Magdalena G. Johndrow
Wall Street meets Main Street
Magdalena “Maggie” Johndrow’s financial calling began with degrees from Providence College and the London School of Economics, followed by a career at prominent banks on Wall Street: Barclays and JP Morgan, where she worked with high-net worth individuals and institution clients.
While working on Wall Street, Maggie recognized traditional wealth advisors were ignoring entire groups of people, particularly women and Millennials. Maggie seized the opportunity to join Johndrow Wealth’s women-owned firm and apply her skills, revolutionizing the firm’s outreach to women and young professionals. She launched two new initiatives. First, the NextGen subscription service, an accessible financial planning service providing advice on everything from student loans to 401Ks. Second, local Divorce Workshops, composed of a panel of prominent attorneys, therapists, and financial advisors to address concerns of women — and men— surrounding divorce.
Education is Key
Maggie sees education as the key to bringing in new investors - hosting regular seminars for doctors and scientists, financial trivia nights for young professionals, and finance & divorce seminars for women. Her trivia events gained such popularity that notable corporations have asked Maggie to host similar exclusive employee events.
Passion for Financial Literacy
Maggie has also dedicated her time to bringing financial literacy to under-served populations. She volunteers with the Connecticut Money School, educating economically disadvantaged families, presented a Financial Literacy Seminar at the YWCA, and she revamped “Financial Literacy Day” at her alma mater Miss Porter’s School, where she also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors.
Maggie supplements her work by volunteering with the Junior League and the Petit Family Foundation (an organization dedicated to women in STEM), to which she was recently appointed its youngest board member; however, it’s her passion that sets her apart.
An Enthusiastic Expert
Her enthusiasm is palpable - it comes through in everything. She is frequently featured as an expert in outlets like Forbes, U.S. News, NPR, and Bloomberg. Maggie is a student loan maven, a challenge facing even some of the highest-net-worth Millennials. Maggie’s formal education— BA in Economics from Providence College and her Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) from the London School of Economics— has been supplemented by years of hands-on experience and through earning her Certified Fund Specialist® (CFS®) designation. This title showcases Maggie’s ability to build unique, robust, and well-diversified portfolios, going well-beyond picking the next “hot stock.”
Maggie’s accomplishments, industry contributions, and leadership were recognized in 2018 when she was named Investment New’s 40 Under 40.* On any given day, you can catch Maggie providing financial advice on local TV—year-end financial planning on Fox61, holiday budgeting on WTNH, and tax-season prep on NBC CT—where her passion for financial education really shines.
Always On The Go
Maggie derives the energy she brings to her clients from her outside-of-work activities. From hiking with her rescue dog, Red, at Lake Mohegan to climbing the stairs of Mayan ruins with her husband, Chris, Maggie is always on the go. She loves spending her free time tackling new challenges like running half marathons, traveling to new places to try a new dish, or skiing the steepest runs in Vermont and Colorado. Maggie enjoys swapping stories with her clients, who share a similar zest for life!
Designations & Credentials
M.Sc. from London School of Economics
B.A. Providence College
FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registration
Featured in: Forbes, U.S. News, Investopedia, Yahoo!, Fox61, Bloomberg, Reuters, NBC, NPR
Fluent in Polish
*2018 InvestmentNews: 40 under 40 List: Nominations were solicited from InvestmentNews readers and financial planning industry professionals. Nominees must be 39 or younger and are judged, by the editors of InvestmentNews, on their accomplishments, industry contributions, leadership, and promise (passion, enthusiasm, and ideas). 1000 advisors were considered. 4% of candidates were named to the list. Individuals were selected solely based on the subjective opinions of InvestmentNews' editors and are not indicative of the advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. For more information, please visit www.investmentnews.com/section/40-under-40