Rebecca Fender, CFA

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Rebecca Fender, CFA, is head of the Future of Finance initiative at CFA Institute, a long-term global effort to shape a trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry that better serves society. The initiative features publications, events, media campaigns, tools, and other communications for financial professionals, policymakers, and the general public. Previously, she worked in the Education Division at CFA Institute, developing conference agendas and recruiting speakers, including overseeing the flagship Annual Conference. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Fender was a vice president at BlackRock, and she also worked at Cambridge Associates. She holds an AB in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

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As investment professionals, we spend a lot of time honing our analytical skills and keeping up to date on the latest market developments. But the other role many of us play is that of a communicator, one who effectively explains to prospective clients why we will serve them well. This is a competitive business, so clients want to know what makes us different from the thousands of other investment firms out there. Read more