In celebration of the Wonder Woman film release, we’re paying tribute to the female leaders in finance who are making a superhero difference. From financial advisors who supply sound advice, to CEOs who are at the forefront of some of the largest banks in the world, to experts who teach financial literacy to everyday Americans. These Wonder Women (in no particular order) are inspirational!
Name: Heather Long
Position: Senior Writer and Editor, CNNMoney
About Her: Heather Long is a senior writer and editor covering the economy for CNNMoney. She has previously worked at The Guardian U.S. as an assistant editor, and The Patriot-News as a deputy editor, winning the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. With her work relevant to both professional and consumer audiences, Heather is making her mark on the personal finance industry.
Name: Suze Orman
Position: TV Host, Author, Motivational Speaker, Producer
About Her: USA Today called Suze Orman a “One-woman financial advice powerhouse”, and a “Force in the world of personal finance”. As a television host, author, motivational speaker, and producer, not to mention Emmy Award winner for her 2006 PBS special, The Money Show for the Young Fabulous & Broke, Suze provides financial expertise across all platforms. As one of America’s most recognized experts on personal finance, Suze can deservingly add ‘Wonder Woman of Finance’ to her CV.
Name: Mellody Hobson
Position: President, Ariel Capital Management LLC
About Her: Mellody Hobson has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is the president of Ariel Capital Management, where she directs firm-wide and strategic management, and is also a contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. In 2015, this Wonder Woman was also featured in Time Magazine’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Name: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
Position: Personal Finance Expert, Speaker, Author, Blogger
About Her: As a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, best-selling author, and blogger, it’s no surprise that Lynnette Khalfani-Cox goes by “The Money Coach”. She paid off $100,000 worth of credit card debt in just three years, and has sought to improve financial literacy since turning her life around. Her book, Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom, is a New York Times bestseller, and she regularly contributes to a variety of publications including CNN and FOX.
Name: Janet Yellen
Position: Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
About Her: Janet was the first woman to become chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 2014, after serving as Vice Chairwoman from 2010 to 2014. Pledging to promote maximum employment, stable prices, and a strong and stable financial system, this economist is without a doubt worthy of the title of Wonder Woman.
Name: Lauren Greutman
Position: Frugal Living Expert, Author, Speaker, Blogger
About Her: Lauren Greutman is the expert of frugal living. Having hit financial rock bottom chasing the American Dream while drowning in debt, she’s fought her way back up and is sharing all her budgeting lessons along the way. Two years after being in $40,000 of debt, Lauren and her husband are back to living debt free. She’s shared her passion with the world through her #1 best-selling book, The Recovering Spender, and features on The Today Show, Nightline, Good Morning America, and more.
Name: Elaine Meyers
Position: Managing Director and Financial Advisor, J.P. Morgan Securities
About Her: Elaine Meyers has over two decades of high-net-worth investment experience, and is a managing director and financial advisor with J.P. Morgan Securities. She has been recognized by Barron’s as one of the Top Women Financial Advisors, as well as one of the Top 100 Advisors nationwide on the annual list. Guiding a diverse range of people with their finances, from entrepreneurs to family offices, we think Elaine makes the perfect Wonder Woman of Finance!
Name: Jennifer McDermott
Position: Consumer Advocate & Communications Manager – USA, finder.com
About Her: Jennifer McDermott is an award-winning communications guru and consumer advocate at personal finance comparison website finder.com. Yes, we’re proud to call this Wonder Woman one of our own! Jen has spent the past 12 years traveling the world and analyzing consumer trends. She is passionate about uncovering interesting findings and issues to help people find better.
Name: Lauren Young
Position: Money Editor, Thomson Reuters
About Her: Covering personal finance for more than two decades, it’s fair to say that Thomson Reuters’ Money Editor, Lauren Young, is a Wonder Woman of Finance. Her specialities include being able to “put a face on personal finance topics”, and her work caters for both professional and consumer audiences (win!).
Name: Diane Reyes
Position: Global Head of Payments and Cash Management, HSBC
About Her: With over 20 years in transaction banking, Diane Reyes is a worthy name to be featured on our Wonder Women of Finance list. As the global head of payments and cash management at HSBC, one of the biggest names in global transaction services, Diane is paving the way to the future of banking, focusing on the importance of tech and mobile services for not only consumer, but also corporate customers.
Name: Diane Morais
Position: President of Consumer and Commercial Banking Products, Ally Bank
About Her: Diane Morais is the President of Consumer and Commercial Banking at Ally Bank, and she has held a number of positions since first joining the bank in 2008. Prior to her roles at Ally Bank, Diane spent 12 years of her career at Bank of America, and nine years at Citibank, gaining experience to fully equip her for her current role overseeing consumer and commercial banking products.
Name: Suzanne Woolley
Position: Business Editor and Writer, Bloomberg LP
About Her: Suzanne Woolley has bounced between BusinessWeek and Money Magazine, growing her knowledge, experience and writing about everything personal finance. Now at Bloomberg, she’s boosted its social media and written insightful and informative stories. She’s been the editor of Bloomberg’s personal finance channel for the past seven years and has streamlined it into an engaging offering.
Name: Jennifer Barrett
Position: Chief Education Officer, Acorns & Editor-in-Chief, Grow
About Her: Jennifer Barrett has written for some of the biggest finance publications, including Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Money, as well as being the personal finance editor for CNBC Digital. Now, she’s the chief education officer at Acorns and founding editor of Grow. Grow is a personal finance site that helps people achieve their goals through empowerment and realistic change.
Name: Michelle Hutchison
Position: Global Head of Communications & Money Expert, finder.com
About Her: Michelle Hutchison is Global Head of Communications & Money Expert at finder.com – we’re lucky to be the home of yet another Wonder Woman! As a former journalist and editor, Michelle has made her mark as a media commentator, regularly featuring in the media to help people across the globe save money and improve their financial literacy.
Name: Jana Schreuder
Position: Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trust
About Her: After holding numerous roles with the bank since joining in 1980, Jana Schreuder has made waves in the banking and finance industry as Northern Trust’s first female Chief Operating Officer. She oversees operations, technology, and efficiency, and is making cyber-security a focus, prioritizing the protection of customers’ information now and for the future. Helping mankind? Now that’s a superhero!
Name: Beth Mooney
Position: CEO, KeyCorp
About Her: As the first female chief of a Top 20 US bank, Beth Mooney is an incredibly worthy Wonder Woman of Finance! She has been CEO and Chairman of KeyCorp since 2011, and has over 30 years’ experience in retail banking, commercial lending, and real estate financing. Beth undoubtedly does Wonder Woman proud!
Name: Alexa Von Tobel
Position: Founder/CEO of LearnVest
About Her: Included in lists such as Inc. Magazine’s ’30 under 30′ and Forbes’ ‘Women to Watch’, Alexa Von Tobel is a force to be reckoned with. She dropped out of Harvard and founded LearnVest at 22, a company that aims to change the way Americans plan their finances. She’s also the New York Times Bestselling Author of Financially Fearless, a book that takes an innovative and new approach to financial planning.
Name: Cathy Bessant
Position: Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America
About Her: Next on the list is Cathy Bessant, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, leading the transition of the bank’s software-defined network infrastructure. Each year Institutional Investor runs ‘Tech 50′, a list of financial technology leaders, which Cathy topped in 2016. She also placed third in American Banker’s ’25 Most Powerful Women in Banking’. Bank of America is getting future-ready – way to go Cathy!
Name: Tiffany Aliche
Position: The Budgetnista, author
About Her: Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is a best-selling author and blogger. Her works, The One Week Budget and Live Richer Challenge, ranked #1 on Amazon’s best-sellers list, and, aside from running her own blog, Tiffany’s work also features on The Huffington Post and U.S. News and World Report. This multi-skilled Wonder Woman and teacher for financial empowerment is working toward becoming America’s favorite personal financial educator. Go, girl!
Name: Jean Chatzky
Position: Financial editor, author and motivational speaker
About Her: Earning a spot in the US Wonder Women of Finance list is Jean Chatzky, who makes money make sense. She shares her financial expertise as an editor, author, and motivational speaker, seeking to boost financial literacy and help people simplify money matters. Jean’s weekly podcast, HerMoney, provides personal finance advice, tips and research for women to take control of their finances. What a Wonder Woman!
Name: Patricia Husic
Position: President and CEO, Centric Bank
About Her: Patricia serves as president and CEO of Centric Bank, and was named as one of American Banker’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking & Finance’ in 2016. She is known for her focus on encouraging more women to aspire to C-suite positions, which definitely makes her a Wonder Woman of Finance by our standards!
Name: Karen Damato
Position: Assistant Managing Editor, Money Magazine
About Her: Karen Damato has been entrenched in the world of finance for almost 33 years, carving out a strong career as a reporter and then editor of Wall Street Journal. Her personal finance emphasis has now focused more on retirement, with her weekly Retire with Money newsletter with Money Magazine. She is also the assistant managing editor, using her wealth of knowledge to curate coverage for both print and online.
Name: Susan Kaplan
Position: President of Kaplan Financial Services
About Her: Meet our next Wonder Woman of Finance, Susan Kaplan. Susan is the president of Kaplan Financial Services and has been named as one of the Top Women Financial Advisors on Barron’s each year since 2012. This Wonder Woman is a Certified Financial Planner, and has appeared on numerous publications including Bloomberg News and CNBC.
Name: Michelle Singletary
Position: Personal Finance Columnist, The Washington Post
About Her: Michelle Singletary is the mastermind behind The Washington Post’s award-winning column The Color of Money, which provides insight into the world of personal finance, and was even nominated for a Pulitzer just a year after it first appeared. She has authored three books, the most recent, The 21 Day Financial Fast, is a financial challenge that has helped hundreds to feel empowered and make smarter financial choices. Wonder Woman would be proud!
Name: Barbara Desoer
Position: CEO, Citibank/Citigroup
About Her: Barbara Desoer is the CEO and COO of Citibank. Previously, 35 years of her career were spent in numerous roles at Bank of America, including President at Bank of America Home Loans, and Global Technology & Operations Executive. US Banker named her one of the most ’25 Powerful Women in Banking’, and with so much experience under her belt, it’s no wonder (woman)!
Name: Barbara Roper
Position: Director of Investor Protection, Consumer Federation of America
About Her: Barbara Roper has been the Director of Investor Protection at the Consumer Federation for over 30 years. She is a leading spokesperson on investor protection issues, with the CFA representing more than 50 million consumers. In true Wonder Woman style, she has conducted studies into abuses in the finance industry, and how to boost financial literacy among the lower income elderly, just to name a few. Whack, bang, pow!
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