Dr. Daralee Barbera EdD CFP® CMFC® ChFC® CPBC® CLF® is passionate about the importance of financial literacy, comprehensive financial planning, personal and business development, and the critical role of leadership. She is a certified business coach, international speaker, professor, author, and consultant.
Dr. Barbera holds an EdD in Leadership and Organizational Change from The University of Southern California (USC), a BA in Mathematics (summa cum laude), and a MA in Secondary Education from California State University Long Beach (CSULB).
Dr. Barbera is adjunct professor in the MSM and MSFP/MBA programs at The American College and California Lutheran University, respectively.
Daralee is a veteran of the financial services profession, retiring as Managing Principal after a distinguished 34 year career at Waddell and Reed. She was the Executive Vice President of GAMA International. She is President of Diversified Professional Coaching (DPC) LLC.
Dr. Barbera has co-authored two books: Women Matter – The Why and How of Gender Diversity in Financial Services and What You Can Do…When You Can’t – 21 Days to Personal Success. Her doctoral dissertation addressed Financial Literacy for Women and the Role of Financial Education.
As well as having served on The American College’s Board of Trustees, she is Past President of the GAMA International’s Board of Directors, past “Woman of the Year” for WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services), is Chairman Emeritus of FPA Orange County, serves as an advisor for The American College Northwestern Mutual Granum Center for Financial Security, and was named as one of the “20 Women in Insurance You Need to Know” in 2013 by Life Health Pro. She belongs to FINSECA, WIFS, NAIFA, and FPA. She is on the Speaker Bureau for Finseca, Life Happens, and DPC.