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Bringing women together at the Raymond James Women’s Symposium

Paul Reilly, CEO of Raymond James, speaking at the Women’s Symposium about the value of recruiting more female advisors.

Did you know that 25% fewer men graduate from college than women?
In 1975, before Title IX was implemented, 17% more men graduated from college than women in the United States, according to The Census Bureau. But, in the last few decades, the tables have turned.
And yet, even though there is a huge trend towards a more educated female population, it seems they aren’t opting for a career in financial services. Women’s rights activist Gloria Feldt recently noted that women make up 51% of the population and 47% of the workforce but only 18% of the executive leadership at corporations. In addition, only 9% of client-facing financial advisors are women, according to data from Cerulli Associates Inc.
At Raymond James, the senior leadership team actively encourages and recruits female advisors to meet the market’s needs and match female college graduates in the United States.
“Today, 15% of our financial advisors are female, which is almost double the industry average” said Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly. “But we need to move the needle and actively encourage more women to join the financial services profession.”
One way that Raymond James encourages women to become financial advisors is through their own Network for Women Advisors. This group focuses on finding and promoting ways for female advisors to thrive in their business. Additionally, Raymond James annually hosts the Women’s Symposium, a 3-day conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. for members of the Network for Women Advisors and their guests. At the symposium, attendees listen to experts in the industry discuss new trends, goal planning, sustainability, leadership, social media, and more. The Women’s Symposium is also an excellent way for the women of Raymond James to cultivate relationships with their peers and learn about new opportunities through the network.
Welcome Reception and Networking Dinner at the Raymond James Women’s Symposium.

One of the two Social Media Sessions with (from right to left) Sacha Millstone (wealth manager at Raymond James), Patty Grayson (part of the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James), and myself.

I had the pleasure of joining these women at the Symposium last week to speak about the value of social media for growing an advisor’s business. While there, I found it to be so much more than a female conference: it was also an invaluable way to bring women together, support their careers, and give them the tools and resources to become successful financial advisors, role models to others, leaders in their industry and, indeed, leaders in life.
If you’re in the financial services industry, how are you encouraging more women to Lean In, grow their network and pursue new opportunities?