First executive vice president and registered representative, Gateway Insurance and Financial Services

“Leadership is inspiring and empowering others to move towards a common goal.”

Aprilyn Chavez Geissler wanted to be an insurance agent and financial adviser from the time she was a youngster in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Observing the invaluable help one such professional provided to her working-class family, she has been committed to helping others, and especially women, understand “the power of money and how to make it work for them.” Today, she runs her own practice and serves in management at Gateway Insurance and Financial Services, an office of supervisory jurisdiction affiliated with Cambridge Investment Research.

Geissler, who describes her leadership style as involving and exciting like-minded people, has been instrumental in helping Gateway focus on serving Hispanic and Native American families. She herself teaches personal finance to victims of domestic violence and is active in Women to Be, which provides personal sanitary supplies and reproductive health education to poor young women in Tibet, Mexico and New Mexico so they can stay in school.

— Evan Cooper