Pamela Capalad, CFP® AFC® | Founder & Financial Planner
I devoted my life to financial literacy to help you get to that place in your life. You know that place. That place where you close your eyes and feel perfectly at peace and energized all at the same time. That place where you know you’re at your best, that you were somehow built for this, this thing you’re doing that you can’t believe you get to spend your life doing.
Life isn’t about cringing every time you run your credit card through a cash register or dodging calls from bill collectors. It’s not about the next paycheck, next rent check, next job, next in line.
Life is about finding your why.
So here’s the deal – you have the why, I have the how.
Nicole Gomez | Operations Manager
In 2008, I landed an EA role at a financial firm and I learned more than I could’ve ever imagined! No one I knew growing up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn had a Trust, a Will, a whole life insurance, a disability policy, assets or a financial planner! What the heck were these things? Guess only high net worth individuals needed them, unlike me!
Then it hit me…..geez, how much better would my parents be doing right now in retirement had they invested ANY of their money in ANY thing? They both came to NY as young children from Puerto Rico and they each had been working their butts off since they were teens.
Why did they both work so hard all their lives and now, in retirement, have hardly anything to show for it other than the family house?
Pernell Celestine | Associate Financial Planner
I have a strong passion for learning what I do not know. It was during my junior year of college, while taking a personal finance course, that I became intrigued by financial planning. Dealing with finances is something I never had to do in the past, hence, I knew very little about it. Throughout my college years, there were many instances when I questioned, “Why isn’t my family doing this?” or “How come we don't have that?”
The answers to my questions, I found out, were generally due to a series of unfortunate events that complicated our financial matters. My dad passed away from a heart attack when I was just 3 years old. My mom, being the supermom she was, raised my brother and me at what I thought was comfortable. As I got older, I realized how much my mom was sacrificing, so I got a job my junior year of high school to pay for everything I wanted to do.
Dyalekt | Podcast Cohost & Workshop facilitator
As a mixed race Caribbean kid, I had trouble figuring out where to find roles that I felt comfortable playing. I started writing for myself and others by turning my music into plays. Every piece I create has an educational component. It's the 'each on teach one' part of Hip Hop.
I've been an entrepreneur since my teenage days, and tell my students that the only thing that gets me out of my house before 10am is talking to kids. Since the essence of Hip Hop is making something from nothing, I have rapped, written, and performed every freelance gig available to my skill set. I linked up with Pockets Change and cohost the Brunch & Budget podcast to help people find freedom in expression, understanding, and their finances.
Lillie McGary | Assistant Podcast Producer
I had always heard of financial planning stuff at a distance. I knew that you were supposed to start saving young, and also investing, and that credit scores were important, and I have student loans to worry about, but all of my ideas were rather vague. I was aware that debt was bad and investing was good, but how did one handle either? It was something my parents mentioned but I hadn’t gotten around to understanding yet.
As a college junior and now senior, the time when I would have to concretely worry about finances—when I would have to actually pay back the loans and get a good job, and whatever else you’re supposed to do to maintain a healthy relationship with money, was looming. I wanted to do something to feel more secure, but…what?