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Orange on Green: Women of Orange

Orange on Green: Women of Orange 
Learn how 13 women of various backgrounds have banded together in pursuit of one common goal – advocating for Cincinnati women and their money.

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Last October, the Women of Orange was created as an advisory board for Orangefinancial. These women were each hand-picked to join the group based on experience, occupation, and stage of life. The focus was to create a board with a variety of women, aspiring for maximum diversity. Once a quarter, the group comes together for a four hour session over dinner to create, develop, and implement methods for educating women in Cincinnati regarding their money. “We want to help Orange with marketing to women. As they have helped us each individually, we want to help them understand more on how women view and deal with their money.” says Leslie Ratliff, President & Owner of Pendragon Homes.

 

The Women of Orange met again a few weeks ago at StoneCreek in Montgomery for their quarterly session. This quarter’s agenda included discussing methods for reaching even more women in Cincinnati. Julie Wentzel, President of Accent Signs in Blue Ash, shared “We know most men don’t want to admit they need help with their money. We want to help women take charge and encourage their spouse to listen and learn.” Julie’s comments are appropriate, as we shared in a previous column the differences between how men and women view their money are often polar opposites. Finding that common ground and recognizing those differences is important if a couple is to succeed financially together.

 

Women of Orange also believe it is important to model proper financial behavior in front of your children. The firm has implemented measures that when Orange member’s children reach high school age they are brought in by their parents to start learning basic money concepts, managing cash flow and avoiding unnecessary debt. Kelly Kramer, a part time employee and part time stay-at-home mom, was pleased that the Kramer’s oldest daughter was invited in for a one-on-one session this year. “She was impressed that she was involved in a meeting dedicated to educate her on the things to do. It reinforced what we have been teaching at home. To have that come from someone else, not just mom and dad, was powerful.”

 

Amy Gillespie, special education teacher, believes in what the group is providing. “We are spreading the word. We are helping others manage their finances.” It doesn’t stop there. The education process provided through Orange keeps them on track even after the initial learning process is completed. As Carrie Kondor, Fitness Extraordinaire puts it “…Orange holds me accountable to my goals. They don’t let me get off track.”

 

The accountability is a critical component to the financial learning process. Without it, we as human beings often find ways to revert back to old habits. Allison Head, Co-Owner of EverywhereUGO, recognizes that “…we know it is not easy. It wasn’t easy for me to first recognize I needed help, but then also allow myself to be held accountable. Finding that trusted source and sticking to the plan provides results and it changes lives.”Diana Lara, Senior Public and Media Relations Officer for UC Health/University Hospital, has big ideas for expanding within the community to help more women. “The testimonies of what we have learned for ourselves and our family is helpful for other women to hear. But we still need to do more to get to all tri-state women.”

 

The significance of what these women are doing for Cincinnati is momentous. They are united by one belief that they can play a part in making Cincinnati the premier city for financial literacy in the US. Karen Royer, Treasurer for Warren County Vocational, summarizes it best “It is never too late to take control.”

 

Be on the lookout. This pack of thirteen trailblazers is out in the community striving to make our city better. Don’t be surprised to run into one of them soon.

 

Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities, LLC (PAS). Securities products/services and advisory services offered through PAS, a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Lifetime Financial Growth, LLC is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. Orange Financial, LLC and Lifetime Financial Growth Company are not affiliates or subsidiaries of PAS or Guardian. PAS is a member FINRA/SIPC


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