14th Annual Young Women & Money Conference

Join us for our 14th ANNUAL YWCA BERKELEY/OAKLAND YOUNG WOMEN AND MONEY CONFERENCE being held Virtually on Friday, December 3rd and Saturday December 4th, 2021 with limited in-person tickets available on Saturday! 

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​​In light of COVID-19, the conference will be held partially online through Hopin and partially in person at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland located at 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Despite the circumstances, our goal of advancing financial literacy and personal finance skills in young women, ages 18-30, and high schoolers, still remains as our primary focus. 

As I come into different stages of adulthood, I find the conference helps me answer questions I face at work and for my own financial independence” – Conference Attendee 2019

I have been to 4 YWCA Young Women & Money Conferences. Before I came I had zero knowledge about financial planning, but now I have paid off my car, started an emergency fund, opened a Roth IRA and started investing. I am now starting to think what I really want in life ” – Conference Attendee 2017

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“Controlling your money, rather than having your money control you” is key to every woman’s quality of life. The YWCA Young Women and Money Conference will help you gain financial independence and success.  Register soon before seats sell out! Conference sold out the past 13 years.

Reserve your ticket for the conference by clicking on the ticket type below and proceed to checkout. More details regarding online registration, accessing the event, and other event logistics will be sent out prior to the event. All ticket proceeds help fund the Economic Empowerment Program and other YWCA programs so that we may continue to offer events and programs, like the Young Woman and Money Conference to the Berkeley/Oakland community.

Young Women and Money Conference – ALL ACCESS PASS ($25.00) Includes Friday virtual access plus Saturday in-person* access for ONE person. Buy while tickets last!
Young Women and Money Conference – VIRTUAL ACCESS PASS ($18.00) Includes Friday and Saturday virtual access for ONE person. Note: Does not include in-person admission.
Young Women and Money Conference – FREE ALL ACCESS PASS ($0.00) Includes FREE Friday virtual access plus Saturday in-person* access for ONE person. Due to the limited number of free tickets for the event, we are asking all participants who can afford to do so to buy a ticket. Although there is a free ticket option available, we ask you to evaluate whether or not you can afford a ticket before selecting this option.
Young Women and Money Conference – FREE VIRTUAL ACCESS PASS ($0.00) Includes FREE Friday and Saturday virtual access for ONE person. Due to the limited number of free tickets for the event, we are asking all participants who can afford to do so to buy a ticket. Although there is a free ticket option available, we ask you to evaluate whether or not you can afford a ticket before selecting this option. Note: Does not include in-person admission.
Young Women and Money Conference – SPONSOR AN ATTENDEE ($25.00) Purchase a scholarship for a young woman to attend the Young Women and Money Conference. Note: This ticket will donate one pass to the conference to a young woman.

*Note: In accordance with local COVID-19 restrictions, all in-person attendees will be required to wear a face mask throughout the building for the duration of the event, except while eating or drinking. All in-person attendees must show proof of vaccination on Saturday, December 4th. Ticket holders who fail to comply with these local guidelines will be turned away at the door.

Conference Includes:

  • Two Fantastic Keynote Speakers
  • Three workshops of your choice
  • Raffle prizes
  • Financial Resources and giveaways
  • And more!
  • Chances to win many great prizes


Check back for more updates as we get closer to the event!

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Virtual on Hopin

12:30 PM: Opening

12:45 PM: Welcome & raffle

1:00 PM: Keynote

1:45 PM: Networking & Break

2:30 PM: Afternoon workshops 

3:30 PM: Closing


Saturday, December 4th, 2021

In person at the YWCA & Virtual on Hopin

9:00 AM: Registration

9:30 AM: Welcome & Raffle

9:45 AM: Morning Keynote

10:45 AM: Morning Workshops 

12:00 PM: Luncheon & Raffle

12:30 PM: Afternoon Keynote or Panel**

1:15 PM: Break/Networking

2:00 PM: Afternoon workshop

3:15 PM: Closing & Raffle


Why Should I Attend?

Tired of sweating at the ATM because your money is going fast?  Wishing you knew the way to see your money grow? This conference will provide you with the tools to gain financial independence and success! Learn the street smarts of money: good credit, budgeting, paying bills, investing.

2020 Keynote Speakers

Melissa Jean-Baptiste

Millenial in Debt – Co-Founder & Creator

Melissa is the co-founder and content creator of the Millennial In Debt brand.  She has paid over 100,000 dollars in student loan debt on a teacher salary, and is currently teaching millennials how to get out of debt, build generational wealth and earn financial freedom. Check out her website, Trials & Tresses  Follow her on Instagram!

Yanely Espinal

Miss Be Helpful

Yanely was born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC and is one of the first in her family to graduate college. After two decades of school, she still can’t believe that she never had a class about making smart money decisions! Now, she’s on a mission to help young people learn financial literacy in a fun and engaging way! After completing Teach For America, Yanely paired her love for teaching with her passion for financial literacy, creating a unique YouTube channel for people to engage with topics like credit cards, saving money, budgeting, and investing in the stock market! Follow her at missbehelpful.com

2020 Workshop Presenters

Mykail James 

Boujie Budgeter – Founder

Mykail James aka “The Boujie Budgeter” is the founder of BoujieBudgets.com, an online platform dedicated to teaching Gen Z professionals how to finance their best lives. Upon graduating with her MBA focused in accounting, Mykail became a Certified Financial Literacy instructor. She has a fresh new
take on managing money and finances. Her teachings use pop-culture references and relatable language to help her audience understand confusing money concepts such as budgeting, saving, and investing. The goal is to make positive money moves while still controlling your finances, because you can only live your best life when it is properly financed!

Danetha Doe 

Danetha Doe is the creator of Money & Mimosas® and host of the Money Sex Power podcast.

Money & Mimosas is a financial well-being resource enjoyed by readers in over fifty countries.  Danetha was named a personal finance expert by TIME, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal.

She was recognized as a millennial thought leader by the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs and a millennial entrepreneur to watch by the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Danetha is the star financial expert in the Webby Award winning TV series, Going From Broke, produced by Ashton Kutcher, which garnered over 12 million views in its first season.  Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Elle, The Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, NBC and more.

A former NFL cheerleader turned money maven and entrepreneur, Danetha believes that charting your own path is the key to financial freedom.

Candice Latham

Candice Latham is a self-taught financial literacy educator, author, speaker, and entrepreneur who has been inspiring millennials for over 6 years to defy the odds, build wealth, and think differently.

She was born and raised in the inner city of Boston. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology Candice was saddled with $38,000 of student loan debt on top of a few thousand dollars in credit card debt. In order to change her situation, she started using her design skills from her nine-to-five ad agency job (which later became her full-time hustle) to start earning extra money on the side to pay off her debt faster. Candice documented her journey of paying off $47,000 of debt while also investing, which allowed her to turn her negative net worth into a positive one.

Her mission is to teach and empower women by sharing what she learned so that they too can overcome obstacles, achieve their financial goals, and carve out the life they truly want to live.

Sahirenys Pierce 

Sahirenys (Sai-ren-ese) Pierce is the content creator behind Poised. She created The Poised Lifestyle Blog to help millennial women, like myself, balance their finances and lifestyle with poised. 

As a Dominican-American of immigrant parents, her family was challenged with many ups and downs financially that shaped their lifestyle. She believes that many of you are just like her and want to create a lifestyle that isn’t run by your finances. So, as a woman of color with a background in finance, she felt moved to make sure you all got the financial tools and resources necessary in order for us to succeed with poise.

A little bit more about Sahirenys, her family was heavily affected by the 2008 recession, which started my path into the financial planning career. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a BS in Finance with an emphasis in financial planning. She has worked at a few financial service companies like Merrill Lynch, MetLife, and Ameriprise prior to starting her blog. Her and her husband Freddie live in San Diego, CA with their two kids, Raelyn and Lee. In her off time, she loves creating new family traditions like cooking together for their famous appetizer night, taking photos, and watching comedies.

Danielle Desir

Danielle Desir is an author, freelance writer, podcaster, and founder of The Thought Card, an award-winning affordable travel and personal finance blog and podcast empowering financially savvy travelers to make informed financial decisions – travel more, pay off debt, and build wealth. Danielle paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years and purchased her first home at the age of 27. She has traveled to 27 countries and 4 continents. She strongly believes in not letting your financial responsibilities hold you back from pursuing your dreams.

Jasmine Paul

Jasmine Paul is the founder of CreateFinStew, a financial wellness startup empowering families to foster healthy money conversations. Since 2014, she has served dozens clients and coached through the elimination of over $188,000 student loan/credit card debt.

Jasmine is a Certified Financial Education Instructor. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship and is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. She received the Young Woman of Tomorrow Award by the Great Falls, MT YWCA. She also served on the Great Falls, MT YWCA’s Board of Directors. Jasmine has shared financial creativity at Podfest Expo and Tampa Bay Startup Week. She also was the keynote speaker for the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural of Arts Delaware Scholarship Gala. She desires families to enable money conversations early and often. Let’s Get Creative visit: www.createfinstew.com

Jully-Alma Taveras 

Jully-Alma Taveras is the founder of Investing Latina, an online community for financially powerful women. She is a writer, and producer and you can find her on YouTube where she creates videos to educate women about personal finances, investing, and entrepreneurship.

She hosts the Plutus Award nominated series @askmemoneythings on YouTube where she answers questions from her viewers on how to manage their money more efficiently. She is contributing editor at Next Advisor in partnership with Time where she writes about personal money stories from the lens of an immigrant Latina.

She’s a speaker and facilitator. She’s spoken for financial service companies such as Flourish, Next Advisor and for events at Nasdaq & Google. She was recently mentioned as Money Expert you should be following along with best selling authors Ramit Sethi, Suze Orman and Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. 

Akeiva Thomas

The Bemused TV 

Akeiva is one of the youngest Certified Public Accountants and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals in the nation. She is the founder of The Bemused, a financial education brand catering to young adults. She also works as a financial planner at an established wealth management firm in the greater Boston area.

Akeiva holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Planning and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. She amassed over $80,000 of student loan debt while in college and has a strong passion for helping others plan for college and tackle student loan repayment. She brings a social justice lens to her work and uses her platform to help close the racial wealth gap.

Hina Kumar

Hina Kumar is a commercial loan portfolio manager at Comerica Bank, helping business owners and high net worth individuals with their lending needs and providing financial advice to her clients. Hina strives to make this information accessible to everyone, and is passionate about sharing her tips and tricks to help young people reach their financial goals. Through her banking career and personal experience, Hina has become an expert in all things money management. She is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Finance and aims to empower those in her local community to reach financial freedom.


2021 Sponsors and Contributors

YWCA Empowerment Team


Who can attend the Young Women and Money Conference?

While the event is catered towards young women (age 18-30) in Oakland and the East Bay, anyone is welcome!

Where will the Young Women and Money Conference be held?

The in-person portion of the event on December 4th will be held at the YWCA Berkley/Oakland, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA 94704.

Will there be parking at the event?

Unfortunately, the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland does not have parking for attendees. We encourage everyone to use public transportation (AC Transit or BART) to get to the event. There is limited metered parking on Bancroft Avenue and Bowditch Street and paid parking through the University at the Bancroft Parking Structure.

I need a free ticket, but they are all sold out. What do I do?

Email the Young Women and Money Team at ywmoney@ywca-berkeley.org.

How will the virtual event be different than the in person event?

On Saturday, attendees have the option to choose between attending the conference virtually and attending in person. Both ticket types include entry into our raffle, access to Hopin for both days, networking through the Hopin app, and the same number of presentations. In person attendees will also be provided lunch and a light breakfast bar. Virtual presentations will be a combination of live streamed presentations, live workshops on Hopin, and pre-recorded workshops on Hopin. The schedule for the virtual event will also be tweaked to include more breaks and networking opportunities.

Can I donate to the Young Women and Money Conference?

Yes! There are two ways you can contribute. The first is to purchase a ticket for another person to attend the conference for free. To do this, head to the ticket section and click the “Sponsor an Attendee” ticket option. Once you check out through Square, our team will be notified and will make a free ticket available to other attendees. You may purchase any amount of tickets in $25 increments. The second option is to donate directly, which gives you the ability to customize your donation amount. You can Venmo us at @YWCABerk with a note saying “Economic Empowerment Program” and your email so we can thank you!

Can my business donate to the Young Women and Money Conference?

Yes! We are accepting in kind donations and sponsorships for the conference. Please email finliteracy@ywca-berkeley.org for more information about sponsorship and donor opportunities.

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Email the Young Women and Money Team at ywmoney@ywca-berkeley.org.

Our Previous Speakers and Sponsors Include: 

13th Annual Conference, 2020:

Speakers: Melissa Jean-Baptiste, Yanely Espinal, Mykail James, Danetha Doe, Candice Latham, Sahirenys Pierce, Danielle Desir, Jasmine Paul, Jully-Alma Taveras, Akeiva Thomas, Hina Kumar

Sponsors: Patelco Credit Union, North Berkeley Wealth Management, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula Donor Advised Fund, The Women’s Foundation of California, Golden1 Credit Union, BlackRock, Berkeley Bowl Marketplace, Super Duper Burgers, Trader Joe’s, In-N-Out Burger

12th Annual Conference, 2019:

Speakers: Saundra Davis, Natalie Torres, Shannon Blackmon, Rebecca Delmundo, Krystal Fortner, Paola Ramos, Diana Ruiz, Nicole Middleton

Sponsors: Golden1 Credit Union, Fidelity Investments, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Women’s Global Leadership Initiative, Calavera, Trader Joe’s, Pura Vida, La Mediterranee, IMPACT Bay Area, Calavera, Sephora, Safeway, The Body Shop, Hipline

11th Annual Conference, 2018:

Speakers: Claudia Rivas, Veronica Dangerfield, Lynn Johnson, Melissa Tosetti, Rebecca Delmundo, Gretchen Caldwell, Paola Ramos, Adrian Morris, Marlis Jensen, Helen Irungu, Malia Cohen, Janet Miller Evans

Sponsors: EP Wealth Advisors, Golden1 Credit Union, Fidelity Investments, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Trader Joe’s, Cal Shakes, La Mediterranee, IMPACT Bay Area, Calavera, Sephora, Safeway, The Body Shop, Hipline

10th Annual Conference, 2017:

Speakers: Libby Schaaf, Tammy Haygood, Kathlyn Hart, Madelyn Mackie, Dorian Webb, Lynn Ballou, Caitlin D’Aprano, Karen Lum, Sue Mazetti, Katy Song, Heidi Stoltz, Faye Mellos

Sponsors: YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Bell Investment Advisors, Kendra Scott, Golden1 Credit Union, Trader Joe’s, MILLS College, Luna, CFP Board, Sephora, Fidelity Investments

9th Annual Conference, 2016:

Speakers: Betty T. Yee, Veronica Dangerfield, Kathlyn Hart, Lynn Ballou, Nicole Middleton, Elaine Shen, Jenny Smith, Lisa Vang, Katherine Brown

Sponsors: YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Golden1 Credit Union, Patelco Credit Union, Fidelity Investments, MILLS College, ULTA Beauty, CFP board, Tanya Kumar, Albatross Pub, Rialto Cinemas, La Mediterranee, Bette’s Diner

8th Annual Conference, 2015:

Speakers: Neale Godfrey, Veronica Dangerfield, Kathlyn Hart, Samantha Hobart, Lisa Vang, Katherine Brown, Jenny Smith

Sponsors: Fidelity Investments, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Golden1 Credit Union, MILLS College, Trader Joe’s, ULTA, Luna, Jean Chatzky, Carmen Wong Ulrich, Galia Gichon, Lynette Khalfani

7th Annual Conference, 2014:

Speakers: Carmen Ulrich Wong, Ann Tardy, Stephanie Boydell, Saundra Davis, Kathlyn Hart, Holly Gillian-Kindel, Krystal Fortner

Sponsors: HSBC, Standard & Poor’s, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Golden1 Credit Union, US Bank, MILLS College, Trader Joe’s, Sephora, Luna, Galia Gichon

6th Annual Conference, 2013:

Speakers: Valerie Coleman Morris, Galia Gichon, Kelly Ramirez, Sarah Tolson, Julie Baeder, Stephanie Boydell, Krystal Fortner, Kate Levinson, Shelley Murphy

Sponsors: HSBC, Standard & Poor’s, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Golden1 Credit Union, US Bank, Luna, Sephora, Trader Joe’s, Target, The Body Shop, AAUW, Suze Orman

5th Annual Conference, 2012:

Speakers: Charlotte Stallings, Stacey Tisdale, Bethany Eggman, Christi Garcia, Kate Levinson, Nancy Wright Cooper

Sponsors: HSBC, Standard & Poor’s, YWCA Pacific Region, Golden1 Credit Union, US Bank, Reed Smith, Target, Trader Joe’s, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Luna, Twig & Fig, Suze Orman

4th Annual Conference, 2011:

Speakers: Glinda Bridgforth, Kimberly Palmer, Cathy Curtis, Bethany Eggman, Jenny Smith, Jadine Wong, Larisa Troche

Sponsors: HSBC, Standard & Poor’s, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Luna, Sephora, Beth Kobliner, Trader Joe’s

3rd Annual Conference, 2010:

Speakers: Noni Ramos, Carmen Wong Ulrich, Ann Tardy, Elizabeth Barnes, Suzanne Agasi, Stephanie Barbour, MB Deans, Sylvia Gonzales, Peggy Green, Aurora Medina, Ly Franshaua N. Pipkins, Rachel J. Robasciotti, Jenny Smith

Sponsors: HSBC, Standard & Poor’s, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Keller Graduate School of Management, Golden1 Credit Union, FPA of East Bay, Luna, AAUW, City Car Share

2nd Annual Conference, 2009:

Speakers: Veronica Dangerfield, Veronica Morris, Kathleen Ronald, Aurora Medina, Alicia Rincon, Jenny Smith, Loretta Abrams, Julie Asti, Kimmy Bess, MB Deans, Robert Lattimore

Sponsors: HSBC, Luna, Benefit San Francisco, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors, Money Coaching Institute, Patelco Credit Union, City Car Share

1st Annual Conference, 2008:

Speakers: Lynnette Khalfani, Lateefah Simon, Ann Tardy, Loretta Abrams, Julie Asti, Alison Covarrubias, Rosie Faifua, Cathy Jackson, Jacquelyn Harbert, Aurora Medina, Emily Davidson Peters, Emila Sutton

Sponsors: HSBC, Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, Kiehl’s, MILLS College, Wells Fargo, Mary Kay, Luna, FPA, YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Board of Directors