FA-IQ reached out to advisors to ask: What challenges did you overcome — or are still overcoming — in the male-dominated advisory industry?

Jenn Barry, investment advisor and managing director at Aaron Wealth Advisors. Chicago-based Barry has been in the industry for 27 years and has $1 billion in client assets.

“I have always been in the minority but have viewed this as an opportunity to differentiate myself and carve out a unique path.

I feel an obligation to perform to the best of my abilities to prove my worth but also to ensure that the women who will come after me are viewed in the best possible light.

Jennifer Barry
In many respects, the circumstances of my life are much different than my male counterparts, but I have always remained true to myself and confident in my work and actions.

Although difficult at times, I am not afraid to prioritize making the best decisions for me and my family. Over my 27 years in the financial services business, I have seen incredible improvement in the diversity of the workforce and the opportunities available for women, but we still have more work to do.”

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