PHOENIX, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Advisor Group, one of the nation's largest networks of independent financial advisory firms, comprised of FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, SagePoint Financial and Woodbury Financial Services, today announced its 11th annual W Forum, a conference designed to support the professional growth and success of female financial advisors across the spectrum of age and experience levels. The event is a cornerstone of Advisor Group's Women FORWARD initiative, a program that includes mentoring, training and networking initiatives designed to inspire today's and tomorrow's female advisors, while providing all advisors with tools to better attract, retain, and enhance their relationships with female clients.
Over the past decade, over 3,000 female financial planning professionals have attended the W Forum. This year, the event, which will be held at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas from April 30-May 2, 2017, will include a select group of students from Texas Tech University's Personal Financial Planning degree program, who will have the opportunity to network and learn from successful female advisors at the event. This is part of Advisor Group's broader efforts to attract and prepare a diverse next generation of financial advisors. In addition to education and networking opportunities, the event will also feature keynote speakers, advisor-led workshops, and an extensive partner exhibit that allows advisors to learn about the latest investment solution innovations.
"The launch of our 11th annual W Forum reflects our commitment to attracting and developing female advisors, and helping all advisors better engage with female clients," said Advisor Group President & CEO Jamie Price. "The future of advice is shifting with the growing share of wealth controlled by women coupled with their longer life expectancy. All advisors must become more adept at understanding the unique financial planning needs of women. Our W Forum's focus on supporting female advisor mentees with both male and female mentors and educating aspiring entrants to our industry makes this a truly special event."
Central to each year's W Forum is Advisor Group's highly successful mentorship program in which seasoned financial advisors – both men and women - mentor junior female advisors. In 2017, there are 106 total participants in the mentorship program, including 60 mentors and 46 mentees, 33% of whom have been in the program since its inception four years ago.
"The ability to learn from the experiences and insights of successful professionals is critical for the development of our next generation of advisors," said Advisor Group Executive Chairman Valerie Brown. "With the leadership of our Women's Advisory Board, we are able to deliver year-long support for our mentoring program and promote initiatives that attract and educate future advisors. We look forward to an inspiring event that motivates all of us to create a better future for our industry, our advisors and their clients."
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About Advisor Group
Advisor Group Inc. is one of the nation's largest networks of independent financial advisors serving over 5,000 advisors and overseeing approximately $160 billion in client assets. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, the firm is mission-driven to support the heroic role that advisors can play in the lives of their clients, offering securities and investment advisory services through its subsidiaries FSC Securities Corp., Royal Alliance Associates Inc., SagePoint Financial Inc. and Woodbury Financial Services Inc, as broker/dealers, registered investment advisors and members of FINRA and SIPC. Cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship and independence, Advisor Group champions the enduring value of financial advisors and is committed to being in their corner every step of the way.
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