Wendy Benson

Head of wealth management, MassMutual

Wendy Benson oversees the activities of more than 9,000 advisers as head of wealth management for MassMutual, and has been in high-level positions in the industry for 20 years. A longtime mentor and high-profile advocate for women, she recently formalized a forum within the company to create networking and recruiting opportunities for female advisers.

Wendy Benson oversees the activities of more than 9,000 advisers as head of wealth management for MassMutual, and has been in high-level positions in the industry for 20 years. A longtime mentor and high-profile advocate for women, she recently formalized a forum within the company to create networking and recruiting opportunities for female advisers.

She offered several lessons from her experience:

•Self-promotion is important. If you aren't willing to make it known you're interested in advancement, you might be passed over.

•Taking on challenges facilitated her entry into management, as higher-ups recognized her accomplishments.

•While moving up through the organization, and even now, Ms. Benson made it a point to have mentors both within and outside the business. Be strategic in this area, she said.

"Don't always select someone you have a great relationship with," Ms. Benson said. "While you need to get help, you also need to be challenged."

— Deborah Nason

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