Female Financial Freedom

Being a financial guru is not for everyone, but learning the ways of the gifted can increase the likelihood of obtaining financial successes. Money matters rule the world, but few are privileged to gain knowledge for financial growth. One may assume that these matters are handled by men; but there are women who are just as savvy with money. It is no secret that women have had to fight the stigma of being treated unfairly in the work place. From not being able to get certain jobs, to being paid a lesser wage for the same job as their male counterparts. In honor of National Women’s Month (March), this article will applaud prominent women in finance while highlighting proven tips to reach financial goals.

Zaneilia Harris

Zanellia Harris of Harris and Harris Wealth Management Group is a profound financial professional. She created a “financial boutique” that focuses on advising, educating, and supporting professional women and their communities, to build and transfer wealth. Miss Harris is sponsoring a wealth retreat titled “Finance ‘N Stilettos,” that will take place April 27-29 of 2017. Harris feels that the black woman is, oftentimes, the breadwinner in their families but don’t have time to take care of themselves. The retreat is designed to provide a relaxed environment for women while learning about managing their money and investments.

This retreat will allow high achieving, professional women strategize their financial future and become the best, most prepared version of themselves. Participants will meet one-on-one, with a female certified financial planner, to learn strategies on how to make money work for them. While mapping out the ultimate prosperity plan, attendees also have the opportunity to network with other women and take advantage of full body massages, sample exclusive wines, and enjoy luxury shopping. Women in attendance will rejuvenate physically, mentally, as well as financially. More information about this awesome opportunity can be found at

Michelle Singletary

A national syndicated columnist and well renowned author knows her way around financial burdens. Her column, “The Color of Money,” appears in the Washington Post on Sunday and Wednesday. She speaks of learning the importance of wealth from her grandmother who gained several economical wins with an annual salary that never exceeded $13,000. The early teachings of financial responsibility gave Miss Singletary a necessary advantage in the finance world. She is also the author of “The 21 day Financial Fast” that can be found at The Financial Fast fashioned after the familiar “Daniel” fast is Singletary’s exceptional way of getting people to give up spending on things that aren’t necessary in an attempt to train in money management. Her passion speaks volumes about not only gaining wealth, but gaining it to further the kingdom. Financial successes will assist in helping others and the communities we live in. Singletary is also a media personality as she has appeared on the “Diane Rehm Show,” “Oprah,” “NBC’s Today Show,” “The Early Show on CBS,” “Nightline,” and CNN.

Sallie Krawcheck

Krawcheck, co-founder of Ellevest, “realized the investing industry has been, frankly, “by men, for men” — and has historically kept women from achieving their financial goals ( Ellevest is an investment firm built to help women invest based on certain goals and timeframes customizable to their lifestyles and incomes. The website advertises that women can start investing in as little as 15 minutes directly from their cell phones. The site is full of tools and descriptions that will ease women into creating portfolios and taking the leap. There is no minimum deposit and there are several pricing options affordable to women at all income levels.

Women have become the leaders of many households and have the responsibility to provide for their families. The job does not stop there, there are opportunities to drive women beyond providing, and step over into gaining wealth that can be passed down through generations. The way has been paved by the phenomenal women mentioned, but it takes ambition and discipline to follow in their footsteps. Don’t let fear stifle your dreams. Take advantage of the tips provided and put them into action!

Kellye Johnson is a Kansas native but currently resides in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Langston University where she obtained a BA in Sociology. Her MBA with emphasis in accounting was acquired from the University of Phoenix. Kellye Johnson is currently Director of Financial Aid for Southwestern Christian University, but has worked at three different schools over her the ten years that she has worked in Financial Aid. Her positions as Director has enabled her to learn a lot about the higher education process and what a student should do to make the transition an easy one. Miss Johnson has also started a small financial consulting business just this year, Kellye Johnson (KJ) Financial Consulting that focuses on auditing and bookkeeping for small businesses. KJ Financial will also continue to help students and parents be financially savvy when dealing with higher education costs. She is also the Founder of Kurvy Kitten Women’s Clothing Company. To view Kurvy Kitten designs go to: email address: