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Susan Wolford
2014 MAKER

Susan Wolford

Morgan Stanley

Personal experience has shaped a life of advocacy for Susan Wolford, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Manager, and founder of the Wolford Group at Morgan Stanley. Her attraction to feminism grew naturally from early encouragement that took her outside the narrow confines of 1950s expectations.  Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Susan received her B.S. from Northwestern University.  Leaving the Midwest for the appeal of sunny California led her to Beverly Hills, where, in 1972, she began working for Dean Witter, a predecessor firm to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
After realizing she was a lesbian, politics and life came together when the infamous Proposition 6 reared its ugly head on the  California ballot of 1978.  A pernicious attempt to ‘out’ gay and lesbian teachers and then deny them jobs, Prop 6 became a political rallying point of the lesbian and gay communities and Susan joined that fight - first by coming out and  then by becoming a public face – and voice - for those who couldn’t.
Four decades into her successful career as a financial advisor, Susan still makes her professional development a priority.  Her commitment to excellence and activism on behalf of LGBT and women's issues, helps her provide clients with exceptional planning and investment advice. And her client work allows her to bring particular attention to the needs of women and the LGBT community. 
In 2009, Susan was asked to Chair the National Diversity Council for Morgan Stanley. The Diversity Council provides leadership on supporting and increasing diversity and inclusion at Morgan Stanley and throughout the financial services industry. Susan retired from the Council after almost four years of leadership, but continues her work with the Council in an advisory capacity.
Her journey has allowed Susan the opportunity to meet and know the most extraordinary people---her clients, friends, co-workers, and fellow travelers in the fight for equality and ensuring everyone “a seat at the table”.  Most important of these is  Dee, her partner for over thirty years -- and wife since 2008 -- with whom she shares their love of friends, travel, beach time, being ‘foodies’, theatre, music, film, women’s sports and Dodger baseball. 

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