Three Advisors Join LPL Financial’s Advisor Inclusion Council
“Our Inclusion Council members are advocates within the industry who work on behalf of thousands of other financial professionals to share experiences, help build a sense of community and address opportunities to drive change and growth.” – Kraleigh Woodford
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nov. 10, 2021 – LPL Financial LLC announced today that financial advisors Sam Cone, Jessica McNamee CFP®, CLU® and Grace Yung CFP® have joined the firm’s Advisor Inclusion Council (AIC), which is comprised of a group of diverse representatives with different backgrounds and specialties from affiliated financial firms and institutions, along with LPL leaders.
Cone is a financial consultant at Pinsker Wealth Management in Greensboro, N.C., as well as a lawyer and dedicated advocate for progressive causes within his community and state. He is a board member and treasurer for both the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission and the N.C. Justice Center. McNamee is director for Heartland Planning Associates, the financial planning and wealth management team located at Heartland Bank in central Ohio. She has more than a decade in financial planning experience and is a coach and mentor to other advisors. Yung is managing director at Midtown Financial, based in Houston, Texas. She has provided advice to individuals and families since starting her practice in 1994, and is an active advocate and supporter for numerous organizations in her community.
“Our Inclusion Council members are advocates within the industry who work on behalf of thousands of other financial professionals to share experiences, help build a sense of community and address opportunities to drive change and growth. We are honored to welcome Sam, Jessica and Grace to the AIC family,” said Kraleigh Woodford, LPL senior vice president, Business Development. “While the pandemic continues to keep so many people apart, LPL’s Advisor Diversity and Inclusion team has accelerated virtual and other engagement opportunities this year to help underrepresented advisors connect with peers who have similar backgrounds or clients. We recognize the value of engaging with peers to connect, learn from one another and explore LPL resources designed to help advisors grow and enhance their businesses.”
Advisor Inclusion Council makes direct business impact
Established in 2018, the 21-member Advisor Inclusion Council contributes to solutions for three primary goals:
- Attract more underrepresented financial advisors to the industry to help reflect the changing marketplace
- Help advisors address barriers to growth and engage in new investor markets
- Create and cultivate inclusive communities for advisors to connect, learn and share best practices
By sharing their insights, expertise and experiences as advisors, members of the Advisor Inclusion Council provide critical guidance to LPL leaders, informing the development of inclusive business practices that support advisors in their mission to take care of their clients. Members’ feedback has been integrated into several new programs and events to help attract more advisors to LPL to reflect the changing marketplace.
Read more on LPL’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
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