Laura Mattia

Laura Mattia

Visiting Faculty
Phone: (813) 974-6326

Laura Mattia's financial expertise comes from a combination of advanced financial degrees and certifications, more than 28 years of financial leadership experience as a CFO/controller for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial Wall Street firms, being a wealth manager/business owner for individuals and teaching finance to college students. She worked in corporate finance for two decades, holding CFO/controller positions at M&M/Mars, Telcordia Technologies and Cendant Corp all in New Jersey; and Geller and Company in New York City. She served as a partner for eight years at Baron Financial Group in New Jersey, where she advised individuals and entrepreneurial Wall Street businesses. She has taught accounting, corporate finance, investment and financial planning as a full-time instructor at Rutgers University and as an adjunct professor at several other New Jersey universities.

Mattia is the Internet talk show host of Women's Money Empowerment Network with Laura Mattia and the author of WoMEN, a monthly finance column appearing on Her workshops focus on teaching women how to make effective financial decisions and her academic research on the financial literacy gender gap assists professionals and educators prepare women for financial success. Mattia is nationally recognized as a women's advocate and educator within the profession and was recognized as a Woman of Influence by Sarasota-Manatee Biz (941), one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBiz and a Five Star Wealth Manager. She also has received the Women's Choice Award for Financial Advisors, a premier recognition award for advisors who provide quality service to their female clients.

She serves as the treasurer of the FPA of Florida and is on the board of the FPA Suncoast Chapter. She is the host of and advocate for the FPA Women's Initiative. She also is the treasurer of the Pine View School, serves on the Sarasota Chamber and is a volunteer at the Sarasota Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. Mattia also provides leadership and pro-bono efforts to the Financial Planning Association and National Association of Personal Financial Advisors to promote financial literacy and encourage all financial advisors to adhere to a higher standard.

She earned a PhD in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University, an MBA with a concentration in accounting/finance from Montclair State University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Montclair State University.