Lauren Stansell, CFP®

Financial Planner

Grove_5948Lauren Stansell, CFP® earned an honors B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech in May 2012. She earned her second honors bachelor’s degree in Finance, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech’s CFP® Certification Education Track, a CFP Board-Registered program in December 2012. Lauren passed the CFP® exam in July 2014 and became a CFP® professional in February 2015.

Lauren co-founded the Financial Planning Association (FPA®) Student Chapter at Virginia Tech and was the first president of the organization. In the first year of its existence, the chapter grew to over 70 students, making it the largest student chapter in the country. She handed off leadership after the first year, but loved staying involved and helping the chapter advance. Lauren enjoys engaging with the next generation of financial planners; she served as the Co-Director of NexGen for the FPA of the National Capital Area and is now serving as the Director of Marketing Communications for the FPA of San Francisco. She is a graduate of FPA’s Residency Program.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, horseback riding, playing sports, eating and learning how to cook delicious food, traveling and attending sporting events.

Client Focus: As a Financial Planner, Lauren strives to empower Clients to pursue their Live Big lives, to be their “deep breath” in times of need, and to facilitate and participate in the meaningful relationships built. Lauren is also deeply involved in Yeske Buie’s recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training processes; always working to ensure Yeske Buie’s processes are efficient, effective, and up-to-date.

Current Update: Lauren had a fantastic time with the Yeske Buie Financial Planning team at FPA Far West Roundup in Santa Cruz, CA! It is always fun to be together in person, bond, learn together, and enjoy beautiful Santa Cruz. She’s now looking forward to FPA’s Annual Conference in Chicago, which she’ll be attending with Dave, Elissa, Lauren, and Yusuf. The sessions are always extremely educational – Lauren is hoping to attend any tax sessions offered to continue to deepen her knowledge on taxes.

Speaking of taxes, Lauren completed her second course in her Master’s program at Golden Gate University. The course was “Advanced Federal Income Taxation”; she learned a lot of extremely applicable material relating to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The knowledge is already applicable to her daily work at Yeske Buie and she’s enjoying gaining a deeper knowledge of the tax laws and how things might affect various financial planning strategies. Lauren starts her next two courses on August 26th – she’ll be taking a Tax course on Property Transactions and a Finance Course on Business Development for Financial Planners.

Lauren and her husband Daniel are actively training for two big athletic events! First, in early October, they’ll be completing the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike with Daniel’s father, Cliff. It’s a 21-mile hike starting atop the North Rim of the Canyon, descending down the rim, across the canyon, then climbing to the top of the South Rim. They plan to start before dawn and finish the hike in about 12 hours. Then, two weekends later, Lauren and Daniel will be running the Healdsburg Half Marathon! Currently, their mornings and weekends start with long hikes or long runs. It’s a great way to get outdoors and experience all that California has to offer.


“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