Last month I had the privilege of receiving the Sayra Fischer Lebenthal award for Professional Excellence in Finance at the 2021 Savvy Ladies Gala. I’m humbled and beyond grateful for the kind words and recognition. Side Note: if the non-profit Savvy Ladies isn’t yet on your radar, subscribe to their newsletter for amazing financial advice and resources tailored to women.
Sayra Fischer Lebenthal was a Wall Street banker, but not just any banker. In 1925, at the age of 27, she co-founded the investment banking firm Lebenthal & Co. with her husband Louis Lebenthal, and was responsible for democratizing the municipal bond business. She continued to work full time until the age of 92. (More on Sayra here) The award was presented by Sayra’s granddaughter Alex, who shared how the lessons her grandmother taught her about money early on continue to pay dividends in her life today. I can’t tell you how many of the various Gala presenters and other honorees told the same story:
“My grandmother / mother / sister / boss / mentor… taught me ‘this’ about money, and it changed my life.”
Given my mom and dad imparted life-altering financial wisdom equally to both my brother and me, I know first-hand how powerful this gift is. The ripple effect of women learning about money and finances from other women (and enlightened men!) is massive. Each woman mentored and empowered with financial education can not only change the course of her family’s life but even inspire multiple generations to come, just as Sayra did.
This holiday season, as you think about what you might want to give to loved ones, consider including financial inspiration. I’ve listed resources below to help you find just the right way to give the gift of financial empowerment.
$avvy is an incredible documentary shining a light on a subject left far too long in the dark: womens' financial empowerment. In $avvy, award-winning filmmaker Robin Hauser explores the question of why so many incredibly bright, smart women don't feel true ownership of their personal finances and how we can turn this situation around.
This film is for any woman (or man) who has ever felt shame, overwhelm, guilt, confusion, frustration, etc. around their relationship with money. I'm so proud to have been part of this film along with other industry leaders such as Jean Chatzky, Sallie Krawcheck, and Farnoosh Torabi. Friends of mine who have already seen the documentary uniformly say it's something they want every woman in their life to see. Yep, it's that eye-opening.
For December only, tickets are available to watch this film online. It's the perfect way to spend 80-minutes curled up with a bowl of popcorn alongside your daughter, sister, niece, BFF, book club, etc. It is impossible to watch this gripping film without coming away with a feeling of empowerment that you will want to discuss with each other. A ticket also makes a great gift for a much loved woman in your life. Click the button below to learn more.
Remember, you deserve financial wellbeing…and I'd love to help you achieve it! So don't hesitate to email me with any surprising insights, ah-ha’s, or topics you’d like me to address in future newsletters.
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