The Women’s Mosaic is a great organization to be a part of for many reasons. One of them is learning about other organizations that are run by people who are as dedicated to women as TWM is. Savvy Ladies is one that captured my attention almost immediately because it focuses on promoting financial education for women. On a rainy night the day after the presidential election, I was fortunate enough to attend the Savvy Ladies’ Holiday Gala on the Upper East Side in New York City.
As I walked into the main room of the Ducal Palace Library (housed within the House of the Reedeemer) with a glass of champagne in hand, I knew immediately that many of the attendees were in a “giving” state of mind. Kekla (my fellow Chicks Rock!) and I bought raffle tickets and participated in the silent auction, both of which benefited the Savvy Ladies’ scholarship fund.
Even with the live music, free food and drinks, swag bags, and elegant setting, it was the speech by the celebrity guest that was the highlight of the evening. Kim Kiyosaki, author of Rich Woman, was honored as “Savvy Ladies Changemaker of the Year,” and she expressed her gratitude towards the organization by donating $1,000 to Savvy Ladies’ fundraising efforts and giving away autographed copies of her book to everyone in attendance. She spoke to the enthusiastic crowd about her and her husband, Robert (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad), and their continued efforts to teach people tips for financial success.
Kiyosaki spoke directly to the women in the room, encouraging us to become the masters of our financial destinies. I could feel her speech inspiring everyone in the room, or maybe it was just me: I am always open to learning from those who are positive financial role models in our society. Seeking advice from experts like the Kiyosakis is crucial, especially now that we are in the midst of a serious economic crisis. What should I do to make sure that I won’t be struggling during my “golden years”? This is one of many questions women and men my age are asking themselves, more than they ever did before.
Even though the mood was serious at times, the general feelings in the room were overwhelmingly positive. It was the event of course, but I think the promise of the next four years made the majority of the attendees feel good. I know I did. For me, the timing of the Savvy Ladies’ Holiday Gala 2008 was perfect. I feel refreshed and cautiously optimistic about the future of our nation and our world.