Sixth Annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award Honors Caleb Silver, Investopedia

The FCS has today announced that Caleb Silver, Editor-in-Chief for Investopedia, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award. The annual award will be presented at an in-person awards gala on December 1st at 6:00pm ET, when the FCS also celebrates the FCS Financial Marketer of the Year Award for 2021; finalists include Ally Financial, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and New York Life.

The FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award was created to recognize an FCS member whose leadership inspires and educates others to think big, break down barriers and perform at their highest potential. The goal is to honor, every year, FCS members who, through personal and professional contributions to their communities, serve as living examples of the selfless, inspirational leadership that Jamie DePeau embodied during her career in financial services marketing. Ms. DePeau, who passed away in 2016, was an active member of the FCS Marketing Leadership Roundtable, had served as a presenter at several FCS events, and was a stalwart supporter of the FCS and her team’s participation in the organization.

“The FCS is proud to recognize Caleb Silver for his leadership as a financial journalist, his selflessness as a collaborator in the workplace, and most importantly as a mentor, committed to expanding the reach of financial education programs into minority communities,” said Kevin Windorf, CEO, FCS. “The FCS mission begins with Community, and Caleb has helped us build our virtual membership by leading several of our events over the past year. Likewise, he has hosted workshops for Wall Street Bound helping high school and college students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds learn about financial skills and corporate culture, as well as workshops for National Endowment for Financial Education teaching journalism students about reporting on economic topics. Through these volunteer activities, he mentors the next generation with a focus on empowerment.”

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of this year’s Jamie E. DePeau Leadership award, and grateful to my team for nominating me," said Caleb Silver. “This would not be possible without the support of my team at Investopedia and our steadfast commitment to truly helping our audiences and spreading financial literacy and education - especially to the communities who need it most.”

Nominated by Katherine Divney, Chief Revenue Officer, Dotdash, Caleb was selected by a panel of five judges, who represent several facets of Jamie DePeau’s personal and professional life. The judging panel included:

  • Berta Aldrich, Inaugural Recipient of the FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award; author of "Winning the Talent Shift: Three Steps to Unleashing the New High Performance Workplace"
  • Renée Baker, 2020 Recipient of the FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award; Head of Private Client Group Advisor Inclusion Networks, Raymond James
  • Elena French, SVP, Corporate Marketing, Communications and Brand, Lincoln Financial
  • Tom Jago, Managing Director, The Ward Group
  • Kevin Windorf, CEO, FCS

About Jamie E. DePeau

Jamie DePeau, Corporate Chief Marketing Officer, Lincoln Financial Group, was a true friend of the FCS and very supportive of our mission of community, education and philanthropy. She was an active member in the FCS Marketing Leadership Roundtable since its founding in 2012. That year, she participated in our Annual Education Summit, serving on a panel with fellow CMOs. In 2013, she served as one of our guest presenters at the 19th Annual FCS Portfolio Awards. When she was SVP, Marketing at TIAA-CREF, she presented at our monthly luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in December of 2007.

Ms. DePeau passed away in February of 2016. In April of that year, her work at Lincoln was recognized posthumously as her marketing team and their agency won seven trophies at the 22nd Annual FCS Portfolio Awards Gala. In addition to her own participation, Ms. DePeau encouraged her Lincoln colleagues to get involved with the FCS.

Outside of work, Ms. DePeau was very active at her community church, where she held senior roles in the parish’s lay leadership, as well as performing in its choir. She was a volunteer for the Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association and for other Ridgewood youth sports groups.

In addition to her roles as mother and wife, boss and colleague, Ms. DePeau is remembered as a mentor and friend, and always a leader.

Questions about the Award or the awards gala should be directed to FCS CEO Kevin Windorf.

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