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Advisor Tackles Diversity Issues With Podcast

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Financial Planner Rianka Dorsainvil and founder of the firm Your Greatest Contribution started her diversity podcast series 2050 Trailblazers in response to a challenge from the late Dick Wagner, a well-known and outspoken advisor.

Dorsainvil met Wagner at an FPA NexGen gathering. As usual, she said, she was the only person of color in the room and felt numb to the lack of diversity. It wasn’t until Wagner, who Dorsainvil described as a straight shooter, approached her and asked, “How does it feel to be the only person of color in the room?” that Dorsainvil felt seen, she said.

“My mouth dropped. I said, ‘You saw me, you actually saw me,’ and he said, ‘I saw you and there needs to be more of you,’” continued Dorsainvil. She said she agreed with Wagner, which prompted him to then utter, “Well, what are you going to do about it?”

Dorsainvil said she mulled over the question repeatedly to the point that Wagner’s words became a catalyst to “step up” and to inspire others to act.

She started volunteering. Dorsainvil served as president and chair of the FPA’s NexGen network. She is a member of the Association of African American Financial Advisors and the NexGen National Capital Area study group. She also volunteers with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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