Laura Crowell considered a career change in 2000 after her son, Lowman, turned 1. She was a high school teacher with degrees in chemistry and physics, and a master's in education from the University of Arkansas. While she thought of pursuing another Ph.D., she decided she wanted a different challenge.

Crowell was already volunteering with her church’s financial ministry, teaching people how to live debt free and budget within their means. After doing an online search, she stumbled on a financial adviser position with Edward Jones, a firm she admits she had never heard of until then. Other companies with similar opportunities had positions two hours from home. Edward Jones, however, offered her the chance to work in her hometown of Nashville, Ark.

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