Expanding Diversity in Wealth Management

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Diversitas is a financial knowledge symposium bringing leaders in financial planning and wealth management together with career influencers and diversity and inclusion thought leaders, along with university and high school students who are exploring the industry and profession, to build professional hope for young people and career changers in an industry that is working diligently to be fully inclusive. It is brought to the community by the Financial Planning Program in The University of Akron’s College of Business.



    Conference attendeeWHO: Career influencers (people who advise and encourage both students and career-changers about career choices), AND financial advisors who are the best source of information about the career and attributes that make it a great career choice, AND university and high school students who are interested in understanding the financial planning profession and the wealth management industry.

    WHAT: A symposium to examine how to attract more women and people of diverse backgrounds into the financial planning profession and wealth management industry.

    WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 - 10 a.m. to noon ET; National event noon-3 p.m. ET

    WHERE: In-person - Jean Hower Taber Student Union,
    The University of Akron main campus

    COST: Free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.


Registration is open

Register online now

Contact Barry Mulholland at bmulholland@uakron.edu.


AGENDA (tentative)



10 - 10:30 a.m. Registration (and morning snacks)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Welcome & Program Overview
Barry Mulholland, Ph.D
Director, Financial Planning Program, The University of Akron

Dr. Gary L. Miller: President, The University of Akron
10:45 - 11:40 a.m. Networking Activity - Participant Activity Serving the Community
11:40 a.m. - noon
Break and Start Lunch (so everyone has food and is seated by noon)
Noon - 12:15 p.m.
National Virtual Program Opening
12:15 - 1 p.m.
National Keynote Panel:  What I Wish I Had Known: A Crash Course on What to Ask, What to Know and What to Do
1:15 - 2 p.m.

National Panel:  Setting Yourself Up for Success:  Top Tips to Secure the Internship and/or Job of Your Dreams

2:15 - 3 p.m.
National Panel:  Our Journey; Our Passion; Our Goal
3 - 3:05 p.m.
National Program Wrap-up
Return to Local Program
3:05 - 3:45 p.m.
Local Roundtable Discussions: Debrief of the National Program (for those able to participate)



As host university, The University of Akron would like to thank these schools for being a part of this year's event:






The University of Akron announces nationwide financial planning diversity symposium, Diversitas


The University of Akron’s College of Business (CoB) today announced it is hosting its fourth annual financial planning symposium, Diversitas: Expanding Diversity in Wealth Management, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from noon to 3 p.m. EDT. The symposium, named for the Latin origin of “diversity,” examines ways to attract more women and people of diverse backgrounds into the financial planning profession and wealth management industry, and is free for all to attend.

“Diversitas gives current and future financial planning and wealth management professionals an excellent opportunity to learn from industry experts about what can be done to move diversity and inclusion forward within these professions,” says Dr. Barry Mulholland, lead organizer of Diversitas and director of the CoB’s financial planning program. “This event will also give those who are underrepresented in the financial planning profession a better understanding of the great opportunities that exist in the industry.”

Diversitas brings together financial planning and wealth management industry leaders, career influencers, and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to discuss career opportunities in the financial services industry. The symposium, which is taking place entirely online this year, will include virtual panel discussions and breakout sessions, enabling students and industry professionals to engage and discuss topics and key panel takeaways in smaller groups.

Speakers include some of the financial services industry’s top thought leaders and advocates, including:

  • President and CEO of Cambridge Investment Research Inc., Amy Webber;
  • CEO of Cetera Financial Group, Adam Antoniades;
  • Managing Director and Senior Managing Counsel at BNY Mellon’s Pershing, Tonia Bottoms;
  • Charles Schwab & Co. Executive Vice President Lisa Hunt and Vice President Cynthia Owyoung;
  • CEO of Suzanne Siracuse Consulting, Suzanne Siracuse;
  • Co-CEO of 2050 Wealth Partners, Lazetta Rainey Braxton;
  • Chief Operating Officer at MarketCounsel, Walter K. Booker;
  • and Chief Experience Officer of Dakota Wealth Management, Carina Diamond, among others.

University of Akron Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Jolene Lane, will be leading a panel and University of Akron President Gary L. Miller will provide welcoming remarks. Diversitas is sponsored by Charles Schwab Investment Management, Cetera Financial Group, Cambridge Investment Research and BNY Mellon’s Pershing.

In addition to The University of Akron, Partner Universities include California Lutheran University, California State University, Northridge; Edinboro University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, Olivet College, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, University of Georgia, University of North Florida, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We are so grateful for our sponsors, who have made it possible for us to offer Diversitas on a national scale this year,” say Dr. Susan Hanlon, interim dean of the CoB. “These sponsor organizations recognize diversity and inclusion as a critical piece of the future of financial services, and they are taking the necessary strides to make a difference. Financial advisors play a major role in advocating for diversity, and our goal is to provide them with the tools they need to be role models for future professionals.”

For more information or to register for Diversitas, please click here. Registration for the event must be completed by Oct. 20, 2020. Professionals can also join the conversation on social media by following the CoB (@uakronbusiness) on Facebook and @uakronbusiness on Twitter and using the hashtag #diversitasFP.

Media contact: Alex Knisely, 330-972-6477 or aknisely@uakron.edu.