Jennifer Bacarella

Executive director of firm development, Parkland Securities/Sigma Financial Corp.

A star example of the potential of college outreach, Jennifer Bacarella started with her company as an intern and never left. Now 24 years later, she serves as executive director of firm development for Parkland Securities/Sigma Financial Corp.

A star example of the potential of college outreach, Jennifer Bacarella started with her company as an intern and never left. Now 24 years later, she serves as executive director of firm development for Parkland Securities/Sigma Financial Corp.

Working and studying full-time, Ms. Bacarella earned her Series 7 at age 20 and in no time started her first permanent job for Sigma as a recruiter.

"I've had to handle responsibilities since I was young, while my mom was working," she said. "I'm a member of Generation X, and our motto is: 'Give it to me, I got it!'"

An active advocate for women, Ms. Bacarella has brought them into previously male-dominated positions in her firm in compliance, recruiting and technology, and she created a women's forum to foster networking and education.

Earlier this year, feeling a connection to the students in similarly named Parkland, Fla., she formed a committee of employees that raised $3,500 for higher education scholarships for three students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff were killed in February.

— Deborah Nason

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