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Debra is a Fee-Only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with her Master’s Degree in Retirement Planning. She holds the Accredited Estate Planner designation and has 40+ years’ experience (yes it was child labor 🙂 ) in personal finance.
Debra founded Empowered Retirement, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), which is held to strict fiduciary standards, coinciding with how Debra & her firm have always provided service. Each client’s interests are not only primary, the client’s interests are Empowered Retirement’s objective, period. She strategizes with clients to either accumulate wealth or, once retired, enjoy a sustainable lifetime income stream by effectively managing the sequence of return, longevity & inflation risks.
An International Motivational Speaker, Amazon Best-Selling Author & Certified Grief Coach, Debra has helped hundreds of clients face and conquer their money fears and attain financial security. She uses humor and every-day analogies as well as her financial prowess in breaking down complex financial concepts into bit-sized nuggets.
Armed with over 4 decades of experience working with couples, widowed folks & singles nearing retirement, she has authored 3 books, Ms. Morrison’s Dictionary of Useful Financial Investment Terms, Common Sense Money Guide For Women, and My Husband Died, Now What? A Widow’s Guide to Grief Recovery & Smart Financial Decisions.
Debra’s special personal attributes, coupled with her wealth of wise experience, have given her such credibility that she has been featured on CNN, ABC, MSG’s Metro Money and CNNfn, as well as being quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Nation’s Business, Ladies Home Journal, Business Week, Family Money, Garden State Woman, Investment News, Dermatology Business Management, Journal of Financial Planning, Money, CNN Money, Financial Advisor, America Online’s Moneywise, The Star Ledger and Reader’s Digest.
Debra is the recipient of Marquis’ Who’s Who Women of Influence Award. She is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Finance & Industry, Who’s Who of American Women, as well as National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Business.
In 2008, Debra was named one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business as well as Women’s Fund of New Jersey, Extraordinary Woman in Finance, and 2011’s Leading Woman Entrepreneur & Business Owner of New Jersey.
Debra’s passions include world travel, scuba diving, golf (don’t worry, her handicap is very low), skiing, boating & photography. She’s training now to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in July, 2019!
She delights in gleaning inspiration and wisdom from myriad thought leaders, a few of which are pictured below.
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Pursuing A Better Investment Experience
This white paper gives you the foundation of how to pursue the best investment experience for YOU. Your life is unique, your desired outcomes and lifestyle is unique, therefore, your investment experience must be unique as well!
Video Training - Feel the Financial Fear & Do It Anyway!
Debra's TEDx talk traces the root of beliefs about money, the societal conditioning we've all had as well as revealing several truths about money so that you are empowered to make the financial choices that serve YOU and your goals.
Video Training - Intro to The Truths About Money, Part 1
You Retire, Your Money Should Not! Your two most valuable assets are time and health. Learn how to maximize those assets so that your money serves as the best possible tool to achieve your goals and objectives.
Video Training - Intro to The Truths About Money, Part 2
This training shows you how to cut through the financial confusion. Through no fault of their own, it's fairly common for people to arrive at midlife without and personal or financial road map. This training provides the foundation of how to make the best financial decisions to create your road map in today's complex financial environment. Things are not the same as they once were and knowing the truth of what's happening NOW, will give you the confidence and clarity to make the decisions to have your means and money match your meaning ... the legacy you want to live today and leave for others.
“Hi everybody, my name is Christine and I just wanted to tell you all that I enjoyed Debra’s class. She speaks English where you can clearly understand it, even anyone that doesn’t understand ‘financial.’ Where to invest, what to do with your money and not to waste it as a widow, she tells you everything that you need to do. She’s great.”
“Hi, Debra’s presentation was very clear, she had good materials, she had a wonderful PowerPoint. I’m a teacher and so I very much appreciate when someone can clearly teach, explain, and give examples that really clarify what her point was, and it made me want to talk with her on a personal basis after the presentation.”
“Hi, I’m Melissa. I attended Debra’s class and I found it to be really, really informative and empowering. She didn’t talk ‘money,’ unlike my financial planner that I currently have. So, yeah, I would recommend this to everybody. We all deserve to know the truth about money and Debra does just that! Thanks a lot.”