Why No Plan Is A Good Plan This Holiday Season

Dear Readers, I’ve been thinking about how extraordinary 2020 has been for all of us. I’m sure a lot of us had big plans for the start of the new decade — but due to Covid19 all our plans had to take a backseat for the sake of public health. This 2020 holiday season isn’t […]

Gender Inequality In Everyday Finances

Last February 2020, I recorded a podcast with the World Trade Institute on Women and Risk. As you all know, my advocacy has always been on gender equality and financial literacy for women.   With women making 80% of short-term purchase decisions in the household but only gets involved in 23% of long-term financial decisions. 58% […]

Happy International Day of the Girl

Happy International Day of the Girl If you want to make the world a better place, it’s best to start early in creating awareness for good values, justice and sustainability. Our children’s book series “Smart Way To Start” aims to do just that. Our latest book “A Smart Way to Start Doing Good” explains the […]

Teaching Kids Money: The Right Way

Two Girls Doing Schoolwork - A Smart Way To Start by Mara Catherine Harvey

I came across a recently published article by the Bank of England on financial education for children. If you’d like to read the article, you can click here. Here are some important points that the article discusses: According to research done, only about a quarter (27%) of kids in the UK enjoy learning about money at […]

My Innovating Advice: Develop Women’s Financial Confidence

My Innovating Advice: Develop Women’s Financial Confidence   I was fortunate enough be invited as guest speaker on Kate Holmes’ Innovating Advice podcast. I got to talk about my advocacy for women’s financial confidence and the risks women face in wealth and finance. My advocacy on gender and pay equality came to be when I […]

SmartPurse Event: The Importance of Teaching Kids About Money

Last April 21, I had the pleasure of delivering an online webinar hosted by SmartPurse. I was invited to talk about “How To Teach Your Kids About Money” in their Weekly Money Hour session. In this webinar, I got to talk to fellow parents about the importance of teaching your kids about money. I discussed why […]

My Experience at the World Economic Forum 2020

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In January, I had the pleasure and privilege of becoming a resource speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. I participated in the event as an opening keynote speaker for “Primary Futures” in Davos Platz Primary School.  The event gave the children a chance to meet international role models and World Economic Forum delegates. They got […]

Happy International Day of The Woman

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I want to celebrate this International Day of The Woman by acknowledging what we have achieved and what we can still achieve as women.  This International Day of The Woman, I am celebrating the strength, willpower, and resilience of women all around the world and all the women who came before us: all the advancements […]

Women’s Disadvantages in the Workplace

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I had another interview with Vivamost where I talked about another issue close to my heart: the challenges faced by women at work. I know that there are already efforts to reduce gender inequality women’s disadvantages in the workplace. But I believe that we still have a long way to go. Inequality and imbalance in the […]

The Real Cost Of The Gender Pay Gap

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I had a brief, but a very eye-opening interview with IMEX America about the Women and Risk, where I talked about the real risk that women are facing: the compounding effects of the gender pay gap. It was one simple question that started this all actually: How does a pay gap affect a woman over the course of her lifetime […]