C4W Member Profile: Diane Blackwelder

Certified Financial Planner, Diane Blackwelder, has been a member of the Center for Women for five years. Through working with Charleston Financial Planners, she is able to help women and their families connect life and money every day.

Blackwelder attended the Annual Women in Business Conference in 2004 and there she realized how many remarkable, professional women were in the Charleston area and knew she wanted to get involved with the Center for Women.

She claims that when she attended the conference, she was working in her profession but in a job that felt all wrong. During one of the break out groups, she spent thirty minutes with women talking about a professional life that they were all passionate about. This triggered momentum in Blackwelder, as she says “that day became the catalyst for me to start my own practice and build a business I could be proud of.”

When she’s not busy impacting women through her professional life, she enjoys boating, searching for the perfect sand dollar on Bull Island, spending time on Charleston waterways and barrier islands with her husband and two boys, reading and watching movies.

Blackwelder’s message to women trying to succeed in today’s economy:

As the old saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

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