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New local program takes on the male driven world of finance

The attendees of Grand County's first Wine, Women & Wealth event, held in November in Kremmling.
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Grand County’s Wine, Women & Wealth program kicked off in November in Kremmling. Quesada said she will be holding the first Granby area meeting of the program at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Legacy in Granby. You can RSVP for upcoming events by emailing your confirmation to Rebecca.quesada@fiveringsfinancial.com or by calling 970-509-0909.

Managing your money is not always an easy task, but the nature of the financial services industry, heavily dominated by men, can make it especially difficult for women to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to grow their wealth.

One local businesswoman is looking to change that on a local level.

“The financial services industry is about 90 percent men,” said Rebecca Quesada, financial consultant with Five Rings Financial. “We see a big disconnect between women and finances.”

In an effort to better educate the women of Grand County on how to manage their money, Quesada recently started a monthly program called Wine, Women & Wealth.

The free, monthly meeting is part of a larger nationwide program initiative created by a female Five Rings executive vice president in 2007.

“It started off with four ladies having a conversation about their finances over wine,” Quesada said of the program. “That group grew to about 60 in about one month. Now the program is in about 60 different locations throughout the United States.”

Wine, Women & Wealth takes the format of book club. Each month the women who participate in the group read a segment of a book written by a woman on finance and financial education. About half of the program will be dedicated to reviewing and discussing a given segment of a book. The other half revolves around the promotion of local businesswomen.

“We want to promote local women, and whatever it is they are doing,” she said. “They will have the floor for the second half of the meeting to promote themselves and their business.”

Quesada explained that participants could also use the time to promote other projects and causes, calling the promotional segment of each monthly meeting “an open platform.” Additionally, the meetings serve as networking opportunities for the female citizens of the county.

Wine, Women & Wealth meetings are always free, and will also always include a financial education segment as well from Quesada and Five Rings Financial, which sponsors the events.

“I want to emphasize that we will tailor this group to the needs of the women of Grand County,” Quesada said. “I am open to thoughts and suggestions about what the women of this county want. Maybe that is a support group one night, we might want to bring in speakers. It is not going to be limited.”


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