New Member Spotlight: Elena Payton

After working in customer service in the travel industry, Elena Payton—who joined MassMutual New Jersey-NYC this September—is now applying her client service skills and passion for building relationships in her new career in financial services. Her career and job aren’t the only changes Elena’s made recently—she also moved back to NJ from Boston (where she’d moved for her prior job last year), and after settling back in the Garden State, she was glad to find NAWBO Northern & Central NJ to start building her network.

“I found NAWBO through my company’s list of networking and supportive organizations and associations and I’m looking forward to forming a mutually beneficial relationship,” says Elena, who has attended a few webinars. “I’m excited to learn as much as I can to grow my business, and to get involved with the organization and the other women business owners!”

Of her new role as a financial services professional, Elena is looking forward to getting to know each client so she can understand their needs and what matters to them most. As with her travel recommendations in the past, she knows that building strong relationships with clients will help her recommend financial products and strategies designed to meet their current (and more importantly) future needs. She works with individuals and business professionals to provide a holistic approach to their financial lives.

In her free time, Elena enjoys cooking, reading, and crocheting and over the past year, she’s cultivated an interest in house plants. Her passion for travel has given her a major #lifegoal: to visit all 50 U.S. states and all seven continents! You can reach her at