Women's Symposium

2019 Women's symposium

More than 25 years ago in Marco Island, Florida, the group that would become the Raymond James Women Financial Advisors Network hosted a meeting that brought together local financial professionals to share insight, nurture connections and celebrate successes. From that first meeting, the Women's Symposium has grown to become an event unmatched in the industry, uniting women from all walks of financial service – and all across the country – for a three-day, jam-packed experience designed to appeal to financial advisors at all stages of their careers.

Attendees choose among interactive seminars, breakout sessions and inspiring presentations from Raymond James leaders and industry experts. The topics and speakers run the gamut, but the goal remains the same: To help women advisors grow their businesses. Afterward, attendees are re-energized and motivated to immediately put new ideas gained from the conference and study groups to work in their practices. The symposium offers fresh perspectives, continuing education and so much more. It's a chance for us to celebrate what we do and find new ways to honor our clients, our community and our lives.

The 26th annual Women's Symposium will be held virtually September 16 – 18, 2020.

26th Annual Women's Symposium

26th Annual Women's Symposium Agenda

WEDNESDAY | September 16, 2020
12:30 - 1:00 PM Symposium Check-in
  Log on to the Women’s Symposium Virtual/On-Demand Website at your leisure with ample time to ensure you can get comfortable, navigate the site, check out available features and begin networking with your colleagues before the show begins.
1:00 - 1:20 PM Conference Kickoff and Women Financial Advisors Network Update with Renée Baker, Andrea Linger, Cynthia Poole
  Hear from the international heads of the Women Financial Advisors Network with opening remarks and an outline of what to expect at this year’s symposium.
1:20 - 2:15 PM What Will Define the Post-Pandemic World Economy with Dr. Dambisa Moyo
  Global economist and one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Dr. Dambisa Moyo will provide her expertise on global macroeconomics, geopolitics, global markets and what it means for the future.
2:15 - 2:35 PM Break
2:35 - 3:35 PM Pre-assigned Small Group Discussions with Peer Advisors
3:35 - 4:05 PM Women Advisors Table Talk with Liz Stiles, Danielle Blunt (RJFS) and Ilona Box (RJA)
4:15 PM Optional Virtual Health & Wellness Session: Yoga, Dance-Cardio, 5k, Guided Meditation
  End your day on a healthy note by selecting one of the live health and wellness sessions located on the Interactive Activities tab on the platform.  
THURSDAY | September 17, 2020
12:30 - 12:40 PM Thursday Kickoff with Renée Baker
12:40 - 1:40 PM Keynote Address with Diana Nyad | Co-sponsored by the Raymond James Women's Inclusion Network
  At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Upon completing her 53-hour journey, Diana told the world, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.” Her inspiring remarks will provide key takeaways that can be applied to your life, your practice and your teams.
1:40 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 2:40 PM Effective Remote Team Collaboration Strategies with Beverly D. Flaxington | Sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle
  Beverly Flaxington’s presentation will cover why remote working is so challenging, how to collaborate effectively, how remote working can actually improve team bonding, and simple yet powerful ideas to stay on track personally. In addition to being an expert on human behavior, she is recognized as a confidence coach and work relationship “doctor.”  
2:40 - 4:00 PM Partner & Home Office Showcase
  Don’t miss out on the chance to visit the Resource Center with live face-to-face meetings with our sponsors and key home office departments. Incentives abound to browse the virtual booths.
4:00 - 6:00 PM Break
6:30 - 7:00 PM Optional Virtual Happy Half-Hour & Networking
  Pop into our Virtual Happy Hour rooms for a chance to network with your colleagues and peers. Be entertained, be informed, be competitive, or just be you in one of the many options available.
7:00 - 8:00 PM Women of Distinction Awards with Tom James, Raymond James leaders and a surprise entertainer.
  Dress up, relax and enjoy the annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony with entertainment, firm leaders, winners and a surprise guest.
FRIDAY | September 18, 2020
12:30 - 12:35 PM Final Day Logistics
12:35 - 1:35 PM Town Hall with Paul Reilly, Kim Jenson, Scott Curtis, Tash Elwyn, Jodi Perry
  Firm leaders will answer timely questions from you in this open Town Hall discussion, which proves to be one of the symposium’s most highly rated sessions each year.
1:35 - 1:40 PM Symposium Closing Remarks with Renée Baker
1:45 - 3:45 PM Optional CFP® Ethics with Crystal Alford-Cooper 
  *Pre-registration required*
1:45 p.m. – October 18, 2020 On-demand Break Out Sessions

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