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2017 AWARDS & HONORS
Brenda Blisk of Blisk Financial Group Honored for Charitable Work with “In The Bag” and The American Red Cross
McLean, VA – July 24, 2017– Brenda Blisk, volunteer for American Red Cross National Capital Region in Fairfax County, received Honorable Mention for philanthropic excellence in the eleventh annual Invest in Others Awards.
The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation established its awards program to recognize the charitable work of financial advisors and financial services firms in communities across the country and around the world.
Financial advisors are nominated by their peers for actively giving back to non-profits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. Hundreds of inspirational nominations for the Invest in Others Awards were received this year and reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders in the financial services industry. Those earning Honorable Mention were selected based on their leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a non-profit and the community it serves.
In 2010, Brenda Blisk, Founder of Blisk Financial Group, aspired to create a philanthropic program at Blisk Financial Group where my employees, Spire Investment Partners, and clients could participate and give back. The goal was to reinforce who Blisk Financial Group is as a company and project its company values while serving the community. The cause that was selected, The American Red Cross, is one that is near and dear to Brenda’s heart, and “In the Bag,’ a designer handbag auction was born. “In The Bag” has raised over $1,115,000 for the American Red Cross over the past eight years with the leadership of fifty volunteers. “In The Bag” will be held on November 10, 2017 at the McLean Hilton. Tickets are on sale at https://inthebagrc.com/.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
The eleventh annual Invest in Others Awards Gala, a premier event attended by over 500 financial advisors and financial services executives, is September 28, 2017 in New York City. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Catalyst, Community Service, Global Community Impact, Volunteer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and Corporate Philanthropy.
About the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation:
The inspiration for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation came directly from the financial advisors who invest in others by giving back to their communities with overwhelming generosity and dedication. Since its founding in 2006, Invest in Others has amplified these efforts by providing a platform for advisors to increase awareness, visibility, and funding to their favorite non-profits. For more information, visit www.investinothers.org
On June 12th, Brenda was honored to participate in a panel discussion at the 2017 Barron’s Top Independent Women’s Advisors Summit in Washington, DC.
American Red Cross Fire Campaign in Falls Church, VA – Brenda spent the morning helping to install fire alarms and educating families on how to safely escape a fire.
Honor Flight arrives at Washington National Airport. Brenda greeted Veterans from WWII, Korean, and Vietnam wars. The Vets spent the day touring the war memorials in Washington, DC after receiving their free hug from Brenda!
Blisk Financial Group, named in Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors for 2017 and ranking #29 in the state of Virginia.
Brenda Blisk was chosen to be a mentor for The Washington Business Journal’s, Mentoring Monday. This annual event provides the opportunity for 275 women to receive Speed Coaching in one-on-one sessions with 44 of the area’s most successful women business owners. She is pictured here with two other mentors, Linda Ellis and Misty Tieman.
Blisk Financial Group selected for $5000.00 Grant from Pacific Life. The American Red Cross, National Capital Region is the worthy recipient.
In honor of a special client, we spent the morning in service at the Fairfax County ASPCA Farm. Those horse stalls were literally sparkling when we finished with them!
L to R - Dianne, Grace, Janet, and Kathleen
Meeting with the Founders of Georgetown Cupcakes and learning about their Sweet Success Story!
Brenda Blisk and Blisk Financial Group named 2016 Top Advisor in Northern Virginia Magazine.
An annual peer survey, sent to 1,500 local financial and fiduciary firms, nominated Blisk Financial Group as one of only 166 winners.
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Brenda Pack Blisk chosen for the Concordia Plan Services Board of Trustees
June Birthdays - Team Luncheon
Brenda Blisk and her Annual “In The Bag – Purses for Preparedness” fundraiser were featured on the Invest In Other’s website. This event, in it’s 7th year, has raised over $375,000 for the American Red Cross, National Capital Region.
Mentoring Matters – Brenda Blisk is one of 40 selected mentors, in the Washington DC area, for the Washington Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday
Brenda Blisk and Blisk Financial Group ranked 27th in Barron’s 2016 Top Advisor Rankings for Virginia.
February - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk Named One of Barron’s TOP 1200 Financial Advisors
“Annual Red Cross Fundraiser, “In The Bag”, Reaches $100,000 Goal!”
On October the 16th, the In The Bag Steering Committee Women, held their 6th annual silent auction of designer purses benefitting The American Red Cross of the National Capital Region. One of the most distinguished philanthropic events in the metropolitan area, and certainly the place to be if handbags are one of your must-have accessories.
The main focus of the luncheon was a wonderful and dizzying array of handbags. This year the categories offered an astounding collection of purses categorized as Iconic, C-suite, Individualist, Michael Kors and Avant-Garde. The silent auction of these purses brought in an amazing $42,000.
It is impossible to forget the Chanel bag offered as the ICON Raffle purse or the stunning and highly coveted Fendi Trois-Jour leather handbag donated for the Red Bag Raffle. Tickets for these two special purse raffles brought another $8,000.
The incredible raffle packages offered a heart thumping chance to indulge in 17 restaurant dinners, flight simulator on the F-22, or a cruise on the Potomac followed by a Nationals baseball game. The generosity of businesses and individuals who donated these raffle packages ultimately raised $14,200 for the American Red Cross.
Brenda Blisk and the Steering Committee want to extend their thanks to you especially, our primary supporters. This annual charitable event would not be possible without your continued interest and commitment to making it a successful, ongoing fundraising effort to benefit families in need throughout our community. We are thrilled to let you know In the Bag once more netted $100,000. This could not have been achieved without your handbag donations, in-a-flash purchase of raffle tickets and eagerness to bid for one – maybe two or three – special bags you just had to take home!
Thank you for being there to support us and, most especially, extending your support to the American Red Cross.
To learn more about this annual event, visit www.redcrosspurses.com
Red Cross, Tiffany Circle Honors Major Katelyn van Dam at the Distinguished Woman Warrior Brunch
Brenda Blisk, Tiffany Circle Member of National Capital Region of the American Red Cross attended, Distinguished Woman Warrior Brunch at the McLean Hilton on November 21st, 2015 to honor Major Katelyn van Dam. Maj. van Dam is a decorated Marine aviator and military affairs writer. She co-founded and helps lead No Exceptions, a nonpartisan initiative that supports the full integration of women into all combat arms specialties in the military.
Brenda, Dianne, and Cecile mentored five delightful young women at the 2015 Virginia Women’s Business Conference. virginiawomensbusinessconference.com
From left to right: Taralyn Kohler, Bonnie Patnoe (mentee), Senya Donkor (mentee), Mary Rogers (mentee), Dianne Nolin, Dianna Abreu (mentee), Jing Gao (mentee) Cecile Hult, and Brenda Blisk
VA Business Magazine interviews Brenda Blisk.
December - McLean, VA – Brenda Blisk awarded 2014 Stellar Woman of the Year at Virginia Women’s Business Conference
McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk awarded 2014 Barron's Top 1200 Financial Advisor's in the United States
McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk awarded Barron's Top 50 Financial Financial Advisors in the State of Virginia
McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk awarded 2013 Barron's Top 1000 Financial Advisors in the United States
February - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Named to Barron's Top 1000 Financial Advisors for 4th Year
November - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Featured in NOVA EXEC Magazine
November 7th - McLean, VA - "In the Bag": DC-Area Women Raise $62,000 for the Red Cross with Pocketbook Auction
July 7th - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk Featured as One of Five Women Business Leaders In Northern Virginia Magazine
March 2nd - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk Named One of Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors for Third Year
November 8th - McLean, VA - 100 "Power Women" Attend Auction of Handbags and Raise $20,000 for Red Cross
October 4th - McLean, VA – McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, CFP®, founder and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group in McLean, VA, is collecting women's pocketbooks and designer handbags for a silent auction she will host on November 5.
July 27th - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, CFP®, founder and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group at Spire Investment Partners in McLean, VA, has been recognized by Barron’s Magazine for the second year as one of the “Top 1000 Financial Advisors” in the U.S. (#21 in Virginia).
June 5th- McLean, VA – McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, CFP®, founder and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group at Spire Investment Partners in McLean, VA, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the U.S. - the third time she has received this top designation. The list appeared in the June 5, 2010, issue of Barron's Magazine
July - McLean, VA –Brenda Blisk, CFP, Founder and CEO of The Blisk Financial group, is featured in the 8th Annual Women Worth Watching® issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal. She is one of 87 women executives from across the country profiled in this issue, which features mentoring and leadership essays from each honoree.
April 30th - McLean, VA – Brenda Blisk, CEO of the Blisk Financial Group at Spire Investment Partners in McLean, has been selected as one of 28 women to receive the first “Influential Women of Virginia” award from Virginia Lawyers Media.
February 9th - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, founder and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group at Spire Investment Partners in McLean, VA, has been recognized by Barron's Magazine as one of the "Top 1000 Financial Advisors" in the U.S.
October 31th - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, CFP® and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group (www.bliskfinancialgroup.com) at Spire Investment Partners in McLean, Virginia has been Named One of 2008 Women Who Mean Business by Washington Business Journal
June 10th - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, CFP® and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group (www.bliskfinancialgroup.com) at Spire Investment Partners in McLean, Virginia has been named one of Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.
May 22nd - McLean, VA - Brenda Blisk, founder and CEO of the Blisk Financial Group (www.bliskfinancialgroup.com), has been selected as a finalist by the Washington Business Journal for its 2008 Philanthropy Awards. Blisk is a finalist in the category of CEO Leadership Award for Small Business.
January 11th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk , CFP®, founder and CEO of The Blisk Financial Group, has been selected as a guest columnist by the Washington Business Journal. Blisk's columns will run throughout the year in the Journal. She is one of 12 guest columnists selected for 2008.
November 7th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk , named one of Barron's Top 100 Women Financial Advisors for 2007, will share advice on building a world class financial team at The Winner's Circle® Summit November 28-30 in Palm Beach, Florida.
September 17th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Featured in “Bisnow Women” Washington 's D.C.'s Electronic Newsletter: “Pastures, Pageants, Planning and Breast Cancer”
August 1st - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Named #2 Retail Investment Advisor and One of Top 50 Wealth Advisors in Virginia
July 25th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Receives Bravo Women Business Achievement Award
June 11th - McLean , VA – Barron's Names Brenda Blisk to Top 100 Women Financial Advisors
June 7th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Encourages Clients to Plan for Charitable Giving; Hosts Seminar at Tower Club
may 4th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Named Outstanding Investment Professional and First Recipient of Charlie Eisenmann Client First Service Award
January 26th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Featured in Washington Business Journal
November 28th - McLean , VA – Brenda Blisk Selected to Attend Winner's Circle® Summit