Mentorship is part of every financial advisor’s experience at Edward Jones. While the firm has always prided itself on a culture of collaboration, a recent survey confirms the importance of mentorship for diverse financial advisors. According to a new Edward Jones survey of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference qualifiers, 74% said seeking out a mentor is the most impactful area for diverse associates to focus on early in their careers.
Edward Jones deeply invests in the relationships its associates have with one another. This means both new and transitioning financial advisors benefit from mentoring and training programs. The home office supports financial advisors with lifelong professional development, reinforced with practical, tailored support and mentoring from fellow Edward Jones financial advisors.
“For professionals from more diverse cultures and backgrounds considering their next career move, Edward Jones is a place of belonging where they can expect mentoring support and other necessary resources to reach their individual potential,” said Vanessa Okwuraiwe, principal.
The unique culture of coaching ensures financial advisors from a wide variety of backgrounds get the support and feedback they need from fellow advisors to successfully build their practices.
Principal and financial advisor, Jesse Abercrombie, has seen the benefit of mentoring throughout his career at Edward Jones. From local financial advisors in his community helping him get a branch office off the ground to top producers coaching him as his practice grew, Abercrombie credits the support and accountability mentors provided in his success. Diverse mentors have been especially impactful for Abercrombie:
“When my business took off, they would call me to encourage me and say, ‘keep going.’ Seeing other successful, diverse financial advisors was so inspiring,” said Abercrombie.
Similarly, financial advisor, Jasmine Butler, benefitted directly from mentoring after transitioning from a career in sales for a human resources provider. When seeking new opportunities, Butler said it was the training and mentoring resources at Edward Jones that drove her decision.
“Candidates should look for firm-provided support and mentoring to get started on the right foot,” said Butler.
“I’ve benefitted from both formal and informal mentors as I’ve built my practice.”
Jasmine Butler, financial advisor
Edward Jones understands that in order to deliver an incredible client experience, it must also create an environment where associates are nurtured and can be their authentic self. Mentorship is core to creating success for diverse financial advisors at Edward Jones.