2018 Young Women and Money Conference

By Jenna Colliflower 

For the past 10 years, the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland has held the annual Young Women and Money Conference, a day dedicated to facilitating the financial autonomy of young women. This year’s 11th annual conference will be held on Saturday December 1st from 9am until 4pm. The day is filled with workshops, speakers, raffle prizes, and a catered lunch. Not only will participants be acquiring critical financial information and skills, but they will have fun doing it. The conference is dynamic and engaging, allowing participants to interact with one another as well as with the speakers. Notable speakers that have come in the past include Claudia Rivas, Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, and Veronica Dangerfield, a Personal Financial Empowerment Coach. In addition to hearing from financially empowered and successful women, participants have the chance to win raffle prizes, such as Target gift cards, that help them save money. A variety of large corporations, including Golden 1 Credit Union and Fidelity Investments, have generously sponsored the conference in years past making this event possible.

This year is particularly exciting because it is the first time the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland will be hosting the Young Women and Money Conference at a different location. For the past 10 years, the conference has been held at the Oakland Marriott Hotel; however, due to hotel renovation, the location has switched to Impact Hub Oakland. Impact Hub is a coworking and events space driven by the mission of social activism and social consciousness, which perfectly aligns with the mission of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland: eliminating racism, empowering women.

Just to illustrate how impactful the Young Women and Money Conference is, three women who met one another at a past conference have all stayed in touch, checking in with each other about their respective financial goals, and continuing to motivate and encourage one other. The conference genuinely creates a sense of community with about 130 participants attending, each from a different background. Some individuals are students or working professionals, some are in trade school, etc. There certainly is a diverse range of participants, which facilitates conversation and a community of ambitious women empowering one another. According to Maria Guillen, the Financial Literacy Program Director at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, this is what the Young Women and Money Conference is all about: empowering women to gain control of their finances.

For more information about the conference, agenda, tickets, sponsors, etc. please visit https://www.ywca-berkeley.org/upcoming-events/young-women-and-money-conference/.