Shannon McLay wants women to whip their assets into shape. Enter the Financial Gym, McLay’s way of helping women get a hold of their finances.
With the gym she’s focused on providing affordable, comprehensive, ongoing financial planning services with the aim of helping people get financially fit so they can achieve balance, decrease stress and become empowered by their money.
McLay recently partnered with New York-based women’s networking group, thecnnekt, to host a “Money Mindfulness” event that was sponsored and catered by Good Seed Salads NYC.
After conducting a survey on women’s salaries and their comfort level when speaking about personal income, thecnnekt founders Emily McMonagle and Chary Sathea were unpleasantly surprised.
“Often, we as women don’t have the conversation about our credit score, how much we are in debt, wanting to ask for a raise or simply just equal pay,” McMonagle, said. “We [wanted] all attendees to feel a bit more comfortable about this important topic because the minute we accept it and take control of our finances, the minute we set ourselves up for success in the future.”
The event kicked off with a 30-minute session with Susanna Harwood Rubin, then members of the Financial Gym then took over to talk and answer questions about money and finances.
“In the current climate, especially politically, women are still fighting for equal pay. We are still being told we aren’t good enough in our skills and offerings to a company,” Sathea said. “This may lead to overspending, debt – just plain old struggling. We have a chance to prove them all wrong. We have already started the conversation, now it’s just about putting the plan into action.”