Rebecca Linhart thought differently about financial advice when she founded Light Tower Financial Strategies. She knew that offering financial advice meant so much more than selling stocks and bonds, that it is more about understanding how money fits into your life and living that life intentionally. She knew that considering the goals and dreams of each client is paramount to helping them navigate through the complex details of planning meaningful lives.
Today, Becky Linhart offers investment management services, retirement income planning, financial planning, and wealth management to a myriad of individual clients at various stages in their lives. Through her years in business, she has helped many people, particularly women going through transitional periods, such as divorce, the death of a spouse, or retirement. Her degree in psychology has given her invaluable insights into the importance and power of the personal side of money and the unique challenges of transitions. She has a rich and comprehensive understanding of how people subjectively experience change and co-creates their highest outcomes with them.
A commitment to serve the community
Becky has a long-time commitment to serve her community. Being involved is what it’s all about to her. To that end, she held the following positions in the Town of Essex, Massachusetts:
- Board of Selectmen
- Board Member of the Housing Authority
- Chair of the Finance Committee
In addition, she served as chair of the finance committee for Glen Urquhart School, a small private school in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, a service organization dedicated to giving back to the community. She founded the “It takes a village” program to help less fortunate people in the community, not just at Christmas time, but year-round. The family she remembers most is a single mom with five children. The mom had cancer and, when she was undergoing chemotherapy, the group cooked meals for the kids and set up a schedule of drivers to make sure they got to school on time.
Being a female in a male-dominated industry, Becky understands the challenges women can face when building their careers. So, she joined the Boston Club, an organization dedicated to advancing women leaders. A club and a cause, the group offers camaraderie and opportunities for networking; its core belief is that more women in significant and visible leadership roles mean better business performance and strengthened economic health in our communities. She served as treasurer on its board of directors for six years.
A sailing advocate, Becky served as a board member of Sisters Under Sail, an organization dedicated to teaching leadership skills to teenage girls through a sailing program on a tall ship. In 2013, many of the tall ships gathered on Lake Erie for a re-enactment of the war of 1812. Becky was fortunate enough to be on board and had the privilege of shooting the cannon.
Becky is currently the chair of Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Enhanced Scholarship Trust, an organization that gives scholarships to community members. Many of the scholarships are given to high school seniors, but the group found another pressing need for scholarships: for people who didn’t go to college, who live paycheck to paycheck, and can’t afford a class or certificate program to improve their employment opportunities. It became known as the 2nd Chance Scholarship.
Becky received a graduate certificate in special studies in management from Harvard University and earned a BS in psychology from Roanoke College. She has been recognized in Boston Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager [i] in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and the Women’s Choice [ii] award in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. She has achieved several professional credentials that speak to her expertise:
- General Securities Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
- Security Agent and Registered Investment Adviser
- Managed Futures License
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary®
- Certified Financial Transionist®