Amplifying the RIA Value Prop

Amplifying the RIA Value Prop

The true value of fiduciaries is their ability to be a full-service advisor. It’s not just investment management anymore, said Penny Phillips, Co-founder & President of Journey Strategic Wealth, it’s someone who guides and interprets the financial landscape for the client.  

 

“The consumer doesn’t recognize the difference,” she said. “And what I say to advisors is: It’s our responsibility as professionals in this business to educate the consumer. Not only does it help us garner new business, the minute we talk to a client about all the ways we help — cash flow planning and budgeting, philanthropic desires, health insurance, understanding their employee benefits. When they hear all this,  they recognize, they’re not getting that experience at XYZ wirehouse.” 

 

This differentiation should be spelled out to the consumer and embraced by the RIA. A simple way to think of it is: 

 

Be Adaptable: The financial services industry hasn’t trained advisors well on how to adapt to the changing consumer model. As a result, there’s a disconnect that needs to be resolved. Invest time in understanding the changing consumer model and adapt to their new needs. 

 

Be an Interpreter: Consumers have access to an abundance of financial information, now more than ever before. Respond by being a financial “interpreter” — someone who sorts through what will work and won’t work for them. Translate this information to show greater value. 

 

Bring the Value:  Remind the client of the value you bring. Engage with them, develop robust financial plans, and cultivate relationships. Phillips also recommends documenting the outcomes so the client recognizes the value — tangible or not. 

 

Unite Together to Share Advice 

 

Phillips — who has spent most of her career coaching and consulting financial advisors, business owners, and wealth management institutions — is excited to share this type of advice during the Future Proof Festival in September. 

 

“I’m super excited for Future Proof because I think the organizers and folks involved really get something that I have been talking about for a long time, which is this idea of community and creating an experience,” she said. “It’s more than just delivering a specific data point or facts that we want the advisors to know.”

 

It’s about forming a collaborative culture, said Phillips. An experience that allows the attendees to “have control over their own destiny, where they’re able to create their own learning pathways because there are a ton of different resources available to them.” 


Don’t miss Phillips as she shares this message during an interactive panel at Future Proof September 11-14 in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Decoding a Zoom Background with Katherine Jollon Colsher

Decoding a Zoom Background with Katherine Jollon Colsher

Katherine Jollon Colsher has an insider’s perspective on what it means to enter the financial services industry today. Katherine is CEO of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing gender diversity—and inclusion—in investment management. Since 2015, the organization has trained and placed more 1,400 scholars across its summer and online intensive programs in the U.S., the UK and Canada.

 

In her role, Katherine has seen and heard how the next generation of professionals wants to be viewed in the workplace, even as firms try to address homogeneity within their ranks. She shared why big, difficult goals are needed for an industry that isn’t moving fast enough, how Gen Z is keeping it real with their Zoom backgrounds and how to teach business etiquette to students who spent half their college years studying remotely.

 

Future Proof: What is the future you envision at Girls Who Invest? 

 

Katherine Jollon Colsher: Our vision is for 30% of the world’s investable capital to be managed by women by 2030. We’re trying to change the face of investing. We do that through offering education and paid internships to our scholars and long-term career development for our alumni. 

 

We’re essentially trying to change the talent pipeline that investment management firms recruit from, so that they bring in more diverse candidates. Not exclusively with respect to gender, but with respect to perspective, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, educational background and geographic background. We’re really promoting an individual as an individual.

 

FP: How close to that goal of 30% is the industry?

 

Katherine: The industry is at less than 10%. It’s sobering. That’s why we talk about our vision being ambitious. We really need a sense of urgency. We literally can’t move fast enough. 

 

FP: You work with partners to place your scholars at investment management firms. How aware is the industry that they have a problem that needs a solution? 

 

Katherine: The conversation around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging has shifted over the last few years, which has been very positive. 

 

There has been a tremendous willingness within the industry to be honest and recognize the need to do more. Firms want to bring in more diverse talent and the intention behind that is real. There’s no perfect organization, but it’s clear people want to work at a place that’s committed to evolving. 

 

Some firms are great at recruiting diverse talent in the beginning, but struggle from a retention standpoint. Some firms struggle more in the beginning, but find success further out. Every company is different. We want to help each firm move from where they are to where they want to be.

 

Firms will say, “I don’t really know how to have this conversation.” Or, “I know that there’s plenty of people out there to hire, we’re just not as good at it.” The fact that these discussions are taking place is progress, and it’s pretty cool that they come to us. 

 

That’s why I believe so much in the future, because people are showing that they need help and they’re looking to make a difference, and that’s what Girls Who Invest is all about.

 

Collectively, we want to be moving past moments of hardship and moving towards moments of inclusion and belonging. Change can’t happen fast enough.

 

FP: You have the enviable position of working directly with future leaders, before the rest of the world recognizes them as such. What have you learned about the next generation that’s entering the workforce?

 

Katherine: It’s unbelievably inspiring to work with our scholars and alumni. The world we’re living in is a big responsibility for this generation to bear. 

 

This generation is more comfortable having difficult conversations than potentially previous generations, whether that’s around compensation or workplace culture. That will position them, and all of us, for success. Because there’ll be more transparent conversations in the workplace.

 

They also see an important intersection between personal life and work life, even more so than prior generations. There’s no longer a split between what you do at work to make money versus living your best life at home. People are looking to find value at work—and to be inspired. 

 

FP: How has the pandemic and the acceptability of remote learning and working changed the workplace?

 

Katherine: Work-life balance is already being reconfigured. There’s no expectation that one has to hide their at-home persona from the workplace. There’s an element of people being comfortable talking about what they do off-hours, which is promising to see. We want our scholars to feel comfortable and safe.

 

This is a generation that has gone through their collegiate experience or their early career on Zoom. They’re much more comfortable with not having blurred backgrounds, for example, and they don’t see a need to hide their personality as much as earlier generations may have.

 

The demographic we’re working with has had to adjust so quickly to a blended learning environment and a blended work environment, so they’re ahead of the game when it comes to the future of the workplace. 

 

They realize that life happens. Some days they might have to attend one of our evening sessions from a coffee shop. They’re not going to blur the background and have the coffee shop hidden, because that’s just the reality of their lives. They recognize that other times they want to blur their backdrop because they don’t want people to see their home environment, because it might be too personal and they feel exposed in doing that.

 

FP: How do you approach business etiquette for a cohort that has attended classes online for the past two years? 

 

Katherine: When we talk about “business etiquette,” what we’re really talking about is “readiness.” 

 

When you’re a rising junior, the business world is new. We try to increase awareness about what to wear to the workplace. How to observe how people interact. If you go out to lunch, for example, how do you handle that lunch? What do you order? What do you not order? Whose lead do you follow? Those are all things that you learn over time, but if no one’s ever taken a moment to talk you through that, it’s a really intimidating environment.

 

Our women are very prepared for those moments, but they’re also comfortable asking questions and learning more.

 

FP: The Future Proof Festival is an event that celebrates tough questions. What aspect of the event are you most excited about?

 

Katherine: We’re huge champions of community and the power of community. The Girls Who Invest alumni population is already approaching 2,000 individuals. I’m very excited about the community that’s being built. 

 

The ethos of disruption is really powerful. It’s exciting to think about how to do that, because that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do for the investment management industry at Girls Who Invest.

 

We believe in the strength of bringing people together from all different interests and all different backgrounds. Future Proof is like that by design. It’s intended to be part of the secret sauce and I’m energized by that. 

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A Modern Framework to Building Trust in Financial Services

A Modern Framework to Building Trust in Financial Services

Is the industry due for a reckoning after years of eroding trust with the public? Megan Gorman thinks so. The founding partner of Chequers Financial Management, a female-owned high-net worth tax and financial planning firm in San Francisco, says it’s up to firms and advisors to band together and become more transparent.

 

“I would love to see the industry have a point of reflection,” she said. “One of the biggest struggles I’ve always had is we are not a transparent industry. We need to give clients — our consumers — a better way to come into the industry and have transparency. Because, what’s happened over the years is we have eroded trust with the public.” 

 

Trust, says The Current State of Consumer Trust In Financial Services, plays a major role in consumers’ use of different financial services providers. It’s definitely not an attribute the public readily gives away — it needs to be earned. 

 

How? A recent E&Y study reveals consumers want personalized experiences. More than 86% rank their primary financial relationship’s ability to provide seamless cross-channel experiences as important.

 

Gorman’s approach with her clients is similar; she sees herself as a consultant or counselor: “I think we need transparency to make it easier for individuals and families to work with the advising community …  the industry would be best served if we could figure out a way to provide potential and existing clients a way to transparently look in, almost as a report card … [that] we actually execute and here’s proof in the pudding.” 

 

New Viewpoints That Matter

 

Gorman, who spent the first part of her career as a vice president at Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company and BNY Mellon Wealth Management, will take the stage this September at Future Proof Festival to start this conversion and share her experiences as the industry has evolved.  

 

“We’ve done a really good job as a community in creating conferences, creating groups, and creating networks,” she said. “But what we really need to do to take it to the next level.” The path, said Gorman, gives clients the transparency they need. “Because that will allow people to trust us more, and find that the work that we do really matters.” 

 

This customer-centric approach to advising is a concept near and dear to the attendees of Future Proof, who are registering for the event to be exposed to a broader perspective. Breakthrough, said conference organizers, requires commitment to new frontiers and questioning traditional ways of thinking.

 

Gorman agrees: “You can’t be afraid to learn — and continue learning. The advisor I was 15 years ago … is very different from the advisor I am today. Because the longer you’re in the industry and the more open you are to different planning ideas, the more value you can provide to a client.”

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Humanizing Advice Using ‘Time on Earth’ Allocations

Humanizing Advice Using ‘Time on Earth’ Allocations

Christine Benz is bringing her unique approach to personal finance to Huntington Beach, California. Christine is the director of personal finance and retirement planning at Morningstar. She also co-hosts The Long View podcast, where she serves up a mix of practical financial advice and portfolio reviews, while interviewing notable figures like best-selling author Ramit Sethi, columnist Jason Zweig and FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) blogger JL Collins.  

 

Christine took a circuitous path to podcasting and writing about personal finance. Raised in a family of political junkies, she studied political science and the Russian language. After a stint in publishing, she started working at Morningstar in the early 1990s, where she continues to work today.

 

I sat down with Christine to talk about the state of financial literacy in the U.S. (spoiler: “not great”), the recent human-centric transformations of the wealth management industry and how a broken foot led to a new approach to taking time off of work. 

 

Future Proof: The career path you took is going to surprise some of the attendees at the Future Proof Festival. How did you arrive at the intersection of personal finance and investment analysis? 

 

Christine Benz: I can’t even make it seem intentional in hindsight; it was very circuitous. 

 

I grew up in a family of political junkies and was always interested in politics, current events and international relations, so I studied political science. I also majored in Russian, because I had been studying the language for quite a bit of time. When I emerged from college I was not super marketable.

 

My dad had always been an avid investor and knew of Morningstar. It was a rapidly growing company, so he suggested I apply there. 

 

From the beginning I loved that it was an intellectual place. It was an intellectually curious, vibrant place—which I’m happy to say it remains so. 

 

I eventually led our U.S. fund analysis team, but I realized we weren’t talking about broader issues of asset allocation and some of the other things that we know make or break someone’s financial success. 

 

So I went through the certified financial planner program and began to research and work on some of the broader topics of personal finance and financial planning that I focus on today.

 

FP: Speaking of allocation, you remind advisors to pay attention to clients’ “time on earth” allocations. What do you mean by that? 

 

Christine: I like it when advisors think about the resources that their clients have, broadly speaking. A “time on earth allocation” is one’s allocation of personal time and energy.

 

Historically, advisors spent the bulk of their time on allocating household cash flows, allocating savings and apportioning their clients’ investment mix.

 

Time on earth is different. A client might have a job that’s super remunerative, but it’s detracting from their quality of life. Maybe it’s detracting from the time that they can spend with their family. 

 

Advisors can add value in situations like that. They can help their client take a step back and say, “You seem to be on this hellish treadmill where you are at peak earnings, but if this isn’t delivering you satisfaction, can we figure out a way to get you to a place where you’re happier with your balance.” 

 

FP: You’re also an advocate of improving financial literacy. How would you assess the general levels of financial literacy in America? 

 

Christine: Not great. Studies have shown that the general population only gets about half of very basic financial literacy questions right. This cuts across populations; it cuts across the globe. 

 

One thing I worry about is the lower levels of financial literacy among lower income segments of our population. It’s troubling. The less money you have, the fewer opportunities you have to learn and to improve your financial decision making.

 

FP: What can the wealth management industry do to improve that discourse? 

 

Christine: Counseling consumers definitely helps. We need to teach people the importance of being skeptical and bringing skepticism to financial relationships and financial arrangements.

 

FP: You work with survivors of domestic abuse to provide them with financial education. What lessons do you focus on in that setting? 

 

Christine: It’s a broad ranging personal finance curriculum, supplied by an organization called W!SE, which stands for Working In Support of Education. 

 

It starts with very basic budgeting, but gets into investing and saving for college. One thing I’ve found working with these groups is even though most of their questions are about the here and now—like getting out of debt or getting into a home of one’s own—people still aspire to save money for their kids or to have a better life or buy a home at some point down the line.

 

In my time volunteering, I’ve gotten better at familiarizing myself with very basic financial information, like how to deal with credit card debt and how to budget. Those are areas that I probably had an average knowledge about, but volunteering helped me hone my skills. 

 

FP: In your articles and podcasts, you strive to balance the theoretical elements of finance with the human factors of money; money is a tool to achieve something. What are your observations of the financial service industry’s ability to address the human factor? 

 

Christine: Over the past decade or two I’ve noticed a change. We have all become more attuned to the importance of behavioral finance and psychology, in terms of helping people reach their goals. 

 

The wealth management industry, as a professional class, has become much more receptive to human-centered advice. It’s really encouraging. 

 

Concepts like mental accounting and bucket investing for retirement seem to be more accepted by professionals. What matters isn’t necessarily the efficient frontier. What matters is whether someone can achieve their goals and find peace of mind with their plan. 

 

There’s more alignment with individuals and the professional community, which I think is for the better. 

 

FP: Travel is really important for you, whether that’s a trip to Huntington Beach or elsewhere. What is your most memorable travel experience?

 

Christine: I have so many. One trip that really stands out was a trip that my husband and I took to Barcelona. We were renovating our old house and I had broken my foot that summer. I was also working on a book at the time. It was just kind of a hellish summer. 

 

So we went to Barcelona, and just went to that one place for a whole week. 

 

It taught us the importance of going deep on a place and not moving around too much. You don’t have to go everywhere on a particular trip. We know that if we like a place, we’ll come back.

 

I’m also a foodie. Whenever I decide I’m going somewhere, I almost always book my restaurant reservations first. That’s the first thing I look at. 

 

Sometimes I even overdo it. I’ll plan days in advance, look at the menus, sort of hint what I think my husband should have. I make a point of trying to make reservations, because I am not a happy camper if I’m figuring something out on the fly. So I can go overboard, but it’s a fun part of travel for me. 

 

FP: You’re a big music fan, too?

 

Christine: I’m a huge music fan, so I’m excited about the opportunity to hear live music at Future Proof. 

 

I like to stay current on my music and one person who I’m really loving right now is Steve Lacy. He’s just come out with a new record. I really love everything I’ve heard from him.

 

My musical tastes are really broad ranging. I love jazz. I love blues. But mainly I love contemporary music. 

 

FP: We’re excited about the music that will be at Future Proof! At the beginning of our conversation you described your love of intellectual curiosity. What opportunities for intellectual curiosity are you looking forward to at the Future Proof Festival?

 

Christine: I love how interdisciplinary the agenda is. I’m excited to hear from speakers who I might not run into at typical financial planning conventions, and with so many different people I’m hoping I’ll come away with some new guest ideas for our podcast. 

 

Future Proof gets beyond the typical conference that we all go to. It’s bringing in people from different areas—beyond our financial services sector. 

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TikTok: Bringing Mass Appeal to Wealth Management & Fintech

TikTok: Bringing Mass Appeal to Wealth Management & Fintech

There’s a cultural rebirth underway in wealth management, and you can find it all over TikTok. Finfluencers — financial influencers — offer the ordinary investor information and advice on stock market trading, personal finance, mutual funds, and more.

 

This advice is often dismissed by the industry as bad or biased because it’s not coming from professionals or experts. That’s why writer, investor, researcher, and financial influencer Kyla Scanlon stands out. Her approach to finfluence isn’t advice-based. Her TikToks are educational and often dive into topics that are deeper than some of her finfluencer counterparts. 

 

“TikTok is such an opportunity, right? It’s the audience that you really want to talk to,” said Scanlon. “You have people in their 20s and 30s who watch TikTok, and the reason that they watch it is to be entertained and engaged. For me, I did see a lot of misinformation being spread on TikTok, but I also saw an opportunity to help people learn about finance.”

 

It’s the perfect audience to help educate, she said, to bridge the gap about topics such as the Fed, inflation, portfolio management, and investing. Scanlon, who covers everything from macroeconomic policy to crypto regulation, wants to make the financial services market more accessible and easier to understand ​​for the ordinary investor. 

 

Mass Appeal 

 

Often trivialized as silly entertainment, TikTok is a platform that young audiences truly use to educate themselves. They’re attracted to the short, accessible video content, which provides an entry point into topics that are otherwise intimidating. 

 

“There’s so much more that can be done to make people understand this stuff,” she said. “A lot of the response to my videos has been from beginners who are just like, ‘Wow, I never thought Econ could be this way’ or ‘I never thought about the market that way.’” 

 

Making high-quality financial information more accessible is a good thing. And FinTok, the financial TikTok space, is growing fast. Content tagged with #PersonalFinance has garnered more than 4.4 billion views and #economics, which Scanlon frequently uses, has more than  623.9 million views.

 

The platform itself has  over 1 billion monthly active users. Almost half are between ages 10-29 and 42% are 30-49. For many, TikTok is their first source of education on money matters.

 

“This is the next generation,” said Scanlon. “You could ignore them right now, but I don’t think that’s a good idea. They’re the future. I think a lot of people are really dismissive of younger people … So it’s really about getting as many people as possible to understand the big economic world that we all live in. And part of that is recognizing that there are good people to talk to you.”

 

Bridging the Gap

 

Remember, a lot of the FinTok content is lacking in substance or just too promotional. Scanlon’s content — financial education — is straightforward and accessible. 

 

“I just tried to really make it simple. And I think people crave simplicity at the end of the day,” she said. “I make it very clear that it’s not financial advice. It’s purely education.”


As Scanlon works to bridge the gap between mainstream entertainment and financial education, she’s excited her content is resonating. She’ll take the stage at Future Proof Festival in Huntington Beach this September, to share her approach with the hopes the audience is able to make financial content accessible to all.

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Bridging the ESG Chasm: Your Stake’s Gabe Rissman Talks Greenwashing, Values-Based Investing and the Future of Personalization

Bridging the ESG Chasm: Your Stake’s Gabe Rissman Talks Greenwashing, Values-Based Investing and the Future of Personalization

According to Morgan Stanley, 85% of individual investors in the United States are interested in sustainable investing – but only 10% are actually doing it.

 

Why?

 

Gabe Rissman, the President and Co-Founder of YourStake, which helps advisors align client portfolios with their values, believes there are a few reasons.

 

One: The industry is making a mistake and assuming ESG means the same thing to everyone.

 

Not all ESG investors are created equal, and one ESG portfolio isn’t going to be a match for all ESG investors. There are so many different variations of ESG and values-based investing, and it’s impossible to correctly assume which issues every individual client cares about without asking them.

 

“There are people who are hunters that really care about the environment and forced labor and gender equality,” explained Rissman. “So figure out what your client actually cares about, not what you’re assuming.”

 

Two: Advisors are thinking about ESG investing in terms of ESG scores, while clients think about it in terms of real, tangible values.

 

Most clients aren’t saying to their advisors, “I want a superior ESG portfolio.” What they’re saying when their advisors actually ask is: I don’t want to invest in prisons. I don’t want to invest in fossil fuel companies. I want to invest in clean energy companies and companies with good gender diversity.

 

“And that’s how advisors should talk about it,” said Rissman. They should be asking clients, what do you care about? What are the issues that matter to you? How can we create a portfolio that’s better on gender diversity, rather than focusing on the best methodology for conducting an ideal score? 

 

Three: Greenwashing is the biggest thing working against the growth of ESG.

 

Greenwashing, a term that refers to inaccurate or misleading representations about a company’s environmental friendliness, is used in ESG investing to describe strategies or initiatives that don’t align to an investment product’s sustainable label.

 

“Marketing language is outpacing actual practices, causing people to lose trust,” said Rissman, who believes our industry is moving in a “prove it” direction. 

 

Catch Gabe Rissman Live at Future Proof

 

Rissman will take the stage at Future Proof Festival in Huntington Beach this September to share his vision for the future of ESG, values-based investing and personalization.  

 

“You’ll be able to walk your client through all of the aspects of their life, their values, how they want to retire, and capture all the preferences the client has, and what they need to have a successful experience with you. Advisors will have the ability and the tools to create personalized solutions to be able to serve that. So that means personalized portfolios, and better advice,” said Rissman.

 

“And I see the industry going to a place where advisors will have to prove exactly what they’re doing. So if you capture my values as a client, you’re putting a portfolio together, then show me with full transparency that it’s actually accomplishing the job that I want it to do. That’s where I see the field moving.”

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Breaking Through Biases: An Interview with Soraya Darabi

Breaking Through Biases: An Interview with Soraya Darabi

Soraya Darabi is co-founder and general partner of TMV, formerly Trail Mix Ventures, a New York City-based, founder-first early stage venture capital firm launched in 2016. Soraya leads a team that believes good people can create extraordinary outcomes. 

 

As recently as January, Soraya and her co-founder, Marina Hadjipateras, launched a $64 million fund—their second institutional venture fund—to back startups focused on people, purpose and profit. Investor demand reflected the firm’s success: it was oversubscribed by roughly $5 million and is backed by some of the world’s largest family businesses. 

 

TMV’s success comes from finding businesses overlooked by others, many times simply because of biases. Ahead of the Future Proof Festival, Soraya shared the blindspots she sees in wealth management, including the circumstances that led her to fire her own financial advisor, what she looks for when investing and how she uses her love of food and travel to connect with others.

 

Future Proof: You’ve had your progress in finance seemingly blocked by biases favoring men over women, yet you’ve found ways to capitalize on these obstacles. For example, you started an investing organization called Transact Global that’s now the envy of your peers. Tell me more about Transact Global and what it’s taught you about networking. 

 

Soraya Darabi: We started Transact Global in 2018, two years after launching TMV’s first fund. It’s a worldwide group of almost 400 fund managers who happen to identify as, or be, a woman. 

 

There aren’t enough women fund managers out there and this was a group born of necessity. My business partner and I had started investing in funds founded by women, not thinking about pioneering anything. It just felt like the right thing to do because the female fund managers I know are so careful with capital and access such interesting deals; ones our male peers don’t see. 

 

I was an LP [limited partner] in a couple of funds started by women and they were asking me questions as if I was the foremost expert—just because my fund was two years older than theirs. 

 

We knew that we had done a good job of angel investing, but we didn’t feel as if we had the right wealth knowledge to share with them. Raising money for my first fund had felt pretty darn hard for me, too.

 

We decided to meet weekly, over a video call, and to operate with an abundance mentality. We had to share information that had been kept from us, and to introduce one another to LPs, with warm, positive notes. 

 

We’re peer-led, which is exciting and novel. We decided to operate with a wolf pack mentality: if we can do this together, we’ll grow further and faster. That is exactly what happened. 

 

Today, we’re in 18 countries. What sets us apart is that we refuse to charge our women fund managers a penny. TMV pays for the organization. 

 

TMV pays for it because we think that this information should not come at a cost to the—quite honestly—to the disadvantaged. Rather it should be accessible and universal, so that we can play on the same playing field as everyone else. 

 

FP: Transact Global’s origin story is a great example of how TMV finds opportunities to capitalize on obstacles created by others. What similar opportunities for capitalizing on obstacles exist in the wealth management industry?

 

Soraya: If you look at the data, startups and large organizations with diverse boards perform better. They generate more capital. If you’re really seeking alpha, then it’s smart investing to invest for the triple bottom line: people, purpose and profit. 

 

TMV has seen 700% growth in assets under management since 2017. We’ve been a Series A investor in companies like [mattress firm] Casper and [healthcare provider] Cityblock Health. We invested in [podcast studio] Gimlet before it was acquired by Spotify.

 

Search out mission-driven founders. They’re the best founders. Mission-driven founders tend to stay at companies longer—beyond the IPO. It’s the mission holding them accountable. 

 

FP: What’s been your own experience with the wealth management industry and financial advice? 

 

Soraya: When we closed the sale on the first startup I co-founded, wealth managers read about it in the news. I started receiving an email a week from wealth managers, whereas I was of little interest to them before. 

 

A friend introduced me to a wealth manager at a bigger bank. The wealth manager asked what was important to me, and I told him I wanted to invest in something along the lines of the S&P 500, but without oil and gas stocks. I let him do his thing, so I could focus on angel investing–the asset class I knew best.

 

As my angel portfolio was blossoming and growing, the capital I had turned over to the outside wealth manager was underperforming the S&P 500. 

 

By the time five years had passed and I turned 32, I said, “Enough is enough. You’re in finance. It’s time to take matters into your own hands.” 

 

I decided I would manage my capital myself, so I don’t have a wealth manager. 

 

A lot of times women are raised to hand their capital over to men to manage. That wasn’t working for me. 

 

FP: Why was there such a disconnect between your values and your experience with a wealth manager?

 

Soraya: It’s a generational problem. I was very young when I came into money for the first time. I assumed that the person with the most years under—in this case—his belt would be the right person to steer me in the right direction. 

 

I was raised in a middle-class household where we didn’t talk about money. We threw away the business section of the newspaper every day. It wasn’t of interest. 

 

It’s also a discovery problem. Finding a wealth manager, if you wish to go down that path, is one part values fit and one part cultural fit. Are you going to get along? It’s also a literacy fit. Can they assess how much you know, how much you want to learn, and be along on that journey with you? 

 

It’s common to hear, “I don’t want to invest the way my parents did. I don’t want to invest my capital the way my grandparents earned theirs.”

 

For the next generation of capitalists, it’s important to hone into their values on day one. Modern wealth managers, attuned to those changes, may find a new generation of clients very willing to take a leap with them.

 

FP: The Future Proof Festival is designed to celebrate the convergence of values and the emergence of new ideas. You’ve been to a lot of conferences over the years. What stands out to you about this event?

 

Soraya: First and foremost, it just looks like a whole lot of fun. Getting to know humans on a human level is so refreshing. 

 

I want to know what motivated people to get into the line of work that they’re in, or have a conversation with someone where what they do doesn’t even come up at all.

 

FP: If someone runs into you at Future Proof and wants to talk about something other than venture capital, what’s a good conversation starter?

 

Soraya: Ask me what the best movie was that I saw recently. Or the most interesting book I’ve read lately—although with a toddler I’m not reading as much as I’d like to. 

 

We can talk about food and travel. My grandmother was a chef and I’m always trying to become a better chef. I’ve been to over 65 countries and I hope to reach 100 in the next decade. 

 

I’ve been lucky enough to take cooking classes in Oaxaca, Mexico, so I like to make mole. I took a cooking class in Thailand, so I really like to make pad see ew. I took a cooking class in China and learned how to make drunken fish—which is one of my favorite dishes of all time. 

 

This conference is going to bring together world class individuals in one place. There’s music and entertainment, and we’re not just talking about money all day. It’s going to be a treat.

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The Intersection of Money and Mental Health: Trailhead Planners’ Courtney Ranstrom on Stress, Empathy and Shame

The Intersection of Money and Mental Health: Trailhead Planners’ Courtney Ranstrom on Stress, Empathy and Shame

When you think about wealth management and the advisor-client relationship, mental health may not be what immediately comes to mind.

 

But according to Courtney Ranstrom, Co-Founder and Financial Life Planner at Trailhead Partners, mental health can have a lot to do with the way we earn and manage money.

 

“Financial advisors are not therapists,”  Ranstrom explained. “But there is a lot of overlap in how we talk to people and how we empathize with them. And money tends to be one of the biggest sources of stress for a lot of people.”

 

Throughout history, wealth management has been centered around investment vehicles and retirement planning – transactional, data-focused interactions. But that’s not good enough anymore. 

 

“You really have to look at the whole person, and what their hurdles are to getting to where they want to be, to building the life they want to build,” she said. And to develop more comprehensive financial plans that incorporate client goals and account for client behavior, empathy is key.

 

Here are three things to keep in mind when approaching client conversations:

 

Mental illness is more common than we think. In fact, one in every four adults suffers from some kind of mental disorder in a given year, meaning advisors may face these challenges themselves, and are likely to encounter clients who do. Money-related issues like debt can trigger or worsen anxiety, depression and stress, and they’re also a major cause of stress in relationships.

 

Stress about money is the highest it’s been in years. Speaking of stress, the March 2022 “Stress in America” survey from the American Psychological Association found that 65% of respondents reported being stressed about money (the highest level recorded since 2015), and 65% also indicated they’re stressed about the economy, also an increase from previous years.

 

Shame has no place in an advisor-client conversation. Understanding client circumstances is critical for being able to approach their financial situation from a place of empathy and guidance, not shame. 

 

“A big thing in our practice is that it’s a shame-free zone. So whatever financial problems you have when you come to see us, you’re not allowed to feel ashamed when you’re in our office. We’re not going to make you feel that way,” said Ranstrom.

 

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Ranstorm will take the stage at Future Proof Festival in Huntington Beach this September to share her perspective on the role of mental health in the investment management experience. 

 

“What I’m looking forward to the most is just being able to have these conversations. Not everyone is dealing with a mental health struggle at the moment, but most of us will deal with mental health issues at some point in our lives. And I think if we talk about it, if we know that there are resources out there and tools available, that’s huge,” Ranstrom said.

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Growing a Dynasty from the Garage Up: An Interview with Shirl Penney

Growing a Dynasty from the Garage Up: An Interview with Shirl Penney

Shirl Penney’s entrepreneurial journey could very well be a movie or a best-seller. He grew up in “the sticks of Maine,” was raised by his step-grandfather, experienced several years of homelessness as a child but never missed a day of school and eventually became the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. His career in finance began with a 16-hour bus trip from Maine to Manhattan, where he interviewed in a suit he bought from the Salvation Army store.

 

By 2010, he had started his own firm, Dynasty Financial Partners. Seeing an opportunity to provide breakaway advisors with proprietary technology, financing and a step-by-step process for becoming an independent firm, Shirl launched his company as a service provider for registered investment advisors (RIAs). Earlier this year the firm filed to go public. 

 

Ahead of the Future Proof Festival, I sat with Shirl to discuss his business philosophy, his passion for horse racing and how he started Dynasty Financial from an office in his garage. 

 

Future Proof: Most Future Proof attendees will know you as the CEO and President of Dynasty Financial Partners, but you describe your wife as the co-founder of your business. What lessons have you learned about business from your wife?

 

Shirl Penney: This is a little bit of a secret I’ll share. My family and I were living in Saratoga Springs, New York, while I was trying to build Dynasty. My two girls were still very little and I was constantly on the phone, trying to raise capital. This was after the 2008 financial crisis, so I was even making trips down to New York City to raise funds. 

 

I came home on one of those trips and my wife took me to the garage. In the corner of the garage she had built this walled-off area that took up about third of the space. It looked like a giant box in the corner of the garage. Even today it gives me goosebumps to think about.

 

I walked over to the box and opened the door. Inside was an office. It had hardwood floors, crown molding, a fireplace and air conditioning. There was a TV above the fireplace. It was gorgeous. 

 

My wife, Mary Ann, built it with her own hands and the help of my father-in-law. She said, “A big-time CEO is going to sit in this office, so we had to make sure it looked nice.” 

 

She read my business plan, helped design the Dynasty logo, the marketing materials and approved all of our first hires. She is the best judge of character of anyone I’ve ever met. She has been more right about talent, in particular, over the course of my career than I’ve been. 

 

Entrepreneurs thinking about starting a new business need to overcommunicate, not just with their partners in the business—but start by overcommunicating at home. The real co-founder of your business is your spouse and sometimes entrepreneurs don’t realize that.

 

Mary Ann teaches me the importance of prioritization and to focus on what’s most important in life. She is also the CEO of Team Penney Racing. 

 

FP: What is Team Penney Racing? 

 

Shirl: Team Penney is a term that we use in our family when my two daughters, my wife and I are doing something together as a family. Team Penney Racing is our own horse racing stable. 

 

FP: What attracted you to horse racing?

 

Shirl: I was captain of the baseball team when I was at Bates College. One of the things we loved to do as a team was go to the horse track. We spent so much time at the horse track we started calling ourselves the track team.

 

I fell in love with horses and decided that I would like to own one if I could afford it. If you’ve ever been close to race horses, they’re absolutely beautiful. And unbelievable athletes. Most of them—but not all of them—are friendly. 

 

Team Penney Racing had some early success about 15 years ago, when we won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and over the years we’ve owned about 125 horses. 

 

Team Penney Racing is also about camaraderie. 

 

We might get 50 to 100 friends and family at a race. For someone who is as busy as I am with work and traveling, to have so many people that you care about—together—for the excitement of the race, is absolutely special. I always say that I’ve won before the gate even opens. 

 

FP: As you advance in your career, are there any lessons that you wish you had unlearned or graduated from more quickly? 

 

Shirl: I was a young man in a hurry. I would tell young Shirl that you don’t have to be in such a hurry. It will all come to you in due course. Truly successful people in life, and in business, are the ones who empower the team.

 

You can be an All-Star individual contributor—and that’s what you are: an individual contributor. It’s better to be a world class leader and to have all the All-Stars on the team.

 

FP: You experienced homelessness from the ages of 11 to 13. Did that experience factor into your need to move quickly as a young professional?

 

Shirl: Absolutely. There’s no greater motivator. I can tell you, firsthand, that being cold and hungry is a heck of a motivator. 

The reality is I’ve been broke twice. Once as a kid, and again when I went all-in on Dynasty. I was not homeless, nor was I hungry, so it was a better form of broke. But there’s no question that adversity builds character. I had a fair amount of it, as a lot of people do growing up.

 

Even so, I always felt loved by my step-grandfather. I always had one person in my life that believed in me. That was huge. 

 

He taught me that your word is your bond. He was old-school and I like to think that I am, too. You don’t need a handshake or a contract. If you say you’re going to do something, you’re going to do it. 

 

It also takes a community to raise a child and I had a great community.

 

FP: You talk about the idea of “staying close to the field” as key to success. What do you mean by that?

 

Shirl: That’s another element I learned from my step-granddad. He was always present. He made sure that I was present. I actually got an award before I left for college: I never missed a day of school from kindergarten to grade 12. 

 

Proximity to a client is critical in any business, but particularly in ours. Most of the innovation and positive changes come from advisors interacting with clients. That’s where the consumer—if you’re listening and not talking—is telling you about what’s most important. 

 

When I meet with clients it energizes me. We have this really cool wall of plaques that celebrates all of the clients we support. It’s right in the lobby. The receptionist chair is across from the plaques, and one of my favorite things to do is sit in the chair, late at night when there’s no one around, and just go across all those plaques and use that time as a way to connect with our clients.

 

I look at my calendar and make sure I’m moving around the country over the course of the year in a way that allows me to meet with each of our clients.

 

There’s nothing like going out in the field; it’s unfiltered.

 

FP: Future Proof is positioned to be an incredible opportunity to connect with others. What are you most excited about for Future Proof?

 

Shirl: I’m excited about the lifestyle perspective that is going to be present. Future Proof is about humanizing our profession. 

 

I think everyone will have a great time, but I hope that the people who aren’t there will see it—and that it encourages them to think differently about this profession. We need more people in financial services. 

 

Whether you’re retiring from the military, are a retiring school teacher or are transitioning careers, we need more people in this profession. It’s an incredible profession where you can make a huge impact on someone’s life. My hope is that Future Proof inspires younger professionals, as well as people in other professions, to consider entering the financial services industry.



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The Intersection of Money and Music: An Interview with David Canter

The Intersection of Money and Music: An Interview with David Canter

David Canter is trading his laptop for a guitar—at least for part of the inaugural Future Proof Festival in Huntington Beach, California. The executive vice president and head of the registered investment advisor (RIA) segment at Fidelity Institutional’s Clearing & Custody Solutions is slated to join his bandmates onstage, where they will perform as the group Hi-Fidelity. 

 

The group, started in 2011, covers a range of rock, reggae and jam band hits. I sat down with David and between riffs of some of his favorite tunes (yes, he was playing guitar and singing during the interview), he shared how to connect with an audience, what he’s learned from blending his personal and professional pursuits and how the Grateful Dead inspires better leadership.

 

Future Proof: Most attendees at Future Proof will know you from your work at Fidelity, but you’re really making your appearance at the festival as a musician.

 

David Canter: It’s funny you say that. I haven’t been quiet about my musicality. I love music. 

 

Live music provides such a great chance to commune with people. It’s really a way of bringing people together. 

 

That’s why I’m so excited about Future Proof. This event is about more than just the function of wealth management. It’s about bringing community to it all. Offering live music and other creative outlets fosters a sense of community and culture.

 

FP: You’ve been playing music since you picked up a clarinet at age 9, which you later swapped for a guitar when you were a teenager. What are the risks and rewards of performing at Future Proof?

 

David: I deeply appreciate the team aspect of playing in a band and other members of the band have all achieved a level of mastery. I view myself as a credible musician, but I’d say that what I bring to the band is a sense of cohesion. A band is a collection of individuals, just like any team, any business, any company. What I love about our band is that we all gel. 

 

The easy risk to cite is that you worry you aren’t very good. You always worry that you’re not going to satisfy the audience. But I think we’ve gotten to a place where we feel that we’re a credible act. We probably have at least 50 songs we could just pull out of a hat, immediately.  

 

[At this point David broke into a few bars of the song “867-5309 / Jenny” by Tommy Tutone.]

 

We also want to be good participants at the broader festival. We love the feeling of helping to make events more successful. 

 

FP: If you need a vote of confidence, you’re booked to perform at a four-day festival in Huntington Beach, California, that’s already drawing comparisons to SXSW. Would you say you’re booked more for music than for speaking?

 

David: Not quite. They’re almost equal, with the edge going to speaking. I’ve done a heck of a lot of speaking, because people want to hear about our business perspective. But it seems like they really get more enjoyment out of hearing the music.

 

By the way, you should know we play all original songs—made famous by other artists.

 

[David laughed and played a few bars of the song “Deal” by the Grateful Dead.]

 

I’m excited about the chance to surprise and delight the audience and stretch creatively. I’m also excited about seeing these Wall Street-type, wealth management people rock out.

 

FP: One of the aspects I see advisors continually trying to balance is the intersection of their personal and professional personalities. Do you see Hi-Fidelity blurring the lines between who you are professionally and who you are personally? How do you navigate that intersection?

 

David: It goes right back to traveling up the value stack. It goes back to authenticity. 

 

If you can find a way to connect with others that’s broader and more emotional than just the functional elements of your profession, you’ll have better outcomes. The best advisors, the best business professionals, can carefully integrate their personal life and their charitable life into their professional life.

 

FP: You’re a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. What do you think the band’s guitarist and singer, Jerry Garcia, would like about Future Proof? 

 

David: Jerry wasn’t exactly a perfect person, but he had this mindset that you shouldn’t strive to just be the best at what you’re doing; you should strive to be the only ones that do what you do. 

 

I think that’s what he would like about Future Proof. It’s about creativity. It’s about imagination, specialization, doing something no one else is really doing. 

 

To my knowledge, no one else is doing a wealth management event that infuses creativity, the arts and music. It’s a crossover event and I think that’s awesome.

 

You know what else I think he would love? Even though the Grateful Dead was not a surf band, he’d love that it is happening in Surf City, USA. 

 

FP: What album does every advisor need on their playlist? And what’s your favorite song?

 

David: This is an easy one. The Beatles’ album “Revolver” is perhaps one of the greatest albums ever made. 

 

My favorite song of all time and one that inspires me is the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple.” It’s such a beautiful song with so many instructive lyrics. It’s a leadership ballad: not everyone’s going to follow you, because the path might be yours alone. 

 

FP: I can’t wait for more later this year! What should attendees expect to hear when you hit the stage in September? 

 

David: The rock hits are fun. I love crowd pleasers. We’ll probably play some Prince and Red Hot Chili Peppers. We might do some reggae. We’ve been known to play some Bob Marley. And you know, it wouldn’t surprise me if you heard a song from The Beach Boys, too. 

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John Swolfs is the Chief Content Officer at Advisor Circle, a product studio for growth-oriented financial professionals. John is responsible for creating dynamic programs for Advisor Circle’s world-class events which include Future Proof festival and Exchange, the world’s leading ETF event.

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Investopedia Top 100 Financial Advisor Reception

Monday, September 12, 2022 5:00-7:00pm PT
HYATT REGENCY CALIFORNIA COURTYARD

Future Proof brings together the best and brightest advisors from across the country. This exclusive event allows the Investopedia Top 100 advisors to reconnect, share insights and celebrate their achievement of being named to this prestigious list.

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Scoop Ice Cream Parlor & Lounge

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Get the latest scoop on pivotal industry topics and current events affecting the wealth space. By leveraging our robust event technology, you’ll have the opportunity to create both peer-led and industry-led roundtable-style discussions. Learn more about the most pressing topics impacting the future of wealth. These hard conversations are made easier as you and your cohorts grab some ice cream and settle in for an informal yet highly engaging conversation.

Future Proof Creator Corner

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rhe Creator Corner is built to support creators, creatives and brands. It’s equipped with a podcast recording studio and first-of-its-kind Collab Lab. The podcast area will afford attendees the ability to record podcast sessions and will feature podcast consultants helping to answer questions of both existing podcast hosts and aspiring creators. The Collab Lab is where asset managers and fintech companies collaborate with leading and emerging finance influencers. Looking for engaging content built for the modern financial professional or investor? We offer high quality video and audio production for all your creative needs.

Future Proof Live

Production stage setup

Future Proof Live is our full-production broadcast studio strategically placed at the heart of the Boardwalk. Our very own Future Proof anchors will provide all-day commentary featuring casual speakers and celebrity interviews as well as unexpected guest appearances. Future Proof Live extends our one-of-a-kind experience to a larger audience virtually.

PCH Stage

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The Pacific Highway stage is the most versatile stage at Future Proof. With countless setup options, the PCH Stage is your go-to spot for industry insight and innovation, all while staying current with the latest trends in money, culture, tech and impact.

Ocean Stage

Concert happening on Huntington Beach

As the beating heart of the boardwalk, the Ocean stage will feature seating for over 500 and have the look and feel of a concert venue on the beach. The ocean stage will host a range of exciting content from industry-changing keynotes to the closing concert featuring today’s biggest musical acts.

Social Audio Experiment

Small crowd listening to performer sing

Podcasts are all the rage, as they excite and entertain audiences from afar. Future Proof changes the game, as we invite your favorite podcasters to host their shows live from the festival. Forget passive listening. Future Proof’s Live Podcast sessions allow you to interact directly with your favorite podcast creators as they record live episodes just feet from the Pacific Ocean.

Brewing Lounge

Coffee bar on Huntington Beach

You can’t expand your perspective and think differently if you aren’t exposed to a broad perspective. That’s why our speaker faculty isn’t limited to traditional finance. The Brewing Lounge will bring out-of-industry experts to present their visions for a new world of wealth. To help fuel the conversations, we’ve created a true coffeehouse feel complete with baristas just waiting to pour you the perfect cup of joe.

Poppin’ Pitch Lounge

Popcorn lounge set up for photo ops

Nobody likes to be pitched, but the truth is we all need a little help keeping up to speed on our dynamic industry. The What’s Poppin’ Pitch Lounge sets the tone, giving you intimate access to short and punchy demos from the most innovative fintech companies in the world. Grab a bag of popcorn, sit back, relax and absorb the next wave of innovation impacting the world around you.

Wheel of Impact

Event attendee enjoying the prize wheel

Future Proof’s Wheel of Impact promotes the power of giving in a fun, dynamic and social way. With a donation of any size, attendees can have the ability to spin the wheel, determining where the donation will go and how it will be used. Land on the “mystery” selection and have a chance to win items, trips and other experiences.

RIA Executive Leaders Reception

Monday, September 12, 2022 6:00-8:00pm PT
Pasea Hotel & Spa

Join 30+ executives from the country’s top-ranked RIA firms for a VIP evening reception.


If you are an executive leader (or owner) of a fast-growing RIA firm and are interested in participating get in touch with us today. Space is extremely limited.

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"Future Proof Closing Night Concert" to become "Future Proof Music Festival"

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 4:30-10:00pm PT
The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

The Future Proof Festival experience roles on as we host our annual music festival. This year’s lineup features an array of artists and musicians covering everything from rock classics to hip hop. Come early and stay late sampling the numerous food trucks and bars. Don’t miss headliners rap legend Big Boi and indie pop sensation Fitz and the Tantrums showcase their talents.* * admission is included with your Future Proof Pass.

"Future Proof Beach Bash" to become "Future Proof Festival Kickoff Party"

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort

Relax and unwind as you connect with the Future Proof community, as you enjoy and evening of tasty bites, and delicious cocktails as celebrity DJ, DJ Mick sets the vibe as the sunsets on the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Health Is Wealth Center

Yoga mats laid out for workout

Physical and mental health is the cornerstone of any successful long-term wealth plan. But for years, our industry has prioritized work over health, leading to unhealthy lifestyles and employee burnout. The Health Is Wealth Center provides a warm and relaxed setting, allowing attendees to come in and recharge, grab a drink from the juice bar and eat healthy snacks. The space will also be home to daily group yoga and fitness classes as well as meditation sessions.

The Grand Unveil

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Future Proof does nothing small. Join us on Monday morning for the grand unveiling of our half-mile beachfront boardwalk complete with activations, meeting areas, multiple stages, and everything else you need to make your Future Proof experience truly one of a kind.

ONYX Advisor Network Meet Up

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Health is Wealth: Surf Lessons

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We are in Surf City U.S.A – of course we are going to have surf lessions. Whether you are catching barrels are just learning to stand come out be part of the community and tick learning to surf off your bucket list.

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Media-Only Networking Reception

Sunday, September 11, 20226:00-8:00pm PT
Monday, September 12, 20226:00-8:00pm PT

Join 25+ key financial media, industry reporters, and other press for a media-only evening reception.


If you are a member of the press and are interested in participating get in touch with us today. Space is extremely limited.

As a member of the press, you will have the opportunity to RSVP for both receptions on Sunday and Monday.

Advisor Networking Dinners

Sunday, September 11, 2022 6:00-8:00pm PT Monday, September 12, 2022 6:00-8:00pm PT

Maximize your time at Future Proof by participating in a 10-person advisor networking dinner organized by us and industry partners. Held at popular downtown Huntington Beach restaurants, our organized Advisor Networking Dinners will provide you with a one-of-a-kind culinary experience while making new friends and catching up with old ones. Space is extremely limited. Must RSVP.

Health is Wealth: HIIT

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Just because you are away from home it does not mean you need to miss your workout. Start each day with a HIIT beach workout hosted by the Future Proof communities Jess Bost. * space is limited, preregisteration required

Health is Wealth: Yoga

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Future Proof puts a value on your health and ability to decompress from the grind of festival life. Begin your day with a focus on centering body and mind for a day of meetings, networking, and more.

Health is Wealth: Meditation

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Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Set the tone for each day as you take the time to relax your mind, center your thoughts and prepare yourself for the day ahead.

Storyteller Series: This Is Not Financial Advice

Sunday, September 11, 2022 6:00-6:30pm PT
The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Investing has become mainstream and nowhere is this better encompassed than in the new documentary film This is Not Financial Advice. Join us as we invite the cast and crew for an open conversation on the mindset of today’s investors, and take a closer look at investing as a cultural phenomenon and show clips from the movie.

All Access: Fitz & The Tantrums

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Join your fellow peers for an all access experience with indie pop sentation Fitz and the Tantrums. This excluisve event is a can’t miss experience for any music fan.

FintechX Demo Drop

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Social Audio Experiment:
EYL Presents Market Mondays

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Cultural icons and financial influencers Earn Your Lesuire host their wildly popular Market Mondays Show live from the Future Proof stage. This can’t miss sessions ties together market events and education to help investors be better invested.

Social Audio Experiment: Bloomberg's Masters in Business Live

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Hear podcast legend and host of Masters In Business Barry Ritholtz for a can’t miss live recording of the most influential podcast covering the world of business.

Social Audio Experiment:
Invest Like the Best Live

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Recgonized as one of if not the most influential podcasts Invest Like the Best records live from Future Proof. Join host Patrick O’Shanunessy and his guest for indepth look at the markets, investing and the world of business.

Social Audio Experiment: Bloomberg Sports Live

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

The world of sports is more than just the games. In this unique session, Bloomberg Chief Corresponded Jason Kelly hosts financial advisorJoe Mclean and his superstar sports clients for an in-depth look at the changing world of sports and why more athletes are embracing investing and building wealth beyond the court.

All Access: Big Boi

The Future Proof Boardwalk (Outdoor Event Space)

Future Proof is all about experiences. Rub shoulders with Big Boi in this invite-only meet & greet in the Future Proof green room.