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WIT.Connect - Wealth Management: Get Your Life in Order
Virginia Tech Research Center
900 N Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 706-3020

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Thursday, September 15, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: WIT.Connect Programs

Back by popular demand! Join our favorite wealth planners who will address the Top 25 questions submitted by you across estate planning, investing, and taxes. Come to network and gather invaluable information. Networking, food and drinks will all be available!

Hear from our panel of financial experts:

  • Kirstine N. Connors, CPA, ABV, CVA
  • Rebecca Geller, President/CEO of The Geller Law Group
  • Nikki Macdonald, Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual
  • Nancy Osmond Popovich, Managing Director of The Popovich Financial Group at Baird
  • Jenn Wappaus, CEPA, CFP®, First Vice President with RBC Wealth Management


Registration Fees
FREE for WIT Members
$35 for Non-members

Pre-registration for this event has closed, but you are welcome to walk in and register at the door.

Event Speakers

Kirstine N. Connors, CPA, ABV, CVA

Kirstine graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. For more than 20 years, she has held a variety of roles in the accounting industry, gaining experience in auditing, private industry, tax, business valuation and forensic accounting.  Kirstine is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). In addition, she previously served as a member of the AICPA’s ABV Credential Committee.

Rebecca Geller
President/CEO of The Geller Law Group

Rebecca Geller is an award-winning attorney, a philanthropist, a trailblazer, and a passionate advocate for equality and human rights. Rebecca is also a devoted wife, mom to three young kids + a dog, and community leader.

While working as a corporate lawyer for an AmLaw 100 firm, Rebecca witnessed brilliant women fleeing the profession because big law firm partners showed disregard for attorneys’ lives outside the firm. As the mother of a baby and toddler at the time, Rebecca knew there had to be a better way to run a law firm that enabled women to be moms and successful lawyers. She also knew it was time to stop making women fit into work environments that were traditionally defined by men. Rebecca didn’t see an alternative model in existence—so she created one.

In 2011, Rebecca formed The Geller Law Group with a business model that makes sense for working parents and embraces new roles both women and men are taking in their homes and communities.

Bringing attention to the fact that attorneys have families and lives outside of the office, Rebecca and The Geller Law Group were profiled by The New York Times in 2015 for the firm’s innovative approach to maintaining work/life balance. The firm also has been profiled in the DC Bar Magazine for reinventing the law firm model and has twice been listed among the Best 100 Places to Work in the Greater Washington Area by the Washington Business Journal.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, taking flying trapeze lessons, springboard diving, cheering on the Washington Nationals and Capitals, volunteering at the food pantry, hosting political events at her house, cooking with her family, and spending time with her 3 kids + dog (and her husband) at Lake Anna.

Nikki Macdonald
Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual

Nikki Macdonald is a Financial Advisor, running a comprehensive financial planning practice partnered with Northwestern Mutual. Nikki believes deeply in the opportunity for everyone, and particularly for women, to take a leading role in their financial lives to find confidence and clarity in their overall plan.  Taking 13+ years of experience helping clients in tech and data analytics consulting, Nikki did a career pivot to pursue her dream of helping people achieve their goals and dreams for themselves and their families. 

As an entrepreneur and business owner with young kids herself, she understands the importance of strategic, data-driven decision making, but also cares deeply about the role emotions and psychology play.  She is passionate about bringing unfiltered, relatable access to comprehensive planning, accountability, and inspiration especially for women, families, and business owners.  

Nikki holds her Series 7 and Series 63 securities registrations with FINRA. In addition, she holds various state licenses for Life, Health, Long-term Care, Variable Annuity; and is a CFP candidate.

A native of Northern VA and proud graduate of UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce (Wahoo-wa!), she lives in Arlington with her husband Ed, and two kids, James (5) and Olivia (2).

Nancy Osmond Popovich
Managing Director of The Popovich Financial Group at Baird

For nearly 24 years Nancy and her team have been helping her clients achieve their financial goals through saving and investing. Nancy’s practice is centered around each individual client and their specific needs, challenges and goals. She believes strongly that success comes from long-term investing as well as long term relationships built on mutual respect, integrity and dedication. She has been recognized nationally In Barron’s Top Women Advisors, Forbes Top Women Advisors and various lists for Best Advisors in the State of Virginia.

Her passion for financial planning grew out of her own family experience. Having witnessed firsthand the tragic consequences that can result from inadequate planning. Since then, she has dedicated herself to making a difference in her clients’ lives as well as her community. She is determined to help women and children learn the basics of responsible money management so they can make smart financial choices and gain confidence through their own decisions. She believes knowledge will empower women to use their money as a tool to build a bright and successful future.

Nancy is a prolific writer and speaker around the country on these topics and in her free time sits on the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation Board with the goal of improving healthcare for all of us. She is at the tail end of her own treatment to beat Stage 3 Breast Cancer while raising her 4 kids ranging in age from 23yo to 4yo with her husband in Vienna, VA.

Jenn Wappaus, CEPA, CFP®
First Vice President with RBC Wealth Management

Jenn grew up in an entrepreneurial family working in several different family owned businesses, while still in high school. Never one to shirk a challenge, she graduated from high school with 12 varsity letters, and earned a scholarship from Penn State University to play Division I Lacrosse. Jenn has family members in the financial services and hedge fund industry, which contribute to her in-depth financial acumen. Other family ventures include commercial real estate, construction companies, technology ventures, and retail sales which underpins her planning aptitude for business owners; throughout the day to day, but also during an exit. After graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, she began her career in the financial services industry which currently spans 12 years and several accreditations and accolades.

In addition to passing the Series 7, 63, and 65 exams, Jenn achieved her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation. Jenn is #5 in Virginia on 2019 Forbes Next-Gen Best-In-State Wealth Advisors and on the Working Mother/SHOOK Research list of 2019 Top Wealth Advisor Moms. Her vast real-world business exposure, combined with industry desired professional designations, complement the financial planning process to adapt to ever evolving client goals and market conditions. To this end, the team conducts a customized financial game plan before making any recommendations. Jenn enjoys a challenge and thrives on motivating clients to attain their personal goals. Preparation is the key.

Jenn is active in her community and is a member of several local organizations, including the Association for Corporate Growth, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The Haystack Project, Heroines of Washington, and Lombardi Women Connecting for a Cure. She has been a long-term supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Maryland in memory of her aunt.