For our third installment highlighting women who are changing our industry, I’m going to introduce three more  three amazing ladies.  These three are rock star recruiters from Guardian, MassMutual and Penn Mutual. 

(Be sure to read our first and second installment of the series.)

I met each of these women by being part of organizations like WIFS, NAIFA and GAMA.  I’ve found that when you connect with women who are involved with industry organizations, they mean business and are always looking to develop themselves and the people around them.  

Here’s what Samantha, Cheryl and Evelyn are up to this year:  

Samantha Clark, National Financial Network – Guardian

“My goal for new contracted hires for the year was six. And out of those six, three were women!  Two of my new people have hit their Client Builder Award.  I was also selected for the National 4 Under 40 for NAIFA and was also named Executive VP with my firm after only being here for a year!”


Cheryl Canzanella, Financial Design Associates MassMutual

“My high point this year was seeing my agency highlighted five times in our mid-year Key Accomplishment Report for brokerage production for overall year-to-date, current month and product year-to-date.  I feel fortunate to have found the right person to join my team; she’s been vital to achieving these numbers.  I’m extremely proud of our accomplishments over the past four-and-a-half years, especially since we’ve built our brokerage business from the ground up!” 


Evelyn Gellar, Empire Wealth Strategies Penn Mutual

 “Within my company, I’ve helped to attract more women advisors, which has increased this year over last.  I’ve also focused on personal development and worked hard to coach others as well as being coached and I have been committed to giving to local and national associations that I believe in.  One of these organizations is WIFS, where I’ll be serving as the first Latina national president in the 80-year history of the organization!” 

These women are paving the way for the next crop of women and I’m so proud to know them.  If you don’t know them, look them up on LinkedIn and tell them I sent you!  These women are incredible mentors in the industry and they are always looking for women they can help.  Isn’t that what our industry is all about?  

Know an amazing woman in the industry?  Shoot me an email and introduce her to me or leave a comment below.  See you next month!