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RIA Edge Podcast: Abacus Wealth’s Neela Hummel on Strategically Building a $4.4B RIA

Neela Hummel shares how Abacus has embraced diversity, creating a culture of inclusivity that has helped power the RIA's growth and expansion. 


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Not many CEOs of multi-billion-dollar RIAs started out as an intern at the firm they are now running. Even fewer have followed that career path to the top of a $4.4 billion RIA that boasts over 70 employers. 

That’s the story of Neela Hummel, co-CEO of Abacus Wealth Partners, who recently took over atop the firm alongside Mary Beth Storjohann. In this episode of the RIA Edge Podcast, Mark Bruno, managing director of the Wealth Management Group at Informa, talks with Neela about her path and new position at Abacus. Neela also shares how Abacus has embraced diversity within the company, creating a culture of inclusivity that has helped power Abacus’ growth and expansion. 

Mark and Neela discuss:

  • How Abacus has recruited a high percentage of female advisors and how it aligns with the clients that they serve today;
  • The evolution of roles within the company as it has grown;
  • How Abacus has approached M&A and assessed cultural fits; and
  • How the advisor-client dynamic has changed in recent years and where it will go in the near future.

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