Barbara Best


Barbara Best

Barbara Best, AIF® is a Founder and Principal of CAP STRAT, and Founder of the CAP STRAT Women's Forum

Meet Barbara

Barbara primarily focuses on business development and raising awareness of her firm’s investment management and advisory services; and she co-leads their Women’s Forum.

Barbara is extremely generous with her strong network, offering to support and connect others to further their personal and professional goals. She is also passionate about supporting, empowering, and advocating for others, especially women to own their voice and power over their financial resources so they can make the most of their one amazing life.

Barbara is recognized as one of Chicago’s Most Influential Women by the Chicago Business Journal and Rotary International Woman of the Year for her broad personal and professional support of others, her community service and leadership. In addition to being Chair of Women Leaders in Philanthropy for the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, Barbara is a board member of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul and Housing Forward, among other philanthropic activities.

Barbara received her B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Boston College and studied at London School of Economics and Faculte des Lettres in France; received a Business Certificate in Finance from the Professional Program of New York University. Barbara has received the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional (PRP) designations.

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Rebel Leadership blog

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6th Annual Women's Forum Holiday Soirée

6th Annual Women’s Forum Holiday Soirée

Thanks to everyone who joined us to toast the Holiday Season at our 6th annual Holiday Soirée!  We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces…

How To Talk To Parents About Money

Watching parents get older isn't an easy thing for any adult child. Add in the conversation about their financial life…

Estate Plan Essentials

Barbara and Nancy discuss why every woman should have an estate plan and how to get started.

How To Negotiate Compensation and Benefits

Learn how to ask for what you need and what you are worth at work. Barbara and Nancy cover the…

How To Talk To Kids About Money

It’s never too early or too late to start talking to your kids about money, but how do you start?…

Networking To Grow Your Net Worth

Power networker, speaker, and author Porter Gale wrote the book, "Your Network is Your Net Worth." She explains that your…

Stop Money Silence

CAP STRAT's Barbara Best and Nancy Rizzuto talk about Money Silence and why it's so important to push past any…