Carina Diamond

Founder and CEO, Springside Partners

For Carina Diamond, providing financial advice perfectly combines her interests in people, finance and child psychology.

For Carina Diamond, providing financial advice perfectly combines her interests in people, finance and child psychology.

Growing up, she aspired to be a child psychologist and read all the Dr. Spock books.

"When I got older, I realized that dealing with people and their money was similar to dealing with children, because the issues are typically pretty simple and basic and have to do with balancing wants, needs and emotions," she said.

A 30-year industry veteran, the Springside Partners' founder and CEO started the "Flourish: Women & Wealth" program in 2009, which focuses on educating women about their financial futures. She invites female financial planning majors from the University of Akron, where she's also endowed a scholarship, to attend Flourish educational events and honors them as the "future of financial advice."

"There's a saying about role models: You have to see it to be it," she said.

Ms. Diamond also is a consultant to the university's annual symposium on women and diversity in financial planning.

"Becoming a diversity champion has been completely organic, based on the needs that I saw in my client base coupled with the needs of a profession that's really straining under the lack of adequate talent," she said.

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