Mary Murphy `04G, Education
Alumni: Master of EducationAn accomplished entrepreneur, Mary Murphy ’04G began her career in the high technology field, traveling extensively around the world and eventually becoming a Vice President of Marketing.
A career change turned her focus to special education and mathematics. Murphy earned her Master’s in Education from Rivier and taught math to students with special needs at Manchester West High School. Her most enjoyable experience in this position was mentoring students in their first Investment Club.
Murphy came to the attention of the financial services industry by winning the statewide stock-picking contest two years in a row. She decided to return to her business roots as a financial advisor first for USB Financial Services and then for MassMutual Financial Group.
In 2011, after a thorough vetting of thousands of applicants, Murphy was named the first-in-the-nation Independent Branch Leader at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., as part of a franchise arrangement in which Murphy owns a branch in Nashua.
Murphy launched the Southern NH Money Club, a free and open group dedicated to the financial education of women, in 2014. The club offers information and strategies on topics such as savings, credit card debt, mortgages, retirement, investing, and other money matters, taking into account the unique challenges that women often face.
The skills instilled by her Rivier professors continue to serve Murphy well, and her love of learning and education is at the heart of her work and all that she does. Murphy approaches her role at Charles Schwab and other areas of her life as an educator—using her solid educational foundation to teach people how to be financially savvy and successful. “The best advisors teach their clients how to fish, rather than fish for them,” says Murphy.