Dr. Renée Baker is an award-winning entrepreneur, professor, speaker, and business & civic leader passionate about economic empowerment. Her story begins in a small town in Southern New Jersey, where she noticed a significant gap in financial literacy. This gap sparked her passion for her decades-long career in financial services and economic empowerment, guiding her to champion innovative strategies to diminish wealth disparities, uplift communities, and transform our global economic landscape.

As the Founder and CEO of The RBI Group, Dr. Baker combines her extensive knowledge in finance and marketing with a forward-thinking approach to remain at the forefront of the financial services industry. Her leadership transcends her business endeavors as she commits to mentoring and education while concentrating on leading businesses and promoting an inclusive culture within organizations. Dr. Baker’s unwavering commitment to empowering others is evident in every facet of her work, positioning her as an inspiration and a force to drive change, impact, and progress.

As a dynamic keynote speaker and engaging podcast host, Dr. Baker shares critical insights and empowers her audience to unleash their potential in every area of their personal and professional lives. Her initiatives across various platforms reflect her deep commitment to expanding opportunities for diverse audiences.

Dr. Baker’s continual learning and achievement journey has led to significant academic and professional accolades, underscoring her impact and leadership in her field. Beyond her accomplishments, she cherishes her role as a wife and mother to three adult daughters, enjoying travel and community service as extensions of her commitment to making a difference. With a firm belief in the power of dedication and empowering others, Dr. Baker always reminds us that “the best is yet to come.

Awards and Recognitions

AAAA 50 Under 50 Top Distinguished Professionals Award, Association of African American Financial Advisors, 2023

Tampa Business Woman of the Year, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2022

Speaker, TEDxEustis, What We Get Wrong About the Racial Wealth Gap, 2022

Global Top 100 Executive Allies, LGBT Great, 2021

Named IA25 List for Industry VIPs,
Think Advisor, 2021

Diversity Leadership Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2021

DePeau Leadership Award, Financial Communication Society, 2020

20 People Who Will Change Wealth Management, FinancialPlanning.com, 2020

CMO Leadership Award,
The CMO Club, 2018

Rising Stars of Financial Marketing,
Gramercy Institute, 2017

Rising Stars of Mutual Funds,
Fund Action/Fund Direction, 2016

Non-Profit Board Experience and Affiliations

Leadership Florida Lifetime Member

BLN/Dr. Renée Baker First Generation Community Catalyst Scholarship

Board Member, 2021 - Present
Event Chair, Tampa Bay Walk

UNITED WAY SUNCOAST 2022-presentChair, Admiral Society, 2022 - 2024

Board Member, 2022- Present

IDEA SCHOOLS, FLORIDA, Treasurer & Board Member, 2023 - Present

Florida Financial Educators Council, 2023-Present

President, Tampa Bay, 2017 - 2023

Mentor, 2019 - 2023 Digital Marketing Advisory Committee, 2017-2020

Veteran Mentor, 2020 - 2022

Board Member, 2018 - 2022 Co-Chair, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion