Margaret May Damen, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, CDFA, is founder and president of the Institute for Women and Wealth in Lake Worth, Florida, where she empowers women to create their public and private wealth legacy unique to their passion and purpose to make a difference in the world.
She began her focus on women's financial issues in 1990 with the publication of her book, Money$ense for Women. Today, her workshop series, “The Life You Live is the Legacy You Leave,” transcends traditional estate planning and empowers women to resolve existing psychological or emotional barriers that inhibit meaningful individual and family philanthropic giving.
Her latest book is "Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation, published by John Wilet & Sons, NY with co-author Niki Nicastro McCuistion.
Ms. Damen retired as a Senior Financial Advisor and Managing principal with American Express Financial Advisors after an 18 year career. Her career in finance began in the mid-70s when she was a Vice-President for Development and Fundraising for Boston University. She received her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Boston University. She was an instructor in investment and money management at Florida Atlantic University's continuing education department and is Past President of the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council. Ms. Damen is honored to serve as a member of the board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and the Boston University National Alumni Board. She is a member of the Vestry of St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lake Worth, Florida and The Planned Giving Officer for The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Ms. Damen is listed in "Who's Who in Finance in America" and is a recipient of the Brandeis Women of the Year award and the Executive Women of the Palm Beach's Leadership Award. She is a flutist and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She is a frequent keynote and workshop speaker at national and international conferences.