DeRose Financial Planning Group/Karen L. DeRose, CFP©,CRPC© Receives the Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors

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WomenCertified®, Inc. is pleased to announce that DeRose Financial Planning Group/Karen L. DeRose, CFP®, CRPC© has received the Women’s Choice Award® for Financial Advisors.

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As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified®, Inc. is pleased to announce that DeRose Financial Planning Group/Karen L. DeRose, CFP®, CRPC© has received the Women’s Choice Award® for Financial Advisors based on rigorous research, 17 objective criteria including a client survey to obtain feedback regarding service and practices.

The Women’s Choice Award is the only recognition program for well-qualified advisors who are committed to the women’s market and serving their female clients. Achieving this award reaffirms the commitment DeRose Financial Planning Group/Karen L. DeRose, CFP©, CRPC© has to extraordinary service in addressing the financial needs of women and their families.

“We are delighted and gratified to have received this prestigious award. Our firm has long desired to preserve a close affinity to women across the Chicago land area and beyond. With women making the majority of financial decisions in their respective lives, it is more important than ever to empower women to make the best financial decisions for themselves and their families, so they can continue to have peace of mind.”

WomenCertified, originator of the Women’s Choice Award, was created by Delia Passi, the leading advocate for female consumers and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. In partnership with (Women’s Institute for Financial Education) co-founders Ginita Wall and Candace Bahr, Delia has created the Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors in an effort to help women identify those advisors who are committed to providing quality service. The award allows this elite group of advisors to showcase their commitment to the women’s market, while giving potential clients a starting point for entrusting their finances to an advisor.

Women currently control 51 percent of all wealth in the United States, and, according to the Federal Reserve, this number is projected to reach 66% by 2020.* As the financial industry wakes up to the fact that a great majority of the female population are seeking advisors they can trust, Passi, Bahr and Wall have already created the solution. This powerful, national initiative distinguishes advisors who support female consumers in their quest for financial education.


Karen L. DeRose, CFP©, CRPC© is managing Partner of DeRose Financial Planning Group, a premier independent fee-based financial planning and wealth management firm that helps clients create the life they value and the legacy they envision. Her firm’s philosophy is “life Happens.. Plan for It!. With 17 years of experience, Karen and her advisory team will uncover problems you may not know you have and create strategies to help you preserve and enhance your wealth in a complex tax and financial environment. Her teams tailored approach to financial planning is based on listening to clients and translating their wants, needs and values into a plan that builds, preserves and empowers wealth to last a lifetime and beyond. Karen(dot)DeRose(at)lfg(dot)com or


The Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisor Program is based on 17 objective criteria associated with providing quality service to women clients such as credentials, experience and a favorable regulatory history, among other factors. Financial advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisors, though they may have paid a basic program fee to cover the cost of comprehensive review and client survey.

WomenCertified®, home to the Women’s Choice Awards, awards businesses, brands and services based on high recommendation ratings by female consumers. WomenCertified represents the collective voice of women so they can help each other identify businesses that deserve their loyalty and referrals. To learn more, visit or go to:


The Women’s Institute for Financial Education ( is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial education to women in their quest for financial independence. It was founded in 1988 by wealth management experts and KPBS Heroes Candace Bahr and Ginita Wall, who have a lifelong mission of helping women connect with resources that help them prosper and grow financially. Visit


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