Nadia Allaudin

Senior vice president of wealth management, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Growing up in a home tormented by domestic violence, Nadia Allaudin recognized the importance of money as a young child.

Growing up in a home tormented by domestic violence, Nadia Allaudin recognized the importance of money as a young child.

"My mom wouldn't leave the violent situation because she couldn't afford to care for the three children without my dad's business," she said. "And so throughout college, I was really inspired to make a career that would sort of free us from this difficult situation."

The wealth management adviser has more than two decades in the business, all with Merrill Lynch, and a practice focused on women, regardless of asset size.

"It's really about empowering women with their money," Ms. Allaudin said.

In 2006, she started the annual Women, Wealth & Wisdom Conference, which attracts female trailblazers from doctors and attorneys to virtual-reality pioneers and representatives from nonprofits such as the International Refugee Assistance Project.

"It's a conference about inspiring women to do great things, which can include money … going back to school … career changes," said Ms. Allaudin, herself the child of Pakistani immigrants. "It puts trailblazing women on stage and lets them share their personal journeys of stumbles and falls and their successes."

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