Women & Finance Knowledge Circle: Wisdom, Strength and Endurance
Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2023 at 12:00 PM (MST)
The end of the year is a time for self-reflection and goal setting. As we reflect on the year we’ve had and the year we are setting out to have in 2024, we want to reflect on the symbolism of an oak tree. Oak trees represents wisdom, strength and endurance, which each of us has and can find in one another in the group. We will take stock of what we are grateful for and how we have nourished those aspects over the past year. We will set priorities and goals for 2024 and what we want to start, stop, and keep doing, both personally and professionally, to have a fulfilling new year.
This session will be interactive, so we ask that you keep your camera on and can log in for the full time. Also, please bring a journal and a pen along for the experience as we will be doing several exercises to gather our thoughts.
Regional Director and Vice President
Regional Director and Vice President Ashley Ilardo works with teams across the Global Client Group to deliver outstanding client experiences through Dimensional's specialty groups and communities. She is the leader of Dimensional's Women and Wealth Community, Dimensional's largest client community, which brings together advisors to better support women investors across different demographics and life stages. She also serves as Chair of the firm's Women's Inclusion Network.
In her career at Dimensional, Ashley has worked with some of Dimensional's largest and most complex client relationships as part of the Enterprise and Bank Trust Groups.
Prior to joining Dimensional, Ashley was an investment executive at National Securities, where she established and maintained relationships with high-net-worth individuals. She holds an MS in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in mathematics and economics from Adelphi University.
Gretchen Halpin is a strategic visionary with over 25 years of leadership and marketing experience. In her work with financial professionals and teams, Gretchen's primary focus is to accelerate and guide organizational growth in a positive, sustainable way. From successful entrepreneur to jack-of-all-trades strategic consultant, Gretchen's career path and journey to success have been guided by one true passion: to help people create the life and business they want, even when that means challenging the status quo.
Gretchen specializes in pioneering strategy and growth initiatives that drive success across every aspect of a business — from vision and objectives, to marketing and business development, to the overall client experience. Her top priority is to ensure that all decisions and initiatives are aligned with the mission and values of the firms in which she works. Gretchen has helped firms achieve success by elevating their brand identity and story to internal and external audiences, seizing new business opportunities, driving organizational change and translating strategy into action across all levels of the business.
But her ability to morph big-picture ideas into action and results goes beyond her current focus; it derives from her experience as the driving force behind several successful business ventures, including Soothe Your Senses, an organic aromatherapy product line she launched in 2001. What started as a passion for health and wellness expanded into an international spa brand — with retail distribution in 30 U.S. states and five countries — that grew 250-percent annually for eight years.
As a co-founder of Beyond AUM, Gretchen and her team created and implemented a growth, marketing and technology plan that led an RIA firm to grow from $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) to more than $5 billion in AUM in five years. Under her leadership, Beyond AUM continues to assist firms, big and small, to reach their goals. Gretchen believes in working directly with advisors and their teams in order to cultivate a deep understanding of the importance and impact of their service and help support their client relationships. These experiences drive Beyond AUM's passion to see the RIA industry continue to thrive into the future.
Under the direction of Gretchen and her fellow co-founder, Beyond AUM's marketing strategy was recognized by My Perfect Client and Masters in Accounting, and the team led the development of a personal finance blog that was named a Top 50 Financial Advisor Blog by Michael Kitces in 2014 and 2015. Gretchen has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events and conferences, hosted by leading organizations such as eMoney, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and Financial Advisor Magazine.