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Edge Portfolio Management

City:Winfield

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At Edge, a low client to advisor ratio allows for personal and customized service for each individual.  Our goal is to work as a team for each client to provide not only portfolio management but wealth coordination and financial planning.  We make every effort to have frequent communication with our clients and to provide timely response to calls and emails.  I also enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, playing and following basketball, playing golf, and participating as an advisory board member for Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

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Best Places for Women to Work

Fortune and Great Places to Work names the top 100 Best Places for women to work. 

| BY Kent McDill

What’s the best way to find out if a company is a good place for women to work and succeed?

Ask them.

That is what Fortune magazine and its partner Great Places to Work did when it came up with its first 100 Best Workplaces for Women. These are companies located in the United States which applied for consideration on the list. Rankings were determined by employee surveys (two-thirds) and the representation of women within the organizations.

The companies at the top of the list are all noteworthy not only for the percent of women they have on staff, but the percent of those women in executive or managerial positions.

According to Fortune “the winners are decided from a pool of approximately 650 companies with published Great Place to Work reviews, meaning they are serious about creating a great workplace and comfortable with transparency.”

More than 130,000 women at 6t37 companies were surveyed regarding the fairness of the company’s promotions, the access to leadership, the level of support for an employee’s personal life, and the connection employees feel with their colleagues. There were 58 questions asked overall.

Here are the top five companies on Fortune’s Top 100 Best Workplaces for Women list:

No. 1 – TrueWealth. This wealth management company is located in Atlanta. It has only 26 employees, and since 14 of them are women, more than half the workforce is female. Of those 14 women, almost half are executives and two-thirds have management positions. The company offers 26 days of paid time off annually, including holidays and vacation days, as well as 84 days of paid maternity leave. The option to work at home is available. TrueWealth offers employees either a FitBit or free health coaching, and participation in the wellness program provides an extra day off annually as well as $100 for each employee who reaches her fitness goals.

No. 2 – Squaremouth. With offices in St. Petersburg and Fort Wayne, Ind., this online travel insurance company also has more than half its employees as females, and more than half of them are managers. Based on company profits, the company offers quarterly bonuses, and all employees receive unlimited paid vacations after one year on the job. In fact, employees are required to take at least 10 days per year.

No. 3 - Texas Health Resources. This Arlington, Texas, non-profit hospital’s workforce of more than 13,000 employees is 77 percent female. Women hold 74 percent of the manager roles at the health care company and 61 percent of its executive spots. More than 90 percent of the women surveyed at the company said the work was challenging and rewarding.

No. 4 - Granite Properties. In Plano, Texas, this commercial real estate and construction firm has almost half of its employees as female and more than half of them list their jobs as manager. The company received unanimous praise from its employees for treating all employees equally no matter what position they held. New mothers are given 90 days of paid maternity leave and fathers are given paid paternity leave.

No. 5 – Acceleration Partners. Located in Needham, Mass., this digital marketing firm is made of 79 percent women (34 of 45 employees). The employees take advantage of a fully flexible work arrangement with work at home or flex office spaces in major cities. Acceleration partners matches employee donations to eligible non-profits up to $500, and allows employees to participate in charitable works with 165 hours a year of paid time off to volunteer.

 

 

 

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About the Author


Kent McDill

kmcdill@spectrem.com

Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.

In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.

McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.

McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy  Buffett and all things Disney.