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Wealth Management Career Day

Saturday, March 5th 2022
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Virtual Program, ON

WCM & Manulife present Wealth Management Career Day

Join WCM virtually on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 from 12-3 pm ET for the first Wealth Management Career Day!

By 2028, women in Canada will control 42% of the country's wealth. As the control of wealth shifts, a greater diversity of wealth managers is key. The first step in achieving greater diversity is an insight into what a career in wealth looks like today and where Canadian firms would like to see careers grow into.

In partnership with Manulife, IGM Financial, and Raymond James, WCM is opening up the conversation about wealth management. 

Why should you attend?: 

  • Explore career opportunities in wealth management  such as Investment Advisors, Financial Planner, available at Canadian firms
  • Hear from a mix of Canadian Banks and Private firms on opportunities they have
  • Network with industry professionals to hear their insights and get your questions answered
  • Learn how to get into Associate and Rookie programs and other options

Who should attend: Post-Secondary students of all genders, across North America who are interested in learning more about wealth management.

Cost: FREE! Thanks to the support of our sponsors, tickets are free to members and non-members. 

To catch all the great content and take part in networking, please attend the event live. This event will take place on zoom. 

Agenda

12:00- 12:10 PM ET | Opening Remarks

Lara Zink

President & CEO | WCM

Lara Zink is currently President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets. WCM is the largest network of female professionals in Canadian finance, with initiatives that impact the careers of countless female students and professionals across the country. 

Prior to joining WCM, Lara spent 18 months in venture capital. She is an angel investor and a mentor at a startup accelerator called NEXT Canada. NEXT accelerates the growth trajectory of aspiring and scaling entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, funding, and access to Canada’s strongest entrepreneurial network. 

From 1995 to 2019 Lara worked at RBC Capital Markets. She sold North American and European equity research and investment banking products to many of Canada’s largest institutional investors, including pension funds, bank owned mutual funds, and independent fund managers. A lead partner in RBC Women’s Leadership ETF, she has been a strong advocate for ED&I throughout her career and has extensive volunteer experience for social impact. 

Lara holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from UWO, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. Lara is a Governor on the University of Toronto Governing Council, she sits on two Foundation boards, the CAMH Campaign Cabinet, and is a volunteer for the Special Olympics. 

Lara has been an active mentor to junior women and men throughout her career. 

12:10- 12:20 | Opening Keynote

Catherine Milum

Head of Wealth Sales Wealth and Asset Management, Canada | Manulife Investment Management

Catherine Milum is a customer-obsessed sales powerhouse. From client services to sales and marketing, she has spent her career learning, training and making customers’ decisions easier and their lives better.

As the Head of Wealth Sales, Wealth and Asset Management, Canada, Catherine guides the National Sales team, of more than 100 professionals, by openly imparting her knowledge and experience to help advisors grow their business.

Recognized as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by the Women’s Executive Network, and a 2019 “Champion of Change” recipient by Women in Capital Markets, Catherine is a trailblazer in the wealth industry. She’s passionate about growing strong relationships and developing the abilities of talented team members – with a specific focus on women in the industry. She’s also an accomplished presenter, with hundreds of seminars on countless topics, under her belt.

For Catherine, information-sharing is about connecting and having fun, and her creative approach has earned her a reputation as one of the top practice management leaders and sales trainers in the industry.

12:20 -1:00 PM ET | Careers in Wealth

Following the introductory remarks, this panel will highlight the diverse career opportunities in Wealth Management including Investment Advisory, Sales Distribution, Branch Management, Client Management, Product Support, and others. Panelists will share what courses are required to qualify for careers in Wealth and speak to their experiences finding mentors & sponsors. This panel will provide an inside look at a typical day on the job. Who are your clients - internal or external? The panelists will highlight why Wealth Management is an attractive career opportunity for women.

Moderator

Andrea Linger

Vice President, Practice Management and Head of the Women Canadian Advisors Network | Raymond James Ltd.

Andrea Linger began her career in the financial services industry in 2010 and joined Raymond James in 2011. During her time at Raymond James, she has grown her career, taking on new roles and increasing responsibilities first within an Advisory team and then in the Practice Management department. As Vice President of Practice Management, Andrea is responsible for managing, facilitating and designing programs to improve the profitability and growth of our Financial/Investment Advisors across Canada. She is directly responsible for the delivery of various Practice Management programs, facilitating new Advisor training and succession planning programs. As Head of the Women Canadian Advisors Network for Raymond James Ltd., Andrea is committed to advancing the success of our women advisors through professional and personal coaching initiatives, training, workshops and networking opportunities. In September 2021, Andrea was a story contributor to the Amazon Best Selling Women of Inspiration - Women Driving Change book that features inspiring women from diverse industries. These women are everyday heroes and role models, female entrepreneurs, leaders, visionaries; thought leaders who inspire us to forge ahead, take the road less traveled and dream big! Andrea was a 2021 Women of InspirationTM Authentic Leader Award recipient, honoured by the Universal Women’s Network. The Authentic Leader Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and has made significant contributions to her industry. Andrea is also the producer of the national financial literacy talk show, The Wealthy Life. The show helps Canadians live their version of a wealthy life through informative episodes featuring guest experts on a variety of topics.

Panelists

Amy Lee

Vice President, Training and Practice Excellence | Scotia Wealth Management

Amy Lee is the Vice President, Training and Practice Excellence at Scotiabank. In this role, she is responsible for leading the Training and Practice Management team, supporting all key development initiatives for advisor businesses across Scotia Wealth Management. She is also responsible for leading Scotia Wealth Management’s Analytics Team.  Prior to this, Amy has taken on a variety of client-facing and strategic head office roles within Scotia Wealth Management; most recently as Director, Strategy and Transformation for Client Solutions. She is also a champion for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, leading the working group for Global Wealth Management’s Inclusion Council and has been a key contributor to The Scotiabank Women Initiative. 
With over 15+ years of industry experience, Amy is recognized for her highly strategic mindset, ability to drive strong business results and passion for building and leading high-performance teams.
Amy has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Toronto.

Ann Marie Cerio

Vice President & Director, Client Experience and Sales Strategy | TD Asset Management

Ann Marie Cerio is a Marketing and Sales Strategy leader with over 20 years of experience in financial and professional services. Ann Marie is currently Vice President & Director at TD Asset Management leading Client Experience and Sales Strategy. She re-joined TD in 2011 after completing the Rotman Back to Work Program. 

Prior to that, she was Chief Marketing Officer for one of Canada’s leading business law firms. She has held a variety of roles within TD Bank Group in retail and commercial banking, corporate office and wealth management environments. Ann Marie was also Head of the Global Marketing and Communications at TD Securities. She also worked as a consultant with institutional clients in the capital markets industry.

Ann Marie is passionate about Women's initiatives having been a member of the TD Wealth Women In Leadership (WIL) Committee and past Board Member and Vice President for Women in Capital Markets. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University with a major in Finance. She also completed the Executive Marketing Program at Queen’s University.  

Ann Marie loves to spend time with her husband, son and daughter who are all very active!  

Brianne Gardner

Financial Advisor | Raymond James Ltd.

As a Wealth Advisor and co-founder of Velocity Investment Partners, Brianne uses her years of expertise to provide solutions to high net worth families who have complex financial needs, and deliver first-class service to clients who expect the best. Her dedication to understanding and managing the unique financial challenges many families face gives her clients the peace of mind they need.

With the tools provided by the leading independent firm in Canada, Raymond James Ltd., she is continually raising the bar for customized and strategic investment solutions with a focus on risk management. Brianne works closely with successful individuals, medical professionals, corporate executives, business owners and multi-generational wealthy families across Canada and USA, who have built significant wealth through years of hard work. She takes pride in the opportunity to help them grow, protect, and diversify their wealth, and when the time comes, transfer it to future generations in the most efficient manner.

Brianne and her partner John develop customized wealth management plans and solutions to meet their select clients personal circumstances and goals. Brianne oversees a highly qualified team of six who help ensure all the clients receive ‘Amazon like’ efficiency and ‘Four Seasons like’ service. A disciplined and active risk management strategy allows clients to sleep soundly knowing their money is under prudent stewardship. Her team recently won Wealth Professionals 5 Star Top Teams in 2021 and she was named Women In Capital Markets 2021 Rising Star.

Her unwavering passion for being a trusted financial partner and family advisor providing valuable guidance in overseeing their financial affairs is why she has built strong, long-term lasting relationships. Brianne has authored many industry articles over the years and is an expert financial contributor for Neighbours of Edgemont magazine.

Brianne acts as a mentor to young women in business and has always been an active member of her community. She is a philanthropist through many professional associations and charitable organizations such as Women in Capital Markets, Young Women in Business, SFU Beedie School of Business Mentorship Program and ReThink Breast Cancer. She also serves as a board member of Ascenda School of Management on the finance committee.

In her free time, Brianne leads an active lifestyle, and you’ll often find her playing golf, tennis, volleyball, skiing or hiking. She and her husband enjoy traveling and they love to spend time with family and their dog Whiskey.

Daniela Jaramillo

District VP, Wealth Sales | Manulife Investment Management

Daniela leads a team responsible for the maintenance and growth of a $1.8B territory at Manulife Investment Management. Her clients are investment advisors and financial planners. Daniela joined Manulife in 2018 and the wealth management industry in 2009. Prior to Manulife, she held roles at Fidelity Investments, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management.

Daniela graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and holds a Charted Investment Manager designation.

Nadege Koscamp

Division Director & Senior Financial Consultant | IG Wealth Management

Nadège is a Senior Financial Consultant and Division Director with IG Wealth Management.

She has over 10 years’ experience working with professionals and their families to achieve financial wellbeing.  Not only does she run her financial planning practice she is also a Division Director responsible for training and developing new consultants.

Her passion is DEI and uplifting her community.  She is a lead for IGM Black Advisory Council and the Vice President of  Financial Literacy for the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals. 
In her spare time she can be found hiking, travel, biking with her family or deep in a good thriller. 

1:05- 1:25 PM ET | Let's Answer Your Questions

Join this informal networking session to have your questions answered. Students will meet with 2 different firms and speak to representatives from each firm while in the room. 

Students who participate in all sessions will be entered to win 1 of 8 coffee chats with participating firms after the event.

Students will be divided into rooms to ask questions to representatives in the rooms. This is an “ask me anything” type session.

Participants include:

Liz Bouthillier, SVP, Sales: Franklin Templeton

Adrienne Young, Vice President, Director of Corporate Credit Research, Canada: Franklin Templeton

Kathryn Keenan, Investment Associate, Citi Private Bank

Gursahiba Chandhoke, Associate Banker, Citi Private Bank

Jacqueline Fry, Group Manager, Operation Control, TD Wealth

Ann Marie Cerio, Vice President and Director, Client Experience and Sales Strategy, TD Wealth

Meghan McAlister, Assistant Market Leader: Vancouver Island, BMO Private Wealth

Tyson Rigg, Senior Investment Counsellor - Ottawa West Market, BMO Private Wealth

Ladan Foroutan, District Vice President: Montreal Center, Laurentian Bank of Canada

Teresa Tirabasso, Branch Manager, Laurentian Bank of Canada

Siân Canavan, Senior Director & Head, RBC InvestEase

Kimberly Wood, Senior Wealth Associate, National Bank

Alexandra Roseborough, Credit Solutions Manager, Private Banking, Scotiabank

Natasha DiCienzo, Wealth Advisor, ScotiaMcLeod

Tayler Mullen, Regional Sales Manager, Credit Union Wealth Management, Aviso Wealth

Olga Bordatcheva, Regional Sales Manager, NEI Investments, Aviso Wealth

Emily Graham, Vice President, Sales, iA Clarington

Olivia Polera, Internal Wholesaler,  iA Clarington

Tania Andrella, Wealth Associate, National Bank Financial

Youssef Haidar, Wealth Associate, National Bank Financial

Kathy Chow, Wealth Management Account Manager, Desjardins

Sylvie Manley, Specialized Financing and Banking Solutions Advisor, Desjardins

Janet Richardson, Manager, Business Development Associates, Manulife Investment Management

Jocelyn Carter, Director, Talent Acquisition, Campus Recruitment, Manulife Investment Management

Alicia Heath, Business Development Associate, Manulife Investment Management

Carley Ley, Associate Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy

Claire Wang, Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist, IG Wealth Management

1:30 -2:10 PM ET | How Wealth Management Firms Make A Social Impact

According to a study published  by Deloitte 87% of Millennials and Gen Z believe that “the success of a business should be measured in terms of more than just its financial performance.” It is important now more than ever for firms to share the steps they are taking toward corporate social responsibility both internally and externally in order to recruit and retain diverse talent.

Moderator

June Zimmer

VP, ESG Advisory | NEI Investments

June works at the VP, ESG Advisory at NEI Investments, connecting the ESG team with its investor and advisor communities. She holds multiple academic designations including a MSc and PhD, along with the Sustainable Investment Professional certification. June has been recognized by the CBC and YWCA for her community work in support of girls and women, and professionally she leads a steering committee for Women in Capital Markets. June has worked in various roles within the financial services industry, and is a champion and advocate for women in capital markets.

Panelists

Fate Saghir

Senior-Vice President, Head of Sustainability | Mackenzie Investments

Fate Saghir leads Sustainability at Mackenzie Investments. Fate is also the Chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee and the Head of Mackenzie’s Sustainability Centre of Excellence, dedicated to developing capabilities and enriching technical expertise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in support of corporate strategy, investment management practices and sustainable product offerings. Fate brings thought leadership, education and tools aligned to creating sustainable investments to institutional clients, advisors and investors. Since joining Mackenzie in 2017, Fate led the development and launch of Precision, an intuitive investment analytics technology that assists financial advisors in the research and analysis of Canadian investments. She then established a new function, Market Strategy and Innovation, focused on research, insights and innovation enabling fact based and client centric decision-making at IG Wealth Management and Mackenzie Investments. 

Fate has over 15 years’ experience in financial services building new sustainable business models through strategic research and insights, a strong client orientation and a focus on generating long-term value for all stakeholders. 

She sits on the Advisory Boards for Timea’s Cause, an organization dedicated to building awareness in human trafficking and the Women’s Collection, an organization focused on enabling financial literacy for women. In 2021, she joined the Responsible Investment Association’s Leadership Council and joined the board of the Mackenzie Investments’ Charitable Foundation Board. She was also named a Clean50 2022 Honouree in recognition of her efforts to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada. Fate has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). 

​ Jeff Shell

Head of Alternatives, ESG and Innovation | BMO Global Asset Management

Jeff was appointed Head of Alternatives, ESG and Innovation for BMO Global Asset Management in August of 2021.  Previous roles at BMO have included heading Financial Institutions, Correspondent Banking, Trade Finance, Treasury & Payments Solutions and Asia Corporate Banking in BMO Capital Markets. 

Prior to BMO, Jeff worked as a strategy consultant, as a university researcher and as an entrepreneur.  He has authored a number of patents related to advanced technology interface design.  He holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Queen’s University and an MBA from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. 

Margaret Childe

Managing Director, Head of ESG, Canada | Manulife Investment Management

Margaret Childe is Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research and Integration, Canada, at Manulife Investment Management. She is responsible for working collaboratively and proactively with Manulife IM’s Canada-based investment teams on ESG integration, identifying and managing ESG risks and opportunities for Canadian portfolios. Margaret also works on global ESG integration projects and methodologies for ESG product development and represents Manulife IM’s ESG capabilities among the local investment community.

Previously, Margaret was a senior manager of ESG advisory services at Sustainalytics, where she helped asset owners and investment managers in Canada and the US to develop and implement sustainable and responsible investment strategies, including ESG integration, ESG products and impact investing solutions.
 
Prior to that, Margaret managed RBC Capital Market’s collateral management desk and was an associate on the Global Equity Linked Products desk. Earlier in her career, Margaret worked for Save the Children, UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Margaret is fluent in French.

Margaret holds an Honours BA from University of Toronto in Environment & Society and French Literature & Civilization.

2:15- 2:55 PM ET | Associate Roles & Rookie / Training Programs

Internships, associate training & rookie programs are critical for driving the success of new recruits. Learn more about what hiring firms are looking for. Gather tips on landing the interview process. What types of candidates are today’s sponsor firms looking for? Gather tips on landing the interview process. Hear panelists share their experiences going through the programs. Get your questions answered. 

Moderator

Brandon Newell

Executive Director, Financial Solutions Global Markets | CIBC

Brandon Newell is an Executive Director of Financial Solutions within the Global Markets segment at CIBC Capital Markets where he is responsible for the fixed income cash, credit, and derivatives business in Vancouver. Brandon manages institutional relationships with a focus on Treasuries, Mortgage Originators, Insurance Companies, Hedge Funds, Pension Funds, and other Real and Alternative Asset Managers. Brandon began his career on the sell side at CIBC in June 2012 after concluding a one year contract at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan within their Tactical Asset Allocation, Investments division where he was part of the Equity Products group that specialized in trading volatility as an asset class.

Brandon is active in several community care initiatives at CIBC, including the United Way Campaign, Movember, One for Change, Miracle Day, and the CIBC Annual Squash Tournament for Run for the Cure, which he helped originate. He is also a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion and has served in multiple capacities at Women in Capital Markets with a focus on men’s engagement. He is currently seated as Co-Chair of the WCM Vancouver Chapter Steering Committee.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Finance from Saint Mary’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Panelists

Andrea Linger

Vice President, Practice Management and Head of the Women Canadian Advisors Network | Raymond James Ltd.

Andrea Linger began her career in the financial services industry in 2010 and joined Raymond James in 2011. During her time at Raymond James, she has grown her career, taking on new roles and increasing responsibilities first within an Advisory team and then in the Practice Management department.

As Vice President of Practice Management, Andrea is responsible for managing, facilitating and designing programs to improve the profitability and growth of our Financial/Investment Advisors across Canada. She is directly responsible for the delivery of various Practice Management programs, facilitating new Advisor training and succession planning programs.

As Head of the Women Canadian Advisors Network for Raymond James Ltd., Andrea is committed to advancing the success of our women advisors through professional and personal coaching initiatives, training, workshops and networking opportunities.

In September 2021, Andrea was a story contributor to the Amazon Best Selling Women of Inspiration - Women Driving Change book that features inspiring women from diverse industries. These women are everyday heroes and role models, female entrepreneurs, leaders, visionaries; thought leaders who inspire us to forge ahead, take the road less traveled and dream big! Andrea was a 2021 Women of InspirationTM Authentic Leader Award recipient, honoured by the Universal Women’s Network. The Authentic Leader Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and has made significant contributions to her industry.

Andrea is also the producer of the national financial literacy talk show, The Wealthy Life. The show helps Canadians live their version of a wealthy life through informative episodes featuring guest experts on a variety of topics.

​Kimberly Wood

Senior Wealth Associate | National Bank Financial Wealth Management

Kimberly Wood is a Senior Wealth Associate at National Bank Financial Wealth Management whose primary role runs the gamut from relationship-building to working on personalized financial plans, managing investment transactions and handling clients’ estate needs with great sensitivity.  Kimberly prides herself on her integrity, loyalty and her ability to support clients on their financial journeys.

Kimberly’s near decade in wealth management began in customer service with TD Financial Group.  She rounded out her experience as a Licensed Associate at RBC Dominion Securities and a Licensed Investment Advisor Assistant at Canaccord Genuity.  In 2016, Kimberly transitioned with her team to National Bank Financial Wealth Management to continue working as a Senior Investment Associate. 

Kimberly has a Honours Specialization B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, a post-graduate certificate in Financial Planning from Sheridan College, holds her Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and is licensed to trade. 

Nathalie Gagnon

Vice President and Managing Director, Greater Toronto Region | RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel Inc.

Nathalie Gagnon is Vice President and Managing Director of the Greater Toronto region (GTR) for RBC PH&N Investment Counsel. She's an experienced financial services sales and relationship management professional with a proven track record of managing complex, high-value relationships.

Her collaborative, solutions-driven approach has been instrumental in developing strong client partnerships and driving enterprise global change management initiatives.

Nathalie has three decades of financial industry experience, including institutional relationship management, business development and regional client management responsibilities. Known for her excellent leadership skills, she heads a professional team charged with building and managing a high-performance investment counselling practice.

She earned a business degree in finance from the University of Sherbrooke and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Sophia Lee

Senior Business Development Manager, Wealth Sales | Manulife Investment Management

Sophia joined Manulife Investments as an Internal Wholesaler in 2015. During her 7 years at Manulife, Sophia graduated from the company’s Wholesaler Development Program and was awarded Internal Wholesaler of the Year in 2019. Most recently, she was promoted to the role of Hybrid Wholesaler, a new role at Manulife that balances the demands of a traditional wholesaler with the flexibility of working remotely. For the past 2 years, Sophia was a speaker at Manulife’s national segregated fund conferences, performing live demonstrations on the company’s new digital tools.

Prior to joining Manulife, Sophia worked at two large investment management firms.  Having spent time working in administration, event planning and working with both investment and insurance products, Sophia’s 12 years of experience in the industry make her a highly valuable business partner.  

2:55- 3:00 PM ET | Closing Remarks

Marissa Teeter

Senior Vice President, Financial Services | IG Wealth Management

Marissa Teeter is the Senior Vice President, Financial Services for IG Wealth Management, one Canada’s largest Wealth Management firms. 

Marissa is fluent in both French and English, and has over 15 years of business development, wealth management and marketing experience under her belt. Prior to joining IG Wealth Management, she helped build and run a boutique wealth management firm working exclusively with high net worth clients and exempt products for nearly 10 years, consulted for Fortune 500 companies and helped build a handful of start-up companies prior to that. Marissa believes strongly and works diligently towards supporting financial literacy and financial wellbeing for all Canadians. 

Marissa’s entrepreneurial spirit, relentless energy and “do what it takes” mentality make her a valuable resource to her clients, colleagues and business associates alike. Her commitment to women’s empowerment, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are integrated into both her daily work and personal community efforts and commitments.  

Marissa graduated with a business degree (Administrative & Commercial Studies) from the University of Western Ontario, which she achieved with honours. She also earned a Bilingual Business Degree from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was recognized as one of the program’s top international graduates.  Marissa was recognized in 2018 as the IIAC’s Top 40 Under 40 for investment industry professionals and has recently earned executive certificates from Wharton, Georgetown and Harvard Business Schools. 

Marissa was recently featured as an expert in the new CBC series, “The Dream Team” alongside CBC Dragons Den star Manjit Minhas. Together with other mentors, they worked with incredible Canadians to build their financial plans, inspire financial confidence and to fuel their business dreams. You can watch the show on-demand on CBC Gem and Marissa is already looking forward to shooting season 2!

Marissa is also very involved in local community and international causes. As an active philanthropist, Marissa has served on many charitable boards over the years. Marissa was also recognized as a 2015, 2016 and 2017 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction for Business and Entrepreneurship and Community Champion- she was also the 2018 and 2019 Honorary Chair.  Additionally, she was named “Top 40 Under 40” for 2015 and was selected for the 2015 Mayor’s Award for her philanthropic efforts and achievements. She also currently sits on several Advisory Boards offering her support and expertise to fuel charitable and other community organizations both locally and nationally.  

Marissa is passionate about the mutually beneficial opportunities that happen when corporations and non-profits work together and she hares her knowledge as a highly sought-after speaker on the importance of fostering these partnerships.  She also enjoys coaching and mentoring business professionals and remarkable women to help them achieve their greatest potential in business and in life.   

Most importantly, Marissa is “mommy” to her two awesome children, a boy, Beckett, aged 6 and a girl, Hunter, aged 8, and she raises them together with her husband Jeff.  

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