● The program kicks off on March 08, 2021, with acceptance for Membership applications
● The launch date for the training program is scheduled to begin on April 14, 2021
● The scholarshipis the first of its kind in India for women with more than a decade of corporate experience, looking to launch their financial advisorcareer
Mumbai: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, The Women Financial Advisers Networkor WFAN has entered into an agreement with PGIM India MF to bridge the gender gap in financial services by creating more women entrepreneurs in our country. WFAN aims to do this by replicating its earlier success with joint venture partner Garrett Planning Network. Founded by Ms. Sheryl Garrett in 2000, The Garrett Planning Network serves 25,000 families through its 250-member Network across the United States of America. The Garret Planning Network is committed to the efficient use of technology to deliver an effective and continuous learning experience for its members. The members have access to the rich and varied content through its relevant knowledge bank and a vibrant community of like-minded professionals to support, engage and collaborate with each other.
WFAN aims to focus on women ‘Career Changers’ with a decade or more of corporate experience, who are now ready to launch a second career as a financial advisor.. The objective is to help them become or remain financially independent yet lead a balanced and meaningful life. Research indicates that many women in India take a career break in the early years itself to start their family or in the mid stage of their career to care for their family or for other personal matters. . These women do want to get back to work, but are unable to find the appropriate career opportunities for their second innings. India has the highest gender gap of 26% in the workplace in the world.
“We chose PGIM India MF as our exclusive partner for the Indian markets because of our shared values and practices and a mission to help women to be financially independent yet lead a balanced and meaningful life”, said Partha Iyengar, co-founder of WFAN, adding, “PGIM India MF and WFAN believe that going forward financial advisers need to become ‘Choice Architects’ for their clients as it helps them lead a healthy, wealthy, happy and meaningful life”.
“India has many good women financial advisors who are an inspiration to the community, and we want to make sure that this tribe increases. Supporting WFAN in this structured coaching program for fee only women advisers, and their partnership with The Garret Planning Network of the USA, is a small but significant start towards this goal. Launching the program on `International Women’s Day’ makes it special to all of us”, said Ajit Menon, CEO, PGIM India MF.
Commenting on this partnership, Sheryl Garrett said, “I am delighted to partner with WFAN to bring The Garret Planning Network to India and help our vision and WFAN’s vision to make competent and objective financial advice accessible to all people”.
As a pilot program, the partnership with PGIM India MF will help WFAN to offer partial scholarships to cover the membership fees for the first 10 women who join the program and this support is expected to be further expanded in the future. This scholarship is the first for woman of its kind in India with a rigorous selection process. The first cohort of members will receive a certification in Financial Life Planning and Investment Advice Practice from The Garrett Planning Network, PGIM India MF and WFAN along with its content and knowledge partner, HerMony. In addition to the certification, members will be able to launch their advisory business within 3-6 months of joining the program.
The program kicks off on March 08 with acceptance for membership applications. The launch date for the training program is scheduled to begin on April 14, 2021.