October 23, 2018, Irvine, California – Loreen Gilbert, founder of WealthWise Financial Services, www.wealthwisefinancial.com and NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development Board Chair, was asked by the National Women’s Business Council, Advisors to the President, Congress and the SBA, to moderate a panel of historical trailblazers celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Women’s Business Ownership Act, H.R. 5050. The panel is called NAWBO Presents: ‘Trailblazers of H.R. 5050’.
Thirty years ago today, President Reagan signed HR 5050 and it became the law of the land. At that time, women owned businesses accounted for an estimated five percent of all U.S. businesses and the public perception was that they were home-based, generating annual revenues of no greater than $10,000.
Today nearly 40 percent of all U.S. businesses are women-owned and revenues exceed $1.7 trillion.
“I am proud of the progress women business owners have made over the past thirty years,” said Loreen Gilbert, Chair of the National NAWBO Institute, responsible for providing education and resources for women business owners. “It is hard to imagine that only thirty years ago a woman business owner in the United States had to have a male cosign her business loan. It is my hope that women continue to take steps towards financial independence and that they pass their knowledge to future generations. “
About Loreen Gilbert, Founder and President, WealthWise Financial Services, Inc.
Loreen Gilbert is an experienced wealth manager who has spent more than 25 years creating comprehensive wealth strategies for her clients. Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Administration, she launched her career at Fidelity Investments where she assisted clients with investment management services. Gilbert then worked for a private company selling retirement plans to municipalities and their employees. She has been in private practice as a wealth manager since 1997 and is the founder and president of WealthWise Financial Services, which offers securities and investment advisory services to individuals, business owners and corporations through her affiliation as a registered principal with LPL Financial.
Loreen Gilbert serves on the Executive Board of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), representing more than 11 million women business owners in the US. Gilbert is the Chair Elect of the NAWBO Institute which provides resources and tools to women business owners around the globe. Gilbert was also awarded the Remarkable Woman Award as “2016 Business Owner of the Year” and “2017 Advocate of the Year” for NAWBO-Orange County, California. She was honored by Enterprising Women Magazine as the national winner of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year award in her category. Gilbert acts as an ambassador for Opportunity International, a micro-lending organization helping mainly women in third world countries to start or expand a business. She has recently been appointed to the Trump Pence Small Business Advisory Council, one of only 19 appointees in the U.S. and the only representative in California. She was selected by Facebook to broadcast globally from their HQ in celebration of Women’s International Day. Gilbert has been covered by US News & World Report, USA Today,Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo! Finance, Money Magazine, Reuters, Financial Advisor Magazine and WealthManagment.com. She also hosts on-air segments for KX 93.5 FM where she resides in Laguna Beach, California, to educate listeners on financial matters. Her iTunes podcast is called WealthWise Moment.
Gilbert’s business licenses and credentials include registration as an Investment Advisor Representative with LPL Financial; FINRA Series 7, 63, 24, and 65, registrations held through LPL Financial; Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation; Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation; Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) designation; Corporation for Long Term Care (CLTC) certification; “member, Qualified Kingdom Advisor” certification; insurance licensed in Life, Disability, Variable Life, and Long Term Care; and Bachelor of Business Administration. For seven years including 2017, Ms. Gilbert was published as receiving the Five Star Wealth Manager Award as published in Orange Coast Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
*This award recognizes the accomplishments of one NAWBO member, who has used creative initiatives to overcome obstacles, create jobs, grow a successful business, and help her community. Must be a woman business owner that owns at least 25% of her business and actively runs the day-to-day operations.
**Award based on 10 objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience, and assets under management among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers.
Loreen Gilbert is a registered representative with and securities offered through LPL Financial, FINRA/SIPC member.
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