It’s hard to believe that it’s already August; it feels like just yesterday that I was elected President in Minneapolis. As I look back and reflect on what’s been accomplished so far this year, I’m filled with immense pride. We launched AdviseHER, engaged in strategic planning to produce a roadmap to advance our mission, attended a variety of industry conferences, and explored many new collaborative opportunities with sister associations and industry organizations.
Being recognized as a subject matter expert, engaged and consulted on the issues that face our profession is imperative to our success. This vision has been the cornerstone behind the variety of collaborative initiatives we have undertaken this year. We have been working closely with GAMA to investigate leadership challenges from a woman’s perspective and identify programs that help overcome these hurdles. On the advocacy front, we’ve teamed up with NAIFA and AALU to ensure our members are up to date on key legislation impacting our profession. New educational opportunities for members are being explored with The American College, The College for Financial Planning, CLTC and others!
WIFS is working with the Society of Financial Services Professionals (FSP); Financial Planning Association (FPA); The American College and Wayne State University to develop a pilot program that not only attracts students to our profession, but helps retain them. The hope is to develop a model for other colleges and universities across the country to both generate awareness for the benefits our profession provides women, and inspire women to enter and find success.
I am deeply honored and privileged to have served as WIFS National President. Meeting and interacting with members, leaders and industry stakeholders has made this year one that I will hold deeply in my heart. I wish the association much success in continuing to identify opportunities that champion our mission and give voice to women in the profession.
I urge you to attend National Conference. I always leave with inspirational and actionable tactics that I can apply to my business, and you will too through our programming that educates, inspires and supports all who attend. Visit WIFSnational.org/conference for more information on the Conference program, speakers and registration packages.
See you in Austin!
Angie Ribuffo CFP®, RICP®, ChFC®, CDFA, CLTC
2018 National President