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on Mar 28, 2014

Congratulations to these accomplished women. But why make it about women at all? Why not top 10 left-handed RIAs? Why not top 10 green-eyed RIAs? Because none of these things should make a difference.

By singling out a class of people are we implying that they have some disadvantage and are therefor not worthy of being compared to the entire group? I understand and appreciate the Special Olympics, but women deserve more respect than this.

on Mar 31, 2014

Thanks for the comment Does185. We'd disagree that singling out these women implies they have a disadvantage. If they do, it's only in that the financial advisory industry is so largely male-dominated, with female participation levels stagnant for decades, that to highlight not just female advisors but female entrepreneurs who are creating businesses in the space seems a worthy endeavor. Sally Krawcheck has made the elevation of women in financial services, as well as other fields, the cornerstone of her most recent career (see http://wealthmanagement.com/wealth-planning/dont-fence-me). Should she be accused of condescending to women? Every conference held by a custodian will have speakers emphasizing the need for greater female participation in ranks of retail financial services. We feel that recognizing those women who are leaders in this area is good for the industry overall.

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