WIN Advisory Panel
To guide this important initiative, CFP Board assembled the WIN Advisory Panel. This blue-ribbon panel — comprised of leaders on women in financial services — has provided essential leadership and guidance to WIN.
Nancy A. Kistner, CFP®
Chair, Women’s Initiative
Former Chair, 2013 CFP Board of Directors
Board of Directors, CFP Board (2008-2013)
Nancy A. Kistner, CFP® is Managing Director and Wealth Planning Solutions Market Director at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, Nancy leads a team of wealth strategists in the New York market and works with high net worth clients in addressing a wide range of financial, trust and estate and tax planning issues. She and her team provide customized strategies for managing clients’ balance sheets, advise on cash flow and lifestyle planning, income, gift, trust and estate tax planning as well as wealth transfer and intergenerational planning and help structure liquidity events and philanthropic giving plans in addition to advising on equity compensation, including concentrated stock positions and maximizing the benefits of stock options, deferred compensation and restricted stock.
Nancy joined U. S. Trust in 2008. Prior to that, she served as Director and Head of Financial Planning in the Citi Private Bank where she managed a team of financial planning professionals and delivered complex financial, trust and estate planning advice to high net worth individuals. She also served as Head of Financial Planning Training at MetLife Financial Services prior to serving in her role at Citi. In prior roles, she gained experience in investment portfolio management, insurance and banking. Nancy received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
In addition to Nancy’s service on the CFP Board as its Chair of WIN, 2013 Chair of the Board and serving as a 2008-2013 Board Director, she serves on the Board of The Coalition for Debtor Education in New York City through Fordham Law School whose mission is to assist consumers, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations, in understanding and improving their ability to manage their financial affairs. Nancy also volunteers her time serving as a bill payer for seniors through the AARP Foundation’s Bill Payer Program which is managed by the Council of Senior Centers and Services in New York City and promotes independence for older adults who need help paying bills on time. She also serves on the Board of New York City LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) for Women which is an associate affinity group dedicated to promoting professional women’s development to help grow, attract and retain successful women throughout Bank of America.
Alexa von Tobel, CFP®
Founder and President, LearnVest
Alexa von Tobel, CFP® is the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, and the New York Times-Bestselling Author of Financially Fearless. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Alexa launched LearnVest in 2009 to pursue her dream of bringing financial literacy and advice to people across the country. Since then Alexa has raised over $45 million in financing from investors including Accel Partners and American Express Ventures.
Alexa is often quoted as a financial expert and entrepreneur in a variety of national news outlets, including the Today Show and Good Morning America. She has been honored as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, included on a number of entrepreneurial lists including Inc’s highly-regarded “30 Under 30,” and selected as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. She has spoken at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference, SXSW, and TEDxWallStreet. She is a columnist for Cosmopolitan and Inc. Magazine and the host of a weekly radio show on Sirius Stars, Financially Fearless with Alexa von Tobel.
Bob Glovsky, CFP®
Vice Chair & Senior Financial Counselor
Bob Glovsky is Vice Chair and a Principal of The Colony Group. Prior to joining The Colony Group in July 2012, Bob was a founder and the President of Mintz Levin Financial Advisors, which provided wealth management and investment advisory services to individuals and families. Bob brings more than 30 years of experience in financial and tax planning and money management with a focus on asset allocation and investment strategies.
Bob currently serves as a charter member of the Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services Advisor Council and is a former member of the Fidelity Research Institute’s Advisory Council. Bob served as 2010 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. He also has served as Chair of the Board of Examiners of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, which sets standards for financial planning professionals worldwide. He has lectured and spoken extensively throughout the country on financial planning topics.
Bob is the Director Emeritus of Boston University’s Financial Planning Program, the largest CFP® Board registered program in New England and one of the largest in the country. He was honored in 2010 for his service, and the Robert J. Glovsky Scholarship Fund was created to help fund financial planning education for qualified candidates choosing to assist the underserved population.
Worth magazine selected Bob as one of the “Best Financial Advisors in the Country” eight consecutive times, and he was also listed in Mutual Fund magazine’s “Nation’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.” In 2013, Barron’s chose Bob as one of the “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” for the sixth time, and he made Boston Magazine‘s list of “Five Star Wealth Managers” in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Bob has been the feature in Financial Planning magazine three times. His expertise was broadcast for over eight years when he served as co-host of The Money Experts on Boston radio and of The Financial Planners on cable television, and he is regularly quoted in publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Business Week, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.
Because of his commitment to community service, Bob was honored by the Financial Planning Association with a 2011 Heart of Financial Planning Award and awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Boston University School of Law, the Silver Shingle for Distinguished Service to the School of Law.
Elda Macias, CFP®
Vice President, Retirement & Segment Marketing Corporate Marketing, Ameriprise Financial
Elda Macias is Vice President of Retirement and Segment Marketing at Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Elda is responsible for leading the Ameriprise retirement thought leadership strategy to increase visibility, awareness and credibility among key, high-potential demographic markets. Elda also assists in the creation of educational programs, business and sales strategies to help advisors leverage their financial knowledge and engage more effectively with a variety of audiences including women, small business owners and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
An advocate of women’s financial and retirement needs, Elda has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Elda has more than 17 years of marketing experience and has held positions at the universities of Minnesota and Texas, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Company.
She’s an active volunteer in the Minnesota Hispanic community, and has been recognized by several organizations. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named her to their 2011 “40 Under Forty” list of honorees. In 2010, she received the “Mano Amigo” of the Year Award from the Latino Economic Development Center, and in 2009, she was named to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota’s list of “25 on the Rise.” Elda currently serves on the board of directors for WomenVenture.
Elda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Eleanor Blayney, CFP®
CFP Board Consumer Advocate
Eleanor Blayney is the Consumer Advocate for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, reaching out to consumers to help them understand how financial planning and CFP® professionals can improve their lives.
The author of Women’s Worth, a book about how women can make the most of their financial lives, Eleanor worked with individual clients for more than 20 years to help them articulate and plan for their financial goals. As the only woman partner in a four-partner firm, Eleanor drew upon her female intuition, communication strengths, and facility for sustaining relationships to help build a wealth management firm that has served hundreds of clients in the Washington, D.C. metro area and around the country.
Eleanor holds a number of degrees and designations. She earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge UK and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
Well‐known as a conference speaker and frequently quoted in the news media, Eleanor has played a pioneering role in building and shaping the financial planning profession. She has taught for the College of Financial Planning, and has helped to develop practice standards and ethical requirements for CFP® professionals in the U.S.
Read Let's Talk Planning, a blog by Eleanor, or follow her on Twitter at @EleanorBlayney.
Karen Schaeffer, CFP®
Managing Member and Co-Founder, Schaeffer Financial LLC
Karen P. Schaeffer is the Managing Member and Co-founder of Schaeffer Financial LLC, a financial consulting firm in suburban Washington, D.C. She has been advising clients for over 30 years and has developed a diverse client base including professional women, Foreign Service Officers, foreign nationals and Federal government employees.
In addition to her financial planning practice, Karen is a popular lecturer and seminar leader. She has spoken on global financial planning issues at many international conferences and has represented the CFP Board at Financial Planning Standards Board meetings around the world. Routinely she conducts programs on a wide variety of topics, from minimizing estate taxes to developing investment strategies, to planning for retirement. Some of the organizations that have drawn on her expertise include The World Bank, The Department of Treasury, The International Monetary Fund, FDIC and The Department of State.
Karen is currently certified by the CFP Board, and holds health and life insurance licenses. She is the immediate past Chair of the Financial Planning Standards Board, the global standard setting body for Certified Financial Planners outside the United States. Karen has also served as Chair for the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards and the Academy of the Holy Cross. She is also Life Director for the Board of Montgomery Hospice. She is a member and past National Board Member of the Financial Planning Association, a member of the Estate Planning Council of Washington, D.C. as well as the International Women’s Forum. Karen received her Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Karen is also an adept and engaging instructor. She has held adjunct faculty positions with the College for Financial Planning in Denver and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has worked with the National Institute of Transition Planning as well as McGehrin & Associates for 25 and 15 years, respectively, as an instructor and educator. Karen is often asked to design and teach continuing education courses for CFP certificates, CPAs and other financial services professionals.
Karen’s publishing credits include articles in Business Review
, Best’s Review
, and the Financial Planning Encyclopedia
. She has co authored a book titled; Education Savings Planning Guide
. She has been quoted in The Washington Post
, The Wall Street Journal
, the New York Times
and Money Magazine
and has appeared on many radio and television programs including the Wall Street Journal Review, a syndicated television program
Managing Director, Institutional Marketing & Corporate Sponsorship
TD Ameritrade Institutional
Kate Healy is the managing director of marketing for TD Ameritrade Institutional. In this role, she is responsible for the development of marketing strategies and the execution of programs to help increase awareness and deepen relationships with more than 4,500 independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) who custody with TD Ameritrade Institutional. Healy will oversee the growth of the TD Ameritrade Institutional brand, including the division’s website, social media and advertising efforts. Healy will continue to lead the TD Ameritrade Institutional’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, which supports the professional development of women advisors and assists RIAs market to women investors.
Healy joined TD Ameritrade in 2008, most recently serving as a director of marketing responsible for promoting the firm’s technology and investment products offerings, as well as supporting the firm’s advocacy and client loyalty efforts. Prior to joining the firm, Kate served as vice president of IRA product strategy at Merrill Lynch. She has spent over 20 years in a variety of roles supporting the program development and marketing of financial and estate planning services in the financial planning industry.
Healy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers College and has completed the Securities Industry Institute program, sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) at the Wharton School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Pax World Management
Kathleen McQuiggan is Senior Vice President of Global Women's Strategies for Pax World Management LLC. In this senior management role, Kathleen is responsible for the firm’s initiatives related to gender diversity and women’s empowerment including its efforts to advance gender equality as an investment concept. In addition, she leads Pax World’s Women and Wealth Practice Management initiative focused on helping financial advisors build their practices and enhance the services they provide to women investors.
Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with much of that time focused on increasing the industry’s understanding of and responsiveness to the financial planning needs of women. Prior to her current role, Kathleen was Senior Adviser to Pax World for Gender Diversity Initiatives while serving as President of Catalina Leadership, a strategic advisory organization she launched that focused on investing in women. Prior to working with Pax World, she was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs for 13 years, where she served as an Institutional Equity Franchise salesperson in Chicago and Boston.
Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Towson University. An advocate for women’s issues in business and the community, she currently serves on the YWCA Boston Board of Directors, is Co-President of the 85 Broads Boston Chapter and is a member of the advisory board of Wealthrive.
Kathleen McQuiggan is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.
Lazetta Braxton, CFP®
Founder, Financial Fountains, LLC
Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, is founder and CEO of Financial Fountains, a fee-only financial planning and registered investment advisory firm. Her passion for her clients’ financial well-being and for teaching effective stewardship practices is the cornerstone of Financial Fountains’ client-centered approach. Lazetta engages a holistic perspective when providing financial planning and investment management services.
As an advocate of financial literacy and diversity in the financial planning profession, Lazetta serves as President of the Association of African American Financial Advisors, as well as a member of the CNBC Digital Financial Advisor Council, the CFP Board Women’s Initiative Advisory Panel, the Financial Planning Association Diversity Committee, and the Foundation for Financial Planning Grants Committee. Her blogs and articles have been published by CNBC.com, NBR.com, AARP.com, Dimespring.com, The Journal of Financial Planning, and The African American Lectionary. She has been quoted in national publications such as the The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Black Enterprise, Investment News, and Diversity Women. Lazetta presents on financial planning topics for audiences from various backgrounds and professions.
Lazetta holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management and a BS in finance and international business from the University of Virginia (UVA). She received her Certificate of Achievement in Personal Financial Planning from Metropolitan Community College of Omaha, Nebraska.
Mary Beth Franklin
Mary Beth Franklin is a frequent public speaker addressing both financial industry and consumer groups on critical retirement topics such as income security, tax-efficient withdrawals, Social Security claiming strategies, career transitions, retiree health costs and long-term care issues. With a background as a Capitol Hill reporter, she can offer an insider’s view of Washington regarding the prospects for reform of government entitlement programs and tax policy. She can also serve as a moderator for industry, consumer and academic discussions of retirement security issues.
Ms. Franklin joined InvestmentNews, a weekly publication for financial advisers, as a Contributing Editor in January 2012. She writes a regular Focus on Retirement column for the highly regarded print publication as well as her Retirement 2.0 blog for its digital edition (www.InvestmentNews.com).
Previously, Ms. Franklin was a senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and editor of the annual Kiplinger’s Retirement Planning Guide. An award-winning journalist, Franklin covered retirement planning and distribution strategies, tax planning, Social Security issues and long-term-care. She also appeared in Kiplinger’s award-winning videos on annuities, Your Do-It Yourself Pension, and long-term care, Who Cares? Kiplinger’s No-Nonsense Look at Long-Term Care and How to Pay For It.
Before joining the Kiplinger staff in 1998, Ms. Franklin was a syndicated columnist specializing in personal finance and health issues for older Americans. Her weekly personal-finance column for Maturity News Service (later called Third Age Media) appeared in more than 200 newspapers nationwide.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Franklin was a congressional reporter for United Press International covering tax policy and federal budget issues. She has written numerous articles for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and a variety of magazines. She has appeared on many national and local television and radio programs including NBC's Today show, Meet the Press, the CBS Early Show, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s WealthTrack with Consuelo Mack and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.
Ms. Franklin received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from American University, in Washington, D.C., and currently serves as a professional mentor to graduate students in AU’s journalism program. She completed the Certified Financial Planning certificate program at the University of Virginia in April 2013 and passed the CFP certification exam in November 2013.
She serves on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards’ advisory panel for its Women’s Initiative as well as on the National Academy of Social Insurance’s (NASI) advisory panel on When to Claim Social Security.
President and CEO, Diamond Consultants
Mindy Diamond is President and CEO of Diamond Consultants which she founded in 1997. In partnership with her husband, Howard, they have developed an organization that focuses on smart talent recruiting and strategic business consulting that employs a unique relationship driven approach. Nationally recognized as an industry thought leader, Mindy works with the nation’s top advisors and firms and consults with, trains and coaches individuals, small and large groups on state-of-the-art practices with regard to helping them reach their full potential through a Total Growth® approach. She is sought after and often quoted by leading national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and CNBC as well as industry media such as On Wall Street, Financial Advisor magazine, Investment News, and RIABiz. In addition, Mindy has authored a monthly column since 2004 for Rep magazine called “Career Moves” which serves as a pulse on the industry’s latest recruiting and career trends. In 2012 she was named by NJBIZ magazine as one of New Jersey’s 2012 Best 50 Women in Business. Mindy is an alumnus of The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree.
Making More Room for Women in the Financial Planning Profession
Recommendations to Increase the Number of Women CFP® Professionals from CFP Board’s Women’s Initiative (WIN)
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