Five times this year in five cities around the country, top women advisors gathered to boost their skills and get to know their peers at Women Advisors Forum events. They assembled for daylong meetings in Southern California and Florida, in Dallas, Chicago and New York. Watch for four more forums in the coming year.

"There is no better time to build a business than now," Kelly Rigas, a first vice president in the private client group of RBC Wealth Management, told attendees in Dallas in May. Women have a particular edge, she said: "Our natural inclinations are so well-suited for this business."

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