Growing up in Honduras, Maria Chrin heard the story of how her grandmother, a widow lacking financial savvy, lost a large amount of money because she could not figure out what to do with the stocks her husband owned in U.S. banks.

Chrin wanted to make sure the same thing didn't happen to her, and now, as a Wall Street veteran and the head of her own wealth management firm, she helps other women develop the financial acumen her grandmother could have used.

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