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December 21, 2012 | The Wealth Channel Magazine

Ellen M. Putnam: A Giant in Insurance Sales and Service

By: Virginia E. Webb

In her long career Ellen Putnam, CLU®, won many awards, but none as important as the John Newton Russell Award in 1978. Standing less than five feet tall, Ellen stood on a box so she could see over the podium as she addressed the audience, calling the award presented annually by NAIFA (formerly NALU) since 1947 the “highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the life insurance and financial planning industry.”

December 21, 2012 | The Wealth Channel Magazine

Women in Field Management: Let’s Go!

By: Bianca O’Brien

I began my career in New York Life’s headquarters in New York City and spent 19 years navigating the corporate environment. I loved it and was thriving when in 2004, after having  worked more directly with the company’s agents and field managers, I decided I wanted to switch my career from a corporate environment to one that gave me entrepreneurial opportunity, control, flexibility and a path to field management.

March 20, 2012 | The Wealth Channel Magazine

Women Business Owners: New Research from The American College

By: Mary Quist-Newins

What are the financial concerns, actions and risks women business owners face in America today? How are they similar to and different from those of male entrepreneurs? Insights to these questions are sought in landmark research just released by The State Farm Center for Women and Financial Services at The American College.

March 20, 2012 | The Wealth Channel Magazine

Women in the Marketplace: More Than Ever, They’re Wearing the Pants

By: Judy Hoberman

Whenever there is a discussion about the economy, financial growth and the direction of future wealth in the country, the changing face in the marketplace is always part of the conversation. While our economy has always been primarily driven by the transactional model dominated by men, we are seeing that it is morphing into the more relational style of women.

February 28, 2012 | The American College of Financial Services

Small Business Owners are Unprepared for Retirement

New research from The American College reveals that while the overwhelming majority of small business owners are concerned about retirement, a third of the women and a quarter of the men surveyed have not estimated how much they are going to need when they retire. This data suggests that millions of business owners are underprepared for retirement.

January 30, 2012 | The American College of Financial Services

Survey Reveals What Keeps Women Business Owners Up at Night

New research released by The American College indicates that the majority of women business owners fall into one of four major categories that describe their financial goals and needs. These categories reflect different levels of stress, abilities to achieve work/life balance and individual confidence. Access to the full report and a short quiz are available online. 

January 9, 2012 | The American College of Financial Services

Small Business Owners Show Strong Bias for Financial Advisors of Same Gender

According to a new study released by The American College, small business owners prefer to speak to financial advisors of the same sex, with men exhibiting a stronger gender bias than their female counterparts. Failing to diversify could lead to significant missed economic opportunities for financial services companies and reduced levels of financial security for women small business owners.

June 1, 2011 | Gama International Journal

Women: The Changing Face of Financial Services

By: Mary Quist-Newins

Mary Quist-Newins highlights the complexity, diversity, and growth of the female market. She takes a look at the industry’s need to align the face of the field with the changing face of the consumer. She reveals that in order to achieve this alignment, we must also change the face of industry leadership.

March 20, 2011 | The Wealth Channel Magazine

Mildred F. Stone, Insurance Trailblazer

By: Virginia E. Webb

Mildred F. Stone came of age when the life insurance industry was predominantly a male-dominated business. Born in Bloomfield, N.J., in 1902, Mildred graduated from high school in 1920, the same year that the 19th amendment was approved and women were given the right to vote. Well-traveled and bright, she was encouraged to continue her education.