Melissa Joy joins Raymond James Women’s Advisory Council

 Melissa Joy, CFP® has been tapped to join the Raymond James Women’s Advisory Council. Melissa joins ten financial advisors and planners on this advisory council for the Raymond James Network for Women Advisors. The Raymond James Network for Women Advisors provides support and resources to our women financial advisors by offering educational and interactive networking and business development opportunities, and providing essential tools to help put clients first.

Together, they set the agenda for our annual Raymond James Women’s Symposium. They serve as resources for branch managers and senior management in their efforts to recruit and retain the top female financial advisors. Melissa begins her three-year commitment on the advisor’s council with several women-focused events at the RJFS National Conference this May in Washington, DC. She will meet with the advisory council monthly on phone conferences and in-person four times a year.

For Melissa, this work is all about the value that women bring in the financial planning profession. Unfortunately, women are underrepresented when it comes to the ranks of financial planners and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. Only 31% of financial advisors are women and 23 percent of CFP® professionals are women (CFP Board, “Making More Room for Women in the Financial Planning Profession”).

As a member of The Center team, Melissa knows the value that women can bring to the financial planning table. That’s easy to see since The Center was co-founded by Estelle Wade and Marilyn Gunther along with Dan Boyce and boasts five CFP® female professionals today (Marilyn Gunther, Laurie Renchik, Sandy Adams, Angela Palacios, and Melissa Joy).

“Hopefully my time on the council will be a way to give back to the profession that has brought me so much opportunity and personal satisfaction.” Melissa said. “I really think we would all be well-served by having more female financial planning professionals.”