“This is a time when we women can make a great impact,” Valerie Brown, CEO of El Segundo, Calif.-based Cetera Financial Group, told the audience Thursday at the Women Advisors Forum in Huntington Beach, Calif.  “I believe there’s never been a brighter future for us and there’s never been more opportunity than there is right now — if we choose to make it so. Let’s not be afraid to shine.”

Brown shared four lessons she said have had great impact on both her business and her life:

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