Laurie Orlov grew up in the corporate high-tech world, working for 30 years as an information technology executive and later as an analyst for Forrester Research, the respected technology research company.
Don Wright, 65, didn't know he was enrolled in his bank's overdraft protection plan until he overdrew his checking account by 85 cents. The transaction triggered snowballing fees that ultimately added up to more than $120.
The president of Chicago's Ariel Investments has tirelessly campaigned for black households to pour their money into equities. Every year, she puts her star power behind a survey with brokerage Charles Schwab & Co. that keeps the issue alive.