AMY ROOF

Roof

Associate vice president-investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Age: 34

Education: Master of science in personal financial planning, CFFP; bachelor of science in business, Murray State University.

Some of Roof's professional accomplishments include:

n Certified Financial Planner.

n Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor - CFFP.

n Professional of the year (2016) and service with a passion award (2017), Paducah Professional Women.

A few of the organizations she has been involved in:

n Business and Professional Women, past vice president and president.

n Paducah Professional Women, chairing aspiring professional program, competition and award aimed at young professionals.

n Paducah Hospitality Association, past vice president and president.

What is the biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace?

I feel the biggest challenge is making the contacts and connections necessary to make an impact. Young leaders are capable, driven and have vision, however you need other people to make things happen and to make an impact on a community, a team or a group. Maintaining those relationships can be very tough when your life is changing so much in your 20s and 30s, with marriage, children, school and career development. But those relationships are very important and valuable.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

Empathy. I think a leader should be able to understand the person or group that they lead. Putting yourself in someone's shoes or seeing things through their eyes broadens your view and helps you better anticipate the needs and motivations of those you lead.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

I read all the time, learning and asking questions of those around me. At work, at home, at church and in business. Learning and understanding others is my favorite way to develop as a leader. I also listen to podcasts and ted talks, and I love documentaries. I pray and reflect and listen to different sermons and devotions to help center me to a more servant-leader mindset. I am continually pursuing development interpersonally and professionally. This year I participated in a survey and strengths assessment through Wells Fargo and Zenger-Folkman, where 20-30 clients, friends and associates were surveyed and the results given back in data form to help me identify what strength, if improved, would make the most impact on those around me. I also pursue higher education and plan to continue that for as long as I am able. I recently finished course work and exams for the Certified Advisor in Philanthropy Designation, which will be awarded in January. This designation helps me with my nonprofit clients' endowment management, with my volunteer efforts, and with helping my clients use the best tools to give or fulfill their community goals.

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