Educating Women and Dispelling Gender Myths
Lindsey grew up in a household with six brothers and no sisters; as her parents dispelled gender myths, she was expected to complete any task her brothers were asked. Growing up in a highly religious, homogeneous community, she observed that few of the many women were generating income outside the home. Her household was what some may consider an anomaly at the time, as her mother was the breadwinner from her late childhood through adulthood. She used examples to show her the value of education and how it might alter their family’s course. “We were not affluent by any means, but because of my mother’s educational choices, we could have food on the table,” says Lindsey. From her experiences and the tenacity, she earned through years of athletics, even competing at the collegiate level, she is determined to educate women and young women about the power that comes with money and making sound financial decisions. As the Director of the American College Center for Women in Financial Services, she dedicates each day to a non-profit that champions the belief of ‘applied financial knowledge for the benefit of society.’ While her other two passion projects, Influencing Finance and Queen Quotient Co., exist to ‘cultivate money curiosity’ and ‘empowering money queens.’
Lindsey highlights that her venture, Influencing Finance, came about from listening to the podcast and watching influencers talk about money without confidence. Approximately two-thirds of articles written for women indicate that they need to spend less and save more, while the majority of articles written for men are about growing and building wealth. The finance industry has been male-dominated and still is, with only 23% of CFP® professionals being women. Lindsey explains these as the reasons why this career is a great way to make a meaningful difference in the world while being adequately compensated.
Educating women comes in a variety of ways with qualified experts who happen to be women. One resource to launch is the Influencing Finance podcast planned for the fall of 2023. This podcast aims to shed light on cultivating money curiosity, which could lead to a prosperous career in finance. An important aspect of launching any project or business is having a pulse on the industry and competition. Podcasts such as Financial Feminist and others compete with Influencing Finance in dispelling myths about money genre. Although the competitors mainly focus on customers, The Influencing Finance podcast will also have a consumer lens through interviews with women, but it will also examine the financial services industry as a whole to inform the listeners about the amazing career opportunities. Her passion project, Queen Quotient Co., was formed due to the lack of money education and empowerment for girls, especially under the age of seven, as girls’ confidence in math peaks at age nine! As the mother of a young daughter, Lindsey is determined to change that for the next generation by educating little girls about money. This project and its founders are committed to changing the money narrative for diverse girls across America. The plan is to have the first book and other products launch in the fall of 2024, where they will empower money queens everywhere. “ Plan on this being the perfect gift for any baby shower or birthday present in the future. “Our team of money experts is dividing our expansive knowledge among the next generation,” gleams Lindsey. Moreover, Queen Quotient Co. plans to have a giving-back component to their business; for every 10 books that are purchased, the company will donate one book to underprivileged schools.