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2013 Graduate Commencement Speaker
Jean Edelman, '81
One of the Washington D.C. area’s most successful businesswomen, Jean Edelman also is the author of the new book, The Other Side of Money, published this year.In 1987, Edelman co-founded Edelman Financial Services of Fairfax, Va. with her husband, Ric. The firm manages $10 billion for 20,000 clients nationwide and has won more than 170 professional, business and community service awards.
Edelman has served in virtually every position at the firm and trained much of its 375-member staff.
She is a sought-after speaker on issues of entrepreneurship and leadership. Her new book, The Other Side of Money, examines the personal side of personal finance and helps readers focus on the personal qualities that lead to success and fulfillment in life and business.
A 1981 alumna of the College of Education, Edelman served four years on Rowan’s Board of Trustees. A gift from the Edelmans established the Frederic and Jean Edelman Planetarium in Rowan’s Science Hall. Since its opening in 2004, more than 75,000 people have visited the planetarium to learn more about astronomy and the universe.Edelman was named Rowan’s Alumna of the Year in 1994.