Our founding member, Pamela Gilmour, CPA*, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® CASL®, after attending two national WIFS conferences surmised that the professional women in these industries in Central Maryland would benefit from what WIFS has to offer. Pam began the chapter by appealing to her colleagues and encouraging them to invite their colleagues. Currently, our chapter boasts nearly 50 members. When asked why Pam started the WIFS Central Maryland Chapter she said:
“Our industry is made up of predominately males. Wouldn’t it be great to have an organization of like-minded women?”
WIFS affords unique opportunities to the women in our area including mentoring programs as well as study groups, national webinars at no additional charge, a focus on member value, national conference opportunities where women can connect with others around the nation, a willingness to help each other and provide each other with resources without competition, working together to succeed, professionalism and leadership—all with local support.
Our Dream Statement
WIFS: The Global Change Leader Inspiring Women To Achieve Their Dreams.
Our Mission Statement
WIFS is dedicated to attracting, developing and advancing women in the insurance and financial services industry.
Successful collaboration occurs when financial professionals have an understanding of generational attributes, historic events impact, communication styles and marketing implications. Knowledge of these differences can influence client and colleague engagement to be approachable and inviting. Generational Client and Colleague Collaboration addresses and provides techniques and practices that enhance multi-generation collaboration.
Andrew shares the same mental tools and techniques he imparted as a lead instructor with the State Department, training high-threat diplomatic security to former Navy SEALS, Marines, Rangers and Special Forces, all the while, customizing each program to make sure his content is relevant to the audience and current business issues facing corporate America.
Carissa Miller is a Regional Vice President at Transamerica representing their retirement income solutions in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. With her 14 years of experience in financial services, Carissa works with financial advisors to assist them in helping individuals gain confidence, security, and stability as they embark on their retirement journey. Carissa is also an expert in social security, and was recently interviewed on the local TV show Your Future, Your Finances. She lives her life by the wise words of Walt Disney who said, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe that it is possible.” Carissa learned that dreams do come true when she became the first woman in the history of Jackson (her previous employer) to finish first in sales, earning the title “Wholesaler of Year.” It is her desire and commitment that people do not just survive retirement, but that they thrive in retirement living out their hopes and dreams. Carissa currently resides on her “dream farm” in Darnestown, MD with her husband Clark, their Dog Seneca and their four cats Zozo, Zowie, Hamilton & Luna. In her free time, she loves traveling, practicing yoga, trying new fad diets, and reading at her favorite coffee shop, Starbucks, where she believes their coffee is worth every penny. Carissa holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and Life Insurance licenses as well as the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS) designation.
To attract, develop and advance the careers of women in the insurance and financial services industry.
THE VALUE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Monthly webinars are free to WIFS members. Tune in as national experts deliver live webinars every month on topics that matter to you and your professional growth. Online resources – videos, articles and new resources are being added to wifsnational.org all the time.
WIFS awards, member profiles and leadership opportunities all provide a spirit of success for our members. LRS (Leadership Recognition Society) members will be showcased at the National Conference Gala. We are also a Recognized Association for MDRT Credit.
Local chapters and events will bring all the benefits of WIFS to your area. Meet new people in your chapter, exchange ideas and create new partnerships.
WIFS members receive coaching discounts from coaches around the country.
Members affiliated with our WIFS Corporate Partners receive a 50% discount. Special student & retired professionals’ rates available.
As the preeminent association for women in the industry, this unique community of professionals is dedicated to developing their careers, enhancing relationships and leading the way.
Members receive a member newsletter emailed six times a year packed with news about WIFS members, management tips, education and event updates. It is a true resource for career success. As a member, you will also gain access to industry articles covering hot topics and LinkedIn and Facebook groups.
On a personal level, you will receive mentoring opportunities and online resources for connecting with women in your industry.
On a local level, you will receive opportunities to participate in local chapter events that feature educational programming, WIFS Board Member visits and speaker presentations. You will have access to the online member directory to connect with peers in your area.
On a national level, you will get the chance to attend the National Conference. Our National Conference is the only event of its kind and full of successful women supporting one another in a vibrant community, learning from the industry’s top speakers, cultivating their businesses and receiving recognition for their achievements.
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