WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In a proceedings report memorializing its January 2016 Design Summit, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards' (CFP Board) Center for Financial Planning announced the ambitious agenda of initiatives it will undertake to address the challenges resulting from a financial planning workforce that is aging, shrinking and lacking diversity.
The Design Summit brought together 42 distinguished thought leaders in the areas of financial planning, workforce development, diversity and academia to discuss the state of the financial planning profession as well as an initial agenda of projects that the Center could undertake to begin to tackle these systemic challenges. A complete list of participants is included in the proceedings.
"If we are to meet Americans' growing demand for personal financial advice, we need a collective effort to transform the face of the financial planning profession," said Robert J. Glovsky, CFP®, Chair of the Center's Advisory Council and past Chair of CFP Board's Board of Directors. "Through the efforts outlined in the Design Summit Proceedings, the Center for Financial Planning is well-positioned to be the unifying platform needed to bring about real change in the financial planning profession."
During the day-long summit, guests participated in moderated workshops focused on: attracting the next generation of financial planners to replace those retiring in coming years, improving the diversity of the workforce to mirror that of the public, and establishing an academic home to build a research-based body of knowledge for financial planning. The Design Summit Proceedings report captures these discussions, and lays out the programs and initiatives the Center has committed to implementing across its priority areas, including:
- Launch a "Faces and Voices of Diverse CFP® Professionals" campaign to showcase leaders in the profession who epitomize gender, racial and age diversity, highlighting reasons these professionals pursued CFP® certification and why they believe financial planning is a great career.
- Pilot a "WIN-to-WIN" mentorship program that connects women pursuing CFP® certification with a network of CFP® professionals who will provide mentorship and support.
- Continue the work of the Women's Initiative (WIN) Council comprised of leading experts on gender parity in financial services to provide advice on the development and implementation of additional projects related to gender diversity.
- Establish a Diversity Advisory Group made up of diversity and recruitment experts, leaders from financial advisory firms and CFP Board-Registered Programs. Similar to the WIN Council, the Advisory Group will provide guidance on the Center's development of projects related to racial and ethnic diversity.
- Launch a research study that explores barriers to racial and ethnic diversity in the financial planner workforce, examines the perceptions and attitudes of key stakeholder groups around the importance of maintaining diversity and articulates the business case for a diverse workforce. The Center will publish findings along with research-based recommendations for promoting diversity within the profession.
- Launch pilot projects to support financial services firms in establishing re-entry internship programs for experienced professionals seeking to return to the workforce.
- Expand the CFP Board Career Center to include a greater number of entry-level positions, as well as internships available to graduates of financial planning programs.
- Establish scholarship programs for qualified students seeking to complete CFP® certification and pursue careers in financial planning.
- Launch research studies to gain insight on how to raise awareness of financial planning careers and develop clear career paths into the profession.
- Create the Financial Planning Body of Knowledge, a searchable online compilation of research from financial planning and related disciplines for use by academics, practitioners and the public.
- Convene first-ever Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines, a forum to gather, share and showcase relevant research within financial planning and related disciplines on February 7-9, 2017, in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Canadian-based Financial Planning Standards Council and the international association, the Financial Planning Standards Board.
- Establish the Financial Planning Teaching Program, in collaboration with the Columbia School of Professional Studies, designed for faculty and CFP® professionals who desire to become adjunct faculty in a CFP Board-Registered Program.
"The Design Summit challenged us to reexamine our assumptions and broaden our scope of engagement, informing what the Center for Financial Planning can do to advance a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession," said Marilyn Mohrman-Gillis, executive director of the Center. "Armed with the insightful recommendations of our honored guests, the Center will take its first steps toward creating real, measurable change in the financial planning profession."
ABOUT CFP BOARD
The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 74,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.
ABOUT THE CFP BOARD CENTER FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING
The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning seeks to secure the financial future of all Americans by advancing a more sustainable and inclusive financial planner workforce. The Center will serve as a catalyst and convener to address industry-wide challenges in the areas diversity and workforce development, and build an academic home that offers opportunities for conducting and publishing new research that adds to the financial planning body of knowledge. More about the Center and its initiatives can be found at www.CenterforFinancialPlanning.org.
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