Why is it that people think women are not good with money? As long as I have been in the financial services industry, I have wondered about this pervasive myth. Consider this statistic from a 2012-2013 research study by Prudential: 53% of the women surveyed were the primary earners in their household, as a result of partners losing jobs during the financial crisis, divorce, and deciding to marry later. But the very same study suggests that women, themselves, do not necessarily think they are good with money; only 23% of those same women feel ‘well prepared’ to make financial decisions.
It was my late husband’s birthday. We reluctantly trudged through the door of the cavernous East Asheville office of the DMV to get his license renewed. The atmosphere was neutral to grim. Philip went to the bathroom. While he was in there, I decided to change the mood in the place, so I approached a group of people who were waiting their turn in line and asked them if, when he came out of the bathroom, they would sing Happy Birthday to Philip. They were totally on it. There was one family with four kids who happily joined in. There were maybe 12 of us total. He walked out unaware. The song echoed in the high-ceilinged old room and Philip, as well as the DMV staff was, well, flabbergasted. Everyone was smiling.
What a delightful experience to be greeted by the friendly employees at Harmony Motors, representing Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche. The three women I came to interview: Marissa Urban, Marketing and Community Relations; Christene Tornello, Service Director; and Jessica Pulley, Audi Service Technician, were ready to share their stories and enlighten me about the many positive operations of their company.
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