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Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, Elizabeth Jetton, CFP® and Janet Stanzak, MS, CFP® to receive the 2018 Heart of Financial Planning Award

DENVER (August 22, 2018) – The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the country's largest membership association for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professionals and those who support the financial planning process, is proud to announce Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP®, Elizabeth Jetton, CFP® and Janet Stanzak, MS, CFP® as recipients of the association's 2018 Heart of Financial Planning Award.

The 2018 Heart of Financial Planning Award recognizes financial planning professionals, firms and organizations that demonstrate remarkable commitment and passion to contribute or give back to the financial planning community and/or public. Awardees exemplify the spirit of financial planning and represent FPA's Core Values of competence, integrity, relationships and stewardship.

Lazetta Rainey Braxton, MBA, CFP® (FPA of Maryland): The founder and CEO of Financial Fountains in Baltimore, Md., Braxton was nominated for her ongoing commitment to campaign for diversity within the profession and help underserved and diverse populations realize the power of financial planning and generational wealth building. Self-proclaimed as a "financial planner for the rest of us," Braxton was a member of the FPA Diversity Committee from 2011 to 2016 to promote national diversity and inclusion initiatives in the profession (Chair in 2018), incorporated a "Business of Diversity" track into the FPA Annual Conference and implemented the first virtual learning center webinar on a diversity topic. As a leader and influencer of financial literacy and diversity within the profession, Braxton serves as Chair and Immediate Past President of the Association of African American Financial Advisors (AAAA), Founding President of AAAA Foundation, as well as a member of the CNBC Digital Financial Advisor Council, a member of CFP Board's Center for Financial Planning Advisory Panel and Women's Initiative Council, Diversity Advisory Group, and the Foundation for Financial Planning Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Jetton, CFP® (FPA of Georgia): a retired practitioner and founder of Financial Vision Advisors; graduate faculty member, co-founder of TurningPoint, speaker, facilitator and coach to financial planners and firms, Jetton was nominated for her influence to re-define the financial planning profession beyond numbers. Having served as the 2004 FPA President, she is often referred to as a "polymorphous" professional because she has demonstrated her passion and knowledge about financial planning in multiple ways, encouraging planners to become conversational leaders. Jetton was key in reinvigorating FPA Retreat, a conference focused on the art and science of financial planning.   She has been deeply involved with the NexGen community, facilitating the annual gathering multiple times, and she has been a mentor in the FPA Residency program since 2001.  Jetton has helped thousands of professionals strengthen relationships with their clients and families by encouraging them to discover their authentic selves and develop their helping skills.
Janet Stanzak, MS, CFP® (FPA of Minnesota): Principal of Financial Empowerment, LLC in Bloomington, Minn., Stanzak was nominated for her visionary leadership that inspires the future of the financial planning profession. As an FPA volunteer for more than a decade, Stanzak was a member of the FPA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2015, serving as the 2014 FPA President. Stanzak embodies the spirit of lifelong learning and relationships, sharing her wisdom as a mentor in several study groups. A passionate advocate for financial literacy, she was instrumental in leading BestPrep's Financial Matters Initiative that teaches thousands of students each year the basic elements of financial planning. She also worked to empower low-income individuals and families to take control of their finances working with Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ).

"Congratulations to Lazetta, Elizabeth and Janet who have each made significant strides to transform the lives of others and move the financial planning profession forward. The noble profession we know today, and the advancement of it, can be attributed to these leaders, and others, who have demonstrated their 'heart' by sharing the benefits of financial planning with others and giving back to our community," says 2018 FPA President Frank Paré, CFP®. "We are thankful for their efforts and proud to honor these three extraordinary women with the Heart of Financial Planning Award at our FPA Annual Conference this October."

Braxton, Jetton and Stanzak will be presented their awards at the 2018 FPA Annual Conference, to be held Oct. 3-5 in Chicago, Ill.


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