Valerie Rivera

Seeing homogenous conference line-ups in the past has stopped me from attending many financial industry events. What the line-up tells me is that I don’t belong and clients who look like me don’t belong. While this may seem innocent, these white, male panels are perpetuating the wealth gap in America by deciding who is worth listening to. I want to spend my time at events that value the perspectives of women, and especially women of color.