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These Diversity & Inclusion Awards illustrate that diverse individuals can and do succeed in the financial advice business and their stories are meant to inspire others.

Our Lifetime Achievement winner has demonstrated outstanding leadership for decades. Each of our See It, Be It Role Models have at least 10 years of experience in the industry. Rising Stars have fewer than 10 years in the business, however, they show excellent promise to be an industry leader for many years into the future.

See it, Be it Role Model

Jennifer Hatch

President Christopher Street Financial New York

In 1997, Jennifer Hatch purchased Christopher Street Financial, an investment planning practice devoted to the LGBTQ community. Today, the firm still focuses on LGBTQ clients (75%) and other progressive allies. It specializes in the complicated financial, legal and tax-planning needs of unmarried couples.

Christopher Street avidly supports LGBTQ social justice causes, contributing over $100,000 a year to nonprofits supporting LGBTQ youth, elders, families and health. In addition, Ms. Hatch has been an advocate and educator on the topic of marriage equality for more than a decade. She led the start up of a Pride Center in her home town of Nyack, NY, served in leadership at organizations such as SAGE, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Family Equality and the Point Foundation.

Ms. Hatch regularly chairs LGBTQ galas, hosts fundraisers and addresses audiences on LGBTQ planning topics.

Under her own company's roof, she houses a dozen professionals, including strategic partners with complementary businesses like tax and estate planning for same-sex couples. The firm has broadened from investment planning into holistic life and wealth management, with a mission to educate clients on how to solve their personal economic challenges.

"Everyone comes in with their own unique experiences," she said.

Vanessa Drucker

Lifetime Achievement

Rising Stars

See it, Be it Role Models

Outstanding Practices

Diversity Champions

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