After 25 years as a financial advisor with large NYSE brokerage firms, René left Morgan Stanley in June of 2012, to launch Urban Wealth Management, LLC, a fee based firm with a focus on financial planning, risk management and asset management services. Recognizing that women face unique and complex financial challenges, she formed the Smart Women ~ Savvy Money Club to provide a supportive, secure environment where women are encouraged to learn, explore and feel confident about making sound financial decisions. The mission of the Smart Women’s club is to ensure that every woman make the best financial decisions so they can create the lifestyle they desire and deserve.
A frequent speaker and blogger on the subjects of Women and Money, she was also selected as Investment News 2017's Women to Watch. Additionally, she has been a guest commentator for CNBC’s Closing Bell Report since 2013 and during 2014 and 2015, was guest contributor for CNBC Asia’s The Rundown, which is broadcast from the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Career activities aside, she is active in and supports organizations that offer services and programs for women and teen girls. She is a Luminary Circle member of Step Up Women’s Network, an Advisory Board member for EmpowHer Institute, which strives to empower marginalized teen girls to pursue higher education, and City Scholars Foundation, which provides leadership development training for Executive Directors of community based after–school programs across Los Angeles County.