n early January, the Financial Services
Institute — which represents independent
broker-dealers and advisors — said it would
host its first-ever all-women CEO panel during
the group’s OneVoice 2019 event, set for Jan.
28–30 in New Orleans. We applaud this effort.
Of course, it does raise an important question for the
financial-services industry: When will the first female
technology-executive panel be scheduled?
There are lots of women in different IT leadership
roles throughout the industry. So many in fact, that we
had to limit the group highlighted here to those making
a significant impact on wealth management at a select
number of firms.
For the inaugural top Women in Wealth Tech list,
we chose to present a group of individuals who lead
tech efforts at indie and national BDs, wirehouse firms,
clearing and custodial partners, RIAs and technology-focused organizations.
This list is by no means exhaustive. However, it
does include women with companies known for tech
innovation and for serving large numbers of advisors.
This year’s Women in Wealth Tech participants
kindly shared their views on many trends affecting
technology and financial services. We present an
abbreviated look at their insights and achievements in
this feature and the complete profiles and responses to
a questionnaire online at ThinkAdvisor.com.
Still, there remains room for improvement, and
they are working on it. “There are not enough women
in wealth management and technology,” said Kirby
Horan-Adams, LPL Financial’s head of Investor and
“While you don’t find many women leading
Wealth Technology in the industry, I could not be
prouder of a strong team of women leaders working
with me…,” explained Cynthia Jane Buckler, chief
information officer and head of Wealth and Investment
Management Technology for Wells Fargo. “They …
understand the power of technology and are passionate
about how technology can help our clients reach their
By Janet Levaux
Illustration by Kotryna Zukauskaite