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Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday!

“How To Present a Memorable Holiday Meal” with Chris Scott, Virtual Stager, Makeup Artist/Trainer, Best Selling Author, Gourmet Chef and creator of Running Fork Comfort Catering

Wednesday, December 8 at 4:00 PM

It's not what you cook, rather, how you present it. Bring your A-Game to the Table this holiday season! Join us as we learn a few quick and delicious recipes along with entertaining tips.

Over the last year and a half, Chris Scott has been helping us behind the scenes on every webinar and you may remember him from one of our first webinars "Fine Tune Your Zoom". In addition to his talents in makeup and production, Chris is also a gourmet chef!

What, may you ask, is a Running Fork? Running Fork, whose motto is "Go Forth and Forkify" is the manifestation of Chris's amazing sense of humor.  He has taken the concept of the Running Fork and created a catering business in San Francisco where he is located and expanded his cooking classes to include an online experience that teaches you how to prepare wonderful food in your own home.

This is not a slideshow! This is a live cooking demonstration of excellent holiday food and drink. Those that register will receive the recipes so that they can follow along at home!

Chris Scott and Running Fork Comfort Catering are not affiliated with or endorsed by LPL Financial Lumena Financial Strategies.


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Past Online Events

“Uncomfortable Conversations: Strategies & Tools To Help You “Fight Fair”” presented by Misty Cedrun, Former San Diego Police Lieutenant

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Is it possible to get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations? We have all experienced disagreements whether in our personal lives or in the workplace. It's just a part of life! Join us as we learn to reframe our thoughts and improve our ability to effectively and peacefully resolve conflicts. The skills we will learn today will help pave the way for smoother conversations and better outcomes from disagreements.

Misty Cedrun retired from the San Diego Police Department in April of 2020 after serving for twenty-six years. She began her career in 1994 as a patrol officer working in the Mid City area. After several promotions, in March of 2013 Misty was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to patrol operations in Northern Division. In August of 2014 she was transferred to an investigative assignment in the Domestic Violence Unit with collateral duties as the Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center.
In December of 2017, Lieutenant Cedrun was transferred to the Training Division. Her primary role was in the Leadership & Development Unit with collateral duties as the on-site manager for SDPD’s Tactical Training Center. Lieutenant Cedrun provided coaching/mentoring/promotional preparation/career mapping and executive development to all Department members.

Over the last twenty-five years, Misty Cedrun has received eleven “Commanding Officer Citations,” one “Exceptional Performance Citation”, a “Special Commendation Award” from the US Attorney General in Washington D.C. for her “tireless efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation,” and a “Superior Public Service Award” from the Department Of The Navy for “twelve years of leadership, fund raising and volunteer work while supporting thousands of military families during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the Global War on Terrorism.”

Misty Cedrun is not affiliated with or endorsed by LPL Financial and Lumena Financial Strategies, Inc.

“The Road to Recovery” presented by Tom Hacker, Vice President, First Trust Portfolios

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

As we navigate through the fourth quarter of 2021 and look forward to the beginning of a new year, we reflect on the historic events that have taken place over the last couple of years.  What are the things that are really important? First Trust has assembled a recovery tracker that compiles data from various areas to help us sort through the overwhelming amount of information available.  We'll talk about the economy and the financial markets and allow you to participate in the discussion.

Tom Hacker has been Vice President of First Trust Portfolios since 2014. Prior to joining First Trust, Tom was a Regional Vice President at Invesco, Van Kampen Investments, having started his career in consumer finance with Wells Fargo Financial where he helped clients understand consumer debt.

Tom will address First Trust’s perspective on where we are on the road to recovery and where we are going from here.

Tom Hacker and First Trust Portfolios are not affiliated with or endorsed by LPL Financial and Lumena Financial Strategies.

Family Wealth Management: Generational Wealth Conversations” presented by John Wadsworth, Director, MFS Fund Distributors, Inc.

 Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Family wealth transfer is not just about getting financial assets to the next generation. It is also about how to pass on what we think is important AND how to avoid damaging our children's relationships with each other.

We have a perception that family wealth discussions are all about trusts, tax strategies and insurance policies. Rather, those are just tools your investment professional might use to help you try to achieve your family wealth transfer goals.

The real purpose of a family wealth conversation is to affect the impact you have on your family and community, both now and after you're gone. In this presentation, we will discuss ideas and tools that are available to help you, so that your family has significantly more success when the time comes.

John G. Wadsworth is a director for MFS Fund Distributors, Inc., a subsidiary of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). 

John began his career in the financial services industry in 1995 and joined MFS in 2001, serving as regional sales representative and business development manager before being named regional manager in 2004. He became an external wholesaler in 2005 and served as a regional manager and regional vice president before assuming his current role.

“Charitable Gifting: A Creative Solution for Large IRA’s” presented by Craig Horner, CFP®, ChFC®, CAP®, BFA™, Senior Financial Planning Consultant, West Division, LPL Financial

Many questions have arisen as a result of our webinar held in August on the topic of Inherited IRA's. In this discussion, we will talk about creative ways to stretch and protect non-spousal inherited IRA's. Our guest speaker is Craig Horner, who will present an example of using charitable gifting as a possible solution.

Craig joined the financial services industry over 30 years ago. He has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Financial Planning and has been a member of the Planned Giving Roundtable since 1989. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Planned Giving for ten charitable organizations and was the Board President for the Southern Caregiver Resource Center.

Upon joining LPL Financial in 2012, Craig became a member of the Financial Planning team and is currently a Senior Financial Planning consultant for the West division. His focuses include estate and business planning, helping clients establish charitable trusts, family foundations, ILITs, GRATs, and FLPs. Having a special needs child, Craig is an expert in special needs trusts. He also has experience with qualified plans, executive compensation arrangements, end-of-life planning, and maximizing the transfer of assets to succeeding generations.

Craig received the Mentzer Academic Scholarship to study Math and Music at the University of Iowa and subsequently taught computer music at the college level. He holds his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (CFC®), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) and Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA™) designations.

“Insurance for Different Stages of Life ” presented by Alison Fleming, President, Lumena Financial Strategies

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month! With that in mind, we have selected the following presentation and encourage you to extend an invitation to your family and friends by forwarding this email.

Our Topic: Insurance for Different Stages of Life: By Helping Secure Your Future, Life Insurance Can Provide Peace of Mind

There are no guarantees in life, but including life insurance as part of your financial plan can bring you peace of mind, reassuring you that your loved ones will be provided for financially if something happens to you. By attending this free webinar, you’ll get an overview of different life insurance options, and how they can be applied at different stages of life.

There can be no guarantees or assurances that the strategies and techniques discussed are suitable for all investors, or that they all will yield positive outcomes. Investing involves risks that can include possible loss of principle.

“Inherited IRA's: New Rules & Important Things You Should Know” presented by Jeannette Kelbaugh, EA, Owner, Kelbaugh Tax Service & Stephanie Matticks, EA, President, Office of Geri and Stephanie

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Have you heard about the new Inherited IRA rules? If not, you are not alone! The SECURE Act was a game changer for both IRA owners and their beneficiaries. The rules are complicated so in this presentation our speakers, Jeannette Kelbaugh, EA and Stephanie Matticks, EA, will discuss the key points you need to know.

Jeannette Kelbaugh brings 40 years of banking industry experience and 20 years of tax preparation experience together on behalf of her clients. She is an Enrolled Agent (EA) and has a full time tax practice in San Diego, CA. Jeannette recently joined forces with Stephanie Matticks, her co-presenter.

Stephanie Matticks is also an Enrolled Agent (EA) with over 23 years of experience in a variety of areas of taxation. Her company offers a full range of tax services: Tax preparation for Individuals, Small Businesses, Trusts, Payroll, Collection Issues, Audits and Tax Planning.

Jeannette Kelbaugh and Kelbaugh Tax Service are not affiliated with or endorsed by LPL Financial and Lumena Financial Strategies. Stephanie Matticks and The Office of Geri and Stephanie are not affiliated with or endorsed by LPL Financial and Lumena Financial Strategies.

“Market Intelligence” featuring Matthew Miskin, CFA, Co-Chief Investment Strategist with John Hancock Investment Management.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

In this presentation, Matthew Miskin, CFA, will talk briefly about John Hancock Investment Management and their approach to investing. He will review what they are hearing from their network as it relates to U.S. equities, international equities, and fixed-income asset classes over the next 12 to 18 months. Additionally, he will cover some themes that he believes are worth considering at the overall portfolio level.

Matt delivers timely market and economic insight to financial advisors and institutional investors across the country. He has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg radio and is quoted frequently in the financial press, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and MarketWatch.

Matt is responsible for developing John Hancock’s flagship quarterly market outlook, Market Intelligence. In doing so, he leads the firm’s investment counsel, who sets the 12-18 month asset allocation views across markets. The process combines insights from John Hancock’s wide variety of managers, macro analysis, and bottom-up fundamental trends.

Prior to joining John Hancock Investment Management in 2014, Matt was a manager due diligence analyst at LPL Financial Research. He earned a B.S. in Finance from Elon University, an M.B.A. from Babson College, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

“Transition Update Part II: What to Expect” featuring Cody Wilkinson, Assistant Vice President & Conversion Consultant with LPL Financial.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

As the big day approaches, our team would like to communicate as many last minute LPL conversion details as we can. We have all been working hard so you don't have to!
During this webinar we will cover key dates including exactly when your accounts will move over to the LPL platform. Brokerage and Advisory accounts on Pershing may appear on a different day than Ivy accounts. Other accounts (i.e. 529 plans, annuities, or mutual funds held directly at other companies) may also have unique transition dates.

We are excited to show you a preview of what your new account statement will look like. We love the clarity and ease of understanding that the statements will now offer. Many clients are wondering how to access old statements and tax forms if needed so we will cover this topic as well.

This is the biggest change that we have all experienced in years (relating to Waddell & Reed of course!) and this webinar will help us prepare for our journey together with LPL. Change offers opportunity and it can also be stressful. One thing that has never changed and will always remain is our mantra, "Be a Long-term Thinker, Not a Short-term Worrier."

Cody Wilkinson has been leading the conversion process for our team, making sure that we are aware of and taking advantage of every opportunity to enhance what we can do for you. Cody joined LPL in 2006. He served as a Senior Technical Consultant prior to his role as Senior Transition Manager and has been an Assistant Vice President since March 2016. Cody holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, High Technology Management from California State University San Marcos and lives in the San Diego area where one of LPL's main headquarters is located.

“Transition Update and Client Technology Sneak Peek” featuring Cody Wilkinson, Assistant Vice President & Conversion Consultant with LPL Financial

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 4:00 PM PST

Our team has been working closely with various resources within LPL to make sure that the transition process goes as smoothly as possible. We have been meeting with them regularly and, as we have learned more, are increasingly impressed with the opportunities that will be forthcoming for all of us.

Cody Wilkinson has been leading the conversion process for our team, making sure that we are aware of and taking advantage of every opportunity to enhance what we can do for you. We realize that many of our clients have been facing challenges with the number of sites to log into, various credentials that are needed, and lack of clarity on where to locate information. One of the enhancements we are most excited about is a single interface that you will be able to access to see everything in one place. Cody will give you a sneak peek at what you have to look forward to!

Cody Wilkinson joined LPL in 2006. He served as a Senior Technical Consultant prior to his role as Senior Transition Manager and has been an Assistant Vice President since March 2016. Cody holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, High Technology Management from California State University San Marcos and lives in the San Diego area where one of LPL's main headquarters is located.

“Planning Your Medicare Path” presented by Timothy Ripp, Executive Vice President, Associates of Clifton Park

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Please join us for an educational presentation focused on Medicare. During this webinar we will present an overview of Medicare including Parts A & B of original Medicare, what each part covers and important enrollment deadlines for new Medicare recipients and renewals.

Additionally, we will spend time discussing Private Medicare, Medicare Part and how original Medicare compares to Private Medicare. There are advantages and disadvantages of each type of plan and many considerations when making your choice.

Our guest speaker, Tim Ripp, is the Executive Vice President & National Marketing Director of Associates of Clifton Park, a general agency located in Clifton Park, NY. With 37 years of experience in the Life and LTC industry, Tim has extensive knowledge and experience in the insurance arena and is the founder of the Associates of Clifton Park Long Term Care operations.

“My Brain Made Me Do It” presented by Christopher M. Bertorelli, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPC®, Regional Vice President, John Hancock Investment Management

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Did you know that there are two different ways that people make decisions? It's science! There are also six common investment mistakes that people make based on their decision making process. In this presentation we will discuss how our decision-making process contributes to these common investment mistakes and how each of us can train our brain to avoid them.

Christopher Bertorelli is a Regional Vice President at John Hancock Investments. He brings over 27 years of experience to his current position as a Business Consultant and has been with John Hancock for fourteen years.

Chris received a B.S. in Mathematics from Salem State College in Massachusetts. He also holds the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner), CIMA® (Certified Investment Management Analyst) and CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) professional designations.

"5 Ways Technology Will Change How You Age" presented by Thomas Barrett. Director, Applied Insights, Hartford Funds

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

For the next generation of retirees, one question will trump all others: How do you add life to longer lives? As people live longer, and spend more time in retirement, the challenge will be to get more out of those years. How do you find a rewarding second career? How do you stay close with friends and family? How do you maintain independence and mobility? How do you embrace new experiences?

The answer: technology. With the advent of smartphones and constant connectedness, a new peer-to-peer, on-demand economy has emerged. With a simple swipe or tap of an app, information and services are available at our fingertips.

This presentation includes a helpful guide to many of the most popular apps organized by theme for your convenience.

Tom Barrett is the Director of the Applied Insights Team for Hartford Funds having joined the firm in 2006. In his current position, Tom educates financial advisors and their clients about current and emerging opportunities in the financial-services marketplace. These opportunities range from tactical strategies in areas such as retirement-income planning, investment planning, and charitable planning, to anticipating and preparing for long-term demographic and lifestyle changes.

“Peter and Alison Talk Stocks” a discussion with Peter B Fink, CFP®, and P. Alison Fleming, CFP®, President, Lumena Financial Strategies

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Have you ever wondered what research Peter conducts to make educated and appropriate investment decisions? With over 80 years of combined experience, Peter and Alison will host a lively discussion designed to provide insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

Alison Fleming is the President of Lumena Financial Strategies, and has been a Financial Advisor since 1989 when she joined Waddell & Reed and has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner since 1996.

As President of Lumena Financial Strategies, Alison has assembled a team of professionals who combine the best of their collective experience on behalf of clients. Alison met and hired Peter Fink in 2012 while she was the Managing Principal of the Torrance office of Waddell & Reed. When considering expansion of the Lumena team's capabilities in 2018, Peter was the obvious choice as an experienced advisor who focused on individual securities and whose values aligned with the rest of the team.

Peter B Fink has been a Financial Advisor since 1964. He began his career as a stockbroker at Shearson, Hammill & Co. in Beverly Hills, CA and joined Waddell & Reed in 2012 as a Financial Advisor. He serves clients primarily through his research and monitoring of the markets. He believes that communication and education are some of the keys to long-term relationships and is known for his frank and open conversations.

Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner since 2007. 


Stock markets are volatile and can fluctuate significantly in response to company, industry, political, regulatory, market, or economic developments.

“Long Term Care from a Healthcare Perspective” presented by Eileen Dunn, MS, CMC, Associates of Clifton Park, Care Manager/Corporate Gerontologist

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Whether you are caring for an aging parent or preparing for your own future care needs, long-term care planning is an important conversation you and your loved ones should have. There is so much confusion regarding long-term health insurance that many people are overwhelmed trying to understand it.

This session will explain and simplify Medicare and Medicaid, the difference between the two and the services covered.  We will discuss long-term care insurance from a health care perspective to learn how to be a knowledgeable consumer when looking for a plan.   

Eileen Dunn, MS, CMC is a medical social worker and geriatric care manager with 30 years of experience working with families struggling to care for aging loved ones. This hands-on experience provides a unique opportunity to learn about long-term care from a health care professional actually working in the field.

"Understanding Estate Planning & Living Trusts" featuring Craig S. Lambourne, Esq., Attorney at Law, Ewin Lambourne Law, APC

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Who needs to do estate planning? The answer is, EVERYONE! Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so. Having an estate plan is among the most important things you can do for your loved ones. It is, however, a task many of us dread and put off dealing with until later in life. It is never too early to start planning, but it can be too late.

Craig Lambourne was raised in Boulder County Colorado. He attended Colorado State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Thereafter, he moved to San Diego to pursue a career in law.

Craig has worked exclusively in the area of estate planning, trust and probate law since 2009. Craig is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Craig serves as a court appointed attorney for the San Diego Superior Court handling a variety of different proceedings, including: guardianships, conservatorships, and dementia-related matters.

At Ewin Lambourne Law, Craig advises individuals and families in all aspects of estate and business planning and administration. He designs, drafts, and implements comprehensive estate plans that provide clients peace of mind knowing that their legacy and loved ones will always be protected.

“Q&A Opportunity” with Alison Fleming, CFP®, President, Lumena Financial Strategies and Ken Hullings, Senior Vice President of Business Development at LPL Financial.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

In support of the upcoming acquisition of Waddell & Reed, we have invited Ken Hullings, Senior Vice President of Business Development with LPL Financial to join us for an interactive online discussion about the impact of the acquisition on our clients and the opportunities it will present. We will address frequently asked questions and invite our attendees to participate.

Mr. Hullings has been with LPL for over 15 years and has held multiple individual contributor and leadership roles on the Business Development team. He holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University.

"Outlook 2021: Powering Forward" presented by Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA, Vice President, Equity Strategist, LPL Financial

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time

2020 was an unusual year of extraordinary challenges. Now in 2021, it’s time to restart the engines -- but things are going to look different, feel different. 2020 has changed us, the way we do business, the way we connect. In Outlook 2021: Powering Forward, we’ll talk about stocks and bonds, the economy, and the post-election policy environment, but in the background will be new challenges, new opportunities, and new ways of doing things.

In support of the upcoming acquisition of Waddell & Reed, we have invited Jeffrey Buchbinder, Vice President and Equity Strategist with LPL Financial to present LPL's perspective on 2021.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Buchbinder is a member of the LPL Financial Research investment management committee. He is responsible for managing the LPL Research equity separately managed accounts (SMA) and tactical mutual fund and exchange-traded product (ETP) portfolios, as well as developing and articulating equity and general market strategy.

Additionally, he contributes to Research’s flagship publications such as the Weekly Market Commentary, Outlook, and Global Portfolio Strategy, a monthly snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on the equity and fixed income markets.

Mr. Buchbinder earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from Duke University, and a BA from Northwestern University in economics. He received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001 and is also a member of the CFA Institute.