Women’s Economic Empowerment
My fascination with all things women and money began at an early age. I tried (unsuccessfully!) to publish my first book back in 1992. It was called “Thin, Thinner, Thinnest” and was a look at how the growing obsession with body image in America interfered with women’s ability to focus on their work. My next book, The Other Side of Thirty: Musings of a Modern Day Bachelor Gal was self-published in 2001. It was my response to the Sex and The City craze – i.e. a desire to show what it was really like to be a single working woman over thirty and grappling with issues of economic empowerment. (Note: I married my wonderful husband, Randy, in 2006 at the ripe ‘ole age of 36. He is my best friend and a huge proponent of women’s economic empowerment.) Following this I co-wrote two critically acclaimed personal finance books, On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance (Adams Business, 2007; Second edition, 2013) and Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey (Adams Business, 2009)
How Manisha Ended Up Focusing Full Time on Financial Literacy for Women
In marketing these two personal finance books, I discovered that the thing in life that lights my fire the brightest is highlighting issues related to global women’s economic empowerment. So I left my lucrative job in corporate America in 2009 (in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, yeesh…) to devote myself full time to teaching, writing, and speaking about all things women and money. After three years of advocacy work, I missed earning the kind of income I aspired to, so I launched my complementary wealth management practice for high net worth women in 2012. In 2015 I blended that practice into The Buckingham Family of Financial Services where I serve today as Director of Wealth Strategies for Women.