New Book Shares Inspiring Stories of Women Overcoming Financial Challenges

IRI President and CEO Cathy Weatherford Pens “Women and Wealth:
Inspiring Stories from Real Women on the Path to Financial Success”

Retirement Institute
(IRI) today announced that IRI President and
CEO Cathy Weatherford’s
new book, “Women and Wealth: Inspiring
Stories from Real Women on the Path to Financial Success,” is now
available. The book, which can be downloaded for free at,
offers lessons from women who have overcome financial challenges, with
each story providing takeaways for both women and the financial
professionals who serve them.

“First and foremost, this book is about showing women that they still
can attain financial freedom and reach their goals, despite all the
challenges and headwinds they face,” said Weatherford, who was recently
announced by InvestmentNews
as a recipient of its “Women to Watch” award. “Each chapter gives short
takeaways, creative strategies, and resources to help women build or
refine their financial plans. The book also has a second purpose, to
help financial professionals better understand the unique challenges and
needs of the underserved women’s market.”

Readers of “Women and Wealth: Inspiring Stories from Real Women on the
Path to Financial Success” will meet, be inspired by, and learn from the
experiences of many women, including:

  • Sara — a married, working mother forced to downsize after losing
    full-time employment following the financial crisis.
  • Noelle — a retired teacher who, after becoming more involved in her
    family’s financial planning, switched advisors to one embracing a
    comprehensive planning approach based on client goals, not merely
    focused on investment performance.
  • Angela — a financially prudent executive with a sizeable nest egg, but
    unsure of how to make it last and meet all her needs and goals in
  • Julia — a former substitute teacher who became an advisor to help
    bring financial stability to her family and to teach her clients from
    her own financial challenges.

Journalists may request printed copies of the book by contacting
Cheretta Clerkley at

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to download an eBook.

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to access a digital image of the book cover.

About Catherine “Cathy” J. Weatherford: Cathy Weatherford has
been President and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) since
2008. She spent most of her 40-year career as a regulator and consumer
advocate. Before her tenure at IRI, she served as the CEO of the
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Weatherford also
was the first woman to serve as Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner, a
statewide elected office, a position she held from 1991 to 1995. In this
capacity, she served on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma State
Employees Retirement Systems and on the Board of Directors of the
Oklahoma State Employees Group Insurance Program. Weatherford also
served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Oklahoma Governor David Walters
prior to becoming Insurance Commissioner.

About the Insured Retirement Institute: The Insured Retirement
Institute (IRI) is the leading association for the retirement income
industry. IRI proudly leads a national consumer coalition of 40
organizations, and is the only association that represents the entire
supply chain of insured retirement strategies. IRI members are the major
insurers, asset managers, broker-dealers/distributors, and 150,000
financial professionals. As a not-for-profit organization, IRI provides
an objective forum for communication and education, and advocates for
the sustainable retirement solutions Americans need to help achieve a
secure and dignified retirement. Learn more at


Insured Retirement Institute
Cheretta Clerkley, 202-469-3011