Kara Duckworth, CFP®, CDFA®

Kara Duckworth, CFP®, CDFA®

Managing Director of Client Experience, Mercer Advisors

Kara Duckworth has provided comprehensive wealth management services to high-net-worth clients since 1998. In addition to her role as Managing Director of Client Experience at Mercer Advisors, she leads the company’s InvestHERs program, focused on providing planning to serve the specific needs of women. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, she was a principal at Duckworth Wealth Advisors. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Kara is the co-chair of the board for the Center for Investment and Wealth Management for the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.  She is a frequent public speaker, including presentations at Barron's Top Financial Advisors and national Financial Planning Association conferences.  Kara has been quoted in US News & World Report, Investment News, WealthManagement.com and Financial Planning magazine.

Office: 800.394.3894 | Toll free: 888.565.1681 | Email: kara.duckworth@merceradvisors.com | Website: www.merceradvisors.com | Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercerAdvisors | Facebook: www.facebook.com/merceradvisors | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kara-duckworth-cfp-b153aa89

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Divorce

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