About Karen Ogden, CFP®, MBA, Graduate Certificate in Sustainability
I am a financial services and capital markets professional with 30 years of experience ranging across the public, private and non-profit sectors. My experience includes economic data analysis; financial product development and education; business management; human resources; regulatory compliance; and most recently financial planning and investing.
Starting out on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, I had the good fortune to expand my career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Bank of America, Amherst-Pierpont Securities, Guggenheim Partners, and Purkiss Capital Advisors.
While at Bank of America, I was asked to pilot an innovative role that connected the institutional commodities trading desk with the environmental initiatives of the overall bank. It was eye opening and fascinating to see how the private sector and global capital markets can play a proactive role in addressing some of the challenges that face our society today. To further my education on sustainability issues, I completed a 5-course graduate certificate in Sustainability through Harvard University’s Extension School in 2015.
As my career evolved, I came to realize that working with individual investors and helping them realize critical financial goals was something that would bring me a great deal of satisfaction. In fact, having done the same for my own and my extended family, I know firsthand how important it is to make, revisit, and stick with a financial plan – even (maybe especially) when things get difficult. To help refine my education in personal financial management, I enrolled in Boston University’s CPE 7-course curriculum in Financial Planning. Completing the coursework in 2021, I passed the CFP® exam in November of 2021 and completed experience requirements in March of 2022. Joining James Osborn as a Partner with Envest in 2022 meant combining two of my passions into one role. That was an easy decision to make.
Having worked with clients at many levels of financial readiness, I know the value that an objective and knowledgeable planning partner can bring to the difficult and ever-evolving financial planning process. I am excited to help clients with financial planning as well as values-driven investment strategies. I also volunteer with Savvy Ladies as help line resource providing free financial coaching to women on their financial journey.
I am a graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Finance and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where I earned an MBA. I was an elected member of the Board of Finance of the town of Ridgefield, CT prior to moving out of state to Vermont, where I currently live in Dorset with my husband in our recent role of empty nesters.