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Daralee Barbera


Daralee Barbera holds an EdD in Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Southern California, a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (summa cum laude), and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from California State University, Long Beach. 

Daralee is a certified business coach, consultant, international speaker, author, and professor. She is passionate about the importance of having a plan, skill building, personal and business development, and the critical role of leadership. She is an adjunct professor in Master of Science in Management and Master of Science in Financial Planning programs.


Daralee is a veteran of financial services profession, retiring as managing Principal after a 34 year career at Waddell and Reed. She was Executive Vice President of GAMA International. 

Daralee has co-authored two books: Women Matter – The Why and How of Gender Diversity in Financial Services and What You Can Do…When You Can’t – 21 Days to Personal Success. Her doctoral dissertation addressed Financial Literacy for Women and the Role of Financial Education: An Exploratory Study of Promising Practices. 

As well as having served on The American College’s Board of Trustees, she served as 2014-2015 President of the GAMA International Board of Directors.


She was awarded “Woman of the Year” for WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services) in 2013-2014. In 2013 Life Health Pro named her as one of the “20 Women in Insurance You Need to Know.” 

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