Monthly Education Meeting

Education Meeting

April 27, 2019 to

  • Start Time: 8:00AM
  • End Time: 11:00AM

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Rockside 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N., Independence, OH 44131

Topic #1: Seeing How We Think: Insights for Building Strong Connections

Topic #2:  Retaining Heirs: How to Connect with Your Next Generation of Clients

Free to FPA and CFA Members! ($60 fee for non-members)

Breakfast and networking at 8:00 am
Announcements and programming to follow at 8:20 am

TOPIC #1: Seeing How We Think: Insights for Building Strong Connections

SPEAKER: Kate Livingston

About the Program
Our brains are wired in ways that lead us to particular preferences and interpretations of the world. Understanding your thinking preferences, as well as the thinking preferences of others, can have profound implications on personal effectiveness in the areas of client interaction, team dynamics and presentations. Using the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI), a neuroscience-based measure of thinking preferences, Kate introduces a framework for understanding your mental processes and how those influence your relationship development. Prior to the session*, you will take a brief online assessment that generates an analysis of your particular thinking patterns. Kate will then review these findings during her presentation.

About the Speaker
As an organizational development consultant and executive coach Kate’s Livingston’s focus is on helping teams and clients build effective working relationships to improve performance. Using research from adult development, Kate adopts an interactive approach to stimulate collaboration, active listening and meaningful conversations. Kate holds a master’s degree in adult development and psychology from Harvard University, and a Master’s in art history from Pennsylvania State University. She draws from both of these fields when helping clients see how they frame and address their challenges.

*You must complete the online assessment by COB Friday, March 15 to receive your results in person at the meeting. If you complete after that date you will be emailed your results after March 21.

TOPIC #2: From Portfolios to People: The Evolution of Vanguard Advisor’s Alpha®

SPEAKER: Ryan Donohue

About the Program
Join us as we introduce the latest research in the advisor’s alpha series aimed at helping you and your practice thrive in this ever-changing industry. More than 15 years ago, we created the advisor’s alpha concept to help advisors redefine and articulate their value proposition from one solely based on investment performance to one focused more on relationships and holistic wealth management. This evolution in our research addresses ways to adapt and evolve in the face of new regulation, changing investor preferences, emerging technology, and the impact trust has on your client relationships.

About the Speaker
Ryan Donohue is an advisor education specialist and national speaker for Vanguard Financial Advisor Services. He is responsible for presenting Vanguard analysis and industry research to financial advisors and other financial services professionals. Mr. Donohue joined Vanguard in 2013 and before his current role, he was a sales executive covering the Southern New England territory. Previously, he supported registered investment advisor and bank clients nationally and also worked with high-net-worth individuals in Vanguard Flagship Services Department. Mr. Donohue earned a B.S. in supply chain management and business operations from California State University of Long Beach and an M.B.A. from La Salle University with a focus in finance. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Reservation Policy – All attendees are encouraged to register in advance before noon 03/15/19 and walk-in reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis only. *You must register and complete the online assessment for the first session by COB Friday, March 15 to receive your results in person at the meeting. If you complete after that date you will be emailed your results after March 21.

Meeting cost is free for FPA members and $60 for non-members.  If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office or email to cancel by noon 03/20/19 to avoid a no-show reservation billing of $10.00.

Continuing Education – FPA NEO will request credit for these programs, which will total two hours of CE from the CFP® Board of Standards for CFP® designation holders. A general certificate of completion and one for CPA designees who feel the program satisfies their continuing education requirements will also be available.


  • Students (In-Person): $22
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