At Schwab, we're focused not only on recruiting women to join our company, but also on understanding how they think about and use money and what they need from an investment services firm.

Gretchen Gardinier

"Having seen so much change in this industry, it's really important to be engaged in the conversation. I want to see more people like me in financial services."

-Gretchen Gardinier, managing director, Investor Services

"As an employer that supports me by being flexible in the ways that I need, Schwab makes me feel connected in a very personal way."

Leslie Tabor, managing director, Product Management & Marketing for Schwab Advisor Services

Women in Finance: Leslie Tabor

Women in Finance: Leslie Tabor

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Leslie: So I'm a mom. My daughter's two years old. And so right from the get-go, since this is about being personal, I know we don't hear a lot of people talking about this, my husband and I had a tough time getting pregnant. When you're in that space, mentally it's challenging, physically it's challenging, financially it's challenging. I would say Schwab, through that experience, was very supportive in being flexible with my schedule if I needed to be at certain appointments. 

To this day now that I'm—yay!—successfully a parent of a two year old, there's a different set of challenges, but that continued flexibility with my schedule has been really helpful, because you just never know if your child's gonna be sick one day. Things always happen unplanned. And so having an employer that is going to support me by being flexible in the ways that I need, not through a paycheck or not through benefits, but being flexible because my husband and I were having challenges in starting a family, it makes me feel connected in a very personal way 

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Women's Interactive Network at Schwab (WINS)

More women are earning advanced degrees and higher salaries, resulting in greater purchasing power. This is changing the way women approach their financial futures, and it's why we believe it's critical that our female employees get involved, actively develop their careers, and help lead our company in reaching out to those women who need help, support, and guidance.


WINS is an employee resource group dedicated to helping women employees advance their careers, demonstrate their leadership capabilities, and create outreach programs that help other women become more financially literate.


Recruit more women into the financial services industry: Schwab leaders often host site visits for young students in order to expose them to Schwab's mission, values, and culture, as well as communicate opportunities we provide in the financial services industry.

Empower employees to take ownership of their career development: Through programs like Career Path Chats and Executive Chats, women leaders and role models share their insights into the range of career paths available at Schwab, provide guidance for building a successful career, and inspire employees to explore different career-building opportunities.

Develop business opportunities to promote financial capability among women: From starting at a grassroots level to engaging key leaders, WINS developed and piloted a new initiative: Financial Life Planning Month for Women. The initiative promotes tools and guidance to build more inclusive practices that better engage and serve women investors.

Build relationships to support women in the community: Across our organization, our WINS chapters actively partner with various nonprofits like Dress for Success and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. to host events and lead financial literacy programs that help women gain greater control of their financial lives and futures.


Financial Life Planning for Women Month was launched in 2012 as a May initiative, but it has since expanded to a yearlong event that focuses on building relationships with women investors and promoting financial literacy.

Schwab hosted a total of more than 400 events as part of Financial Life Planning for Women Month in May 2012 and 2013, reaching more than 10,000 attendees.

In 2014, our Financial Life Planning for Women initiative earned recognition as a top "model practice" among San Francisco Bay Area companies showcased during the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women's Gender Equality Principles Challenge.

The growing influence of women

The significant purchasing power of women is well documented, and the dramatic monetary and decision-making shift toward women is changing how the industry views women investors.

  • The $14 trillion controlled by women today is expected to grow to $22 trillion by 2020, and 50% of it will be controlled by women.1
  • Approximately $2 trillion is in motion every year due to the death of a spouse or divorce.2
  • Over the next 30 years, it's estimated that women will be the primary recipients of between $42 trillion and $110 trillion of inherited assets.3
  • Seventy percent of widows fire their financial advisors within a year of their spouse’s death.4
  • Ninety-three percent of women are the primary or joint family financial decision-maker.5
  • Seventy-four percent are the primary or joint decision-maker for investments.6

Schwab recruits qualified women

The financial services industry at times seems to underrepresent women's interests. That's why it's so important to Schwab that we recruit qualified women to work here. 

  1. Harvard Business Review, September 2009—The Female Economy
  2. 2010 Pew Research Center Study; Reach Advisers 2010 Research Study
  3. "A Profile of Older Americans: 2012," Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  4. "A Profile of Older Americans: 2012," Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  5. "Women and Financial Independence Study," Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., June 2012
  6. Financial Planning Magazine (March 2010)