Financial And Investment Literacy Is The Great Equalizer
Jessica Helen Lopez, named one of the “10 Up and Coming Lantinx Poets You Need to Know” and nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, received little to no financial guidance in school and grew up poor in Los Angeles, struggling to make ends meet from a young age. Yet, despite her hard upbringing, she quickly realized the importance and power of financial education with help from her mother. Lopez took matters into her own hands and changed her life trajectory through a proper finance education.  

Jessica Lopez grew up in poverty and experienced what life is like without control of her finances. Now she's found her passion, rose above cultural barriers and continues to teach girls financial empowerment through her poetry and Chicana studies. 

Lopez changed her life by prioritizing a proper financial literacy education, courses that girls in High School typically don't get the liberty to acquire. Financial literacy equals accessibility. Getting an education in personal finance sets up generations for success,” she stated recently, and we could not agree more. 

RTSWS is closing the gender gap in wages, wealth accumulation, and financial professions by inspiring girls to pursue the M of STEM. We do so by exposing them to real-life, positive, female money managers. We offer teenage girls the opportunity to pursue an impactful financial education, become leaders, and the chance to join the ranks of women in an M of STEM career. 

STEM professions lift people out of poverty in one generation. Just ask Jessica Lopez. 

National Mentor Day
Yesterday, we celebrated National Mentor Day! A day dedicated to celebrating all the fantastic mentors and to raising awareness of the beneficial and fulfilling impact mentoring makes on children's lives, which significantly influences our economy and society. 

RTSWS instructors and mentors are the best of the best, offering their knowledge, experience, and perspective to support students in their college and professional journeys. We are building confident, self-advocating young women who will thrive in school and in the workplace.

Thank you to our RTSWS instructors and mentors! 
New Friends, New Learning
Left: Beacon High School, NY, NY (Sponsored by CFA Society New York & 100 Women in Finance)   
Middle: Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver, Canada (Sponsored by Courtney Funk and Friends
Bottom: DSST Montview High School, Denver, CO (Sponsored by CFA Denver)

Our founder, Maura Cunningham, is honored to be invited to the 2021 CFA Society New York's Annual Dinner tonight! She is looking forward to re-connecting with many RTSWS/CFA friends and volunteers at the much-anticipated return to in-person networking at one of the most highly regarded financial service and investment management industry events of the year.


In the book, Undiversified, experienced practitioners Ellen Carr and Katrina Dudley. CFA (RTSWS volunteer in Short Hills, NJ), examine the lack of women in investment management and propose solutions to improve the imbalance. They explore the barrier that subtly but effectively discourage women from entering and staying in the industry at each point in the pipeline.
More students from our 52 high schools across the country and Canada will take over the RTSWS Instagram account over the next few months. So be sure to follow us and stay tuned for our next takeover. Here are our upcoming Instagram Takeover dates:

Upcoming Instagram Takeover Schedule 

TODAY: Yarely & Katelyn, Irma Rangel YWLS, Dallas, TX, Sponsor - Hilltop Securities
11/2: Madeline G., Baruch, NY, NY, Sponsor - Broadridge Financial Solutions
11/9: Raeyan & Caira, Atlanta Girls School (Field Trip), Atlanta, GA, Sponsor - Roark Capital
11/16: Marilyn S., Stuyvesant, NY, NY, Sponsor - Invesco
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Join friends and colleagues in our LinkedIn Group. Meet financial pros and students interested in finance from all over the US and Canada! 
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