Moneta’s Human Resources Committee. She currently serves on Moneta’s Culture Committee, promoting employee engagement across teams with new social events hosted onsite during workday hours.
In the community, Nicole serves as a board member of the American Red Cross, Greater St. Louis Area and co-chairs the Biomedical and Society of Women Leaders Committees. She served as the President and Vice President of the Young Leaders Board for the USO of Missouri.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Accountancy degrees from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale. Prior to joining Moneta, she worked at KPMG in the Federal Tax Department, where she worked with high-net-worth individuals and privately held financial institutions. Looking to expand her challenging and interesting work to all areas of a client’s life, she joined Moneta in 2009.
Financial Adviser, Edward Jones
Karin’s career in the financial services industry began at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City as a bond trading assistant. She then joined Putnam Investments in Boston as a mutual funds sales representative serving northern New England. Karin came to Edward Jones in 1991 as a financial advisor in Exeter, NH, opening New Hampshire's third office.
Karin has received numerous awards throughout her career with Edward Jones. Due to her success and leadership skills, she was asked to become regional leader in 1999 and served in that position through 2010. In 2002, Karin was invited to become a general partner in the firm and held that title until 2010 when she stepped down from the regional leader role. In 2006, Karin qualified to attend the Edward Jones annual Managing Partners Conference, an honor reserved for the firm’s top 300 financial advisors. Karin has also attended numerous Financial Advisor Leaders Conferences.
Karin believes in giving back to the community. She currently supports the American Independence Museum as a business sponsor, and has supported the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce Children’s Fund for over ten years. Karin served on the Exeter Kiwanis Club as President and as a board member for three years. Karin also served on the Exeter Swim Team as a board member and President for four years.
Karin has a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. She enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling and spending time with her husband Jeff, and their two sons Alex and Andrew.
Chief Operating Officer, TAG Advisors
April Booth is the Chief Operating Officer for TAG Advisors, a SuperOSJ branch within Cambridge, supporting 240+ advisors. April is responsible for the daily operations of the firm, including strategic planning for new initiatives, problem resolution, and procedural implementation. April practices a hands-on approach to transition, guiding advisors through the process of joining TAG Advisors, beginning with Licensing and Registration and continuing throughout the entire on-boarding experience. April focuses on training and procedures to ensure advisors have the best possible transition.
Prior to joining TAG Advisors, April ran another substantial OSJ Branch within Cambridge, as well as a successful personal practice which she continues to run in conjunction with her role within TAG. She also spent several years working in back office Compliance and Operations for a regional Broker Dealer, and utilizes this experience in her role as liaison between TAG Advisors and Cambridge to strengthen operational efficiency and improve the overall experience of the TAG advisor.
Lisa Sappenfield Boyer
Investment Advisor Representative and Owner, Boyer & Sappenfield Investment Advisors
Lisa Sappenfield Boyer is an investment advisor representative and owner of Boyer & Sappenfield Investment Advisors. She specializes in retirement income planning for accumulation and distribution. She also serves clients through financial planning needs including college funding, life insurance, and portfolio analysis. She is actively involved in various industry organizations including Women in Financial Services, the Financial Planning Association, and the East Central Illinois Estate Planning Association. She was chosen to be featured as one of 23 highly successful, dynamic women in the book, “Financial Service: Women at the Top.” Lisa earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University. She is a CFP® Professional and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, and 66 licenses.
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager of Multi-Asset Investing, PIMCO
Ms. Browne is a managing director and portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office, focusing on multi-asset strategies. In her role, she works with PIMCO's asset allocation team and with portfolio managers across asset classes and sectors globally. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, Ms. Browne was a managing director and head of asset allocation at UBS Asset Management, helping to drive the firm's macro research, capital market assumptions, tactical asset allocation and strategic asset allocation views across asset classes. Previously, she was head of macro investments at UBS O'Connor, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, and a global macro portfolio manager at Point72 Asset Management. Ms. Browne has also held roles at Citigroup, Moore Capital Management and Neuberger Berman, and she began her career at Lehman Brothers. She has 16 years of investment experience and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University.
Regional Executive Vice President and Branch Manager, AXA Advisors
Tammy Butts is a Regional Executive Vice President and Branch Manager for AXA Advisors, LLC in Chicago, Illinois with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Tammy built a successful practice providing financial planning strategies and guidance to families and business owners. In 2005, she was promoted to Divisional Vice President. In that role, she hired and developed a successful, diverse team of financial professionals. Recognized for her success, she received several management awards. In 2009 she was promoted to Divisional Executive Vice President managing the Illinois Branch for AXA Advisors.
Jacqueline R. Campbell
Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, Chase Wealth Management Diversity
Jacqueline Campbell is a Program Manager for the CWM’s Diversity and Inclusion Program. Jacqueline focuses on fostering continuous engagement and senior leadership support for gender and ethnically diverse advisors, which includes creating leadership forums, developing feedback channels between the field and management, and providing opportunities for mentoring advisors. She is also responsible for cross functional programmatic relief to ensure sourcing, hiring, development, growth and retention of diverse advisors.
Jackie brings 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to the team. She successfully grew from a Teller to a Banker, then into an Advisor role. Jackie joined Chase in 2002 as a Financial Advisor and was promoted to a Market Director-Wealth for the Midwest Chicago Market. Jackie has always been a passionate advocate for diversity making her a perfect fit to help grow and expand the diversity of our Advisors. As a leader, she has been exposed to various cultures and ways of working, which have reinforced for her the value of diversity in a business.
Jackie resides in River Forest. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling with her family, entertaining friends and doing philanthropic work.
Vice President of Marketing, Schwab Advisor Services
Karen Cashen is a vice president in Schwab Advisor Services marketing and has been with Schwab for over 20 years. She is currently responsible for Brand, Advertising, Content Strategy and Management. Her team works to create advertising that educates investors on the value of working with independent financial advisors as well as campaigns designed to drive awareness and consideration of Schwab’s services for advisors. In addition, the team works to create and distribute content focused on delivering insights that can help advisors grow and succeed.
During her tenure with Schwab, Ms. Cashen has served as an account executive within the Schwab internal advertising agency, director of corporate communications, director of online affinity marketing and business development, and vice president of active investor acquisition all within the Schwab retail business. She also served as a director of client experience for the retirement plan services business. Prior to joining Schwab Ms. Cashen held positions with a variety of advertising and design firms in San Francisco, California.
Ms. Cashen received a B.S. at the University of Puget Sound.
Jennifer Coe Dever
Financial Planner, Pennington, Bass & Associates
Jennifer is a financial planner with Pennington, Bass & Associates. She has been in the financial planning industry since 1995 initially serving as the Executive Assistant to Mark Bass, CFP®, CPA, AIF®. She earned a bachelor's degree in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University in 2005. In addition to being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COUNSELOR™ practitioner, and ACCREDITED INVESTMENT ADVISOR™ practitioner, she is a registered principal and holds a Group 1 insurance license.
Jennifer was the 2019 recipient of the Sapphire Award from Cetera Advisors. This coveted leadership award recognizes a female advisor that is in the top level of the broker/dealer and who gives back to the firm through her unselfish gifting of time, coaching, and field perspective.
Jennifer has spoken to student and professional organizations, and was instrumental in Pennington, Bass & Associates being awarded the Operational Excellence Award from Cetera Advisors LLC in 2009. She serves as Secretary of the Greater Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club, Secretary of the West Texas Chapter of Financial Planning Association, and previously served on the TTU Personal Financial Planning Alumni Advisory Board.
Jennifer and her husband Royce live in Lubbock, Texas with their sons Trusten and Troy. She is passionate about and volunteers regularly for Children's Miracle Network.
Founder and CEO, Rock the Street, Wall Street
Maura is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Rock The Street, Wall Street - a financial literacy program designed to spark high school girls’ interest in pursuing finance careers. After spending 25+ years in the financial industry, Maura was eager to turn her attention to getting more girls interested in their financial independence and introduce them to careers in finance.
Since its inception in 2013, more than 1,750 girls across the U.S. have graduated from the year-long program that includes classroom financial hands-on project workshops, a “Wall Street” experience field trip, and a mentorship program. Every single classroom instructor and mentor are female financial professionals who volunteer to lead the Rock the Street, Wall Street programs, and are instrumental in shaping girls’ perceptions of finance careers. If they can see it, they can be it. Today, the program is in 28 high schools across 15 cities.
Born and raised in NYC, Maura’s financial career started on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch. She worked in a variety of roles throughout the industry, including real estate syndication, unit investment trusts, taxable fixed income capital markets, and built a successful practice advising high net-worth families on family business succession. She keeps current with the markets by trading index options.
Michelle Curry, CFP®, ChFC, CLU
Retirement Planning Specialist, AXA Advisors
Michelle Curry has been serving individuals and business owners as a financial planner for over a decade. Consider her a financial navigator, looking at the whole picture and guiding clients through life events to make effective financial choices. Her expertise lay in the areas of wealth management, retirement income strategies, life, disability, and long term care insurances, estate planning, and planning for businesses.
During her 10 years at AXA Advisors, Michelle has spent time as a Divisional Vice President and is a member of AXA Advisors’ Elite Producer Group. She is also frequently involved in speaking engagements as she values spreading financial literacy.
She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional and earned the Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. She holds a Certificate in Retirement Planning from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. These certifications reflect her ongoing commitment to the industry and her desire to be a reliable source of knowledge for clients and colleagues.
Recognized for her achievements, Michelle has been a multi-year recipient of AXA Advisors’ Centurion and National Leaders Corps Awards and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, which distinguishes outstanding performance. She is also a 2017 honoree for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards.
Beyond the accolades, she works to surround herself with good, proactive people who value and leverage professional advice. She works to make the financial planning process rewarding, easy, and fun for all involved.
Michelle attended the University of California, Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with a minor in Communications. She serves as Secretary for the Ford Theatre Foundation Board and is the Treasurer of the Louisville High School Alumnae Board.
She lives in Woodland Hills with her family and enjoys reading, spending time with family, performing arts, wine tasting, snowboarding, and yoga.
MSFP, APFC®, FBS® Sage Financial Solutions
Saundra Davis, MSFP, APFC®, FBS® is a US Navy veteran, financial coach, educator, and consultant who is nationally recognized as an expert in the financial coaching field and for her work with community-based organizations that focus on asset building for the working poor. She developed and facilitates the Financial Fitness Coach certification program to promote the highest standard for professional services for all people, irrespective of wealth and income.
Her experience in the U.S. Navy, where she made EVERY money mistake possible, and her twenty years serving community-based organizations led her to the reality that the best way to help people find a path out of poverty is to help them become their OWN financial expert.
Ms. Davis is the founder and Executive Director of Sage Financial Solutions, a San Francisco Bay Area based organization that develops comprehensive financial capability programs for low- and moderate-income communities throughout the United States. She is a Financial Behavior Specialist and her philosophy of the financial continuum of care continues to shape the financial capability and coaching efforts around the country.
Saundra has been an active proponent of building a more inclusive financial planning community and has served on the Financial Planning Association local and national pro bono and diversity committees.
Saundra holds a B.S. in Management and an M.S. in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University where she is currently an Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Personal Financial Planning program.
Registered Principal, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
Wanda Delgado, CFP® has been practicing financial planning in Orange County, California since 1980. She earned the certification of Certified Financial Planner™ professional in 1982. She is founder and owner of Insight Financial Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor with the State of California. She maintains a life insurance license in California. Mrs. Delgado is a Registered Representative and Registered Principal with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Registered Broker-Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.
Colleen Denzler, CFA
Investor, Smith Capital Investors
Colleen Denzler, CFA brings to the industry her unique perspective as a top performing portfolio manager. Denzler raised more than $20 billion in assets during her tenure within the global financial services industry. Denzler uses her experience and insight gained working with advisors to help them capitalize on opportunities and overcome challenges, particularly in regard to changing demographics of clients, fee pressure, and product design. She was the President of the SRI Conference and was a part of the $1 billion RIA investment team, specializing in sustainable investment solutions.
Founder, Solutions with Sonya
Sonya Dreizler is a speaker, author, consultant and subject matter expert on Impact Investing, ESG, and SRI.She is the founder of Solutions With Sonya and a former financial services CEO with 15 years of industry experience.Her clients include RIAs, BDs, custodians, mutual fund families, and fintech firms.
LeAnn Erenberger, CFP®
Wealth Management Advisor, U.S. Bancorp Investments
As a Wealth Management Advisor for U.S. Bancorp Investments, LeAnn is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management strategies tailored to your specific needs. She will work with you to gain an understanding of your financial goals and partner with other team members, as appropriate, to develop a personalized plan that includes recommendations to help you work toward those goals.
LeAnn has been serving clients in the financial services industry for more than 25 years.
Your Wealth Management team is dedicated to helping you plan for your financial needs. We take the time to get to know you and understand your financial situation, and then work together to provide wealth management services that are aligned with your goals and values.
Whether it’s saving for retirement, planning for college education expenses, managing your income or leaving a legacy for your family — we will use all of our resources and insights to help you throughout your financial life.
Founder and CEO, Luma Wealth Advisors
Heather Ettinger has devoted more than 25 years to the financial services industry. She specializes in helping clients and their families create strategic financial plans to guide them through life transitions, such as the loss of a spouse, divorce and job changes. She is widely recognized for her unwavering dedication to helping other women build their financial acumen and philanthropic legacy.
Heather co-authored two studies about women and their unique needs entitled “Women of Wealth: Why Does the Financial Services Industry Still Not Hear Them?” and “Women of Wealth: What Do Breadwinner Women Want?” Heather has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Bloomberg and is a frequently-requested speaker for both industry associations and company women’s initiatives. For her impact on the financial industry and demonstrated willingness to share her experiences, she was honored on InvestmentNews’ inaugural “Woman to Watch” list in 2015.
Heather remains an ardent supporter of her alma maters including Dartmouth College, where she earned a B.A., and Laurel School for girls, where she now serves as an Emeritus Trustee. She is active with In Counsel with Women and the nationally recognized wealth management study group, Family Wealth Advisors Council. Currently, Heather serves on the Board of Directors of University Hospitals Health System and The Private Trust Company.
Heather lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with her husband, Jeff, and considers raising her three kids as her greatest accomplishment. In her free time, she can be found playing ice hockey, snow skiing and hiking.
An authentic change-maker and advocate, Heather’s theme song is "You Will (The OWN Song)” by Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles.
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
In our office, we strive to make a significant impact in the lives of our clients. We want our clients to feel how much we care for them and to enjoy a long-term relationship with us as we go through this life together. We enjoy serving clients with complex multigenerational issues and those going through major life transitions.
I came to Edward Jones and Colorado almost 20 years ago. I was a client of Edward Jones and was dissatisfied with my career as an attorney. I became an attorney because I wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of my clients. After practicing for awhile, I didn't feel as though I was doing that. Here at Edward Jones, I feel like we do that work every day and we are so grateful for the opportunity to share in the lives of our clients!
I enjoy traveling, working out, running (although not as far or as fast as I used to), and reading. I am married to Bill and we have a son, Lincoln, who's 13 years old,and a daughter, Dakota, who is 26. We look forward to meeting you!
Mary Beth Franklin, CFP®
Contributing Editor, InvestmentNews
Mary Beth Franklin is a contributing editor at InvestmentNews, writing a column for the print edition and a blog for the website. Relying on more than decade of experience as a senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and editor of the Kiplinger's annual Retirement Planning Guide, Ms. Franklin aims to bridge the gap between what consumers want and what financial advisers can provide. An award-winning journalist, Ms. Franklin covers retirement planning and distributions, tax planning, Social Security issues and the health-care aspects of retirement planning. She is a frequent public speaker, addressing both financial industry and consumer groups, and she has appeared on numerous national and local television and radio programs including NBC's Today show and Meet the Press, the CBS Early Show, CNN and PBS's Wealthtrack program.
Jenine Garrelick, CIMA®
Senior Managing Director, MFS Investment Management
Jenine Garrelick, CIMA®, is a senior managing director for MFS Fund Distributors, Inc., a subsidiary of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). In this role, she has management oversight of the firm’s business development team and internal sales team, including the broker/dealer, financial institutions and defined contribution investment channels. Jenine has also been at the forefront of MFS’ ongoing initiative to educate financial advisors about the unique and evolving financial needs of women. She has taken on a leadership role on the subject, participating in speaking engagements and sharing her perspective with the media.
Jenine has more than 20 years of industry experience. She joined MFS in January 2007. Before joining the firm, she was a managing director at ProFunds, working with Prudential Securities. Previously, she served as a director at State Street Research, where she managed a key accounts group, ran a sales desk and managed the East Coast division of external wholesalers. Earlier in her career, she worked as a wholesaler at American Skandia, where she had sales responsibilities for annuities, mutual funds and 401(k) plans.
Jenine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island. She holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation. She is a registered principal and holds Series 7 and 24 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA).
Julie Gorte, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds
Julie Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds. She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.
Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action, Great Bay Stewards and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute. She also serves on the Investment Committee of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative.
Prior to joining Pax, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Michigan State in resource economics.
Director of Marketing and Communications, InvestmentNews
Theresa Gralinski is the Director of Marketing and Communications 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.
Managing Director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade
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.
Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Inc
Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. The firm seeks to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers investment advisory and capital markets advisory services, underpinned by rigorous research.Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.
Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. She served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches initiative, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and as a member of the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability. Erika speaks at events including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
Erika presents and writes extensively on topics including: sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Barron’s, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street.”
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.
President and CEO, Pax World Funds; President, Impax Asset Management LLC (formerly Pax World Management); CEO, Pax Ellevate Management LLC
Joe Keefe is President and CEO of Pax World Funds (“Pax”) and President of its investment adviser, Impax Asset Management LLC, formerly Pax World Management LLC, as well as CEO of its majority-owned subsidiary, Pax Ellevate Management LLC.
An advocate for investing in women, Joe has written and spoken widely on the critical role that gender diversity plays in long-term business success. Under Joe’s leadership, Pax Ellevate Management launched the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, the first mutual fund to invest in companies that invest in women. He co-founded the Thirty Percent Coalition and was the first chair of its institutional investor committee, whose work has led to women joining more than 100 previously non-diverse boards. He is Co-Chair of the Leadership Group for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and in 2014 he received the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award at the United Nations. Joe is a former board chair of the Women Thrive Alliance, a global organization that worked to achieve gender equality. Financial Times named him one of its 10 “top feminist men” in 2015 for helping women succeed in business.
In 2018, Barron’s named Joe one of the “20 Most Influential People in Sustainable Investing” for his work to advance gender equality.
Mary Sue Kenny
Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors LLC
Maria Considine King
Senior Vice President, Practice Management, Commonwealth Financial Network
Maria joined Commonwealth in October 2000 as a training consultant, and in May 2003, she moved to our Practice Management department as a business consultant. In her current role as senior vice president, she manages multiple high-impact initiatives, including our robust business transitions solutions consulting platform and our human capital consulting services. Maria works with advisors individually and in groups to help them address a full range of business management issues, from business strategy and marketing planning to organizational design, mergers, partnerships, and acquisitions. She also designs and delivers programs for Commonwealth's women advisors, next-generation advisory family members, and advisors transitioning their business to the next generation of ownership.
Before joining Commonwealth, Maria worked at MFS, first as a manager in the retirement plans services area and then as a part-time retirement plans trainer while attending business school. Prior to MFS, she was a manager of shareholder communications for Scudder’s AARP Investment Program.
Maria received her MBA from Boston University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College. She has worked with Pinnacle Equity Solutions in the Certified Business Exit Consultant Program and is a certified professional coach.
CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest, Pax Ellevate Consultant
Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals, thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and our economy. To that end, she is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women. Ellevest is one of the fastest growing digital investment platforms and has been named a #24 on CNBC’s top 50 “Disruptor” list, #14 on LinkedIn’s 50 “Most Sought-After Startups” (and #2 in New York), and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Brilliant Ideas. Krawcheck is also Chair of the Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network; she was a founder of and is currently a consultant to Pax Ellevate Management, investment adviser to the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, which invests in the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women’s leadership; and she is the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”
Krawcheck, one of few executives to find success in large complex companies and as a startup CEO, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. She has been recognized by Inc. as a “Top Female Founder”, called “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune magazine, was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, was # 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” She has been called one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine and has landed on Vanity Fair’s “The 2018 New Establishment List.”
Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck built a successful career on Wall Street: She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, Krawcheck was a top-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.
Krawcheck received a BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.
Director of Creative Campaigns, Invesco
Lisa is a national speaker and the developer of many of Invesco’s practice-building programs including the “Your Prosperity Picture” workshop for women investors, “New Retirementality,” and “T.E.A.M. Dynamics.” She is co-author of the book, Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality.*
Lisa has been a keynote presenter at hundreds of industry conferences, as well as a Pennsylvania Treasury Department statewide tour and “The Possible Woman” Conference with Ann Richards. She has been featured in media including Business Week, the New York Times, NBC News Philadelphia, NPR’s “Marketplace Weekend” and Fund Marketing Alert. Lisa is also trained as an improv actor and occasionally writes comedy sketches for Invesco-hosted meetings.
Prior to joining Invesco in 2010 when the firm combined with Van Kampen Investments, she spent 12 years with Van Kampen’s Consulting Group, (now known as Invesco Consulting), a group dedicated to helping financial advisors get, keep and grow business. Before that she completed a ten-year stint in advertising account management, including a two-year engagement as an account supervisor at DDB Worldwide. Lisa holds a BSin journalism with a concentration in speech communications from the University of Illinois and earned her Registered Corporate Coach designation in 2004.
She is currently a member of the Invesco Women’s Network, a volunteer for One Million Degrees and a regular guest speaker at Loyola University in Chicago. Lisa lives in downtown Chicago with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the theatre and eating. To counteract the latter, she has taken up running.
Courtney A. Laffler
Financial Advisor, Edward jones, WINGS Leader at Edward Jones
I have been in the financial services industry since 2001 and began my journey with Edward Jones in the beginning of 2011 as a financial advisor. I became a limited partner with Edward Jones in 2019. I have been asked over the years to serve in several volunteer roles at Edward Jones. These roles entail a leadership capacity for my local region which is comprised of offices in Upstate NY. Recently I have taken on a leadership role that encompasses several states with a focus on female financial advisor Inclusion at Edward Jones. I have a true passion for helping other female financial advisors as well as a vision of parity when it comes to the number of female financial advisors working at Edward Jones and the industry as a whole.
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and have had the pleasure of living in the Rochester community since 2007. My spouse Tom and I have one daughter Mary Addison as well as two dogs and a cat. I am actively involved in a few local organizations such as RESOLVE and RMEF.
Managing Director, Business Consulting, Charles Schwab Advisor Services
Liz Manibay is a managing director of business consulting for Charles Schwab Advisor Services and brings almost 20 years of financial services industry experience to her role. She serves as a business consultant and coach, facilitator, and trainer to financial advisors.
Prior to Schwab, Ms. Manibay was a senior relationship manager on the strategic accounts team with Fidelity Clearing and Custody Solutions. Her background includes roles as chief marketing officer for JCPR, a leading New Jersey–based public relations and marketing firm specializing in the financial industry, director of coaching solutions at ClientWise, a coaching, consulting, and training firm for financial professionals, and performance consultant for UBS Financial Services.
Ms. Manibay has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Baruch College.
Principal, Edward Jones
Katherine Mauzy is responsible for the development ofthe enhanced Experienced Advisor Recruiting strategy and leadership of the Transition and Integration team and Financial Advisor Talent Acquisition Marketing.
Mauzy joined Edward Jones in July 2010. In 2012, she was named a principal and assumed leadership of the Central division of Financial Advisor Talent.
Her responsibilities were expanded two years later to include leadership of the FA Talent Acquisition teams in the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, she was asked to develop the Experienced Advisor channel, enhance the FATA marketing strategy and lead the Branch Development Operating Group.
Mauzy established the firm’s Women’s Recognition Conference for financial advisors in 2014 and has led the conference the past three years.
Before joining Edward Jones, Mauzy had a 20-year career with UBS, where she led Field Recruiting and Retention Strategies and later managed the Financial Advisor Associates program, which included 180 associates in a financial planning-based training program.
A native of St. Louis, Mauzy graduated from SouthernMethodist University in Dallas with a bachelor’s degree inpsychology. She is also a graduate of the University ofPennsylvania Wharton School’s Securities Industry Institute.
Mauzy is the current chair of the St. Louis Go Red for Women campaign.
As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it's important to invest my time in understanding what you're working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. I can also help with your retirement savings strategy so you have more options when you retire, regardless of what you decide to do.
In 2009, I began my Edward Jones career as a financial advisor in Newport Beach. I had previously worked as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch from 1983-1991 in various cities. I attended the University of Missouri - Columbia and graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in finance.
I have served the firm as a business development leader and women's recruiting leader. I am currently the area leader for recruiting existing Financial Advisors to Edward Jones. I am an active member of the community and have served as the president of Newport Sunrise Rotary as well as a board member of my local Chamber of Commerce. I am married and my husband and I have three children, two daughters and one son.
My branch office administrator, Tara Rokey, is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service possible. Please don't hesitate to call on her with questions concerning your statements, dividends, stock certificates or your accounts in general.
Relationships are key, and in our view, meeting face to face builds strong relationships. We meet when it's convenient for our clients because we recognize the challenging needs of their business and their lives.
Chloe McKenzie has a B.A. from Amherst College and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and Services from Boston University. She is currently completing her Master’s in Public Administration at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Chloe has worked as mortgage trader at J.P. Morgan and has over five years of wealth advising experience (including acting a financial advisor for homeless and low-income families). Following a 2015 education fellowship with the New York City public school system, she founded BlackFem, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to transform school-based learning so that girls of color in underserved communities are empowered with skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth. BlackFem has helped over 15,000 at risk students in 12 states develop the skills they need to build and sustain wealth with wealth l literacy programming.
Chloe’s newest venture, On A Wealth Kick, LLC (OWK), combats wealth inequality at both individual and institutional levels. She provides tools for individuals to develop wealth intelligence and advocate for wealth equality. She also serves as an advisor and educational speaker for organizations and institutions, helping them address wealth challenges for their employees and the communities they serve.
Senior Consultant, Succession & Acquisition Consulting Group, Raymond James
Casey McKeon joined Raymond James in 2017 and is a Senior Consultant within the Succession & Acquisition Consulting Group. Casey works with Raymond James advisors to plan, build and transition their legacies.
Her primary responsibilities include catastrophic, team, succession and retirement planning, as well as provide acquisition support. Outside of the department, Casey is very involved with the firm serving on the Professional Development Committees for both the Emerging Professionals and Women’s Inclusion Networks.
Casey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with honors from Furman University. She is a CERTFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, as well as a Registered Corporate Coach™ and holds the Series 7, 66 and 9/10 licenses.
Head of Global Asset Allocation Strategy, Wells Fargo Investment Institute
Tracie McMillion is the head of global asset allocation strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which is focused on delivering the highest quality investment expertise and advice to help investors manage risk and succeed financially. Wells Fargo Investment Institute serves clients of Wealth and Investment Management, a division of Wells Fargo & Company comprised of Wells Fargo Private Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust, and Abbot Downing businesses.
In her current role, Ms. McMillion leads the development of global investment strategy. She oversees the creation of asset allocation recommendations and writes economic and market commentary and analysis. Ms. McMillion has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, on CNBC, and in other financial media outlets.
Ms. McMillion has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Prior to her current role, she served as an asset allocation strategist and a senior investment research analyst for Wells Fargo and predecessor firms. Earlier in her career, she served as lead portfolio manager for Evergreen Private Asset Management where she managed assets for high-net-worth clients and philanthropic organizations.
Tracie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She is a CFA® charterholder and member of the CFA North Carolina Society. Ms. McMillion is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
CFP, Owner and Founder, Confluence Financial Planning, LLC
Cynthia Meyers, CFP®, is owner and founder of Confluence Financial Planning, LLC. For over 30 years, she and her firm have guided their clients’ through life’s transitions, helping them to create extraordinary lives. Meyers has been with her current Registered Investment Adviser– independent broker/dealer, Commonwealth Financial Network, since 2014 and two regional broker dealers since 1983.
Her writings and quotes have appeared in many local and national periodicals and books, including Fortune, Ladies’ Home Journal, Bloomberg Personal Finance, and The Sacramento Bee. For five years, she authored the column, “Meyers on Money,” which appeared in Sacramento Business Journal and she was selected as one of the top financial planners by Worth magazine.*
Meyers graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature with a minor in International Relations in 1972. She earned a Masters’ in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1982.
Meyers is Past President and Chapter Service Award recipient of the Sacramento Chapter of the International Association for Financial Planning. She is also currently a member of the Financial Planning Association.
In addition to her financial planning pursuits, Meyers enjoys dancing West Coast swing, East Coast swing, salsa, cumbia, Cuban son, and bachata with her husband of 44 years, her two cats, good books, racquetball, and traveling.
Keynote Speaker, Author and Consultant
Adri Miller-Heckman is a globally recognized speaker, author and consultant in the financial industry. Her clients describe her as a powerful influencer, highly motivational and the leading expert on women and financial services.
Adri challenges her audience to expand their vision of what is possible. She eloquently transforms thinking from linear to creative, traditional to innovative while redesigning long held industry concepts. Adri provides new solutions, systems and tools that are innovative, female friendly fueled by passion that drives growth.
As a former advisor and National Training Officer with Smith Barney Adri uses personal stories, humor, skits and statistics to motivate her audience to action. Adri’s progressive ideas and inclusive style speaks to all genders and generations of advisors. Adri’s popular book Keys to the Ladies Room provides the foundation to her femXmodel© designed for progressive advisors who want to lead the industry to new levels of success.
Financial Advisor, LPL Financial
Jeanette joined Sally’s practice in 2013. She holds a Series 7, 63 and 65 registrations through LPL Financial and a CA Insurance License. Jeanette completed her Master’s degree in Financial Planning at Golden Gate University in 2016. She plans to obtain CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation by the end of the year.
A graduate from UC Santa Barbara (2008) with a BA in Business Economics, Jeanette immediately landed at PG&E as a Financial Analyst where she worked for five years prior to her financial planning career. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys traveling and other leisurely activities She is delighted to be part of the team.
Financial Planner, LPL Financial
Sally Ng is an independent, fee-based financial planner, providing wealth management services to Bay Area clients for the last 30 years. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner since 1991, Sally uses her extensive academic background and practical business experience to guide her clients towards a financially secure future. Financial planning requires an experienced and accomplished professional who is a partner in your quest for financial success. A veteran in the field, Sally combines her knowledge and practicality with her zest for life to bring you a planning approach that integrates innovative ideas, creative strategies, and “a practice what you preach” integrity. Sally’s daughter Jeanette joined the practice in 2013 and became a partner last year. As a team, they will focus on your unique situation; clarify and prioritize your goals; then take what they learn and search for new ways that aim to protect and expand assets; minimize taxes; and maximize the opportunity for long-term financial security. Prior to her career in the financial services industry, Sally was an accountant and financial consultant in the corporate world for over a decade.
She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley (1983) and a BA in Accounting from California State University, San Francisco (1976). Born and raised in San Francisco, her family owned and operated a small grocery store where Sally developed an entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic and deep appreciation for close family ties. Along with her husband, Sally is an avid traveler who has explored over 65 countries to-date. She also enjoys playing golf and spending time with her extensive family.
Rene' Nourse, CFP®
Founder and CEO, Urban Wealth Management
After 25 years as a financial advisor in the wire houseworld, René Nourse left Morgan Stanley in June of 2012, to launch Urban Wealth Management Group. Sensing that a shift was taking place in the financial services industry, her intention was to build a practice that focused on strategic financial planning alongside asset management services to better serve her clients. Also, recognizing that women face unique and complex financial challenges, she formed the Smart Women / Savvy Money Club in order to provide a supportive, secure environment where women are encouraged to learn, explore and feel confident about making financial decisions.
A frequent guest speaker and contributor about women and finance, she was one of twenty awardees for 2017’s Investment News Women to Watch, has been a recipient of the Five Star Wealth Manager Award since 2014 and recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s as one of LA’s Most Influential Wealth Managers for 2018. In January 2019, she became the 10th President of the Association of African American Financial Advisors, known as QUAD-A. Founded in 2001 by the first African American to receive the CFP designation, the organization is dedicated to advancing and supporting African Americans in the financial planning and services industry. In addition, she has been a guest market commentator on CNBC’s Closing Bell Report since 2013.
Financial Advisor, AXA Advisors
Christine Pacini is a financial advisor for AXA Advisors, LLC. A graduate of North Adams State College in North Adams, Massachusetts, Christine completed her course of studies with a double major in Biology and Medical Technology also minoring in Chemistry. Upon graduation, she worked as a technologist at BU Medical Center in Boston, MA. From there, her career path led to a sales position for a medical supply company at General Medical followed by a position as a physician liaison / recruiter at Winchester (MA) Hospital. In November of 2000, Christine joined AXA Advisors in the Boston Branch. She is part of the Retirement Benefits Group of AXA, focusing on the employer-sponsored marketplace in schools and municipalities. She has achieved professional notoriety in the company by qualifying for the firm’s “top producer” annual conference each of her 19 years with AXA, was inducted into the AXA Advisors Hall of Fame in 2013 and attained the “AXA Superior Achievement” award in 2018.
Christine is a mentor with the Big Sister Association and is a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement, a financial literacy non-profit group. She resides in Quincy, MA with her husband Giovanni and their two Shih-Tzus- Mu Shi and Coco. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling, paddle boarding, wine making, and yoga.
Laura Jane Powell
Succession & Acquisition Consultant, Raymond James Financial
Laura Jane Powell joined Raymond James Financial in 2016 in the Marketing department before developing a deep interest in succession planning and soon thereafter transitioning to work as a Consultant with the firm’s Succession & Acquisition Planning team. In her current role, she helps advisors in all stages of their practice build and enact strategic succession plans – whether looking to acquire or sell practices, structure a team for succession, or protect the future of their business with a catastrophic plan.Prior to joining Raymond James, Laura Jane was in a sales management development program with PepsiCo, Inc. in both the Baltimore and Minneapolis markets. Laura Jane received an M.S. in
Management and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida, she holds the Series 7 license and is a Registered Corporate Coach™. Laura Jane currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida where she enjoys the 60-degree winters and a fifteen-minute drive to the beach.
Author, Women’s Leadership Development Expert
A globally recognized leader, Christy Rutherford is a Women’s Leadership Development Expert. She’s also a keynote speaker, leadership coach and author, publishing five #1 best-selling books on Amazon in eight months.
A Harvard Business School Alumna, Christy is also a certified Executive Leadership Coach from Georgetown University and has been featured in Forbes twice.
Christy is the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander (Lieutenant Colonel equivalent) in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225+ year history where her demographic was .1%.
Christy responded to the needs of the citizens in New Orleans two days after Hurricane Katrina and had a 3-year Congressional Fellowship with the House of Representatives.
Christy’s academic portfolio also includes an MBA, and a pastry chef diploma. Among her many professional accomplishments, her national recognition includes Harvard Business School’s 2018 Launching New Ventures Pitch Contest Grand Master Champion, Cambridge Who’s Who Amongst Executives and Professionals, Career Communications STEM Technology All-Star and the Edward R. Williams Award for Excellence In Diversity.
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP®
President and Board Chair, Charles Schwab Foundation; Senior Vice President, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; Chairman of the Board, Schwab Charitable
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP®, is one of America’s most trusted sources for financial advice, and a leading advocate for financial literacy. Through her leadership of Charles Schwab Foundation, she has overseen the development of best-in-class financial literacy programs. She has also served two White House administrations advising on financial capability policy. In 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and she also advised the Council under President George W. Bush. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.
Schwab-Pomerantz speaks and writes extensively about personal finance. Her latest book is The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances after Fifty: Answers to Your Most Important Money Questions (Crown Business, 2014). She also writes a weekly column called Ask Carrie, which appears on schwab.com, schwabmoneywise.com, Parade.com, Business Insider, and is syndicated through Creators News Service. She is on Facebook and Twitter (@CarrieSchwab), and is a LinkedIn Influencer, offering insights on personal finance, leadership and philanthropy to a worldwide audience.
As chairman of the board of Schwab Charitable, she oversees one of the country’s largest national donor-advised funds. She also serves on the national board of governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Managing Director Core West Sales, TD Ameritrade Institutional
Darla Sipolt has a total of 29 years of experience in the financial services business. She has a rich and varied background in sales, strategy, management and human resources in both retail and institutional business.
Darla has been with TD Ameritrade for over 16 years has had a variety of roles in Retail and Institutional. She is currently the Managing Director of West Division Sales for TD Ameritrade Institutional and oversees a business development sales team.
Darla grew up on a farm in Ohio, went to school at Indiana University. She now lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband Marcus and has two grown kids.
Special Projects Editor, InvestmentNews
Liz Skinner became Special Projects Editor for InvestmentNews in 2017 to expand the range of editorial-based projects produced in print and online. Previously, she was a reporter for InvestmentNews for six years, writing many of the cover stories and special report features she now oversees. Liz covered many different beats over the years, but most recently she focused on financial advice technology and practice management. She joined InvestmentNews after five years as a reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, where she covered the Securities and Exchange Commission and other policy issues.
Founder and CEO, AMES Financial Solutions, LLC & CFP WIN Advocate
Reshell Smith is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Speaker, and Author. She is the Founder and CEO of AMES Financial Solutions, LLC where she offers a litany of financial services. Reshell has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years and has had the privilege of working with individuals of all income levels. She is passionate about promoting financial literacy and helping individuals transition from financial chaos and clutter to financial independence and freedom. In addition, she strongly supports women and minorities who desire to start a career as a financial planning professional. She has partnered with local organizations and HBCU’s as a mentor and speaker on Financial Literacy Day. Reshell is one of the go-to Finance Experts for Orlando’s NBC affiliates, WESH 2 and CW 18 news. As well, she is currently the Finance Expert on Central Florida’s longest running gospel station and Stellar Award winner WOKB 1680 AM. To help with the promotion of financial clarity and independence, Reshell wrote a book targeted at women. “A Woman’s Worth: 7 Key Essentials to Financial Independence” is sold exclusively on Amazon.com. Reshell obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College 1993 and MBA from Florida Metropolitan University 1997.
Susan E. Sukys, CFP®
Founder, Mosaic Financial Group
Susan Sukys has owned the independent financial services firm, Mosaic Financial Group, since 2005. She is passionate about serving her clients well and considers them to be her greatest asset. Susan specializes in comprehensive financial planning, including retirement and tax planning, budgeting and cash flow, risk management, and investment analysis and allocation.
Proudly affiliated with TAG Advisors, Susan is passionate about bringing diversity to the financial planning profession, and is excited to be spearheading the TAG Advisors' Women's Initiative, which seeks to engage female advisors and encourage conversation around the future of the industry.
Susan believes a successful financial planner must have an understanding of the community in which she and her clients live, work, and play. This means becoming an active community member, and Susan currently serves in a leadership role with, among others, Women United and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Susan holds FINRA Series 66 and 7 licenses.
Leslie Yambao Tabor
Managing Director – Advisor Services Business Consulting & Education, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.
Leslie Y. Tabor is a Managing Director with the Charles Schwab Advisor Services organization where she oversees the strategic direction of key programs for delivering value and high impact client experience for advisors who custody with Schwab, including the Executive Leadership Program, RIA Talent Advantage Program, RIA Intern Program, and Cybersecurity Resource Program.
Through the content, tools and action-oriented resources developed by her team these programs have provided advisors with the insights and capabilities for evolving and growing their firms - cultivating next generation leaders, attracting diverse talent and strengthening awareness of the financial planning profession across dozens of colleges and universities throughout the country.
Leslie is highly passionate about diversity at Schwab and across the financial services industry. She currently sits on the CFP Board’s Diversity Advisory Group, providing guidance and expertise in the development of diversity and inclusion initiatives that will increase the racial and ethnic diversity within the financial planning profession. She also serves as the co-chair for the San Francisco Women’s Interactive Network at Schwab (WINS) and the business advisor for all Charles Schwab San Francisco employee resource groups. She believes in the value that diversity brings to the workplace, is enthusiastic about helping people reach their leadership potential and passionate about bringing important issues to the forefront. Leslie also works with numerous organizations including the Professional Business Women of California (PBWC), Financial Women of San Francisco, and the CFP Board to support furthering the message on the value of diversity.
Leslie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. She’s been recognized as one of the Top 100 Filipina Women in 2015 by the Filipina Women’s Network and was a recipient of the 2016 Industry Leader award by the Professional Business Women of California and the 2019 See It Be It Role Model by InvestmentNews for her work in the area of diversity and inclusion. She is a Bay Area native and an avid San Francisco Forty-Niners, Giants and Golden State Warriors fan. She enjoys traveling with her family and dancing around the house with her 5-year old daughter.
Stephanie S. Treccia
Head of Client Events and Stakeholder Initiatives, Northern Trust Asset Management, FlexShares
Stephanie S. Treccia is the head of client events and stakeholder initiatives for Intermediary Distribution at Northern Trust Asset Management. She is responsible for growing the brand through event marketing in the intermediary market and delivering on stakeholder initiatives. She does this through strong relationship management skills and collaboration with the sales and marketing team to understand client goals and expectations. Stephanie has more than 20 years in the hospitality and marketing industry and she has extensive expertise in relationship building, management and results-oriented vendor relationships.
Stephanie joined Northern Trust in 2003 and has previously worked for Merck Pharmaceutical Company and Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Stephanie received a B.S. degree with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP). Stephanie was recently nominated to be a part of the Women in Leadership Development Program at Northern Trust. She is an active volunteer with her children’s school, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy and presently heads her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop #20474. She and her family live in Chicago.
Joan M. Valenti
CFP®, Financial Consultant
Joan Valenti is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. For over 30 years she has focused on helping individuals, business owners and non-profit organizations make value-based financial decisions aligned with their unique goals and circumstances. She brings deep experience in Retirement and Estate Planning utilizing a broad range of non-proprietary investment and insurance products and strictly adheres to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Code of Ethics across all aspects of her business.
Dedicated to providing objective financial advice, Joan specializes in helping her clients work towards their retirement goals and manage the distribution of their assets in a tax efficient manner. As a wealth manager she designs comprehensive investment strategies to help clients pursue their retirement goals while creating a plan for the preservation of their wealth from generation to generation. Joan is adept in both the wealth accumulation and income distribution phases of retirement and regularly teaches classes on retirement planning and hosts semi-annual education seminars.
Joan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Baldwin-Wallace College and obtained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification from the College of Financial Planning. She holds her insurance license and FINRA registrations 7, 63, 24, and 65 through LPL Financial. She is also an investment advisor representative at LPL Financial, one of the nation’s leading diversified financial services companies and the largest independent broker/dealer supporting more than 16,000 financial advisors nationwide.*
Active in her community, Joan is a member of the Retirement Board of Directors for the Town of Farmington and the Advisory Board of Northwest Community Bank. She previously served on the Farmington Food Pantry Board of Directors and is still an active volunteer. Joan also is a Past President of Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary.
* As reported in Financial Planning magazine 1996-2019, based on total revenues.
Securities and Financial Planning offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC
Erin Voisin, CFP®, MS, CDFA®,ChFC®
Director of Financial Planning, EP Wealth Advisors, LLC
Erin Voisin has worked in the financial services industry since 2005. Prior to joining EP Wealth Advisors, Erin worked for Westmount Asset Management as their Director of Financial Planning. She concentrated on developing comprehensive financial planning solutions for their affluent client base. Prior to Westmount, Erin worked for MetLife in San Diego as well as MetLife of Southern California. She served as the Lead Financial Planning Specialist for the firm’s Case Design Unit where she was responsible for working with over 120 financial advisors in creating in customized comprehensive financial plans for their clients. Erin earned her BS from the University of San Diego, majoring in Business Administration and Psychology. She also holds a Masters degree in Accounting. She is currently a CFP® certificant and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. Erin is currently pursuing the Enrolled Agent and Accredited Estate Planner Designation. Erin participates annually in FPA’s Pro Bono Financial Planning Days, is FPA Pro Bono for Cancer volunteer, co-chairs EP Wealth’s Financial Literacy committee and outreach, and has been a founding member of EP Wealth Advisor’s Investing in Women initiative. In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, paddleboarding, cooking, and enjoying life at the beach!
President and CEO, Cambridge Investment Group
With over 30 years of experience, Amy Webber’s commitment to independent financial professionals is demonstrated in her passion for preserving and building intimate financial professional relationships. Webber leads the continual delivery of innovative financial solutions, as well as implementation of new service offerings and business models. Her forward thinking focus on digital transformation is leading the firm’s drive to continuously enhance the digital user experience across a spectrum of FinTech and WealthTech financial solutions for fee focused and fee only financial professionals – and their investing clients.
In 2017, she was elected to serve on the FINRA Board of Governors, and she served as chair for the 2016 Financial Services Institute Board (FSI), an advocacy organization for independent financial professionals. She has been honored among the Investment Advisor IA25 most influential leaders across the industry for 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, and 2012; and in 2015, Webber was recognized among the inaugural roster of ‘Woman to Watch’ by InvestmentNews magazine.
Webber is committed to serving quality independent financial professionals focused on serving the best interests of their clients, and she believes choice for the financial professional is Cambridge’s business.
Head of Consulting, Invesco
Scott oversees one of the largest consulting divisions of its kind in the asset management industry. In this position, he works with and presents to financial advisors across North America.
Scott is a sought-after keynote speaker who brings thirty-plus years of industry experience coupled with a creativity known to educate and entertain. He is a co-author of five books, including StorySelling for Financial Advisors: How Top Producers Sell,* which was named a “must read” by financial-planning.com, and, most recently, Defining Conversations: A Little Book About a Big Idea.**
Scott was with Van Kampen Investments prior to its combining with Invesco in 2010. In the 25+ years since hejoined the firm, he advanced from field sales to regional sales and finally to national sales positions. In addition, he served as Director of Marketing. Prior to his career in financial services, Scott worked in sales distribution with Procter & Gamble. Scott holds a BA in economics and communications from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Scott is an avid hockey enthusiast. He assumes full credit for his Texas-born wife’s newfound love of the sport. Scott is the father of four children and resides in Wheaton, Illinois.
Janelle E. Woodward, CFA
Head of Fixed Income, BMO Global Asset Management
As Head of Fixed Income, Janelle develops and oversees BMO’s Fixed Income solutions globally, including Global Credit, Convertibles, Emerging Market Debt and Tax-Exempt Fixed Income. Janelle is also a member of the U.S. Fixed Income portfolio management team and is responsible for investment policy and strategy as well as managing client portfolios.
Since joining the firm in 2007, Janelle has served in several roles including Global Co-Head of Income Strategies, portfolio manager and director of research. Prior to joining the firm, she was an assistant vice president at Ashton Partners.
Janelle holds a M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, a B.S. in business systems from Taylor University and she is a CFA® charterholder. In addition, she serves on the Executive Committee for the President’s Cabinet of the Miami Children’s Health Foundation and is a member of Taylor University’s Investment Council.
Jocelyn D. Wright, MBA, CFP®, RICP®
Founder and Managing Partner, The Ascension Group
Jocelyn D. Wright is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Ascension Group (“Ascension”). As an advisor, she partners with her clients to design a personalized holistic strategy to help them reach their financial goals. With over twenty years of financial services experience, Jocelyn has been working with individuals since 2002.
A strong proponent for creating opportunities for women and people of color in the financial planning profession, Jocelyn is the Special Adviser on Gender Diversity for the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning. She also served as the Chair & Director of The American College State Farm Center for Women and Financial Services.
Jocelyn received a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Delaware and earned her MBA in Finance at Howard University, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. Some of her memberships include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Financial Planning Association (FPA), Association for African American Financial Advisors (Quad-A) and Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS). Jocelyn serves on the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning Diversity Advisory Group and Envestnet Institute of Campus Women in Wealth Management Advisory Board. In 2016, InvestmentNews Magazine recognized her as one of the 20 most influential Women to Watch.
Managing Principal, Practice Management, Commonwealth Financial Network
As managing principal of practice management at Commonwealth, Joni Youngwirth is a recognized expert in the financial services industry for helping advisors adopt the best practices, and develop the mindset and systems, to grow their businesses to the next level.
Prior to joining Commonwealth in 1998, Joni was vice president of corporate development for Private Healthcare Systems, Inc., where she spearheaded the company’s improvement initiative while providing executive coaching and business advice. She also spent 10 years as a director at Organizational Dynamics, a consulting firm, where she was a key driver of business development in the areas of customized consulting and training services. Joni began her career as a registered dietitian and nutritionist.
Joni holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses. She attained the rank of first lieutenant in the United States Air Force. She earned her MBA and MS degrees from Boston University, as well as a BS degree from South Dakota State University.
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