Diversity & Inclusion
Demand for personal financial advisors is expected to grow 7% through 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — higher than other occupations. To address that demand, we're working to build and diversify the ranks of financial planners, so we can meet the needs of increasingly diverse consumers. Through the efforts of the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning, we are making an impact in the following ways.
See how CFP Board is taking a multifaceted approach to diversifying the financial planner workforce.
Annual Diversity Summits showcase research, case studies, best practices and actionable initiatives to advance racial diversity in the profession.
Advising on Inclusion
The Diversity Advisory Group provides guidance and expertise in the development of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
I AM A CFP® PRO
Learn about the campaign to attract more young people into financial planning careers.
The Women's Initiative (WIN) addresses the issue of women's under-representation in the financial planner workforce. Nancy Kistner, CFP®, Chair of the WIN Advisory Panel, discusses the origins of WIN and shares her experience as a woman in the financial planning profession.
Research & Publications
Learn how initiatives from the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning and other efforts are attracting more women and minorities to the financial planning profession.
Released in 2022, this report presents articles from academics and practitioners that outline recommendations and lessons learned with the goal of diversifying the financial planning profession.
Released in 2021, this report highlights the distinctive strengths and characteristics that female CFP® professionals bring to wealth management practices and clients.
Released in 2020, this thought leadership paper compiles a series of case studies from several firms that outlined their current diversity and inclusion initiatives and provided advice on how others can replicate and scale those efforts.
This 2019 literature review demonstrates why diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference, is so crucial to the sustainability of the financial planning profession.
A comprehensive research study, this 2013 white paper explores the causes of under-representation of women in the financial planner workforce and outlines potential solutions.
This thought leadership paper outlines actionable, research-based solutions for industry stakeholders to create a more inclusive profession.
The Mentor Program
The CFP Board Mentor Program provides candidates for CFP® certification the opportunity to connect with a CFP® professional who can offer the advice, guidance, and support needed to prepare for the CFP® exam. Mentors can help you stay on track and motivated throughout the process.
CFP Board Center for Financial Planning
The Center for Financial Planning is a distinct initiative of CFP Board focused on creating a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession.