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Kathy Pederson MBA, CRPC®
Director in Business Development

Kathy Pederson

What do you enjoy most about wealth management?

Wealth management integrates my diverse interests in fulfilling ways. I enjoy guiding clients financially so they can achieve what’s important in their lives.

What’s the biggest challenge?

Overcoming noise in the marketplace that causes people to hesitate rather than confidently pursue new possibilities. Becoming a client at Aspiriant opens up a relationship of seamless, trusting, confidential service to last throughout a lifetime and continue into the next generation.

What do you love most about being part of Aspiriant?

I love working with smart, highly respected colleagues who take seriously their responsibility of serving clients with distinction. The team approach here at Aspiriant is the real deal.

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?

I feel gratified by the trusting relationships developed during my tenure in wealth management. I am also proud of earning my professional credentials and of many successful years at IBM.

What quality of yours makes you best suited to what you do?

People tell me I am good at making connections. I enjoy connecting clients to sound investment ideas and to people who will serve them well.

What do you love to do outside of work?

I most love spending time with family. We enjoy athletics of all kinds, including skiing, tennis, platform tennis, biking and windsurfing.

What would you be doing if you weren’t working for Aspiriant?

I might be a university professor of German. I also wish I had taken time after college to be a ski bum and to live in Paris, but my practical nature preempted taking those risks.

What personal accomplishments are you most proud of?

In my personal life, I am most proud of my family. I’m also proud of my fluency in German, especially when I’m taken as a native speaker.

Education and accreditation

  • M.B.A., Executive Curriculum, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • B.S. in German and French Education, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • CRPC®
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Kathy joined Aspiriant in January 2018 as Director – Business Development. She has over a decade of experience in wealth management and family office, serving successful individuals, families and foundations.

Prior to joining Aspiriant, Kathy worked more than eight years at Jacobus Wealth Management, a multi-client family office in a Milwaukee suburb, and two years at Merrill Lynch in the Milwaukee area. Kathy’s role included developing new business and serving client relationships. Previously, she spent many successful years at IBM as an Advisory Marketing Representative.

Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in German and French Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. IBM sponsored her for the Executive Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she earned her M.B.A. Kathy is president of the Mequon Community Foundation and serves on the Columbia College of Nursing Board, on the Goethe House Wisconsin Board, as treasurer of a private family foundation and on committees at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. As a member of Tempo Milwaukee, a professional and businesswomen’s organization, she has served in numerous capacities including board secretary and chair of the signature Mentor Award event.

On a personal note, Kathy loves spending time with family. She also stays active in athletics and in faith-based organizations. Travel always beckons, with Alaska, the Dominican Republic and Norway as the most recent destinations.

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