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Getting women to talk about money
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Brittney Castro is young, energetic and enthusiastic about managing money—and she wants those she works with to think about their finances the same way. As a financial advisor, and the woman behind the website FinanciallyWiseWomen.com, Castro believes that financial confidence and empowered decision-making go hand-in-hand.
When Castro began her career, she found that a lot of financial advisers were older men. She saw a gap in the market to make personal finance more accessible to women. Castro saw the potential to help women change the way they think about, and manage, their money. Through YouTube videos offering financial advice, she earned many followers—mostly millennial women.
Her clients are often women and couples in their 30s and 40s who are going through a variety of life moments—from marriage, to growing families and building their careers. It's their successes that feed her passion most, sharing one story of a woman she worked with who saw the positive effects of building better financial know-how permeate her entire life, including enhancing her relationship with her significant other.
Talking about finances is actually core to Castro's philosophy. "I want to be able to just talk about money as if we're friends, having lunch or a cup of coffee. And be real with them and educate them from that side of the table," she says. She's a proponent of making a "money date" to talk about finances with your significant other. That way, Castro says, smartly managing money becomes a natural habit. "You're talking about money on a regular basis, it's not a fight—it's an actual adult conversation, healthy communication. And you begin to become partners in the journey."
Castro calls out the value of credit as an important tool in achieving dreams in life—underscoring how critical it is to know where you stand.Castro tells the story of chatting with a woman working in a coffee shop who described her score as "horrible." In true Castro fashion, she encouraged the woman to take some steps to improve it. She made what could have seemed like a tough challenge to conquer credit feel much more possible by taking steps in the right direction.
She helps people on the path to action to build good financial health and solid credit, and she's excited to be the one to get the conversation going.
When it comes to your financial health, there's nothing more important than knowing where you stand. Chase Slate offers a variety of tools to help you monitor your credit health. Chase Slate cardholders have access to a custom Credit Dashboard that provides a comprehensive view of their credit health. To hear Castro's story in her own words check out the video above. Visit Chase Slate to learn more about managing your credit.