The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning has launched a campaign to attract younger and more diverse individuals to the industry. Called I am a CFP Pro, the campaign is accessible online and features a diverse group of young people telling their stories about how and why they joined the profession and invites others to do the same.

It was introduced at the National Press Club in Washington, with executives of the CFP Board Center and three young planners, now featured on the website, discussing how they came to be certified financial planners. Aspiring and current CFP professionals as well as college students and professors are encouraged to check out the website, Marilyn Mohrman-Gillis, executive director of the CFP Board, said.

"The financial planner workforce needs to better reflect the population it serves, and this campaign is designed to get careers in financial planning on the radar screens of students and millennials who may not have considered it previously," CFP Board CEO Kevin R. Keller said in a statement.

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Bernice Napach

Bernice Napach is a senior writer at ThinkAdvisor covering financial markets and asset managers, robo-advisors, college planning and retirement issues. She has worked at Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Reuters, Investor's Business Daily and The Bond Buyer and has written articles for The New York Times,, The Star-Ledger, The Record, Variety and Worth magazine. Bernice has a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from SUNY at Stony Brook.