Laura Mattia is an educator, author, Tedx speaker and business owner/wealth manager. She is the author of "Gender On Wall Street: Uncovering Opportunities for Women in Financial Services" and her main research interest is in supporting diversity and inclusion in the financial profession.
With over 30 years of financial leadership experience, holding CFO/controller positions at M&M/Mars, Telcordia Technologies and Cendant Corp. all in New Jersey; Geller and Company in New York City and as a partner of a Fee-Only Wealth Management firm, Mattia has hired, mentored and trained hundreds of financial professionals. With a true understanding of what it takes to create a successful career in finance, she developed the new Personal Financial Planning (PFP) degree at USF, registering the program with the Certified Financial Planning Board which allows PFP graduates to sit for the CFP exam.
Mattia has been a CFP for over fifteen years and has been actively involved in the industry, developing relationships throughout the nation. She is on the board of the FPA Suncoast Chapter and has been engaged in various leadership/pro-bono efforts with the Financial Planning Association and National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, promoting the financial planning profession's adherence to the highest standards.
She earned a PhD in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University, an MBA with a concentration in accounting/finance and a bachelor's degree in psychology both from Montclair State University. She has taught at Texas Tech University, William Patterson University, Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickenson University, developing best practice strategies for a successful PFP program. Students at USF learn about the profession through internships, mentorships, conferences, competitions and visiting professionals, all of which is focused on increasing their success in finding satisfying and rewarding jobs upon graduation.
Through speaking engagements, industry articles, podcasts, blogs, radio and TV appearances, Mattia is promoting the program to attract employers and interested students. She has assembled an advisory council of thirty members representative of the employers interested in hiring PFP graduates, who assist with development and improvement of the program.