Being a Champion of Money & Culture as a South American Immigrant

Catalina Franco-Cicero is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and has found that education and sports have given her a voice as a woman of color. She’s fascinated by helping her clients as a financial advisor, because she knows that there’s a knowledge gap, and the confidence gap, in minority groups when it comes to their money. Her work has focused on bringing positive change to underserved populations, and to spread financial knowledge in a fiduciary capacity.

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Money in the Asian American Culture

This episode is a must-listen for anyone who is interested in Asian American culture, and how money plays into their cultural background. Phuong Luong does a fantastic job of offering both her personal experiences, getting vulnerable in her conversation, and providing well-researched information about the Asian American culture as a whole.

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Understanding the Intersection of Money & Culture

In this episode, Saundra Davis is going to help us understand how to get to the need under the need - because it’s never just about the money. Working with clients on their personal finances can be challenging, and it will be even more challenging if we don’t look to approach our diverse client base with curiosity, openness, and the ultimate goal of helping them find their best financial life.

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Leveraging a Career in Journalism for Representation and Advocacy

Natasha Alford is an award-winning journalist, host, and content creator. She pursued journalism with a focus on uncovering education policy in Washington D.C. Now, she’s grown her career in journalism as “The People’s Journalist.” This episode is an amazing insight into the life of someone who is making history as a journalist, and who is pushing past traditional boundaries in her storytelling.

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Redefining Mentorship and Sponsorship in the Pursuit of Success

In this episode, Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley is dropping so many pearls of wisdom. We cover entrepreneurship, the importance of the DEI movement, how you can advocate for yourself in work and in life, and so much more. Are you ready to be blown away? Tune in now!

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Leveraging Entrepreneurship to Do Good in the World

Everette Taylor has started, or been part-owner of, eight different companies in his career. Through his work, he focuses on marketing, social media, events, and more. However, he also uses his brands under ET Enterprises to contribute work toward causes he’s passionate about. This episode is inspirational for anyone who is looking to explore personal growth. Everette is an incredible testament to the incredible things that hard work, mental health care, and focusing on doing good in the world can do.

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S02 EP08: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Moving From Why to How


In this episode, we’re bringing back Katie Augsburger and Andrew Greenia to discuss how to put empathy first in professional inclusion conversations, how to address equity within your organization, and the best way to accept critical love as we all work to be better and more inclusive of others in our career and in life.

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S02 EP07: Becoming Intentional on the Road to Allyship

Lazetta Rainey Braxton, CFP®,  and Kathleen Burns Kingsbury have a beautiful conversation in this episode on how to have honest conversations, make space for one another personally and professionally, and how to start conversations that make you uncomfortable - because, even if they’re uncomfortable, they’re always necessary if we want to make progress.

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S02 EP06: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Financial Planning Profession

Both Thompson, CFP®, and David Rae, CFP®, AIF™, are working to start conversations around LGBTQ financial concerns in the financial planning profession. In this episode, they’re diving in to how all planners can better serve the LGBTQ niche, support their fellow LGBTQ advisors, and approach conversations about LGBTQ inclusivity as an ally.

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S02 EP05: Using Your Privilege as a White Woman

How do you spend your privilege?

It’s a tough question to answer - and in this episode, Sonya Dreizler and Arlene Moss tackle it. As two white women, Sonya and Arlene have dedicated themselves to supporting diversity and inclusion conversations in the financial planning profession and beyond.

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S02 EP04: How Media Outlets Can Use Their Platform to Take on Diversity & Inclusion

As the CEO and Publisher of Investment News, Suzanne Siracuse knew that highlighting inclusive initiatives was her responsibility as one of the leading publishers in the financial services industry. The publication has consistently used their platform to start conversations around D&I, and Suzanne offers advice to other media outlets who want to do the same.

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S02 EP03: Opening Up the Conversation: Empower & Retain Women in Workforce

As we continue to build the dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion, it was very timely to be able to sit down with Mark Berg, CFP®, and Mark Johannessen, CFP®, AIF®, who participated in the FPA 2018 Annual Conference panel, Winning the Fight for the Female Talent: How Firms Can Gain an Edge.”

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S02 EP02: Trailblazing with Inclusivity at the Corporate Level

S02 EP02: Trailblazing with Inclusivity at the Corporate Level

In continuing our conversation around allyship, I’m sitting down with Tom Nally from TD Ameritrade and Ed Gjertsen II, representing FPA, this week. We’re discussing how to build inclusivity into the foundation of your business’s structure, and what actionable steps you can take to get started when you’re just not sure where to begin.

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S02 EP01: Exploring the Practice of Dynamic Allyship

When we started releasing episodes for the first season of 2050 TrailBlazers, we were overwhelmed with how many people with privileged identities reached out to us asking about how they could start being an ally, or how they could become a better ally. So many conversations started with, “I’m here, I’m listening, and I want to help.” That’s why, this season, we’re taking some time to focus on allyship.

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S02 EP00: Welcome to Season 2

S02 EP00: Welcome to Season 2

Rianka is back with Season 2 of the 2050 TrailBlazers Podcast! We’re all so excited to be here for another fantastic season, and we have some incredible content in store for you. But before we dive into a full season of actionable content that’s sparking conversation, we need to go back and recap the information we covered in Season 1.

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S01 EP09: How to Build an Inclusive Hiring Process in the Financial Planning World

S01 EP09: How to Build an Inclusive Hiring Process in the Financial Planning World

Season One’s final episode of 2050 TrailBlazers was so good we had to break it into a Part 2! HR pro, Katie Augsburger, is breaking open the hiring process dilemma. She’s empowering all of us in the financial planning profession to tap top talent, retain them, and find authentic ways to increase and diversify your network.

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S01 EP08: How Employers Can Break the Mold, Promote Inclusion and Retain Women & People of Color in the Financial Planning Profession

S01 EP08: How Employers Can Break the Mold, Promote Inclusion and Retain Women & People of Color in the Financial Planning Profession

In this episode of 2050 TrailBlazers, we’re giving you the tools YOU need to implement inclusion and diversity initiatives in YOUR organization. We’re reviewing a wide range of topics we’ve covered so far this season, and how you can start to move the needle, make a change, and blaze trails of your own.

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