Articles Raymond James – Leading by Example to SupportHER

We are proud to welcome the Women Canadian Advisors Network of Raymond James as a Corporate Member of Universal Womens Network™.

Our Corporate Members are Diversity Leaders. They are like-minded organizations committed to moving the needle for equality. They are visible leaders committed to gender equality who SupportHER™ locally, nationally, and globally. They lead by example, and understand Diversity and Inclusiveness is not just a box to check; it is a part of their culture and responsibility to close the gap. They recognize it is not only good for the bottom line; it is critical to attracting top talent, retain key leaders, create well-rounded teams at all levels, and advance women in leadership.

The Women Canadian Advisors Network of Raymond James Ltd is thrilled to partner with the Universal Women’s Network. We are excited to align our goals of providing opportunities for the continued growth of women, and together to raise the bar for women to be seen, heard, and valued. I am very excited about the year ahead and the special initiatives we will launch in support of women!” Andrea Linger, Manager, Practice Management & Head of the Women Canadian Advisors Network, Raymond James Ltd.

Christina (Tina) Chow – 2020 Women of Inspiration™ SupportHER

My experience with Universal Women’s network was mind-blowing from start to finish. I was nominated and the process was very straightforward. It was so amazing to see my photo in the National Post across the country not once but 3 times! Pre gala we were delivered amazing flowers to celebrate our nominations as well as products from women businesses! From the small touches of love.. that was actually HUGE to the social media and marketing, I could not have asked for more. It was an empowering, amazing, and great personal and professional experience.

 The Canadian Women’s Advisor Network 

Leading the way for women advisors. The Raymond James Women Canadian Advisors Network provides a powerful platform to share insights, spark business growth and promote the contributions of women. We are an international community with our sister networks – Women Financial Advisors Network in the United States and the Women Wealth Managers Network in the United Kingdom. Since 1994, our networks have grown from a grassroots effort to more than 1,100 successful women who are passionate about connecting with like-minded women in the industry, building relationships and growing their businesses with the full support of a firm that puts advisors first. Our networks are supported by a diverse group of talented Raymond James women advisors through our Women’s Advisory Councils in each country. They dedicate their time and industry knowledge to offer guidance and direction to advisors navigating an ever-changing industry.

Some key initiatives of our women’s networks are:

  • The Annual Women’s Symposium — an outstanding industry event that unites women from all walks of financial service – and globally – for a three-day, jam-packed experience designed to appeal to financial advisors at all stages of their careers.
  • The Aspire Magazine, which is dedicated to empowering and inspiring women in the financial advice industry. By celebrating their achievements and recognizing their contributions, the magazine showcases the indispensable role women play in the world of finance.
  • The Woman of Distinction Award, which is designed to recognize a woman advisor who has served as a role-model to other advisors or service associates in her branch or the industry.  Through mentoring and coaching, she’s supported the professional growth of women by sharing her experiences, knowledge, ideas and feedback.

Raymond James

Raymond James is a leading North American independent full-service investment dealer offering an extensive range of professional investment services and products, including private wealth management services, financial and estate planning services, portfolio management, insurance, trust services, equity research, investment banking, and institutional sales and trading. Through its network of approximately 8,220 financial/investment advisors and portfolio managers across Canada, the United States, and key international centres, Raymond James manages more than US$1.02 trillion in client assets under administration. The firm also has over 76 research analysts covering more than 1,100 companies in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

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Monica Kretschmer

Monica Kretschmer

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, The Nest Foundation™ and SupportHER ™ elevating male leaders who champion women in their networks, workplaces, and communities, and MentorHER™ Mentorship Program. She is the founder of The Nest Foundation™ empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, and wellness. Monica is a native Calgarian, visionary, speaker and serial entrepreneur, passionate about celebrating and advocating for women to prosper personally and professionally. She is committed to Gender Equality and fostering a network where diversity, innovation, recognition, mentorship is valued. Monica's mission is to inspire women to lead with a purpose and prosper in business and life. Since launching in 2014, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. In five short years, Monica has built a recognizable National brand across Canada and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists, and women’s organizations. In 2015, Monica created Women of Inspiration™ Awards to recognize a woman who helped her overcome adversity and a life-changing Seven Journey in the justice system with 4800 hundred hours of litigation, 22 days of trial and 56 + court appearances. She has Monica’s personal story of resilience was the fuel to create Women of Inspiration™ to honour one woman, her lawyer. Women of Inspiration celebrates, recognizes and inspire women across Canada who lead by example and inspire others to be more and do more.

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