• Ashley Banks

    Ashley Banks

    Managing Partner & Financial Advisor, Banks Carroll Group

    As a managing partner and financial advisor, Ashley Banks understands the ins and outs of finance and promotes financial counseling. At Banks Carroll Group where she is a managing partner, the company has helped cater to women, particularly those going through divorce.

    “We help empower these women by educating them and being their advocate through such a difficult time in their lives,” Banks said.  Understanding the financial side is just as important as the emotional side of divorce, yet so many women don’t get the advice they need to make good decisions about their financial future.”

    What does it mean to be Fierce?

    To me, a fierce woman is someone who tries to make a difference and a positive impact on someone or something. Whether it’s a kind word to cheer someone up or standing up for what you believe in, making a difference can give you so much purpose. Leading by example in this regard is what I consider fierce.

    What does success, achievement and accomplishment mean to you?

    Success, achievement and accomplishment can mean many things. But I think being happy is the greatest achievement of all.

    What motivates you in the morning?

    I am a night owl but getting up in the morning is about realizing that you have another day to make it the best you can. I love the quote that you can get up and decide to be happy or decide to be miserable. You do have a choice.

    What or who is inspiring you right now? Why?

    I’m inspired right now by the younger generation and the things they are doing to stand up for what they believe in. The Parkland students have been so strong, and it’s been an inspiration to watch them advocate for change.

    What was the best decision you’ve made? What’s the worst?

    Best decision was having children. Keiley and Cameron are my world.

    What has been your biggest obstacle and how have you overcome it?

    Personally, I have Meniere’s disease, which has caused me to lose most of my hearing. I wear hearing aids to compensate, but it has been an adjustment in my life that I’ve had to overcome.

    How do you address negativity in your life and in business?

    By nature, I’m a positive person, so I rarely let negativity get me down. I’m pretty good at filtering most of it out. In my business, we are always looking at the long-term future, so it’s easier to do that and stay positive and try not to dwell on the current negatives of today.

    Is there a particular instance or occurrence that you credit for building your confidence and self-esteem?

    I took Dale Carnegie back in my 20s, which really helped my confidence and self-esteem, especially when speaking in public.

    How do you empower other women?

    At the Banks Carroll Group, we have evolved into financial planners that primarily cater to women. Our focus more recently has been on women going through divorce. We help empower these women by educating them and being their advocate through such a difficult time in their lives. Understanding the financial side is just as important as the emotional side of divorce, yet so many women don’t get the advice they need to make good decisions about their financial future.

    What change do you want to see in your industry?

    I would love to see more women get involved in our industry starting at a young age. Currently, only 16 percent of financial advisors are women. Yet, women control over half of the wealth in the United States. There’s an opportunity here. I’d love to see younger women consider this career. It’s not just for men as is the stereotype. I think it’s changing, but slowly.

    What do you want to be remembered for?

    I’d like to remembered as someone who really cared about family, friends, the planet, the poor, her work and making a difference.

    How do you defy the current stereotypes, stigmas and double standards that women have today?

    Don’t be afraid. You are stronger than you think, and you don’t have to depend on anyone else. Make decisions that make you happy, and don’t worry about what others think.