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Working Women

Working Women: A Guide to Financial Stability

Many women who escape the cycle of poverty and domestic violence start new jobs and become dedicated to achieving economic independence. However, these strong women may lack the personal finance knowledge they need to secure a brighter and more stable future for themselves and their families. This workshop is designed to give newly employed women basic information on how to make sound financial decisions about employer-provided benefits, handling their paychecks, and reducing or avoiding debt.

Workshop Materials

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Each kit provides workshop facilitators with the materials needed to run a workshop straight out of the box, or the choice to adapt any of the detailed presentations, scripts or learner action plans to suit their unique audience’s needs. Here is what you can find in each workshop.

A Presentation

Display these PowerPoint slides during your presentation to keep the workshop engaging and on track.

A Script

Consult the script for tips on how to prepare for your workshop, what your primary talking points will be, and follow-up resources.

Activities and Info Sheets

Guide your workshop participants through the hands-on activities and informational sheets to bring the financial skills to life.

Related Resources

Find additional suggested resources that can help round out your educational offerings.

FAQs

The FAQ section for each workshop can help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.

FAQs

I have never faced the life challenges and financial challenges that some women in this workshop have encountered. Will I be able to conduct this workshop?

It is not necessary for you to have faced the same types of challenges. It’s more important that you be empathetic with their circumstances and appreciative of what they have already achieved in their lives. Start by creating a supportive and welcoming environment. Your knowledge of core financial concepts will help these women build a more stable future for themselves and their families.

What if I am asked to give specific financial advice?

The purpose of this workshop is for women to feel empowered to make their own financial decisions, something that may have been denied to them in the past. In addition, there is not adequate time to help each individual with her finances. Explain that finances are unique to each person and there are many factors to consider. Encourage the participants to learn more about financial basics so they can make the right choices for themselves.

How can I be most effective as a workshop facilitator?

Be respectful to your participants and acknowledge their achievements. Share personal experiences about why financial stability for women is important to you and what motivated you to facilitate this workshop. Avoid lecturing—think of your role as someone who has important knowledge to convey to a friend.

What if one person dominates the discussion?

Before conducting the workshop, practice a few lines you could use spontaneously to limit one person from dominating the discussion. For example, if one person is going on too long about her situation, you could say, “I appreciate your input and participation, but I am concerned about the time and we have some other topics to cover.” If one person is asking the majority of the questions, look for someone who has not asked a question and direct a query to her specifically.

What assumptions should I make about the financial knowledge of the participants?

This workshop is geared toward disadvantaged women, which may include abuse survivors and women emerging from poverty. However, you should not assume that they have no financial knowledge. Realize that it will take time for these terms to be fully understood, which is why it is best to avoid jargon as much as possible. For example, even if you have introduced the concept of 401(k), you may want to use the term “retirement plan” instead of making the participants remember the meaning of a 401(k).

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Working Women

Designed to give newly-employed women basic information on how to make sound financial decisions.

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