Brent Kessel: Author, CEO of Abacus Portfolios
Brent Kessel is both the C.E.O. of Abacus Portfolios and President and co-founder of Abacus Wealth Partners, named one of the "top 250 wealth management firms in the U.S." by Bloomberg Wealth Manager. A cutting-edge firm, Abacus focuses on the inner dimensions of money as a critical component of the financial planning process and is widely acknowledged within the wealth management industry as a national leader in this niche.
As a financial planner, Kessel has counseled multi-millionaires as well as people of more modest means. He knows firsthand people's suffering in financial matters, and has been instrumental in offering real relief, whether by helping single moms to put their kids through college or inspiring the super-affluent to create a more balanced and fulfilling relationship to their wealth.
Kessel, who has a degree in economics with a minor in psychology from UCLA, has been a financial planner by day and a yogi by dawn for the past fifteen years. Since 1989, he has dedicated himself to yoga, and has progressed through the fourth series of Ashtanga under the guidance of his teachers, Chuck Miller and Pattabhi Jois. Kessel has also studied meditation with many of the world's most revered meditation teachers, including Thich Naht Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Adyashanti, among others.
A leader in his field, Kessel uniquely bridges the disparate worlds of finance and spirituality. In 1998, he began combining the financial and spiritual perspectives in a more public way. After being trained by two veteran financial planners to lead their workshops on the inner dimensions of money, he created his own, The Yoga of Money. He has since led popular workshops on money and personal growth around the country and given trainings for dozens of financial advisors and speeches at major financial conferences to rave reviews. Dubbed a "Financial Soul Searcher" by Research magazine, Kessel has been widely quoted in the national publications such as Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Kiplinge's Personal Finance, CBS Marketwatch, Dow Jones, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun Tribune, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, The Journal of Financial Planning, Investment News, Ticker and Financial Planner. His work on spirituality and money has also been featured in Yoga Journal and Newsweek, and he has been profiled in the books Silver Spoon Kids and The Inheritor's Handbook. Kessel has been named one of the top 250 financial advisors in the U.S. by Worth magazine, and is the exclusive money columnist for the Yoga Journal.