United Way’s “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” to feature Today Show’s Jean Chatzky and honor Jean Marie Connolly

Financial literacy is key to empowering low-income families

White Plains, N.Y, (November 2019) – The award-winning financial editor of NBC’s TODAY Show, Jean Chatzky will be the keynote speaker on December 10 when the United Way Women’s Leadership Council will hold its “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” Breakfast, the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Philanthropy. Jean Marie Connolly will be recognized with the 2019 Woman of Distinction Award.

“Take a Walk in Her Shoes” is a morning that recognizes and reinforces the work of women helping to lift up women and children living on the financial edge in Westchester and Putnam counties. The breakfast event will be held from 8-10 am at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown.

Jean Chatzky is a particularly fitting guest for “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” as one of our missions at United Way is to empower women and families who are struggling to make ends meet through financial education,’’ said Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “Our recently launched Alice $ense program works to teach money management skills that can result in long-term financial stability. Like the United Way, Jean has helped to lead the way for women by giving them the tools to succeed.”

Alice $ense was named for the United Way’s study which shed light on the struggles of working families living on the financial edge. The most recent ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) report released in late 2018 by United Way found that 40 percent of Westchester and Putnam residents live paycheck to paycheck or in poverty and 74 percent of single-mom homes struggle to make ends.

Founder and CEO of HerMoney.com and Financial Editor for NBC’s TODAY Show,

Chatzky launched HerMoney Media and HerMoney.com in 2018 to provide women with information about money they can actually trust.  Chatzky has also appeared on many other programs including Oprah, MSNBC, CNN, The View, and The Talk. Millions have tuned into her podcast, HerMoney with Jean Chatzky which has received shout outs from The New York Times, Yahoo Finance and Refinery29.

This year the United Way of Westchester and Putnam proudly honor Jean Marie Connolly,  Director, Client Relations and Development at Altium Wealth, who has dedicated years of service to the not-for-profit community helping local residents through such organizations as Hope’s Door, Feeding Westchester, and American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. A highly-regarded business leader, Connolly provides financial solutions to high net worth individuals and their families, women in transition, business owners and corporate executives.

Proceeds from the Women’s Leadership Council breakfast go to support programs that help women to become self-sufficient such as UWWP’s Teach me to Fish, which provides job skills training and support for the chronically unemployed and Alice $ense, which helps families build personal savings, and better manage spending to achieve long-term financial stability. Sponsors of this year’s event are PURE Insurance, IBM, Altium Wealth and M&T Bank.

Individual tickets are at $125, with tables and sponsorships also available. To learn more and reserve your seat today, please visit https://www.uwwp.org/event/take-a-walk-in-her-shoes-breakfast-celebration.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and program journal ads, please contact Margaret Tramontine at mtramontine@uwwp.org or 914.997.6700 x737.