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YGC's Rianka R. Dorsainvil honored a Rising Star by InvestmentNews!

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Demonstrate leadership? Ms. Dorsainvil is the former president and 2017 chair of the 2,500-member FPA NexGen community. She is also the founder of Your Greatest Contribution, a virtual fee-only financial planning firm in Lanham, Md., outside Washington.

Ongoing contributions to the financial advice profession? She is active in the NexGen National Capital Area study group and the Association of African-American Financial Advisors, and volunteers each year with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which helps prepare tax returns for those with low incomes.

Passion? Just ask her about Wanza Farr.

"She was my grandmother. She raised me in Norfolk, Va., and is behind everything I do," said the 30-year-old certified financial planner. She credits her late grandmother for inspiring what Ms. Dorsainvil considers a kind of calling: helping people — especially those with modest incomes — better deal with the personal finance aspects of daily life.

"My grandmother, who worked hard and struggled to make ends meet, was always there for family and friends. But because she was unfamiliar with personal finance and hadn't saved, she was forced to continue working as she got older and couldn't afford to retire," she explained.

That troubled Ms. Dorsainvil, who says her grandmother's experience taught her that "the best gift you can give those you love is your own financial security."

Learning how to help make such security possible was pure serendipity. Ms. Dorsainvil said she stumbled into financial planning when she took a basic course as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, and discovered she loved it.

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