ALBANY, NY (09/13/2018) (readMedia)-- More than 400 professionals representing the insurance and financial services profession will meet in Austin, Texas at the Renaissance Austin from October 24 - 26 for the 31st annual WIFS National Conference. As the largest professional association for women in the financial services profession, Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) is dedicated to attracting capable women to the financial services sector, helping them develop their talents and advancing them toward their fullest potential.

This year's conference, Leading the Way, will celebrate the impact that WIFS is making in the profession. Conference focuses on empowering women through dynamic educational sessions, networking events and inspirational presentations that support women investing in their futures. The Exhibit Hall will host 50 vendors with products and services aimed at elevating the businesses of those in the industry. Professional development sessions include communication best practices, sustainable investing, assessments of current market conditions and impacts, leadership development, team building and many more.

The conference will include a celebration of 2018 Circle of Excellence qualifiers, the WIFS Woman of the Year and the Chapter of the Year at the Awards Luncheon. This year, 160 members submitted qualifying documents for Circle of Excellence, a voluntary member recognition program, for a combined total income of $48.5 million.

Featured speakers include Jane Blaufus, CLU, best-selling author, international speaker and business coach; Olenka Cullinan, founder of Rising Tycoons; Sandy Eichel, a WMC Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual; Candice Tse, Vice President, US Head of Market Strategy, Strategic Advisory Solutions at Goldman Sachs Asset Management; and Amy Wolff, a TEDx speaker coach and executive coach with Distinction Communication, Inc.

Who should attend: Any professional in the insurance and financial services profession including agents, leaders, independents, registered representatives, advisors, CPA's and attorneys. The conference begins at 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 24 and ends at 1:00pm Friday, October 26. For a complete schedule and details, visit www.wifsnational.org/conference. WIFS appreciates the support of Principal Financial as the Leading the Way sponsor.

About WIFS

More than 80 years strong, Women in Insurance & Financial Services, headquartered in Albany, NY, is an association of financial services professionals working together to attract, develop and advance women. They champion career opportunities, provide professional development and represent women's interests to the profession. Membership is composed of industry leaders, client facing and allied professionals who benefit from National and local chapter services. Their vision is to be the global change leader inspiring women to achieve their dreams.

WIFS members receive value from monthly education programs, local chapters across the country, an annual national conference, professional development and corporate partnerships.

For more information about WIFS and upcoming programs, visit WIFSnational.org or contact Deborah Duffy, executive director, at 866-264-WIFS (9437).