Lincoln Financial Network Advisors Named to WIFS 2015 Circle of Excellence, Featured in WIFS Debut Publication

Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) Honors Fifteen LFN

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lincoln Financial Network (LFN), the retail wealth management affiliate
of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC), today announced that fifteen of
the firm’s top female advisors qualified for the Women in Insurance &
Financial Services (WIFS) 2015 Circle of Excellence, an award
program which recognizes WIFS members who have achieved significant
success in the insurance and financial services industry. Additionally,
six of the fifteen LFN advisors were featured in WIFS’s debut
publication, Financial Services: Women on Top – A WIFS Research Study,
released on July 31, 2015.

WIFS, an organization devoted to attracting, developing and advancing
the careers of women in the financial services industry, had 152
qualifiers for the 2015 Circle of Excellence.

Qualifying LFN affiliated advisors include: Karen DeRose of
Chicago, Ill. (Diamond tier); Betty Harris Custer of Madison,
Wis. and Anne M. Machesky of Edina, Minn. (Emerald); Colleen
M. Bowler
of Dallas, Texas, Cindy Deavel of Vienna, Va., Dawn
Michelle Gordon
of Las Vegas, Nev., Dianna Parker of Dallas,
Texas, Judy L. Smith of San Diego, Calif. and Stacey
of Hunt Valley, Md. (Sapphire); Regina Beatty
of Greensburg, Pa., Tara Blair of Fort Worth, Texas, Cecilia
of Annapolis, Md., Sarah Cicero of Elliot City, Md.,
and Melanie L. Shanty of Lutherville, Md. (Ruby); and Barbara
of Berwyn, Pa. (Pearl).

Of these qualifiers, Bowler, Custer, DeRose, Machesky, Parker, and
Shanty were selected to represent women at the top of their profession
in WIFS’s debut publication, Financial Services: Women on Top – A
WIFS Research Study.
WIFS surveyed 800 industry females to answer
the question: Why do some women achieve major success in the financial
services industry and others do not? The results were compiled, analyzed
and serve as the basis for the book, which highlights 23 industry
professionals – including the aforementioned LFN advisors. In it, they
share insight around what attracted them to the business, how they
developed their practices, what they learned along the way and how they
have created a life that blends family, community service and a
fulfilling career.

“The women advisors at Lincoln Financial Network are one of the most
driven and inspirational groups I’ve ever partnered with,” said Nicole
Spinelli, director of The WISE Group (Women Inspiring, Supporting, and
Educating) at LFN. “They have worked hard to become leaders and
influencers in the marketplace and I’m thrilled for their achievements.
I know they will continue to inspire the advancement of all women in our
industry for years to come.”

About Lincoln Financial Network

Lincoln Financial Network is the marketing name for the retail sales and
financial planning affiliates of Lincoln Financial Group and includes
Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and Lincoln Financial Securities
Corporation, both members of FINRA and SIPC. Consisting of almost 8,500
representatives, agents, and full-service financial planners throughout
the United States, Lincoln Financial Network professionals can offer
financial planning and advisory services, retirement services, life
products, annuities, investments, and trust services to affluent
individuals, business owners, and families.

About WIFS

More than 75 years strong, Women in Insurance & Financial Services,
headquartered in Albany, NY, is the only organization exclusively
devoted to attracting, developing, and advancing the careers of women in
the insurance and financial services industry. Over 1,100 WIFS members
receive value from monthly education programs, mentorship, local
chapters, annual conference, professional development, and more. For
more information about WIFS and upcoming programs, visit
or contact Deborah Duffy, Executive Director at 866-264-WIFS (9437).


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Kathy Vega