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Wall Street Power Woman Urges Houston Women to Use Their Financial Might

Inspiring Talk is Money

BY Samantha Wolf // 06.27.18
photography Nikki Rosenberg for Sly Cat Photography

What: The Women’s Resource’s 27th Annual Spring Luncheon

Where: The Westin Galleria

PC Moment:  More than 500 business and community leaders united to support The Women’s Resource’s 27th annual luncheon honoring Wall Street CEO and financial feminist Sallie Krawcheck. Luncheon chair Sarahjane “SJ” Swanson corralled 37 top-tier business sponsors led by Wells Fargo and Hines.

The curated lineup of inspiring speakers included luncheon chair Swanson, Women’s Resource’s executive director Christine Powell and board president Rosine Matthews.

But the headliner was Krawcheck, who conquered Wall Street back in the day, broke through the glass ceiling, then went on to co-found and become CEO of Ellevest, an investment company dedicated to empowering women. Krawcheck shared the struggles she endured on her path to success as a woman in a male dominated field, and remarked, “There was only room at the table for one woman, and you knew it.”

She left the audience with a rallying cry, “Money is power – ladies invest your money!”

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The luncheon also honored the winners of the Money Makes a Difference essay contest, recognizing three women whose lives have improved as a result of The Women’s Resource financial literacy programs. Michelle Bush, Alicia Balbuena, and Houston Community College’s Shanell Foster, who heads up a “Financial Bootcamp” for young adults and students, each received $500 for their moving personal narratives.

In addition, 2018 Volunteer of the Year honors were bestowed on Leeyah Rassu, who taught 21 financial education courses this past year. (Classes are taught entirely by volunteers, and serve low-income women and those who are in the midst of financial distress.) All told, the luncheon raised nearly $289,000, nearly half The Women’s Resource’s annual budget.

After the luncheon, Krawcheck signed copies of her recent book for feminist followers, Own It: The Power of Women at Work.

Who: Committee members Wells Fargo’s Amy BrackenJanice Walker of Hines, Aisha Crumbine, Julie Cutrer, Susan Hill, Julie Samson, and Molly Reese Ward; emcees Linda Lorelle and Minerva Perez; and guests Jacquie Baly, Lindsey LoveDominique Broadway, Allison Page, Pat Green, Amina Garcia, Jessica Leone, Trisha Bradley, Fran White, Ray Acevedo, Caroline Verot Moore, and Natalie Regoli.

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