Global Board Member Since: May 2011
Executive Board Member
Finance Committee Chair
Ms. Stearns 30 year financial services career has included leadership positions at two industry leading firms and a start up firm. She is the former CEO of NestWise, a start up firm that built a comprehensive program for financial advice and education for the American middle class. In her prior rolex at two industry leading firms, LPL Financial and Schwab, Esther has focused on developing innovative technology solutions to evolving business demands and creating new ways to meet the financial needs middle class Americans Until May 2012, Esther served as president and chief operating officer of LPL Financial from 2007 and 2004, respectively, with responsibility for focusing on the strategic direction of the company. She joined LPL Financial in 1996 as chief information officer, a position she held for eight years. In this capacity, she led the build out of an advanced technology platform to help financial advisors manage and streamline their daily business processing. She was also instrumental in building and packaging the Custom Clearing Services offering to provide back-end support services to broker/dealer organizations. In her 14 years at Charles Schwab Esther held a variety of leadership roles that include information technology, operations, surveillance, internal control, and credit. Ms Stearns has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, and is FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, and 63 registered. Ms Stearns is a national Board member for Operation Hope. She also serves on the Foundation Board for California State University at San Marcos.