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Women Shine at South by Southwest

Among the trends explored this year was women’s financial progress. Tune in to this wide-ranging conversation on everything from pre-nups to planning for early retirement. 

 

AT THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL of all things trendy and cool (aka South by Southwest, or SXSW), women’s progress — across the arts, in tech and in business — was on the docket. Among the many sessions available to attendees was a no-holds-barred panel on women’s financial progress, “A Prosperous Path Forward: Tips to Own Your Financial Future.”

 

 

Hosting the session, Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, an organization committed to advancing equality in the workplace, said:  “I want to see how financially confident you are. You have two amazing experts here. So I'm going to open the conversation up to you. I want you to ask anything.” And the women in attendance did.

 

Kirstin Hill, Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Karen Chong, vice president of audience strategy for age inclusion at AARP, fielded questions that spanned a range of real-life women’s issues, from pre-nups and age discrimination to finding work-life balance, asking for a raise, managing caregiving responsibilities and widowhood. The conversation was personal and often inspiring, as women of all ages shared ah-ha moments, questions, tips and insights.

 

 “We are standing on the broad shoulders of the women that came before us, and we owe it to them to keep making it better, to keep using our voices, to keep talking about money — and planning for our futures,” said Hill. “You all are doing that, and it’s a really powerful and cool, phenomenal trend to see.”

 

Watch the video above for a front-row seat to the session.

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