Apr 11, 2023
In Episode #04 of NAPFA Nation, Katie Burke, CFP® and Bridget Grimes, CFP® talk with host Marie Swift about how they became fee-only financial planners with two independently owned and operated firms, plus how – and why – they came together to establish Equita Financial Network (EFN), an umbrella Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) for other women-led RIA firms. Grimes, who was once told by a male in her previous employer’s peer group that she was “too ambitious”, and Burke, who was looking for other like-minded women with whom to create synergies, found each other and built their own solution (EFN) because they couldn’t find it anywhere else. Today, the two are forging ahead, bridging the gap, for other women-led financial planning firms.
Burke and Grimes tell us:
Key points: As a profession, we need to help women feel valued and supported. Pay transparency, mentorship, role models, flexibility, community, and resources are needed. The financial services industry must do more than just talk the talk; more action is needed – including tangible resources and proven communities of support. Women in the financial advisory world can help by looking for ways to mentor or work alongside other women. Representation and visibility matters. Grit and ambition is needed as an independent business owner; seeing these great qualities, especially in a woman, is important.
Special Note: In 2023, we rebranded the NAPFA podcast with a new album cover and series title: NAPFA Nation. We are shifting our monthly episodes to bring you inspiring conversations and key insights from leaders in the Fee-Only financial planning profession. Marie Swift, Founder and CEO of Impact Communications, will continue on as host, interviewing a variety of NAPFA members and professionals. You will still be able to find on this channel the 32 Mindset Mastery episodes with respected fiduciary financial planners and allied advocates who are committed to accomplishing great things as they master their own mindset and continue to serve their clients in the best ways possible.
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