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Ten to Watch: Rianka Dorsainvil, Chair, Financial Planning Association’s NextGen program

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Rianka Dorsainvil

Age: 30
Position: Founder and President, Your Greatest Contribution (YGC)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Education: B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

If the financial-advisory industry needs a spokesperson to help more young students and professionals recognize that it is a welcoming industry for people like them, Rianka Dorsainvil is about as good as it gets.

The 30-year-old founder of her own financial-planning firm Your Greatest Contribution (YGC) in Washington, D.C., fell “completely in love” with the idea of giving financial advice professionally after taking a financial planning 101 course as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech. 

Before then, Dorsainvil said she never considered a career as an advisor. Many students enter post-secondary education with the intention of being a doctor, lawyer or accountant, but she didn’t know anyone intending to pursue wealth management. At job fairs on campus, wealth managers were sparse or nonexistent.

Even for younger professionals aware of the opportunities, the perception that the industry lacks diversity can be a deterrent. Dorsainvil has made it her mission to help more young professionals see beyond the overwhelmingly homogenous demographics and toward the opportunities.

“I always raise my hand because I want to be an example to those who maybe haven’t even thought about this as a career,” she said.

 

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