Banister Advisors, LLC is a professional services firm that helps clients gracefully navigate some of life’s most overwhelming circumstances. We offer a project-based, case management approach for individuals and families facing health crisis, complex eldercare, end-of-life, bereavement, and estate settlement. Banister’s team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring that our client’s unique concerns are addressed discreetly, efficiently, and appropriately. Our backgrounds span client services, clinical social work, strategy consulting, law, licensed mental health, mediation, pastoral care, and hospitality. We collaborate with world-class partners to deliver outcomes for clients using a compassionate, team-based approach. With offices in Seattle and Portland, we serve clients around the world using remote, in-person, and hybrid models.
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Job Title | Vanessa Laughlin, Principal and Founder, Banister Advisors, LLC
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Through founding Banister Advisors, Vanessa's passion for client services has met the opportunity to ease the complex emotional and logistical burdens that individuals and families confront in the face of critical circumstances across their lifespan. She holds an MBA with distinction from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from Tufts University. She was honored in 2019 by The Puget Sound Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Finalist.
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Vanessa’s nearly 20-year professional background spans strategy development, implementation planning, business process improvement, product marketing, technology implementations, organizational design, and change management. Through the founding of Banister Advisors, LLC her passion for client services had met the opportunity to ease the complex emotional and logistical burdens that individuals and families confront in the face of critical circumstances across their lifespan. The concept for Banister Advisors was inspired in large part by the 2016 death of the founder's father-in-law, Jay Banister Laughlin, MSW, after an unexpected health crisis. The memory of Jay’s sacrifice and dedication to serving his family and community as a social worker, mediator, and therapist, serves as the foundation for Banister’s mission.
Vanessa holds an MBA with distinction from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from Tufts University. Vanessa is a proud member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Tomorrow Seattle and was honored in 2019 by The Puget Sound Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Finalist. A native of Whidbey Island, WA, she now lives in Seattle with her husband, two young sons, and beloved geriatric chocolate lab.