Renée L. Baker D.B.A. ('12 EMBA)

2021 Alumni Award Recipient: Renée L. Baker D.B.A., '12, EMBA Diversity Leadership Award

Portrait of Renée L. Baker.

2021 Diversity Leadership Award

Renée Baker is head of Private Client Group Advisor Inclusion Networks at Raymond James, providing corporate support and leadership for the Women Financial Advisors Network, Black Financial Advisors Network, and Pride Financial Advisors Network. In her role, she focuses on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse financial advisors. She works closely with the Raymond James PCG Education & Practice Management team to provide tools and resources to help advisors grow their businesses. Baker also works closely with the firm’s head of diversity and inclusion to increase awareness of its efforts when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

Previously, Baker served as Chief Marketing Officer for Carillon Tower Advisers, a subsidiary of Raymond James. She was responsible for the global marketing strategy for seven brands while leading a team of marketing professionals across several departments. Baker is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience across various channels and geographies. Before joining Raymond James, she held senior-level marketing roles at leading financial services firms, most recently at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She was also an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida, where she taught advertising management.

Baker is a member of the Raymond James Diversity and Inclusion Council, previously served as the firm’s national co-leader for the Mosaic Multicultural Inclusion Network; serves as a mentor for Raymond James’ associates and American Corporate Partners focused on helping veterans and active-duty spouses find meaningful employment opportunities and develop long-term careers. Active in the community, she is also a trustee for American Stage Theatre Company, where she serves as the co-chair for the equity, diversity, and inclusion committee and is a member of the board of trustees for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Rutgers University, a Master of Business Administration degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and a doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University. She also completed executive education at the Securities Industry Institute, hosted by SIFMA and Wharton, and has her Series 6, 7, 26, and 63 licenses. She was won several industry awards and was recognized by Financial Planning magazine as one of the “20 People Who Will Change Wealth Management in 2020.”