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The Healthy Advisor: The Juggle Is Real With Anna Howard and Kimberly Sanders

The Healthy Advisor: The Juggle Is Real With Anna Howard and Kimberly Sanders

Kimberly Sanders followed a typical path into financial services, gaining an undergrad in finance and working for a series of banks and brokerage firms. When she became pregnant, she made the decision to stay home for eight years to raise her kids. But when it was time to return to work, the path was not so smooth.

 For Anna Howard, her path into the industry was driven by a desire to earn validation from her father, also an executive in financial services. Later in her career, she realized the path she took and focused on building a more authentic and fulfilling life for herself. She and her husband recently went through a multi-year process to become foster parents, so now they’re managing four kids, two of which have special needs, while working full-time.

 In this episode, WealthManagement.com Managing Editor Diana Britton explores the balance between work and home life with Anna Howard, head of Private Wealth at LPL Financial, and Kimberly Sanders, head of Strategic Wealth Services at LPL.

 They touch on:

  • The unique struggles faced by women in the financial services industry, particularly with work-life balance
  • The journey back into the workforce after taking a hiatus and the obstacles encountered along the way
  • The importance of male sponsors
  • Strategies for managing personal well-being and family life while pursuing a demanding career
  • The importance of mentorship, advocacy, and building a support network for women in finance

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 About Our Guests:

 At LPL Financial, Anna Howard focuses on serving high-net-worth advisors and their clients, launching LPL Private Wealth Management to offer industry-leading benefits and enhanced service. Prior to LPL, she advanced her career at First Republic Bank and Wells Fargo Private Bank, where she developed innovative resources and grew assets under management.

 Kimberly Sanders, Senior Vice President, Advisor Solutions at LPL Financial, leads LPL Strategic Wealth Services, a modern supported independence solution that enables advisors and business owners to build and grow their firms according to their vision. In this role, Kimberly oversees a seasoned management team that enables advisors to optimize on LPL’s relationships, resources, and services to build equity in their brand and business so advisors can continue to thrive. Prior to LPL, Kimberly served RIA clients and prospects at Schwab Advisor Services, providing business consulting to support the custodian’s existing and potential clients. 

 If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever podcasts are found.

The Healthy Advisor: Living Life Urgently with Kristine McManus

The Healthy Advisor: Living Life Urgently with Kristine McManus

At the end of 2022, Kristine McManus got an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. Yet doctors thought it was the least aggressive form and easily treatable. 

Shortly after her surgery, she received multiple messages from the hospital; it turns out she had the most aggressive form of breast cancer, triple-negative. Her outlook on life changed as she was forced to miss one of the most important years in her children’s lives due to treatments. From that moment on, she focused on the value of living life urgently and cherishing meaningful moments.

In this episode of the Healthy Advisor Podcast, WealthManagement.com Managing Editor Diana Britton speaks with Kristine McManus, chief advisor growth officer at Commonwealth Financial Network, about her journey battling breast cancer and the profound lessons learned about living life to the fullest and not “saving for best.” 

Kristine discusses: 

  • Her initial breast cancer diagnosis and the unexpected turn of events
  • The challenges and treatments she faced during her battle with breast cancer
  • The importance of not saving the best for later and embracing the present
  • Lessons learned about gratitude, cherishing moments, and living a more urgent life

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About Our Guest:

Kristine McManus consults with financial services companies and advisors to enhance revenue growth and establish robust practices. Central to her approach is highlighting the unique qualities of the advisor, utilizing branding, communications, client events and marketing strategies to foster business development.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

 The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.

The Healthy Advisor: The Emotional and Financial Strains of Addiction with Cheryl Canzanella

The Healthy Advisor: The Emotional and Financial Strains of Addiction with Cheryl Canzanella

As the staggering number of Opioid overdoses and deaths continue to increase, so does the threat on family finances and retirement dreams. Cheryl Canzanella knows that all too well.

In August 2017, she lost her husband to an accidental overdose, exposing her to the horrific realities of the opioid crisis.

Since his death, she’s made it her mission to educate employers and her peers in the financial services industry on how the Opioid epidemic is not only ripping families apart emotionally but also financially by diminishing careers, draining financial assets, and crushing retirement dreams.

Join WealthManagement.com Managing Editor Diana Britton and Cheryl Canzanella, a Retirement Solutions Advisor at Movement Mortgage, in discussing the emotional and financial strains of addiction and how the financial industry can become part of the solution through awareness, education, and empathetic client support.

Cheryl touches on: 

  • How her husband’s struggle with substance use disorder affected her life
  • Addiction signs and red flags
  • Financial burdens and challenges faced by families dealing with addiction
  • How she first talked about her husband’s death and the realization she wanted to share his story more openly
  • The role financial advisors should play in the Opioid epidemic

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About Our Guest:

With over 23 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, Cheryl has joined Movement Mortgage as a Retirement Solutions Advisor to continue her passion for helping individuals reach their retirement goals. Although she is not a licensed loan officer, her primary focus is working with financial professionals to offer strategies of using a Reverse Mortgage for Financial and Estate Planning. She is an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), where she serves at the local, state and national levels and had the honor of serving as the past president of NAIFA Northeast Florida and has been awarded the NAIFA Florida President’s Award. Additionally, in 2019, she was recognized as the NAIFA National Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year. She is a member of Financial Planning Association (FPA) and Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS). 

 

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.

The Healthy Advisor: Leaning Into a Diagnosis in the Family With Will Hoffman

The Healthy Advisor: Leaning Into a Diagnosis in the Family With Will Hoffman

At just 10 years old, William Hoffman’s son Liam was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare genetic condition that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. When Will and his family got the news, they could have succumbed to despair. 

Instead, Will leaned into it, and has made it his mission to find a cure for Liam and set an example for his sons around overcoming the struggles that life may deal you. He and his wife have been active participants in the NF community, raising awareness and money for a cure. 

In this episode, WealthManagement.com Managing Editor Diana Britton speaks with Hoffman, founder of Hoffman Wealth Management, about his journey with Liam’s diagnosis and his dedication to raising awareness about the struggles of those with NF.

Will focuses on: 

  • How Liam’s diagnosis impact Will and the family
  • How it reshaped his priorities in business and life
  • How he is raising awareness for this diagnosis
  • Why families must stay together and lean on their support system during difficult times
  • Why mental health awareness is important for financial advisors

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If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.



The Healthy Advisor: What Makes Advisors Happy With Michael Kitces

The Healthy Advisor: What Makes Advisors Happy With Michael Kitces

While wellbeing and mental health have become a more mainstream conversation among the wider U.S. population since the pandemic, it’s a topic still largely untouched by the financial services industry. New research from Kitces.com aims to measure and track trends across advisor wellbeing, just as the industry benchmarks anything else. 

Over 1500 members of financial advisory teams responded to The Kitces Report: 2023 Advisor Wellbeing Study. Respondents reported on their current level of life quality, or wellbeing, on a 0–10 scale. The average was 6.84, with solo practitioners feeling better about life compared to mid-size or larger firm advisors.

In this episode, Diana Britton speaks with Michael Kitces, blogger and chief financial planning nerd at Kitces.com, about the key highlights of the study, including the positive impact of team involvement, the strategic delegation of less desirable tasks, and the necessity of fair compensation, particularly for those advisors who are service-oriented. 

Michael discusses: 

  • The impetus behind launching this study
  • How he defines wellbeing and happiness in the study
  • The correlation between firm size and advisor well-being
  • The top drivers of advisor well-being: autonomy, experience, team and service 
  • How firms can foster happiness and engagement among their advisors

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About Our Guest:

Michael E. Kitces is the Head of Planning Strategy for Buckingham Wealth Partners, a private wealth management firm located in St Louis, Missouri, that oversees approximately $50 billion of client assets. In addition, he is the co-founder of the XY Planning Network, AdvicePay, fpPathfinder, and New Planner Recruiting, former practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website www.Kitces.com, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.

 

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

 

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.

The Healthy Advisor: The Year of Health with Tina Powell

The Healthy Advisor: The Year of Health with Tina Powell

After selling her business in November 2022, Tina Powell earmarked 2023 her “year of health.” The first step on that journey was to get a full body scan at the Princeton Longevity Center on Martin Luther King day 2023. That scan would change the trajectory of her life. 

That day, her doctors discovered a 2.1 cm tumor on her right lung. Despite being a healthy, fit non-smoker, she was launched into a challenging and emotional journey battling lung cancer.

Diana Britton, managing editor at WealthManagement.com, interviews Tina Powell, Partner and Chief of Community at Intention.ly, about her struggles with the cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing health and well-being.

Tina discusses: 

  • The signs leading up to her diagnosis 
  • The three stages of treatment she underwent
  • The need to be your own health advocate and prioritize your well-being
  • Her decision to go public with her diagnosis and change the narrative around lung cancer
  • The power of vulnerability in seeking support and building connections

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Tina Powell is a trailblazer in the digital marketing industry, with over 20 years of experience driving growth for financial services companies. As the Chief of Community at Intention.ly, she works alongside Co-Founders Kelly Waltrich and Meghan Richter, revolutionizing how financial technology and services companies approach marketing. Tina’s track record of delivering results for her clients led to her founding C-Suite Social Media, a high-growth digital marketing agency that Intentional.ly later acquired. Her passion for helping financial services companies thrive in the digital age is further demonstrated through her industry-renowned podcast, In The Suite, where she spotlights the careers and leadership of mid to senior-level women in the financial services industry. Tina earned a Master’s from NYU in Graphic Communications Management and Technology and the NYU Prism Alumni Achievement Award. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, magna cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.



The Healthy Advisor: Using Wealth to Improve Your Health With James Bogart

The Healthy Advisor: Using Wealth to Improve Your Health With James Bogart

As a busy and often stressed-out executive at one of the top RIAs in the country, James Bogart found himself neglecting his well-being, resulting in weight gain and various health issues. 

A series of hospital visits prompted him to hire a concierge doctor and a nutritionist, leading to a remarkable 70-pound weight loss over the course of several months.  

In this episode, Diana Britton, managing editor at WealthManagement.com, is joined by James Bogart, CEO and president at Bogart Wealth. James shares his personal journey through health and wellness, revealing the importance of paying attention to your physical and mental well-being.

James explores:

  • His lifestyle before he lost the weight 
  • Why he went on his personal health journey
  • How his career contributed to his personal health struggles
  • What changes he made to his daily routine and diet to benefit his health
  • How mindfulness played into his journey
  • What challenges he faced in implementing health and wellness initiatives in the workplace and social settings

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A seasoned wealth advisor, James Bogart takes personal pride in assisting executives, entrepreneurs and professionals pursue their dreams through striking, highly customized financial planning strategies. As Principal of Bogart Wealth, he focuses both on maintaining the highest level of customer service and attention to detail possible, and on seeking to deliver the most effective technology, reporting tools and analysis to every Bogart Wealth client.

 

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.



The Healthy Advisor: Overcoming Limited Opportunities and a Learning Disorder with Heather Kelly

The Healthy Advisor: Overcoming Limited Opportunities and a Learning Disorder with Heather Kelly

Facing the hurdles of disadvantaged youth, Heather Kelly’s life was marked by a single mother, a disabled sister, and limited opportunities. She moved out of her home in Ozone Park, Queens, at the young age of 16. On top of that, she has struggled with dyslexia, a learning disorder and neurological condition that posed additional challenges in her educational journey.

Despite these obstacles, Heather climbed the corporate ladder and become a very successful executive in the insurance and wealth management industries, a mentor to many, and a sought-after speaker at industry events. And she did all that without a college degree (although she recently achieved that as well).  

In this episode, Diana Britton, managing editor of WealthManagement.com, is joined by Heather Kelly, owner of Kelly Like Consulting and formerly with Allianz, Goldman Sachs, and United Capital. Her story shows how determination, a strong support system, and an indomitable spirit can triumph over adversity.

Heather discusses: 

 

  • Her struggles growing up with a single mom and disabled sister
  • How she found out about her dyslexia and the challenges associated with it
  • How dyslexia has shaped who she is today
  • Her journey into financial services
  • The relationship with her sister and how she inspired Heather
  • The impact of her mentors and supportive team members

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About Our Guest:

Heather Kelly is a seasoned senior executive and board member who leverages a competitive spirit, strategic vision, and strong work ethic to achieve results. As a senior distribution executive and board member at Allianz, Heather significantly advanced the FinTech strategy and New Market endeavors while enhancing and growing core distribution to record levels. New Market strategies include the RIA channel, launching an asset management offering, buffered outcome ETFs, and employer markets business line. Another critical area of impact is her role as a lead member of the transformation team, fostering and facilitating company-wide change management. Equally notable is her previous executive management role with one of the largest national independent RIAs in the country, United Capital, building the first successful national RIA insurance platform and the FinLife 360 platform, which embodied all products and services that amplified the adviser experience.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever podcasts are found.



The Healthy Advisor: Finding Courage to Leave an Abusive Relationship with Cary Carbonaro

The Healthy Advisor: Finding Courage to Leave an Abusive Relationship with Cary Carbonaro

When financial advisor Cary Carbonaro met her first husband, she thought she had it all. She had a great upbringing in New York, wonderful family and friends. She was very successful. And while her fiancé looked very good on paper, the relationship turned out to be toxic.  

Behind closed doors, the marriage was a nightmare, with Cary facing physical, mental and verbal abuse from this man on a daily basis. 

She got the courage to leave him in 2009, but then endured a lengthy and painful divorce process. Getting out of that relationship set her free in a lot of ways, and then in 2019 she found herself in another bad relationship—this time with her firm, Goldman Sachs. She became a Goldman Sachs advisor when the Wall Street firm acquired United Capital that year. (Goldman recently announced plans to sell the business to Creative Planning.) 

In this episode, Diana Britton, managing editor at WealthManagement.com, speaks with Cary Carbonaro, senior vice president and director of women and wealth at ACM Wealth, about her personal experiences of being in an abusive relationship and the challenges she faced with her previous employer.

Cary discusses: 

  • How she connected with her first husband and why she chose to marry him
  • The abuse and manipulation she faced while living with her ex-husband
  • How she compartmentalized her work life and home life
  • How she got the courage to leave the relationship 
  • Her journey to help others facing the same struggle
  • Her experience at Goldman Sachs

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Cary Carbonaro is senior vice president and director of women and wealth with ACM Wealth. An award-winning Certified Financial Planner with over 25 years of experience, Cary is a tireless advocate for women in the financial industry and is passionate about increasing financial literacy and empowering women to overcome any financial challenge they face.

Before joining ACM Wealth, Cary was Vice President, Head of Office at Goldman Sachs. Following the firm’s acquisition of United Capital, she founded and served as Head of Women’s Leadership. During her tenure there, she served in a range of capacities, including Managing Director, Partner, FINLIFE Coach, and more. While there, she also earned several distinctions, including MVP Managing Director and the United Capital Diamond Office Winner, among others.



The Healthy Advisor: Persevering in the Face of Adversity with Maria Castillo Dominguez

The Healthy Advisor: Persevering in the Face of Adversity with Maria Castillo Dominguez

Maria Castillo Dominguez grew up in Ronda, a small mountaintop town in the south of Spain. And while she had a great support system, she also had a very humble childhood, and things were difficult for her family financially. And because of that background, she lacked a lot of opportunities. Most of her family members worked labor jobs, and no one went to college. 

But Maria was determined to be the first person in her family to go to college, and eventually get a desk job. She left home at a young age, and worked any job she could to pay her way through college. But when the financial crisis of 2008 hit Spain really hard, she lost her job and decided she needed to get out of the country. At age 25, with only about $400 to her name and no English under her belt, Maria went to the U.S.

But moving to the U.S. brought new challenges to her life, as she had to overcome a language barrier and not having family around to support her. Despite that, she persevered.

In this episode, WealthManagement.com Managing Editor Diana Britton speaks with Maria Castillo Dominguez, senior financial planner with Apella Wealth, on the adversity she faced on her journey to becoming a financial advisor.

Maria shares her relationship with money and family and how they pushed her to achieve her goals.

Maria discusses: 

  • What it was like to relocate to the United States not knowing English and with only $400 to her name
  • The struggles she faced trying to enter the financial industry as a Hispanic woman
  • How spirituality helped her overcome both personal and professional issues
  • How she’s overcome work/life balance challenges
  • How her own strength and loved ones helped her through dark times
  • Why she doesn’t regret her past mistakes

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About Our Guest:

Maria Castillo Dominguez is a senior financial planner at Apella Wealth, an employee-owned advisory firm. She is originally from Spain and moved to the United States in 2010 after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Sevilla. Maria has over ten years’ experience in operations, compliance, personal banking and personal finance. She holds the CFP designation. She became interested in personal finance after she moved to the United States and realized the potential for helping others improve their lives. Maria most recently worked as a Financial Consultant with TD Ameritrade before transitioning to Inspired Financial, which merged with Apella in 2023.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at diana.britton@informa.com.

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Android, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found.