Chia-Li Chien, Ph.D., CFP®, PMP®, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Financial Planning Program of California Lutheran University. Before her academic role, she held several senior management positions in Fortune 500 companies, including Diageo, ABB, CIGNA, and RSA Insurance Group. Dr. Chien is a frequent speaker about succession planning at national conferences and has published three books, including her most recent publication, “Enhancing Retirement Success Rates in the United States.” She publishes research on succession topics in a variety of academic and practitioner research journals. Dr. Chien hosts a succession blog at valuegrowthinstitute.com and serves on the boards of various national financial service associations. She holds a doctorate in financial planning and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) as well as Project Management Professional (PMP®).
Chia-Li Chien is pronounced Jolly Jan.
As Program Director for the Financial Planning within the School of management (Fall 2018), Chia-Li contributes to managing the program, driving enrollment, engaging financial planning industry partners and outreach to the planning communities.
Chia-Li is an active contributor to the community and non-profit organizations. A sample list of her current and past boards:
* National board member of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) (2020)
* Chair and President of Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Charlotte (2013-2014)
* Chair of the Pro Bono Advisory Committee for the FPA on the national level (2011-2012)
* Treasurer of Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (2012)
* Appointed board member of Women's Advisory Board (WAB) in Mecklenburg County for Board of County Commissioners in North Carolina (2009-2012)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Financial and Retirement Planning). 2018. The American College of Financial Services. (Bryn Mawr, PA)
- Master of Sciences (M.S., Financial Services or MSFS). 2014. The American College of Financial Services. (Bryn Mawr, PA)
- Master of Sciences (M.S., Insurance, minor in Management Information Systems). 1991. University of Hartford. (West Hartford, CT)
- B.S., Finance, minor in Accounting. 1989. Central Connecticut State University. (New Britain, CT)
- A.A., Banking & Insurance. 1988. Ming Chuan University. (Taipei, Taiwan)
Succession Portfolio strategy, consulting and management in the area of:
1) Employee Succession Program
2) Customer-Driven Succession Program and
3) Investor Succession Program
Chien, C.L. (2020). Succession Planning in an Ensemble Financial Planning Practice. SAGE Business Cases.
Chien, C. (2019). Enhancing retirement success rates in the united states : Leveraging reverse mortgages, delaying social security, and exploring continuous work. Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-33620-2
Chien, C.L. (2019). Practical Strategies to Enhance Retirement Success Rates in The United States (part 3 of 3). Minneapolis, MN: 2019 Academy of Financial Services.
Chien, C.L. (2019). What are the U.S. Retirement Population Success Rates When Using HECM? Arlington, VA: 2019 Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning And Related Disciplines, CFP Board.
Chien, C.L. (2018). Practical Strategies To Enhance Retirement Success Rates In The United States: Base Model. Chicago, IL: 2018 Academy of Financial Services.
Chien, C.L. (2018). What Are the U.S. Retirement Population Comprehensive Assets’ Success Rates? Arlington, VA: 2018 Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning And Related Disciplines, CFP Board.
Chien, C.L. (2017). Advising Privately Business Owners Industry Specific Selling Factors. Nashville, TN: 2017 Academy of Financial Services.
Chien, C.L. (2017). Will Pro Bono as Continuing Education credits enhance CFP as a profession in extending social contracts? Nashville, TN: 2017 Academy of Financial Services.
Chien, C.L. (2017). Selling a Planning Practice: The Relationship between Revenue Multiple and Revenue Size. Journal of Financial Planning 30 (3): 52–61.
Chien, C.L. (2017). Can the Social Security Trust Fund Sustain Financial Stability if Individuals Opt Out? Arlington, VA: 2017 Academic Research Colloquium For Financial Planning And Related Disciplines, CFP Board.
Chien, C.L. (2017). Selling a Planning Practice: The Relationship between Revenue Multiple and Revenue Size. Arlington, VA: 2017 Academic Research Colloquium For Financial Planning And Related Disciplines, CFP Board.
REVIEWS FOR PUBLISHERS
· Journal of Personal Finance 12/15/16, 02/23/17.
Chien, C.L., Frischkorn, J., Beal, T. (2019). Business Essentials Certificate Program. New York: American Management Association.
Chien, C.L. (2017). WMCP™ Wealth Management Certified Professional. Bryn Mawr, PA. The American College of Financial Services. (two chapters contributor)
Chien, C. (2012). Work toward reward: Building business value today for a well-deserved future. Bloomington: IUniverse.
Chien, C. (2010). Show me the money: Run your business like a prosperous investor. Bloomington: IUniverse.
Chien, C.-L. (2020, Jan. 23). The Future of Advising in Light of Automation. The Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council: Through the Looking Glass Symposium XVI, California State University, Channel Islands.
Chien, C.-L. (2020, Jan. 08). The Future of Advising. Women in Insurance & Financial Services: WIFS Education Webinar, Albany, NY
Chien, C.-L. (2019, Nov 13). Diversity Program Case Studies. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning, 2019 DIVERSITY SUMMIT. Washington, D.C.
Chien, C.-L. (2019, Oct 21). Enhancing Retirement Success Rates in the United States. FPA Student Club at West Texas A&M University. Canyon, TX.
Chien, C.-L. (2019, May 22). Near retirement? What are some practical strategies preparing for retirement?. California Lutheran University: Campus Community Day, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Chien, C.-L. (2019, May 17). Selling Financial Planning Practice. Financial Planning Association Ventura County: Quarterly Chapter Meeting at Spanish Hills Country Club, Camarillo, CA.
Chien, C.-L. (2019, April 29). Future of Financial Advising. University Village (UVTO), Thousand Oaks, CA.
Chien, C.-L. (2019, April 10). Leverage Financial Planning to growth business. Women in Insurance & Financial Services: WIFS Education Webinar, Albany, NY. https://youtu.be/Eugp2O7Va3k
Chien, C.L. (2019, Dec). The Human Approach. LeadHER Blog. Retrieved from: https://wifsnational.org/media-public/blog
Chien, C.L. (2019, July 25). Ask the Experts: Best Business-Credit-Card Practices. WalletHub. Retrieved from: https://wallethub.com/best-business-credit-card#experts=Chia-Li_Chien
Chien, C.-L. (2019, May 10). Plan before claiming Social Security benefits. Pacific Coast Business Times. Retrieved from: https://www.pacbiztimes.com/2019/05/10/plan-before-claiming-social-security-benefits/
Chien, C.-L. (2019, Apr 23). Satisfied Clients, Healthy Business, Happy Life. Women In Insurance & Financial Service: LEADHER Blog. Retrieved from: https://wifsnational.org/images/Blog_Articles/2019/Satisfied_Clients_Healthy_Business_Happy_Life__Blog_Template.pdf
Chien, C.-L. (2019, Mar 1). Maintain an adequate fund for emergencies. Pacific Coast Business Times. Retrieved from: https://www.pacbiztimes.com/2019/03/01/chien-maintain-an-adequate-fund-for-emergencies/
Chien, C.L. (2019, Jan.). Ask the Experts: Young Adult Credit-Card Section. WalletHub. Retrieved from: https://wallethub.com/best-credit-cards-for-young-adults/#expert=chia-li-chien
Chien, C.L. (2018, Nov 23). Myths about business succession. Pacific Coast Business Times. Retrieved from: https://www.pacbiztimes.com/2018/11/23/chien-myths-about-business-succession/
- Grant Funding
- California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association $2,500 grant