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About Us

The Financial Center for Women was born from the idea that women need specialized financial planning, confidence, and resources as they navigate through life’s challenges.

We welcome women, couples and families.  Our passion is helping you overcome divorce and the death of a loved one. During these traumatic life events women need to focus on their future and put themselves first, for once.
We are retirement planning specialists.
Understanding your financial situation can be complex and stressful. Knowing where you stand and what you need to do to move forward can give you the confidence you need.
We want you to achieve your goals.
Whatever they may be.
This is why most initial meetings start with an exercise in understanding your goals and dreams.
We ask you to close your eyes for a moment and clear you mind while thinking about the answers to the following questions:

  • What are your goals?
  • What are your dreams?
  • What is important to you?
  • And most crucial, what keeps you up at night?

You are unique, so are your goals and dreams.  Our mission, at the Financial Center for Women, is to provide a place where you are empowered to make them a reality.
We are not just your financial advisor, we are a trusted partner that you can count on.

Paula C. Swain, CFP®

Financial Planner



Paula Swain is a retirement specialist dedicated to helping her clients achieve a successful retirement. Paula specializes in retirement income strategies and distribution planning, which seeks to help her clients preserve their capital, protect against outliving their money, and provide income for the rest of their lives.

Paula’s passion is helping women plan for their future especially after the death of a loved one or a divorce.

Paula is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP® professional) and has completed extensive training and experience requirements while adhering to rigorous ethical standards. She works closely with her clients to explain the complexities of an ever-changing financial climate and makes recommendations that are in her clients’ best interest, not her own.

Paula is a past columnist for the Observer & Eccentric news- paper. She has the honor of being selected as a Five Star Wealth Manager* for 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. She has appeared in Hour Detroit and DBusiness magazines.

A lifelong Metro-Detroiter, Paula lives in Royal Oak. She enjoys spending time with her five adult children and grandchildren. She plays golf, pickleball and enjoys staying fit and healthy in her spare time.

*The Five Star Wealth Manager Award is independently produced by Five Star Professional (FSP) and is based on data from financial advisors, regulatory disclosures, and FSP research. Neither the advisors nor their parent firm pay a fee to FSP for the nomination or receipt of the award. No fee was paid to promote the award.  The award was independently granted and membership in an organization was not required. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager is no guarantee of investment success.

Danielle Workman

Private Wealth Advisor


Danielle is a private wealth advisor focused on individualized planning for women and families. As a widow, Danielle understands the need for financial planning after a death or divorce and has a passion for helping women over come the financial challenges those situations present.

Danielle is dedicated to helping her clients achieve a successful retirement: specializing in retirement income strategies and distribution planning, preservation of capital, protection against outliving resources and providing lifetime income. 

Danielle understands that we all have an emotional relationship with money that often is not rational. By uncovering our reactions to financial fears, our innate biases in decision-making, and our lived experiences, she helps her clients avoid costly decisions driven by emotions rather than facts.

Danielle works to walk clients back off the ledge when they are tempted to make a rash financial decision that is not in their long-term best interest. 

Danielle lives in Berkley and has three children. Danielle is very active in her church. She is a troop leader for her daughter’s Brownie Troop. She enjoys cycling and serves on the board for the German Professional Women’s Association.