The Women of Skylight Financial Group

In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the extraordinary ladies of Skylight Financial Group. We asked the women of Skylight a simple question: What empowers you every day to live your best life? Check out their responses below!

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Jennifer Hill, Chief Agency Supervisory Officer

I remind myself that each day is a gift and be present each moment, task risks & do something out of my comfort zone because you never know what impact & joy it may bring.

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Jessie Hansen, Financial Operations Analyst

My definition of empowerment centers around me being true to ME! I lived my life for so long trying to please others, doing everything for other people in the hope that they would like me. Over time, I have learned that I truly feel powerful when I am honoring my thoughts, my values and my inner perspective of life.  I don’t settle for less because I should I go for the gold because I CAN!

You become more to others when you believe in yourself! Smile from within and let the world know who you are!

Angie Wingerd, Financial Planner

I am so blessed to have the best clients and ability to help them take care of their families, businesses, and loved ones. This business gives me the opportunity to make a difference today, tomorrow and when people need us the most. I am surrounded by an incredible community and colleagues that make me a better person, and for that I will forever be thankful!

I am extremely grateful to have a wonderful family and the opportunity to make a difference every day—Life is good!

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Sara Canterbury, Financial Planner

I am empowered every day by my family, friends, and clients.  At the end of every day, I hope that I’ve done something that has helped put my family be in a better place, helped my clients reach a goal, brightened a friend’s or even a stranger’s day, and ultimately put a little more kindness into the world.

Stephanie Demuesy, Financial Advisor

I often say my theme song is Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” As I reflect on the almost 50 years
of my life, I can say with certainty that I have been through a lot. What empowers me every day to live my best life is that no matter the adversity I have faced, I have been able to come out the other end as a stronger, wiser, and all-around better person.

I am also proud to be the mother of 3 beautiful, strong, and independent children. Being a positive force in their lives motivates me every day to be the best I can be.

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Jill Taplin, Director of New Business

I am empowered by a personal commitment to my own independence. I am proud to say that I have built a great life for myself without any handouts. I have a niece and three nephews and being able to teach them the importance of hard work and perseverance is rewarding beyond measure.

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Amie Fox, Financial Planner

Because I can.  We all take things for granted a hundred times a day. My best life is when I remember these words: I’m working because I can, I’m exercising because I can, I’m parenting because I can. You never know when any of these aspects of life might come to an end, so cherish them while you have them.

…and for the record, I don’t clean my house even though I can. 😊

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Phylicia Prince, Senior Compliance Coordinator

My family empowers me every day to live my best life. Everything I do and every decision I make I am thinking about my beautiful family. I’m empowered to work hard at my job, to help provide for them and when I am home with them my focus is totally on them. I look towards the future and pray that when my kids are my age they can look back and feel like they had a good childhood and a Mom that they can be proud of. They make me feel empowered to be the best version of myself.

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Rose Luttner, Brokerage NBC

After losing my best friend of 15 years at the tender age of 21 I was completely lost. I honestly considered keeping everyone in my life at a distance to protect myself from the pain I went through.

Fast forward several years and in comes four fabulous women that I have grown to know, respect and care about.  Mari Elin, Debbie, Dawn & Pam have been an integral part of my life for over 25 years now.

Getting to know each of them has taught me a lot about sharing love with the world, believing in myself, and connecting with others. I continue to learn and grow every time we are together.

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Deborah White, Financial Planner

As a woman of faith, I’m inspired by those seeking to build community and supporting one another.  Recently I participated in Night to Shine, an incredible prom night experience for special needs teenagers held in churches from around the world. I was privileged to serve on Cuyahoga Valley Church’s “Paparazzi Team.” As our honored guests arrived, they were greeted with the red-carpet treatment—being cheered on by a mob of photographers as they entered the event! It was an awesome evening for both the guests and volunteers.

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Erin Stidham, Director of Financial Planning & Sales Operations

I am empowered by my dedication to staying centered the present moment.   Being centered and aware allows me to the be best person I can be for those I care about most, especially for my kids. By living each day with accountability, courage, integrity, gratitude, compassion and service, I feel there is nothing I cannot accomplish.

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Trisha Rutherford, Chief Operating Officer

Every day I read a quote by Tony Gaskins, “There are people watching you, copying you, and looking up to you but will never tell you. You have an audience. Know that.”

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Rita Khosla, Financial Planner

Having the opportunity to work in an industry where you connect and build relationships with so many people. I have been a financial planner for 28 years, and the most rewarding part of my career continues to be helping those in need. In addition, the love and support I get from my family continues to motivate me to be the best I can be.

Today, we lift our glasses high to the women of Skylight! Thank you for your continued efforts and leading our company to new heights!