Next Members-only Cocktail
June 6th Event
What is the story you tell yourself about money? Does it make you feel strong or vulnerable? June 6th, rather rarely and unusually, LadyDrinks is about to have an honest conversation about it.
WHAT IS YOUR MONEY STORY?
Do you remember your first memory of money? Mine was a red toy gum ball machine that I had as a kid. It dispensed large brightly colored gum balls in turquoise, fuchsia and white. I would dispense them to the two little girls who lived on either side of my house. 6pm was the magical hour when we would play together. 6pm, because my Indian mother and her vanity would be bellowing from the second floor that ‘I would get dark’ if I ventured out a minute sooner. In order to unlock the “wonderful,” I had to find coins to insert in the coin slot, turn the crank, and bloop the gum ball would shoot out. I had just returned from a 3 month stint in India, so I lost all my English. But I could still dispense gum balls with aplomb.
Thursday June 6th marks the next Members Only cocktails for LadyDrinks.
Our featured guest is Sunaina Mehra of Francis Financial, which is a female led financial advisory. Back in the winter, 8 of us participated in something she calls a “money circle.”
Eight women sat in a circle, and answered a series of questions. What was your first memory of money? What is your money story? How does it fortify you or make your feel vulnerable. The dynamics of the circle would change. Sometimes, we just answered to a woman sitting to our left. Sometimes, we journaled and wrote for 2 minutes. Sometimes we articulated our answers to the group. The most powerful thing was that we, as women, were engaging in conversations about money in a way we never had before. It was a safe space too, where there was no judgement about what was said. And, most importantly, it was empowering.
WHEN DID YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MONEY CHANGE?
I tell this story often. My money story changed when I went to college. My parents had enrolled me in an expensive school, but failed to save for it. I certainly wasn’t going home, so I started working three little jobs on campus to pay for books. I furiously wrote letters asking for scholarship help to pay my tuition. I had the CFO of Bucknell draft a loan agreement stating I would pay the overage upon graduating. Until then, I was like a passenger in a cab when it came to my money story. That day, I took ownership and stewardship of my future–and my money. Join us on June 6th for this members only cocktail, where conversation will take center stage. And we will share our own money stories.
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT MEMBERS ONLY COCKTAIL
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June 6th RAISING CAPITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH ANGELA LEE, FOUNDER, 37 ANGELS
June 22nd LADYDRINKS GOES TO TRAPEZE SCHOOL
June 27th LADYDRINKS MENTORING LUNCH WITH DHANUSHA SIVAJEE, CMO, XO GROUP
We are hosting events every week now. Last Wednesday, something really magical happened. In this photo is LadyDrinks member Sanketa Jain, third from the left. During the group share, learn what saved her life.
PHOTO ALBUM FROM EVENT
Have you ever been to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration? It’s fantastic. On the second floor are photographs capturing the wave of 12 million immigrants who entered America through the Island. There is a whole impressive wall of framed passports. Indians in turbans next to Irishmen and Russian women in gypsy garb. Black and white photos demonstrating the strong Chinese wave of immigration to San Francisco. All survived voyage by boat.
The Indian Heritage Center (www.indiaheritagecenter.org) is capturing a similar, but niche story: the Indian immigration experience. The gala Friday evening at Legacy Castle raised funds for the Museum of the Indian Journey. We were supporting LadyDrinks member Neetu Jain who walked in a fashion show, wearing Vaishali Shagundale, who escaped from her family at 18 and the demands to get married to realize her dream of becoming a fashion designer.