Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP® has been ranked second among the top ten on the Investopedia 100 list of the Most Influential Advisors of 2021 for her outstanding leadership in the financial services industry. This recognition marks the third straight year that she was named to the same list, with prior wins in 2019 and 2020. Braxton is one of only 1,490 Black Certified Financial PlannerTM professionals in the United States.
The Investopedia 100 celebrates financial advisors who are making significant contributions to critical conversations about financial literacy, investing strategies, life-stage planning and wealth management. With more than 100,000 independent financial advisors in the U.S., the Investopedia 100 spotlights the country’s most engaged, influential, and educational advisors.
Braxton is well-known for her commitment to support diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the financial planning profession and for her signature phrase, “Doing the Work,” which provides actionable ways for corporations to implement strategic and holistic changes within their workplace cultures.
"There's a reason that Lazetta continues to be ranked among the most influential financial advisors in the U.S. every year. She uses her platform and her voice to educate investors, her industry colleagues and members of her community to truly improve financial literacy and planning. Her work in her community and in her practice embodies the spirit of the Investopedia 100, and that is the true measure of influence," said Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief, Investopedia.
In 2008, she founded Financial Fountains, a fee-only financial planning and registered investment advisory firm that served clients around the country. In 2020, she merged firms with Rianka Dorsainvil, CFP®, to co-found 2050 Wealth Partners, financial planning for thriving professionals, small business owners, first-generation wealth-builders, and sandwich generation wealth-protectors.
In 2020, Braxton launched her new consulting group, Lazetta & Associates, to unearth traditionally taboo topics in the financial services industry by helping firms who care about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging identify how they nurture their most valuable asset… their people.
“I’m proud to be among a list of exceptional leaders who are making incredible differences in our profession and communities, and inspiring change,” said Braxton. “Like many, our work continues to elevate and amplify the human capital of our increasingly diverse clients. This work is both a moral and an economic imperative.”
In 2019 and 2020, she was named in the top 10 Investopedia’s 100 Top Financial Advisors and FinancialPlanning.com honored her in their renowned list of 21 Trendsetters of 2021. In 2021, she was recognized on the Crain’s Notable Black Leaders and Executives List, highlighting Black men and women who have impacted New York City through their professional, civic and philanthropic achievements. This list celebrates individuals who have shown the ability or power to effect change in their role or area of practice through their passion for diversification within a specific industry. She has previously been honored as one of the inaugural Investment News’ Women to Watch list, as well as receiving its Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion See It Be It award. The Association of African American Financial Advisors (AAAA) awarded her its Leadership Legacy Award for her dedication to championing diversity in the wealth management field.
Braxton serves as Board Chair of the Association of African American Financial Advisors (AAAA) and as the AAAA Foundation’s inaugural Board President. She has devoted much of her career in financial services to diversifying the financial planning profession and creating progress towards a more inclusive field with career and advancement opportunities.
ABOUT LAZETTA & ASSOCIATES The experienced team at Lazetta & Associates guide registered investment advisor firms to nurture culturally aware and hospitable workplace environments that ignite innovation and allocate equity amongst their employees. The financial planning profession and consumers alike benefit when RIA firms equitably distribute the financial and social capital generated by the firm’s human capital. Lazetta & Associates is committed to helping firms stay relevant in an increasingly diverse environment. Learn more at http://www.lazetta.com.
ABOUT 2050 WEALTH PARTNERS 2050 Wealth Partners believes that everyone deserves access to financial planning. The fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm provides trusted financial guidance to thriving professionals, small business owners, first-generation wealth-builders, and sandwich generation wealth-protectors. Its mission is to guide clients with designing the life and legacy they deserve. Learn more at http://www.2050wealthpartners.com .