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#MWSummerSocial -- Meet The Experts

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Meet The Experts // August 20, 2013

On August 22, Made Woman Magazine is taking networking to the next level. We are bringing together an intimate group of business professionals, entrepreneurs and experts to mingle at the Culver Hotel for our Summer Social networking event. This time, we are giving our readers the opportunity to get up close and personal with experts in personal finance, career development and entrepreneurship. Read about the experts who will be in attendance below, and then get your tickets for the #MWSummerSocial!

Eventbrite - Made Woman Magazine Summer Social

Brittney Castro - Certified Financial Planner CFP®, CRPC®, AAMS®

Certified Financial Planner
Certified Financial Planner

Personal finance can be tricky to navigate, especially for women. In past generations women weren't expected to know anything about money. That was a man's job. But as more and more women are becoming the breadwinners in homes across America, and Brittney Castro has made it her mission to educate them on money matters. I attended one of Brittney's workshops, and hearing the facts and figures on how many women go broke due to sheer financial ignorance was eye-opening. Listening to Brittney speak in a straightforward manner about IRA's, savings goals and retirement planning made a light bulb go off for me. Her planning tools and worksheets helped me to take control of my own financial plan because the truth is, no one else was going to do it for me. I asked the questions I feel too scared or dumb to ask before. And my bank account is looking a lot better because of it. If you need financial questions answered by someone who won’t talk down to you and who has the experience to guide you in the right direction, Brittney Castro is your gal!

Visit Brittney's Site Financially Wise Women

Read Brittney's work on Made Woman Mag

Charla Baker-Jackson - Career Development and HR Expert

When I was fresh out of college I took the first job I knew would allow me to cover my rent. Career planning? Goals? Waiting for the right opportunity?... I didn't have time for that. But six months in, I was miserable. I started desperately seeking something less...horribly wrong. Then a friend of mine connected me with Charla, a career development and human resources rep for FOX. I was intimidated at first but that didn't last long. In the most down-to-earth way possible, Charla helped me navigate the opportunities available and was honest about my aspects and prospective employers. I applied and wound up with a job at FOX. I stayed there for three and a half years and when I was ready to advance in my career, I knew I could go to Charla for advice on the right moves to make. Everyone there respected her for her talent and ability to connect. You knew that you weren't another case file to come across her desk. She was actually invested in your progress.

Years later, we have both moved on in our careers but have stayed good friends. She is still known for her great career advice and drive. If you are unsure about the next steps in your career -- ask Charla your questions!

Read Charla's work on Made Woman Mag

Serena Watson & Lindsey Day - Co- Founders of Made Woman Magazine

Lindsey and I started Made Woman Magazine out of a desire to own our own business and to connect other female professionals. We wanted the representations of women in the media to reflect the amazing, motivated young women we encountered in our jobs and at networking events. So we started the magazine and networking platform and taught ourselves everything from the bottom up. Social media, marketing, content management… No realm was left unconquered. The outcome? A site with daily visitors from around the country, a growing network of empowered women and company we are both passionate about. We hope to inspire others and share what we have learned on our journey.

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A graduate of Annenberg School for Communication at USC, Serena Watson holds a deep respect for the power of mass media. Serena started out at a national advertising agency in LA. No stranger to the hustle, Serena also worked double duty as the marketing coordinator for a start-up company and as a producer for an independent film. Currently she works for a major film and television studio.  Serena co-founded Made Woman with the hope of combining her interest in media and love of writing in order to create real dialogue on issues and generate positive commentary for women.

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