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Alexa von Tobel is the Founder and CEO of LearnVest, an award-winning personal finance website. Alexa launched LearnVest in 2009 with the goal of making financial planning affordable, accessible, and fun for all. With nearly 1.5 million users, and tens of thousands of paid subscribers, LearnVest has carved a niche in the financial planning business by attracting young professionals who sought a modern way to manage and budget their money. In April 2015, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. acquired LearnVest, making it the first web based financial planning company to be acquired by a larger financial services company. Formerly, Alexa worked as a trader at Morgan Stanley on their Proprietary Trading Desk before leaving to serve as Head of Business Development at Drop.io (acquired by Facebook), a venture backed startup in NYC. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Financially Fearless (2013). Alexa serves as an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, and she was selected as a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, named to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2011, honored as a 2012 Fortune “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur”, and named a Scholar at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. She has been included on a variety of lists such as: Vanity Fair’s 2011 Next Establishment; Fortune’s “40 Under 40: Ones to Watch”; Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100; Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30 Top Young Entrepreneurs”; Businessweek’s “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs” and Forbes list of “Women to Watch”. Alexa holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College. She is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.