Nicole Bryson, TPG’s Account Manager & Education Specialist, was named to the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA)’s annual list of Top Women Advisors. Nicole is one of just 34 women in the US deemed a 2021 Rising Star, awarded to top producers who have less than five years of experience with retirement plans as a financial advisor.

Nicole was nominated by a former co-worker from her last position in retirement planning. “I never would have put my hat into the ring, if not for her,” Nicole says. “It helped to have a strong female mentor to help me set out on my career path.”

Now in its seventh year, the Top Women Advisors accolade was launched in 2015 to acknowledge the contributions of a growing number of women who are making significant contributions to the retirement industry, as well as bringing excellence to the profession.

Nearly 600 nominations for three separate categories – captains, all-stars, and rising starts — were provided by NAPA’s extensive list of broker-dealer and RIA Firm Partners. Nominees responded to a series of quantitative and qualitative questions regarding their experience, education, team structure, accomplishments, and impact. Those responses were anonymized and then reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts.

“We are pleased and proud to be able to once again acknowledge the fine and important work that these individuals have done to help provide a better retirement for their clients, employers and individual retirement savers alike,” said Nevin E. Adams, Chief Communications Officer of the American Retirement Association, and Editor-in-Chief of NAPA-Net.

Nicole is also a member of the Oregon chapter of WIPN (WE. Inspire. Promote. Network.), a 501(c)6 non-profit network of more than 5,500 women across the United States who represent all segments of all career levels of the retirement industry. “The group helps strengthen the bonds between women both professionally and personally and highlights the interesting things that women are doing in the industry as well as in their personal lives,” Nicole says.

In fact, this past January, the chapter featured an online presentation called “Wellness, Work & Entrepreneurship with CocoGlow,” which is the company that Nicole (who is also a certified health coach) co-founded with her best friend Emily Bartha, a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. During the presentation, Nicole and Emily  shared the story of how they founded CocoGlow, a line of 100% plant-based herbal blends that make it easy to incorporate a daily wellness ritual into one’s routine.

The Partners Group is proud of Nicole for her work both in retirement and in wellness; we are fortunate to have her as part of the TPG team.