Name: Ellen Burkey

Age: 56

Title: Financial Advisor, MBA

Business Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.

Address: 114 W. Main St. Box 648, Dalton

Ellen Burkey has always lived by the philosophy that through hard work, dedication, integrity, and serving others, one can find happiness and fulfillment.

“If one life was made easier because of something I did, that to me is a successful life,” she said.

As a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Dalton, she truly enjoys helping clients make decisions concerning their money, and to work through their goals, both long and short term, which includes estate planning and investments.

“The trust my clients place in me, is professionally, my proudest achievement,” she notes.

“As I move forward in my career and my life, it has become clear to me that I am a teacher. I teach my clients about finances and opportunity and risk. I teach my children about life and the greater purpose that we all serve. It is very important to me as a member of the community to be able to give back, and to help whenever, and wherever I can,” Burkey said

Raised in a family of six, by two loving parents, in a small town in coastal New Jersey, she graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and earned her undergraduate degree with a double major in finance and economics, from Alfred University.

She recently completed her MBA at the University of Scranton, graduating with honors.

Her career in finance began with a position on the international bond clearing desk at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street.

“It was there that I gained the experience and firsthand knowledge of the financial markets, both internationally and domestic. I am a better financial advisor today because of those years in NYC,” said Burkey.

In 1995, she and her young family moved to the Scranton area and found a wonderful community that have called home for the last 25 years.

She is a working mother, a former basketball commissioner and coach, a softball coach, and a proud force behind the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) initiative with the Scranton Area Foundation and is very proud to provide support, guidance, and a voice to women in the community.

“With WIP, I teach the financial confidence classes to women entrepreneurs considering starting their own business. These classes are also provided to women in the matched savings programs,” she explains. The group has provided classes to over 250 women; provides capital venture loans; has 54 graduates of the matched Savings Program; among many other accomplishments.

She serves on the board of trustees at Saint Mary’s Villa in Elmhurst, and is co-chair the finance committee; the Scranton Area Foundation (SAF), serving as board treasurer; a member of the Lions Club and participates in its fund-raising activities.

She and her husband, Todd, have three children, Austin, Rachel and Jennifer, and she is proud to be a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

Her greatest success story, she notes, are her children. “They have all grown into intelligent, caring, independent, exceptional humans. I am grateful to have them in my life,” she said.

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