Last week, WCAN was proud to host its first "Money Matters" event, which focused on insights to personal finance and investments! It was truly an insightful night, and for those who were unable to make it...read on to find out what you missed!
The evening kicked off with a brief introduction from Rochelle De Friend (COO at Turquoise, LSE Equity & Derivatives Market) on the importance of gender equality and representation in corporate spaces; also highlighting the support the London Stock Exchange Group has shown to various gender equality initiatives such as Women in ETFs, UN Global Compact, UN Women etc.
We then welcomed Charles Sekwalor (Co-founder, MoveMeBack) who shared with us his poignant career journey, the importance of building value in business, leaving us with 7 key messages to remember when making financial and investment decisions:
Up next was a panel discussion on "Insights Into Investment Tools", with Tracy Sambrook (CFO, Nutmeg), Biola Babawale (Sovereign Credit Analyst, Vanguard Group), and Emily Cassius (Partnership Associate, Crowdcube). Some of the key advice shared by our panellists regarding financial Do's and Don'ts included:
Our panel discussion was followed by a presentation from Shrey Kohli (Business Strategy, LSE) on a current project entitled "The Millennial Forum". The forum brings together millennials (nominated by wealth managers) to share their ideas on how to attract, and encourage a new generation of millennials to invest. On surveying the importance of investing to a group of millennials, it was discovered approximately 67% respondents did not regard investing as being important, whilst a smaller percentage recognised it as being "slightly relevant" to them. This, Shrey explains, can be linked to the upbringing of different millennials, and how accessible and coherent investment literature is for millennials. Finally, he encouraged our attendees to start considering investing, if they hadn't already.
Another panel discussion followed, with Ugo Arinzeh (Managing Director, Onyx Property Consultant) and Zehra Lewis-Wright (CEO, Property Investor chez ZLW Property Solutions) providing insight on "How To Get On The Property Ladder." The key messages included:
Our final panel discussion explored the journeys of four women who have made incredible financial and investment decisions and are now, in one way or another, trying to help others do the same. Our panel included, Oyin Solebo (Co-founder MoveMeBack), Bola Sol (Founder, Refined Currency), Jade Vanriel (Youtube Content Creator), and Paris Petgrave (Founding Partner, Rare Seed Capital).
After working at Goldman Sachs as an Asset Manager, Oyin Solebo found herself somewhat disillusioned with the corporate world and pursued different opportunities to add value in business; the result, MoveMeBack. Bola Sol, a Maths & Finance graduate and lifestyle blogger, on discovering how little her friends knew about personal finance and investments, founded Refined Currency to help bridge their knowledge gap, and assist them with making better financial decisions. Miss Vanriel purchased her first home at the age of 23, crediting her success to her diligence, and her strict parents who encouraged her to save aggressively. Much like Jade, Paris' successful ventures in property and investments can be traced back to strict parents who urged her to get on to the property ladder at age 18
The ladies expounded on their failures and successes, reminding us that getting on to the property ladder or investing isn't an easy feat. It is, however, worthwhile. Finally, they left us with a poignant message, to "invest in ourselves, for we are our greatest assets."