Elena Zee

Elena Zee
Financial Advisor
Waddell & Reed, Inc

In her eighteen year career, Elena Zee has done business in more than twenty countries, receiving various awards including “Financial Services Star” and “Chairman’s Award for Quality” as the youngest Director of a fortune 100 company. Currently, she is a Certified Financial Planner, and a part time associate professor in Economics at Western International University and University of Phoenix. Elena is an executive board member for Arizona Council on Economic Education, on the board of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Humanities Council and President of Phi Beta Kappa Phoenix Association. Her philanthropic involvement supports education, women and professional development.

Elena has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Columbia University and Double Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Math from Wellesley College, a women’s college in the United States, whose alumnae include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Diane Sawyer. Elena was born and raised in Shanghai, China and often coaches individuals and businesses to work with China and its culture.


  • Youngest female Director at a fortune 100 company
  • Multiple years as a recipient for Chairman’s award for Quality
  • Former International Chief Privacy Officer and Vice President at American Express
  • Past President of Metropolitan Business and Professional Women Organization
  • Co-President of Phi Beta Kappa Phoenix Association
  • Executive Board Member and Secretary of Arizona Council on Economic Education
  • Board of Directors, Arizona Humanities Council
  • Board of Directors, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Arizona