Brackens Financial Solutions Network LLC 



100 Madison Street, 18th Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202


(800) 758-9843 | (315) 428-8448


(315) 428-8488

Vicki Brackens, ChFC

Vicki Brackens, ChFC

President & Financial Planner

Vicki Brackens has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur working in the area of financial education and financial services. She was co-host of Financial Fitness*, on PBS affiliate WCNY in Syracuse NY. Financial Fitness was WCNY’s longest-running weekly show until its sunset in 2015.  

Brackens is a graduate of the University of Houston in Houston Texas, where she earned a degree in Biology. Although a scholar of life science, she chose another career path, building an impressive list of credentials as a successful administrator at ELS Language Center as the Director of Courses and later on at Century 21 Financial Services (an affiliate of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company).    

After completing a successful two and a half decade career with Metropolitan Life Financial Services she associated her financial services firm, Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC (BFSN) with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., in Syracuse, NY.  At BFSN there are four principals that guide every client interaction: Advocate, Advise, Monitor and Motivate.  She is known throughout the community for helping clients answer the question, “What’s Important about Money... to Me?

In 2008, Vicki founded The World of Cheddar, LLC.  The World of Cheddar, LLC is a software development start-up company harnessing the benefits of simulations and games on learning and behavioral change.  In cooperation and partnership with the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University they are investigating the power games and simulations provide when used to develop skills in personal financial decision-making. Vicki serves as a Research Associate at the iSchool.

Brackens has appeared in many public speaking venues:

  • Institute for Financial Literacy Annual Conference on Financial Education, Presenter
  • 5th Annual Inspiring Women TIES Retreat, Panel Host
  • MetLife National Leaders Conference Host
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • New York City Financial Aid Director's Conference
  • MetLife National Financial Planning Conference-Key Note  
  • Women's Basketball Coaches National Convention

In addition to holding personal financial management seminars at various, colleges/universities and community venues, she has also been featured as an industry thought leader in media outlets such as, WTVH (a CBS affiliate), Black Enterprise, Essence, Consumer Report’s Money Advisor, the Central New York Business Journal and Reuters.

Brackens is an active community leader, having served as Board member and on the Finance and Development Committees of the Central New York Community Foundation, as a Foundation Board member of The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, a member of The Raymond von Dran IDEA Board of Advisors (RvD IDEA), a member of the Board of Directors at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and as a member of the Syracuse Area Salvation Army Advisory Board.  She continues to be involved with her community as Council Member of the Onondaga County Long Term Care, a member of the Investment Committee at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, a member of the Women Presidents' Organization and a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of Centerstate CEO.  

She is the recipient of:

  • The First Annual Celebrating Women Making a Difference Award, presented by the 100 Black Men -2008
  • Community Service Award resented by the Syracuse/Onondaga County NAACP-2010
  • Community Leadership Award, Dunbar Legacy Ball-2014
  • Marjorie Dowdell Fortitude Award, Syracuse Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-2015
  • New York State Comptroller’s Award- 2015, awarded by  The Honorable Thomas P. DiNapoli,   for service to the people of New York in Financial Education

She is joyously married, resides in Syracuse, NY and loves Jazz, which is evident in BFSN’s sponsorship of the annual Central New York Jazz Arts Foundations’ Black History Month Jazz Cabaret. The Cabaret celebrated its 9th anniversary relationship with Brackens Financial Solutions Network in 2017.   

Phone (315) 428-8403
Fax (315) 428-8488