In many ways, according to former big bank executive Sallie Krawcheck, women are a larger emerging market than China.

Krawcheck, chairwoman of the Ellevate network for professional women, brough that message Monday to the crowd gathered in New York for the IMCA 2015 New York Consultants Conference.

 "What if I told you there's a potential client base that holds a majority of wealth in this country, represents 45% of U.S. millionaires, will inherit 70% of the $41 trillion that enters generational wealth transfer over the next 40 years?" Krawcheck asked.

"Ninety percent of them control their money on their own at some point in their lives; they represent today 60% of college students and a greater percent of graduate students and still growing. They start more businesses at twice the rate of the rest of the population. They're first-time homebuyers at a greater rate than the rest of the population. They're breadwinners or co-breadwinners in 60% of households, and they live longer than the rest of the population by 6 to 8 years and they're healthier while doing so. You'd say, 'That's one helluva market, Sallie.'"

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Emily Zulz

Emily joined the ThinkAdvisor team as a reporter in the summer of 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois for a year and as a reporter and editor for The Daily Eastern News in Charleston, Illinois for two and a half years. Prior to joining ThinkAdvisor, Emily worked on Groupon’s editorial team in Chicago as a fact checker for three years. She graduated cum laude with a BA in journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and she has been the recipient of two journalism awards for her news reporting at daily newspapers.