Elissa Buie Named to 2015 InvestmentNews Women to Watch

Elissa Buie Named to 2015 InvestmentNews Women to Watch


InvestmentNews has named Elissa Buie to its inaugural Women to Watch list for 2015. They launched the list to honor female advisors and industry executives for what they are doing to elevate the financial advice industry. The initiative is not about assets under management, titles, or compensation. Rather, it is meant to recognize women who are distinguished, innovative leaders who are driven and willing to share their knowledge and experiences with other women.

InvestmentNews received over 400 nominations to form a list that was then shaved down to recognize just 20 honorees. In this short video featured on Elissa’s Women to Watch profile, Elissa explains how her career as a CFP® professional began and why the financial planning profession is a great profession for women.

In March 2016, Elissa and the other 20 outstanding female professionals in the financial advisory industry were honored at InvestmentNews’ Women to Watch Awards Luncheon in New York. As Elissa accepted her award, she was asked to share any secrets to her success. Elissa said she is “blessed by her opportunities to be mentored and to be a mentor to other women”.

Elissa’s profile by InvestmentNews details pieces of her career that played a pivotal role in the development of both planners and the profession. Elissa sits on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Financial Planning and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Foundation. Elissa is a past Chair of the Financial Planning Association (US) and is a Dean for the FPA’s Residency Program. She has been named as a top advisor by Worth and Washingtonian magazines as well as Bloomberg Wealth Manager and was named to Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisers list in 2014.


Elissa has been published extensively in the Journal of Financial Planning and is a frequent conference presenter on the topics of policy-based financial planning, the discovery process in financial planning, and the role of science in the development of the profession. She has been a conference keynoter throughout the world, including the United States, Japan, the UK, South Africa, and Korea. Elissa holds an appointment as Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business, where she co-teaches the capstone Cases in Financial Planning course. In October 2013, Elissa was awarded the prestigious P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award, the Financial Planning profession’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

When asked about how she felt to be honored on this list, Elissa said “I’m very proud of this recognition but my tagline has become, ‘I’m not dead yet!'”