NAPA’s Top Women Advisors of 2015

In what has long been a male-dominated profession, a growing number of women are today making significant contributions to this field. A year ago, the editorial team here committed to an acknowledgment of those contributions with the launch of the latest NAPA Net list, NAPA’s Top Women Advisors.

As with other NAPA Net industry lists (Top DC Wholesalers, Top 50 Advisors Under 40), we began by asking NAPA Firm Partners to nominate candidates for this recognition. Once voting began, we also allowed for other nominations as well, ultimately receiving nearly 450 nominations and, in the weeks that followed, roughly 12,500 votes from individuals across the spectrum of the retirement industry.

2015NAPATWA_LogoNominees were asked to respond to a series of questions, both quantitative and qualitative, about their experience and practice. Those anonymized questionnaires were then reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of judges who, over the course of several weeks, selected the women honored in four separate categories:

  • CaptainsAll-stars who happen to be principals, owners, team captains of their organizations (click here to view)
  • MVPsOutstanding players who are part of a team (click here to view)
  • Rising Stars: Who have less than five years of experience with retirement plans as an advisor (some have been working with plans longer, but not as an advisor) (click here to view)

We are pleased and proud to be able to share these results with you here — but most importantly, we commend the fine and important work that these individuals have done to help provide a better retirement for those they work with and for, both now and in the years to come.

Outstanding contributors all, they are truly in a league of their own.

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  1. Ralph Mitchell
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Okay … now how about a list of “Top” advisors who are racial minorities? Our struggles have been a whole lot tougher than anything that these ladies have ever gone through. Prime examples: (1) Look at what Chris Gardener went through back in 1980 and was depicted in that movie “In Search of Happyness”. (2) Back in 1979 I interviewed with five (5) different national B/D firms who liked the look of my resume, but did not want to hire a Black male. All five B/D firms told me that I needed to have a MBA Degree in order to be “academically qualified”. Eleven years later I earned my MBA and discovered that more than a third of the White males working at my B/D only had a High School Diploma. I already had been academically qualified 11 years earlier. Those guys got hired and received lucrative paychecks while I got the proverbial “run around”. Talk about hypocrisy!

  2. url url'>Recipient
    Posted October 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Ralph, I am all about recognition as I am a recipient. I think you are on to something for sure and perhaps NAPA would embrace this award as it is unique and very deserving. However I think how you are going about it is completely unprofessional…citing hypocrisy is not the way to get your recognition. You should reconsider how you ask for what you deserve. My opinion. Signed as recipient.

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