Meet the 2021 Honorees

Savvy Ladies is pleased to announce the 2021 exceptional leaders supporting & leading financial empowerment for women. This year’s theme revolves around inspiring & motivating women to create their roadmap for financial success. Our amazing roster of honorees are recognized for their unwavering commitment to financial education & advancement of financial literacy for women.

Inspiration Award

Savvy Ladies recognizes inspiring work with the Inspiration Award. Given to a woman for her significant impact engaging collaborating, driving inclusiveness, diversity, and innovation. And has used perseverance, dedication, determination, and, most importantly, now serves as a role model to give hope and inspiration to others.

Savvy Ladies Inspiration Award Winner Grace Vandercruze

Grace Vandercruze

Founder and Managing Director, Grace Global Capital LLC

Grace Vandecruze’s career has been dedicated to the relentless mission of advising her clients in effectively executing growth strategy and managing change. Her purpose is to assist organizations, teams, and leaders in realizing their highest potential by charting a range of possible futures, rather than one predetermined outcome. She is the Founder and Managing Director at Grace Global Capital LLC a consulting firm providing M&A financial advisory, restructuring, and valuation to insurance executives, boards, and financial regulators since 2006. Throughout her career, Grace has delivered advisory expertise on over $5 billion of insurance transactions.

Male Ally Award

Celebrating male allyship, Savvy Ladies is launching its inaugural Male Ally Award this year honoring a male in the financial field who has gone above the call of duty to support his female colleagues, bringing about positive change, valuing equality, and actively work to achieve it.

John Carter

John L. Carter

President & COO, Nationwide Financial

As president and chief operating officer of Nationwide Financial, John knows firsthand how great service and firm growth cannot happen without great talent. John is proud to have led the development of cultural programs that have produced world-class engaged teams as measured by Gallup. In partnership with the Human Performance Institute, Nationwide introduced work-life-balance tools and instruction resulting in a best-in-class sales force, high-performing teams, and an environment that attracts, develops, and retains top-performing and diverse talent.

Change Maker Awards

The Change Maker of the Year Awards are given to individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of women. The recipients are chosen for their demonstrated valuable actions in the financial world that have resulted in creating positive change for women.

Jeanne Sun Savvy Ladies Change Maker

Jeanne Sun

GM for Inclusive Investing, JPMWW

Jeanne Sun is a Managing Director and the General Manager of Inclusive Investing for J.P. Morgan Wealth Management. In this role, she leads the strategy, design, and delivery of products and experiences to better serve under-represented investments clients including Women, Black, and Latinx investors. By better understanding diverse clients’ needs, challenges, and wishes, Jeanne and her team will enhance the end-to-end client experience so clients can better engage with their money, so they can make the most of their lives.  

Jennifer Zuccarelli JPMorgan Wealth Management

Jennifer Zuccarelli

Head of Communications and Content, U.S. Wealth Management, JPMWW

Jennifer Zuccarelli is a seasoned communicator with international and domestic public relations experience in business and politics. As Head of Communications and Content for U.S. Wealth Management, her work helps J.P. Morgan’s clients across the wealth spectrum access the news and information they need to make smart investment decisions. Jennifer and her team oversee media relations, internal communications, advisor social media programs, digital content creation, and thought leadership distribution for this business.

Savvy Ladies Change Maker Heather Ettinger

Heather Ettinger

Founder & CEO, Luma Wealth Advisors

Heather Ettinger is a champion for women and girls and is widely recognized for her experience and dedication to helping women build their financial acumen and wealth. As a published thought leader and frequently featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and Your Teen Magazine, Heather is a highly requested speaker for industry associations, company women’s initiatives, and wellness events. For conceiving new ideas and tools that have propelled the financial industry forward, she was recognized as a 2019 “Icons and Innovators” honoree by Investment News. In 2019, she also proudly accepted The Ruth Bader Ginsburg award for advancing the aspirations of women from the Women’s Vote Project.

Sayra Fischer Lebenthal Award

John Carter Savvy Ladies Male Ally Award 2021


Savvy Lady of the Year Award

John Carter Savvy Ladies Male Ally Award 2021


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