Kim Kukulowicz, our founder, opened with this anecdote:
Early on in the development of this initiative, we realized financial literacy isn’t the thing that’s holding women back, it’s confidence. Many aren’t assured in their abilities, skills, and knowledge to take ownership of their personal finances. Stepping out of their comfort zone isn’t something that comes easily nor is it overtly supported in the digital landscape.
For me, it feels very similar to public speaking. I used to absolutely hate it. I would come up with all the excuses in the world. I just did not have the confidence. One day, my best friend asked me if I could speak on her behalf. She wasn’t confident to get up and speak frankly, and of course neither was I, but I didn’t want to let her down. So, I took a deep breath, got up, and spoke to what I thought was a crowd of 50. It turned out to be 600. After that, I became more and more comfortable getting up on stage. I may not be the best at it still, but I know I can do it. And that’s what changed everything.
Thank you to all everyone who attended our inaugural kick-off to make this event an insightful and inspiring event. Until next time, everyone!