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Karen DeRose was recognized as one of the "Women to Watch" 2016 by Investment News. 


Karen DeRose featured in Women at the Top in Financial Services, a Research Study 2015.  Karen is shown in the picture below at the book signing in Maryland.

 DeRose FPG's Awards & Recognition

  • InvestmentNews announces Karen L. DeRose as a Winner of the Inaugural Women to Watch Award 2015*

  • Karen L. DeRose featured in a book, Financial Service: Women at the Top: a Research Study  - 2015

  • Listed as a 2018 Illinois Five Star Wealth Advisor for the eighth year running as featured in Chicago Magazine
    DeRose FPG Chicago 5 Star Wealth Advisor **

  • Awarded the Woman's Choice Award for Financial Advisors 2013 - 2018[3]

  • Awarded as part of the Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) Circle of Excellence for 2011 - 2018[4]

  • Awarded as one of the "13 Top Financial Advisors - Chicago, Illinois" 2015 by AdvisoryHQ[5]

  • Awarded as one of the "Top 10 Best Financial Advisors in Chicago, IL" 2016 by AdvisoryHQ[5]
  • Awarded as one of the "Top 10 Best Financial Advisors in Chicago, IL" 2017 by AdvisoryHQ[5]
  • Awarded as one of the "Top 10 Best Financial Advisors in Chicago" 2018 by AdvisoryHQ[5]
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 20 Financial Advisors in Chicago" 2017 & 2018 by Expertise

  • Awarded as one of the "Top 10 Best Financial Planning Firms in Chicago, IL" 2017 by AdvisoryHQ[5]
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Advisors" 2018 by Investopedia[6]

  • Voted "Best Financial Planner and Best Wealth Management Firm in Chicago" 2018 in the Daily Herald's Readers' Choice Best of the Best Competition[7]

DeRose FPG in the News

  Karen's Board Leadership

  • 2012-13 Chairman of the prestigious Resource Group, an assembly of the top 200 planners within Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.

  • Served as past Chairman of the WISE Group, Lincoln Financial Network's Women Advisory Group 2013-2016 (Click here to read more

  • Spirit Air, LLC 2016 Board Member (Click here to learn more)          

2018 DeRose FPG Group Outing: Cubs-Brewers Game at Wrigley Field

2017 DeRose FPG Group Outing: Mastermind Escape Room

[1] The "Women to Watch" award is sponsored by Investment News and nominations, including self-nominations, are judged by specific criteria-success, leadership, ability to effect change, willingness to help other female professionals and community service. To learn more, go to

[2] The Five Star Wealth Manager Award is independently produced by Five Star Professional (FSP) and is based on data from financial advisors, regulatory disclosures, and FSP research. Neither the advisors nor their parent firm pay a fee to FSP for the nomination or award.  Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager is no guarantee of investment success.  For more information go to

[3] The Women’s Choice Award Financial Advisor Program is based on 17 criteria associated with providing service to women clients such as credentials, experience and a favorable regulatory history. Financial advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Women’s Choice Award® Financial Advisors, though they pay a fee to participate in the marketing program. To learn more, visit

[4] Qualification for Circle of Excellence is solely based on personal income with various levels awarded to those of different income amounts. For more information, go to

[5] The AdvisoryHQ Top Financial Advisor award criteria takes into account a range of factors, including experience level, level of customization, site quality, resources, features, range of provided services, innovation, value-added, and many more factors, to build up a broad picture of what each firm or product has to offer, before the final selection process occurs. AdvisoryHQ reviews and ranks advisory and investment companies only. We do not review or rank people (financial professionals, investment individuals, etc.). For more information, please visit

[6] Investopedia’s data science and editorial teams reviewed the applications of hundreds of financial advisors to measure their impact and reach across Twitter, LinkedIn, personal and company blogs, and online publishers. We developed a proprietary ranking based on the strength of each applicant’s page rankings, followers, and citations of their work by other advisors, consumers and the financial media. Our analysis seeks to identify not only the advisors with the largest followings, but also those who have dedicated their time to educating investors around the world. Criteria explained further here:

[7] The Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Best of the Best awards are determined after two rounds of voting from Daily Herald readers, once a company or firm is nominated for specific categories. After the first round of voting, the top 5 companies for each category move on to the next round of voting, where readers may vote again, once per day, for the top company in each category. For more information, go to Daily Herald Readers' Choice 2018.