Several hundred female financial advisors with Raymond James (RJF), as well as guests and prospective advisors with other broker-dealers, are meeting in Orlando, Florida, for the group’s 22nd annual Women’s Symposium this week as Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida.
This is the first time the group is meeting in a location other than St. Petersburg, where Raymond James has its headquarters. And it’s also the first time female advisors with Alex. Brown, recently acquired from Deutsche Bank, will be part of the assembly.
“We’ve just outgrown facilities here in St. Petersburg,” said Michelle Lynch, vice president and director of the Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, last fall. “The breakout rooms are busting at the seams. Attendance continues to grow, and moving to a larger venue—the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando—will help us address that need.”
In 2015, about 300 female advisors and 200 other financial professionals attended the Women’s Symposium, including 23 prospects.
On Wednesday, advisors will get an update on the new Department of Labor fiduciary standard. They also will hear from Carla Harris—a Wall Street banker, gospel singer and author.