From Actuary To CFO: Lessons and Insights from Wendy Young

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From Actuary To CFO: Lessons and Insights from Wendy Young

In This Episode

Supporting the advancement of women in our historically male-dominated field is crucial for making jobs in finance more accessible to women and being able to better serve the evolving needs of female clients.

Join host Kirsten Schlumbohm as she sits down with Wendy Young, the trailblazing Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at F&G, in an inspiring conversation about championing women’s success in the financial services industry.

From her unexpected career pivot from aspiring genetic counselor to chief risk officer and eventual CFO, Wendy shares her unique perspective on leadership, mentorship, and fostering an inclusive culture that empowers women to thrive.

Key topics discussed:

  • Wendy’s Pivotal Career Transition: Wendy’s unexpected journey from aspiring genetic counselor to chief risk officer and eventual CFO at F&G.
  • Developing Confidence: Strategies for helping women find and own their voice in the financial services workplace.
  • Women in F&G Leadership: F&G’s commitment to promoting women into leadership roles and achieving gender parity.
  • Women’s Empowerment: Building a supportive community through F&G’s employee resource group for networking and growth.
  • Advocating Internal Mobility: Exploring diverse roles and advocating for internal career mobility opportunities for women.
  • Culture of Flexibility: How F&G’s flexible work culture accommodates whole-life integration for working women.
  • Resilience from Pioneers: Celebrating unsung female pioneers and drawing inspiration from their resilience stories.
  • Driving DEI Initiatives: Strategic diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives spearheaded by Wendy to drive industry change.
  • Aspiring in Finance: Advice for aspiring female professionals navigating careers in the male-dominated financial services field.

Don’t miss this empowering episode that highlights Wendy Young’s inspiring mission to create a more equitable and inclusive future for women in financial services.


From Actuary To CFO: Lessons and Insights from Wendy Young

About the Guest

Wendy JB Young is the Chief Financial Officer at F&G, a leading insurance solutions provider serving retail annuity, life customers, and institutional clients. As CFO, she oversees F&G’s Finance and Corporate Actuarial organizations across all retail and institutional business lines, including corporate finance, actuarial, capital management, tax, and finance transformation efforts.

She has over 35 years of industry experience, spending the last two decades at F&G in progressively senior leadership roles. Young joined the company in 2000 as an actuary and subsequently led various actuarial, finance, and reinsurance functions. She played a key role in major corporate milestones like F&G’s debt raise and 2013 IPO. Prior to her CFO role, Young was the Chief Risk Officer, spearheading the risk management framework, control environment, and reinsurance capital strategy implementation. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an American Academy of Actuaries member, Young is a graduate of Penn State University.