Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" was a popular talking point at this year's Women Advisors Forum in New York City, where roughly 200 female financial planners gathered to discuss how to become better at their jobs and level the playing field gender-wise.

A study released earlier this month, relying on figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, noted that although women’s involvement in the sector has increased — women now comprise 36% of the industry, up six percentage points from 2003 — the gender pay gap has also grown over the past decade. And only 23% of all CFPs are women, said CFP Board Chairwoman Nancy Kistner, who announced a new program to increase that number.

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