Karen Simons

Financial Planning Apprentice

Karen Simons holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with Finance and Strategic Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to attaining her MBA, she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering from the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Karen is an experienced strategy, operations, and relationship professional. She worked in the professional world of management consulting, and project management, domestically and internationally, while based in New York and Washington, DC. Karen has utilized logic, problem-solving and interpersonal skills to get things done in a variety of industries, including the communications, energy, financial services, manufacturing, and real estate, where finance is paramount to client success. In addition to these endeavors, she is an independent sales representative for a luxury women’s clothing line.

Client Focus: Karen approaches her work with clients as she has in all her previous client-based endeavors; by building trust and developing relationships through listening, evaluating, and strategizing each individual situation. As a former consultant, where meticulous listening and developing an actionable plan are essential for success in client matters, she seeks to harness these skills in the financial planning world to make a difference for clients in creating a viable, desired future.

Current Update: Fall is one of Karen’s favorite seasons, especially in the Washington, DC area. This fall has meant the start of a new school year for Karen. She began taking online classes towards earning her CFP® at Golden Gate University. Her first class is Personal Financial Planning, a survey course exploring all aspects of the profession. The course is extremely educational and consists of a mix of academic research and readings with practical professional practice. Karen is enjoying the diverse mix of professionals in her program.

Fall brings great beauty to the majestic setting of Washington, DC. Karen loves taking her weekend walks among the monuments and spending time exploring the city and its restaurants with family and friends. A recent favorite activity of hers is attending performances of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, a beautiful venue on the Potomac River.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson