Heather Hunt-Ruddy

Head of client experience and growth, Wells Fargo Advisors

Heather Hunt-Ruddy blazed her own trail to success over the past 29 years through a combination of relentless hard work, "incredible" supportive bosses, and her ahead-of-his-time husband — a stay-at-home dad for 22 years. She is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of more women in the industry.

Heather Hunt-Ruddy blazed her own trail to success over the past 29 years through a combination of relentless hard work, "incredible" supportive bosses, and her ahead-of-his-time husband — a stay-at-home dad for 22 years. She is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of more women in the industry.

Ms. Hunt-Ruddy, head of client experience and growth at Wells Fargo Advisors, has been involved with the Wells Fargo Women's Initiatives for 10 years, including serving as co-chair for the last two years.

To address women's particular attitudes and histories, she suggested the industry foster two important elements. First, she sought to adjust career entry paths, advocating for longer, salaried on-ramps because women tend to be less comfortable with commission-based work right away. Second, she supports those who champion and advocate forcefully for women.

Being heard is essential, Ms. Hunt-Ruddy said.

"All women should feel free to make their voices heard in every setting, whether they are new in the job or a seasoned veteran like me."

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