As the Community Manager in St. Louis, it is my job to stay connected and engaged with the community. I am always fostering relationships at RISE St. Louis and working to make an impact in the broader community. Part of this relationship building is providing insight into what happens at RISE on a day-to-day basis. It’s been awhile since you heard from the RISE Team on this blog, but we intend to change that! We are bringing this blog back to life so that you can stay up to date on what’s happening here. To start off each month, we’ll be giving you a look at the theme of our programming and what we have in store for the month. For October, the theme is Financial Wellness.
In preparing to write this blog post, I kept questioning: who am I to talk about financial wellness? I’m not confident in my own financial expertise, so how can I talk about financial wellness on a broad scale? I graduated from college just a few years ago, and am one of the youngest members at RISE St. Louis. I am surrounded by established impressive women every day, and consistently see their successful impacts.
Oftentimes when financial conversations come up in my personal life, I feel uncomfortable. And studies show I’m not alone. On average, women are less financially literate than men and still lack confidence about investments and personal finance.
Women often don’t get the opportunity to talk about this as much as men do. From “amortization” to “compound interest” to “APRs,” I wonder where my male friends learned all this? They often say their parents sat them down to teach them or they were supported by employers or mentors. But many of my female friends say they know almost nothing about it all - there were no classes on this in high school or college unless they specifically sought one out.
We have a number of members at RISE Collaborative who are wealth managers, financial planners, or work in the banking industry. This is something they tell me they have seen, too, with their female clients.
I’m making an effort to improve my own financial literacy and wellness. I now seek out financial meetings and I (thankfully) work for supportive female employers who care about my growth in this area. I feel so lucky to work at RISE and to be in this community with such established businesswomen. I feel supported in navigating difficult topics like financial wellness with the support of this community behind me, and with the depths of knowledge that RISE Members bring to the table.
I am not an expert in financial wellness. And neither is RISE Collaborative. But we all recognize that this scary, important topic is something we should be talking about. Whether you’re a recent graduate or have been in business for 30 years, there is still room to grow and something to learn. That is why for the month of October, RISE St. Louis is focusing on just that. We can’t wait for our weekly educational events where RISE Members can continue their personal and professional growth in this area. Workshops will be October 4th, 10th, 16th, and 24th and are all led by RISE Members, for RISE Members. If you’re a member, head over to the Member Portal for more info and to RSVP.
If you’re checking out RISE for the first time, I hope this has given you a window into what goes on in our space. If you’re interested in learning more about RISE or our weekly events, sign up for a St. Louis tour here or a coffee in Denver by emailing me at email@example.com!
- Rian Edwards