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Melissa Fradenburg, CDFA®️, AIF®

Empowering Women

Melissa Fradenburg is committed to providing financial clarity with a particular focus on empowering women in financial transitions. In a world where it's often tempting to delegate financial responsibilities or shy away from money conversations, Melissa is on a mission to rewrite this narrative. She firmly believes that in today's landscape, where women are increasingly business owners and wealth controllers, understanding one's financial terrain and securing a stable financial future is paramount, regardless of relationship status.

Financial Clarity for Couples

Understanding your financial standing is crucial for everyone, whether you're single, in a relationship, or navigating significant life changes. In addition to her dedication to working with women, Melissa specializes in helping couples collaboratively manage their finances. She recognizes the importance of both partners having a voice in financial matters. The financial planning process is a transformative journey that can provide couples with profound clarity regarding their financial goals and concrete progress toward achieving them.

Through comprehensive financial planning and portfolio management tailored to individual risk tolerances, Melissa aims to empower her clients to be the architects of their financial destinies.

Where to Connect with Melissa

You might run into Melissa in and around Grosse Pointe or on the sidelines of Grosse Pointe South athletics, where she enjoys cheering for her kids. When she's not in the office, you'll likely find her relishing the beauty of Lake St. Clair with her husband, Jay, and their two teenagers, Jackie and JP. She's also known to peruse the home décor section of Target, indulging her passion for interior design and DIY home projects.

A Guiding Quote

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal — it is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill

Melissa's Journey

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Gettysburg College and gained extensive industry knowledge while working in the asset management distribution sector of the financial industry. After a break to raise her young family, Melissa’s love of finance was reignited while helping her own mother navigate the financial challenges of divorce. She began working with individual investors in 2016 at a local practice and eventually joined Pearl Planning in 2019.

More About Melissa


  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Gettysburg College

Areas of Focus & Interest:

  • Assisting individuals through financial transitions, including divorce or the loss of a spouse
  • Financial transitions and sudden wealth situations, including inheritance.
  • Helping couples develop strategies to clarify their financial goals through comprehensive financial planning.
  • Conducting speaking engagements on financial literacy
  • Hosting educational workshops tailored for various audiences.
  • Co-host of "Women’s Money Wisdom" and "Wealthy After Divorce" Podcasts


  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Fi360

Featured In the Press:

  • Quoted as an investment professional in a article titled "8 Money Mistakes Newlyweds Make."
  • Featured in Grosse Pointe News as a "Pointer of Interest," empowering individuals to achieve financial independence.

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