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Are we really one of the wealthiest countries in the world?

While you can find over 33 million results by googling “Millionaires in the USA,” it turns out that less than 10% of our population are millionaires or has a net worth (assets – liabilities) over a million dollars. And the wealth is more concentrated than you might think. Three of the richest Americans hold more wealth than the lower 50% of the country (population?), and women and the BIPOC community have even fewer millionaires. I was shocked; we’re commonly referred to as one of the world’s wealthiest countries, but how is that possible when over 90% of our population has not reached this crucial milestone and the wealth is so disproportionate to the population?

What was holding us back? Have we given up hope or never believed it was possible for us to achieve?

As an advocate for women to be in charge of their money, a measure of progress in our society would be to see more women millionaires. When women succeed, we all win, as women focus on embracing and empowering others and positively impact their lives, their families, and their communities.

I began to think about how I could help make this possible and it hit me, believing you can is what makes all the difference.

While we see multi-millionaires in the limelight, gracing the cover of Forbes and jet-setting around the world, most millionaires are working with us in our communities. They’re the business leader who built a successful business, the mom next door who diligently saved, and the men and women who we commonly hold as pillars in our communities.

The challenge isn’t the goal; it’s that we need more accessible role models! We can relate to those who have trail-blazed the path and follow in their footsteps. They provide hope and keep us motivated and energized. That’s why I’ve started this project, “Women’s Million Dollar Conversations.” A series where I feature leading women who have acquired, earned, or sold over a million dollars to discuss their insights, experiences, and tips on how they achieved their goals so that you can expand your vision and achieve yours too.

Welcome to Women’s Million Dollar Conversations

AZURE'S Story

I am excited to share my Women’s Millon Dollar Conversation with my dear friend, Azure Calder, Sr. Loan Advisor for Evergreen Home Loans. With over 21 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Azure is committed to helping her clients find affordable options to buy their dream homes. She almost lost everything during the 2008 housing market crash, yet she rebuilt and pivoted from paycheck to paycheck to generating over 1 million dollars in revenue. Click play to join our conversation to learn how Azure rebuilt her life and finances and why she was named one of the Top 5 Mortgage Brokers in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

ANYA’S Story

I am pleased to share my Women’s Million Dollar Conversation with Anya Krebs, CEO of Office Space Copier, one of the only women-owned copier companies in the U.S. In less than three years, Anya has grown her business to over a million dollars in revenue by doing what’s right and focusing on her customers. When Anya’s not working to save her customers money, she advocates for non-profits. So far, she has helped save non-profits over $400,000 to work towards her goal of one million dollars saved. I hope our conversation gives you the insight to build your career and pave your path to success.

Kim's Story

I recently had an inspiring Women’s Million Dollar Conversation with my special guest, Kim Prosser, Co-Owner of Precision Door Service Oregon. With 35 years of experience in the construction industry, Kim has survived many recessions and setbacks on her path to success, yet Kim’s secret to success is fairly simple: Do NOT Give Up! Kim’s found this method to help her succeed in all areas of life, including earning her Private Pilot License in 2001 and checking off items on her bucket list while running a successful business. I hope Kim’s story of success and advice inspires you not to give up as you reach your million-dollar goals.

AUDRA’S Story

I am pleased to share my Women’s Million Dollar Conversation with my guest and dear friend, Audra Smith, Regional Sales Manager for Principal Financial Group. With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Audra holds present and past board positions with the Association of Health Underwriters, Women in Financial Services, and Rotary International. She has also been awarded the Principal’s 2018 Corporate Advocacy for Women Award and most recently taught Junior Achievement Students about the importance of saving for their futures through the “Better Together for Financial Literacy” Program. I hope our conversation encourages you to persevere towards financial independence.

Mary's Story

I am delighted to share a recent Women’s Million Dollar Conversation with Mary Quist-Newins, Founder, Executive Director, and President of Moneyweave® Academy. Mary’s passion is to provide trustworthy, comprehensive, and competent financial planning education for women, inspiring sound decision-making, purposeful action, and philanthropy through her nonprofit. Why? To provide economic security to women and girls throughout the U.S. As someone who has held the only endowed professorship in the nation dedicated exclusively to studying women and money at The American College, Mary knows how to make and achieve goals. I hope our conversation inspires you to clarify your why so that you can take the first step toward your goals.

JENNA’S Story

In my Million Dollar Conversation series, I recently had the honor of interviewing Jenna Bayer, founder of Jenna Bayer Garden Design. Jenna and her talented team have focused on creating one-of-a-kind garden experiences using sustainable practices, extensive horticultural knowledge, and artistic principles since 1994. Her passion for creating sustainable outdoor spaces has fueled her award-winning firm and loyal customers. I hope our conversation inspires you to explore what keeps you going when you feel like giving up.

Peggy's Story

I am delighted to share a recent Women’s Million Dollar Conversation with guest Peggy Fisher. Peggy has recently started a new chapter in her professional career, moving from over 25 years of experience leading marketing and business development for two of the largest dental equipment manufacturers in the field to following her passion for enriching the lives of others by helping them address the root cause of health conditions through the healing power of food in her new venture, Mindfully Nourished. Peggy is a woman after my own heart as she created her success and then opened a new chapter for herself to improve the health of her network, similar to my story of finding success in financial planning and now sharing insights with professional women on how they can create their financial freedom. I hope our conversation inspires you to take risks that align with your purpose, passions, and dreams.

KARA’S Story

I recently had the honor of interviewing Kara Goldin, Founder of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. Kara has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, and The Huffington Post lists her as one of the six disruptors in business alongside Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg. As someone recently named Fortune’s Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, with no prior experience in the Beverage industry, Kara proves that passion and curiosity are a few of the key ingredients necessary to reach your goal. I hope our conversation inspires you to stay curious and passionate on your journey toward success.

Sadie's Story

I am honored to speak with Sadie Lincoln, co-founder, and CEO of barre3, a fitness company focused on teaching people to be balanced in body and empowered from within. Sadie is on Inc.’s Female Founders 100 and MO100 Impact lists, has been featured on NPR’s How I Built This, and regularly speaks on mindful leadership, the power of body wisdom, and the movement to redefine what success in fitness means. Starting in 2008 with the flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, barre3 has grown to include more than 170 franchise studios powered by female entrepreneurs, plus an online-workout streaming-subscriber base in 98+ countries. Beyond running her company and being a global spokesperson, Sadie still enjoys teaching barre3 classes to many of her founding clients in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. I hope our conversation inspires you to take the next step in your journey to success.

JENNIFER’S Story

I am grateful Jennifer Kelly, joined me for a Women’s Million Dollar Conversation and shared her experience reaching big goals in life. Jennifer is a successful Sr. Mortgage Advisor at Guild Mortgage Co. who has taken her career and success into her own hands and broke the bias in her situation by becoming a Million Dollar Producer in her industry. When she is not working and serving her community, Jen spends time with her husband on the golf course, playing in the yard with their 2 Labradors, working out at Orange Theory Fitness, and enjoying time with friends and family. I hope our conversation inspires you to take the next step in your success journey.

Jackie's Story

In the latest episode of Women’s Million Dollar Conversations, it was an honor to speak with Leadership and Business Advisor, Jackie Seto. Jackie has spent her career in the Semiconductor Industry breaking norms as a women engineer and leader. In her free time, she fosters her passion for advancing DEI through volunteer mentoring and business advising for women leaders at a number of organizations. I hope our conversation inspires you to manifest your own success!

Nina's Story

I am thrilled to share my Women’s Million Dollar Conversation with Senior Strategic Consultant Nina Byrd. Nina has 8+ years in strategic consulting for financial, government, environmental, non-profit, medical, and creative services industries. When she is not spending time with her family or volunteering for Meals on Wheels, she is on a mission to foster organizations to become more human. I hope our discussion inspires you to reexamine what is truly important to you and reframe what you think is possible!

Laura's Story

It gives me great pleasure to kick off this effort with my good friend, Laura Salerno Owens. She is a brilliant lawyer, and a highly successful professional who is recognized as a Top 100 Legal Influencer in the U.S. by the Business Journals and an Oregon Woman of Achievement by the Governor’s Commission on Women. She’s achieved all this while working her way to managing partner in her firm and growing her family with two young children. I hope her story and the incredible interviews we have prepared inspire you to stretch your own vision. You never know, maybe your next million dollars is closer than you think!

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