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The advent of the internet has made it very easy for anyone, regardless of their experience or the validity of their opinions, to have a voice.


This means that it is more important than ever for us to scrutinize supposed experts, and their motivations, before we place our trust in them.
 
Laura Mattia's unique combination of academic education and real-world experience, which is unparalleled in the industry, along with the personal experiences that have guided her path, have led her to dedicate her life to empower women with money and narrowing the financial literacy gender gap by providing unbiased and responsible information and guidance with compassion.

 

Educational Background

 

Laura holds a PhD in Personal Financial Planning. She pursued this degree because she believes that this new profession needs leadership and that Financial Planners should be required to have a four year degree in Financial Planning or related field before they give potentially life altering advice to people. She also believes that Financial Planners should meet the requirements of obtaining a CFP®, ensuring a base level of knowledge and competency, ongoing education and ethics. Without the CFP®, the standards are very low in terms of education, regulatory and even ethical requirements, yet financial planning is serious business - it is a big responsibility.

 

Professional Experience


Laura works under a fee-only model for individuals requiring responsible financial guidance and has a specialty working with women who are looking for compassionate, intelligent understanding. Prior to her work in personal financial planning she provided CFO expertise to early stage companies in NYC and held CFO and Controller positions at several Fortune 500 companies including M&M/Mars, Telcordia Technologies, and Cendant Corporation.

 

Through her academic involvement and as a professor at several universities, including Muma Business College, University of South Florida, Texas Tech University and Rutgers Business School she continues to use her knowledge to usher in the next generation and is actively involved in inspiring young women to join the profession.

 
Awards & Accolades

 
Laura's work with women clients, has been recognized by the Women's Choice Award® for Financial Advisors. This award recognizes financial advisors and firms that provide quality service and strong commitment to their female clientele. To qualify for this prestigious award, Advisors are evaluated using 17 objective criteria.
 
Some of the many accolades that Laura has received include:
 
•   Five Star Wealth Manager, New Jersey Monthly - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
•   Best 50 Women in Business, NJBIZ, 2009
•   Five Star Wealth Manager, Sarasota Fl. - 2015
•   Women of Influence in Sarasota - 2015

 

Community Involvement 

 
•   Treasurer for Parent Association at Pine View School
•   Volunteer at Sarasota Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)
•   Treasurer at FPA of Florida
•   Board Member at Suncoast FPA
•   Member of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
•   Member of the Planned Giving Board at Montclair State University
•   Host of the Women's Circle with the FPA and member of the Women's Initiative with the CFP® Board

•   Member of Montclair State University Advisory Board

 
Laura has also provided her leadership and pro-bono services to the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to promote financial literacy and encourage all financial advisors to adhere to a higher standard.

 
Podcasts


Women’s Money Empowerment Network with Laura Mattia™ is a monthly podcast designed to introduce women financial planners to the public and to increase women's financial literacy - one topic at a time...
If you are a woman financial planner or if you are a woman looking for a Money Makeover, please use the contact us area of this website or call 941-377-4285.
 
Click here to hear the podcasts


Workshops

 
The Women's Money Empowerment Network Workshop Series helps women who are retired or planning for retirement make informed decisions so they can enjoy a successful retirement. Due to the modular structure of the program, the Workshop Series can be conducted as a whole or in parts.
 
If you are interested in attending one of our workshops, or if you would like to make arrangements to host a workshop that is tailored to the specific needs of your organization, please use the contact us area of this website or call 941-377-4285.

Become Empowered to Make the Best Financial Decisions For Your Life

There is a difference between financial advice based upon high quality scientific principals and agenda driven information. Most information and programs in the media are designed to sell you something. Even the “experts” in the media have agendas and biases. If nothing else they want to grab your attention and hook you into watching. Entertainment is not quality advice. What you receive are sound bites and stories but what you want is a real understanding so that you can make informed decisions that are right for you and your life. We get it and that is what we promise to offer - genuine unbiased and objective, high quality information. Our objective is to empower you to use money to positively impact your life.

WoMEN is a network of Women Helping Women.

  • We support women financial planning professionals
  • We support women who want to learn more about their situation with money and want to learn more about money in general
  • We provide opportunities for women to connect, to get the support they need from compassionate and intelligent women who want to help.

We are women helping women.

WMEN’s Mission:

  • To positively change the way the financial services industry works and the role that women play within the financial services organizations.
  • To positively change the way women think when they engage with money and to inspire them to take control over their finances so that they can live life on their terms.

 

Wishing you the financial freedom to live your life on your terms