For close to thirty years I’ve been working in or around the finance industry all over the world. I’m regularly asked “where can I go to get good financial advice,” or “how do I learn about finance in a way that’s accessible and meaningful for me, a way that won’t have me feeling I have to ‘buy’ anything?”
95% of the time it’s women who are sidling up to me and asking the question; smart, informed, successful women, who run companies, complex families, and the lives of so many others around them. It’s hard to believe and most wouldn’t admit it until you’ve plied them with at least three champagnes, but meaningful, personal financial knowledge still remains out of reach for many women.
I know right, when are we going to stop having these conversations? It’s 2016, people.
So not being one to mourn softly with head in hands, I decided to do something about it, and began inviting women over to my home in small groups to provide a forum for all their personal finance questions. Presto, The Kitchen Table was formed.
Somehow the unique setting offering a combination of champagne, collaboration and friendship, broke down the barriers. The shyness burned away, along with the “I knows” and allowed the “actually, I don’t know but I should.” All of which precede the first steps to new knowledge, easier management and more choice with money matters. One of the first videos we did was filmed with an expert hand on an iPhone and edited on iMovie. Here it is, complete with background chatter to provide a sense of atmosphere. Classy, isn’t it?
After a hiatus to be with my family and invest in some other business ventures, I restarted The Kitchen Table, this time with more structure and clearer, more tangible outcomes. One afternoon, I caught up with Peter Foley, an old colleague, and friend who had been quietly building a strong, successful financial advice business called Thirdview Financial Planning, all while parenting two busy little boys with his enviably fabulous wife, Jodie.
The synergies were obvious to both of us; team up and build The (repeatable, sustainable, regulatory compliant) Kitchen Table with which to keep serving women and their families for years to come, providing financial education, advice where required, bubbles and friendship in a unique female friendly setting.
We’ve ran the first one in March and the next one is this coming Thursday, it’s sold out but if you’re really keen let me know and I’ll put you on the cancellation list. Here’s the video from the last one, also bootstrapped on no budget as a favour by producer and life enthusiast, Carolyn Mee of CeeMee4 Productions, so you can see, we’re making progress! Woohoo!
Watch this space, this ride is going to be a lot of fun! Oh, and I’m also entertaining early backer sponsorship deals for The Kitchen Table as we build, so if you have a luxe product for the goodie bags, or simply believe in women’s financial education and would like to offer financial support, drop me a note and let’s talk – firstname.lastname@example.org. You rockstar.
Have a great week won’t you now?
Love, Sara x