March 7, 2014

Only Blue Skies - National Women's Month

Hey Dolls!!

Did you know that March is National Women’s Month?  In fact, today is International Women’s Day!!  International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.  The Theme of International Women’s Day 2014 is:  INSPIRING CHANGE

To celebrate, I’m going to share a new website from a very powerful woman who happens to be a mentor of mine Kim Scouller.  I can’t tell you the amount of valuable knowledge she has provided me and my teammates. 
Kim has been an attorney for over twenty years, spending much of her career as an in-house attorney and executive of one of the largest financial services companies in the world.  In her last four years there, Kim served as the president of the TransAmerica broker-dealer with the largest number of registered representatives.  As one of the few women broker-dealer presidents, she traveled around the country talking with people, especially women, about investments and financial goals.

Most recently, Kim launched a new website:  onlyblueskies.com that focuses on information that ALL women need and sheds light on what women of today and the future REALLY want.  We want:  Information, Independence and Influence!!  Take a look at the whole site and watch Kim’s videoI believe every woman should see it and I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t provide you access to this must see information.  I’m certain this will impact your future and please, give me some feedback once you’ve had a chance to watch the video.

A few facts women need to be cognizant of:
  • 95% of women will be their family’s primary financial decision maker at some point in their lives.
  • 90% of women believe they need to be more involved in financial planning.
  • Half of women over 65 outlive their husbands by 15 years.
  • By 2020, it’s expected that women will control $22 trillion in personal wealth assets, up from $14 trillion today. 
Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. Regardless of our differences in age group, family status or career path, women as a group have caught the attention of the financial services industry similar to female takeover in the real estate industry.  As Kim says:  “There are Only Blue Skies, and they belong to us.”  How’s that for a "National Women's Month" Finance Friday kick off Dolls!!

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