Women & Money: The Shit We Don't Talk About!

Women & Money: The Shit We Don't Talk About!

"We will never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth." - Gloria Steinem. On this podcast, we're going to call out those ways that women are consistently left behind financially. But most importantly, how women can help themselves. Join hosts Barbara Provost & Maggie Nielsen as they help you navigate the ins and outs of financial independence so that you can be financially fearless. They'll connect you with helpful resources and compelling stories from women all across the country. Whether it's buying a house, preparing for retirement, dealing with divorce, there won't be a single question off the table. Maggie is a partner and Barbara is the founder of Purse Strings, a two-part model that's all about providing women the tools and resources they need to help them learn and understand what they need to know to make good financial decisions. And they help connect women with attorneys, financial planners, realtors, and many other financial professionals who have the expertise and desire to serve the female market. Women & Money: The Shit We Don't Talk About can be your place for tools, resources, education and a place to ask the important questions on your mind (or even better, the - you know - you aren't talking about). Find out more about Purse Strings by visiting https://pursestrings.co/ and we can't wait to connect with you on the podcast!


May 25, 2023 34 mins

We’re sitting down with a Purse Strings-approved professional today, Brittni Sennett, MBA. Brittni is a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual whose mission is to inspire women to think bigger about their finances. She joins us on this episode to share her inspiring story and her dedication to empowering women in their financial lives.  

After Brittni tragically lost her mother to cancer in her early twenties, she was faced with t...

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Today we have the pleasure of being back with Cathy Sikorski, Esq. Cathy is an elder lawyer, but now majorly uses her knowledge and skills to speak and write about all things financial care in aging. Cathy has been a caregiver for the last 20 years and has an extensive background in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. She’s also always sure to keep us laughing!

In today’s episode, we will discuss the impact of the ...

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Today we have the pleasure of speaking with the fabulous Liz Hansen, owner of Chicago Boudoir Photography Studio located in Winnetka, Illinois. She joins us to talk about starting her own business and her mission to help women feel empowered by their bodies.  

Studying art in college, Liz started off her photography career by primarily taking photos of families. After moving to Chicago, however, she landed a job at a studio that off...

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Today we are thrilled to be joined by our business coach, Lauren LaForge. Lauren has helped thousands of women improve their motivation, master their use of time, and create techniques and habits to grow their businesses. In this episode, she is going to share how she has helped her clients reach their business goals and become their best selves. 

Lauren is a self-made businesswoman who started working in door-to-door sales while in...

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Today’s guest has always had a passion for serving women. When she decided to combine this passion with her interest in passive investments, her life changed forever.  

Liz Faircloth is the co-founder of The Real Estate InvestHER Organization. Along with her partner, she boasts a portfolio of over 130 million dollars, hosts 56 meet-up locations, and owns thousands of housing units across the country. 

During her career, Liz...

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As more and more women get comfortable in the world of finance, they’re starting to explore different investment options and learn more about what their money can do. 

Today’s guest is someone we’re excited to talk to because she works in the world of private equity, which is an unfamiliar space for a lot of people. Kelly Winget is the founder of Alternative Wealth Partners, a solo-founded, openly-gay, female private equity firm. As...

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Abuse can come in many different forms in a relationship, and many times it manifests itself in the form of financial abuse. It’s not something that you might immediately realize is happening, but it can have a huge emotional impact on a person.  

Today’s guest experienced it first-hand but is thriving now after overcoming that in her marriage. We’re happy to welcome Claudia Porter, CFP® with Financial Reserve in Portland, Oregon, o...

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February 16, 2023 39 mins

No matter how much preparation you do, no one can ever be completely ready for the divorce process. But there are steps you can take and decisions you can make that will put you in the best position to not only survive the process but to come out of it with a new lease on life. 

Today’s guest is Olivia St. Clair Long, founder and principal attorney at O. Long Law, and she works with women who are in divorce or considering that optio...

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January 26, 2023 22 mins

Legacy planning might be one of the most overlooked aspects of securing your family’s future and the stats back that up. Only 33% of US adults have estate planning documents in place, and while there might be many reasons why it gets put off, we want to try and change that. 

That’s why we’ve invited Ladies in Law onto the show. Jazzy Rippy and Ameena Sheikh are the two powerhouse women behind the company, and they are one of our fav...

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A new year means new goals and who doesn’t want to get fit? Today’s guest is a Purse Strings-approved professional and super-smart business coach who will help improve your financial fitness in 2023. 

Tracy Bissett is the Chief Financial Fitness Trainer of Bissett Financial Fitness Inc, a full-time professor at Centennial College, and host of the Young Money Podcast. In each of these roles, Tracy educates and empowers individuals an...

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Today’s guest is Linda Lingo. Linda is a financial coach helping women with budgeting, investing, and post-divorce matters. Sometimes when women just don’t know where to start, we often suggest that they start with a financial coach, and you will learn why in this session. Let’s dive in!

We will explore the following and much more: 

  • Why Linda became a financial coach. (3:11)
  • How solopreneurs have been utilizing financial coaches t...
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December 8, 2022 21 mins

Today on our podcast, we, the founders of Pursestrings, are going to share some of the overarching tips that could enable you to become financially fearless.

These tips aren’t about saving or allocating money, but the overall concept of money and what it can do for us. These concepts we discuss could change generations to come. Our mission is to give women the tools and the resources they need to make smart financial decisions. List...

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Today’s guest is Tracy Coenen, CPA, CFF®, MAFF®. Tracy is a Forensic Accountant, Fraud Investigator, and creator of the Divorce Money Guide. The Divorce Money Guide is an online 10-step handbook for those in the process of divorce who suspect their spouse has misused money.

In this episode, Tracy shares the intriguing world of Forensic Accounting with us, from cases she has cracked, to suggestions for those that may need guidance in...

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Today’s guest is Peggy Haslach, CFP®, CLU®. Peggy focuses on serving the LGBTQIA community through the financial industry.

In this episode, Peggy shares some of the hurdles she has overcome as a gay woman in this industry, as well as stories from clients she has been able to help. She gives us more insight into this underserved community and shares ways we can meet people where they are at, as needs in the financial industry change.


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Tax season is around the corner, so today we thought we could try and learn about how we could pay less and save more. Today’s guest is Ronica Brown.

Ronica Brown, CPA,  and Founder of RBA Tax Advisors helps business owners reduce their taxes each year and increase cash flow. In this episode, you’ll learn tips and tricks for tax season, from choosing the right entity to opportunities for tax-free cash.

We will explore the f...

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Although we know tax planning is about as fun as a mammogram, they are something we have to do every year. Our goal for this episode is to help you glide into tax season with ease. Let’s make sure we are prepped, proactive, and ready to make the most of our taxes.

In this episode, we have Eric Blake, CFP®, Founder, and Lead Financial Advisor at Blake Wealth Management. Eric may not be a fan of taxes but loves tax planning. Listen al...

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Student loans are a hot topic as the Student Relief Program is rolling out. Millions of people will be impacted by this decision, but the process is not as simple as you might think.

Today we have Melissa Cox, CFP ® with us to share her knowledge about student loans. Melissa brings 17 years of financial planning experience to her clients and takes a holistic approach to her planning practice, encompassing all aspects of the family’s...

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On today’s show, our guests are Nick and Dan Stelmach, founders of the ChangED app. Nick and Dan pitched their app on Shark Tank and landed a deal with Mark Cuban. ChangED Focuses on educating people with student loans and making their repayment process effective and pain-free.

Nick and Dan teach the different ways ChangED helps people save money and take control of their debt, including an option for friends, family, or anyone real...

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On today’s show, our guest is Dina Mabry with BGA Premier Insurance. She is the queen of all things life insurance for stay-at-home moms. Many homemakers underestimate the necessity of life insurance when the reality is, it couldn’t be more important!

Dina sheds light on the true value of being a homemaker and the many jobs it entails. You may be surprised to learn the value insurance providers place on homemakers and how the missed...

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On today’s show, our guest is Stephanie McCullough the founder and financial planner with Sophia Financial. She has been named one of the top advisors on Investopedia for the second year in a row and today we’re going to focus on stay at homes moms. Just because your household has one financial earner, doesn’t mean you do not get input in the financial decisions. 

Through twenty-five years of experience, Stephanie has encountered wo...

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