Taking a Chance on HER with DyMynd Angels

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DyMynd Angels knows that making an investment in a female founder is not taking risk at all! Most female founders bootstrap until the risk has been squeezed out. Further, female-led companies have a higher ROI. “Businesses with a woman on the executive team are more likely to have higher valuation; 64% higher at first funding and 49% higher at last …

Money Talks: Angel Investing – Featuring: Jessica Zander

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money, and how best to empower women forward towards a healthier sense of financial security. Understanding a woman’s emotional financial security can help her in life and in business. This year it is important that we break down these barriers so that we can all rise and stand together. DyMynd wants …

Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Addressing the Female Funding Gap

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For many of us, the idea of angel investing can be intimidating. The startup industry seems to be getting an immense amount of publicity thanks to TV shows like Shark Tank and Silicon Valley, companies like Facebook and Uber, and inspiring people like Elon Musk who’s successes have been widely celebrated and publicized. We often hear incredible stories about a …

Money Talks: Angel Investing – Featuring: Valerie Kahan

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money, and how best to empower women forward towards a healthier sense of financial security. Understanding a woman’s emotional financial security can help her in life and in business. This year it is important that we break down these barriers so that we can all rise and stand together. DyMynd wants …

Money Talks: Angel Investing – Featuring: Monika Black

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money, and how best to empower women forward towards a healthier sense of financial security. Understanding a woman’s emotional financial security can help her in life and in business. This year it is important that we break down these barriers so that we can all rise and stand together. DyMynd wants …

Money Talks: Angel Investing – Featuring: Carolyn Leonard

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money, and how best to empower women forward towards a healthier sense of financial security. Understanding a woman’s emotional financial security can help her in life and in business. This year it is important that we break down these barriers so that we can all rise and stand together. DyMynd wants …

Money Talks Part 3: Where Women’s Relationships With Money Sit Today

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Since our journey with money is tied to Emotional Financial Security (EFS), defined as the degree to which one worries or has concerns about their future finances, regardless of their current financial standing. So high EFS isn’t about the size of your bank account, brokerage account or the size of the business you own, it is a state a mind. …

Money Talks Part 2: Past Money Messages that Drive Our Relationship with Money Today

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We know that the relationships that we have today are often driven by the money messages of yesterday. In Part 2 of our review of DyMynd’s Money Talk Blog Series we reflect and analyze the key money messages that women throughout Chicago have received over the years. When it comes to money, women were given all sorts of messages, for …

Money Talks Part 1: What Were Your First Experiences With Money? Love? Hate? Meh?

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At DyMynd, as part of our Money Talk Blog Series, we have been asking women when they first began to learn about money, and gain financial knowledge. Through our research and talks with women across Chicago we have found out so much about how women feel about and relate to money. In this three part reflection we will discuss what …

DyMynd Angels, Chicago’s Only Women Led Female-Focused Angel Investing Initiative

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Carolyn Leonard of DyMynd Angels™ recently spoke at the Hera Venture Summit in San Diego where she was a panelist on a panel titled the “Future Is Female” on September 16th. “After listening to my fellow female panelist discuss the untapped opportunities of investing in women I am convinced ‘women are designed to run the world’ and the time is …

A Predictability DyMynd Angels Can Get Behind!!

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Whatever happened to stubborn predictability? “Stubbornly predictable”… that’s how a recent article published by Crunchbase described the results of their study about female entrepreneurs getting funded. Or should we say, not getting funded? We’ve heard it all before. Every year, it seems we get an updated statistic reiterating the same reoccurring problem … female entrepreneurs aren’t getting their share of …

Carolyn Leonard on the OIC’s Wide World of Options

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We invite you to listen above as DyMynd’s Carolyn Leonard joins the Options Industry Council’s (OIC) Joe Burgoyne for The Options Insider’s Wide World of Options radio show.  Topics include industry happenings, BOX Exchange’s new trading floor, a strategy spotlight with Dan Passarelli, and DyMynd’s Profiles and Perspectives segment.

Carolyn Leonard on The Advisor’s Option Radio Show

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DyMynd’s Carolyn Leonard joins Options Insider’s Mark Longo, Swan Global Investment’s Chris Hausman and Aash Vyas, along with Matt Amberson from Option Research and Technology Services on The Options Insider’s The Advisor’s Option show. Listen above as Carolyn Leonard talks about why she launched DyMynd, the unique challenges when teaching women about options trading, and the response clients receive from advisors …

Own Your Role as a Money Maven

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Definition of Maven: One who is experienced or knowledgeable. Do you think of yourself as a money expert? Do you think of yourself as knowledgeable about money matters? Most women think that others are experts or knowledgeable about money but they don’t view themselves as experts. This is a misperception! Women make most of the money decisions for their families and even …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Katherine Hatter

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Dianne Akers

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Kim Taylor

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Maria Doughty

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Megan Wessels

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Nancy Stern

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Betty Sharples

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Carolyn Leonard Shares Her Story at Thompson Reuters’ 3rd Annual Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum

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The following is an excerpt from LegalExecutiveInstitute.com: At Thomson Reuters’ recent 3rd Annual Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum, several of the women panelists noted how important branding had been to successfully embarking on different trajectories in their careers. Carolyn Leonard, founder/CEO of DyMynd, discussed how she combatted the sexist and hostile reception she got as one of the first women traders on the …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Alli Brennan

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Carolyn Leonard’s Interview with Silvia Davi on Equities.com

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The following is an excerpt from Equities.com: When it comes to gender equality, few playing fields are as notoriously imbalanced than the personal finance industry. While there has been some encouraging progress made and better recognition of the issue in recent years, dispelling the misconception that men are just somehow innately better at understanding and managing money than women is …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Jennifer Smith Tapp

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Diana Peters

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Raheela Anwar

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Ann Linton

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Monika Black

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Mary Lou Giustini

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

I Am My Own CFO

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As women, we are slow to own the fact that each one of us is a Chief Family Officer and a Chief Financial Officer. We are reluctant to give ourselves credit for all we do and our accomplishments. In fact, Viola Davis after winning her Oscar this past Sunday said “I suffer from the Imposter Syndrome.” She went on to …

Money Talks: Exploring Women’s Relationship with Money – Featuring: Erika Gilchrist

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At DyMynd we focus on a woman’s relationship with money to break down the barrier for financial empowerment. Money has culturally been a taboo subject and we have found that women are told not to talk about it in public. This leads women to feel uncomfortable about their finances and uneasy to share their stories and experiences.   This year …

Make a Good Impression in 7 Seconds – Now on TheGlasshammer.com

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TheGlasshammer.com recently published an article I wrote on the value of networking titled, It Takes Seven Seconds to Make a Good Impression. I think women have an abundant list of excuses for not actively networking. We must get over it. A strong network provides a group of people who have your best interests at heart, will give you their best …

Developing Financial Grit

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My first experiences with money are like a filmstrip of memories. I remember walking to the car after one of my many shopping sprees at Old Orchard mall with my mom and her saying, “Well, you are done for awhile.” She was referring to the various jeans and shirts we bought at Nordstrom that I didn’t need. I also remember …

Use These 5 Tips to Help Spring Clean Your Finances.

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Some of the clutter and chaos in our lives we don’t have control of but, we can de-clutter our financial lives. You know how good you feel after a good spring-cleaning of your closet when everything is thrown out, donated or organized?  We have five tips to help spring clean your finances. Spending Plan – If you are like me …

My Experience Finding a Financial Advisor

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Working for a company like DyMynd, that helps financial institutions attract and retain female clients, I had read and written about the experiences women have when looking for a financial advisor (FA).  I am familiar with the notion that women don’t feel they are seen as individuals when speaking with FAs, they don’t believe their specific needs or opinions are taken into consideration …

Ms. Maximizer: DyMynd’s Chief Strategy Officer Pioneers DePaul’s Alumna Profile

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We know she is amazing; it’s nice that her alma mater is also recognizing the fearless tenacity, optimism and hard work behind DyMynd’s Chief Strategy Officer, Monika Black. Starting with ambitions to be a pre-med student at the University of Michigan to achievements as a four-time All-American athlete and co-Founder of TandemSpring, where she helps organizations and their employees leverage their …

2017 Goals: Do you believe in the person you want to become?

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“I believe in the person I want to become.” I love that quote because it gives me the motivation to remember to be my best self. The positivity of wanting to become more resonates with me as opposed to beating myself up for my short comings. I can always think of things I should have done differently. As the New …

DyMynd Launches Smart Women Rock Money Workshop

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DyMynd’s workshop reveals 74% of female participants believe they will be primary decision maker regarding future finances. CHICAGO, October 14, 2016 – DyMynd, an innovative financial empowerment firm that provides tools and resources to help individuals and organizations gain a better understand of their emotional relationship with money and the key factors that drive financial decisions, partnered with Bryn Mawr …

A Trailblazer In Finance

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“Diversity does go to the bottom line: all diversity – racial, gender, sexuality. If you’re looking to invest in companies that will outperform their peers, look for diversity and depth of experience in the C-suite and the board of directors.” Click Here to read the full article

Smart Money, Smart Women: What Successful Women Say About The Possibilities

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“As a child, Carolyn Leonard, the CEO of DyMynd (pronounced “Diamond”)  a financial empowerment consultancy that caters to women, and the first woman to trade in the OEX pit at the CBOE, had her first job helping her grandfather fix toilets and leaky faucets in the apartment buildings the family owned. She earned between 50 cents and $1 a day, …

First, Be Your Own Sweetheart

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The first step in understanding your relationship with money is YOU!                   With an informed understanding of your relationship with money you can: 1) Measure your value and worth in the job market 2) Implement an Action Plan to invest in, or boost, a 401(k) 3) Consider whether a pre-nuptial agreement is …

Demystifying The “F” In CFO

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DyMynd, together with FW:Chicago have claimed 2016 as the year that women will conquer the financial frontier! Women have learned to talk about Sex and Politics. It is time that we talk about that dirty five letter word, MONEY! Let’s not be on the outside anymore. It is time to be a part of the “in crowd.” Women must become informed …

Diversity comes to investing, at long last

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Diversity is coming to investing. It just won’t be in the way that Finance currently thinks about it. For women and millennials, increasing dissatisfaction with the existing engagement model will accelerate the rise of roboadvisors. Roboadvisors are part of the on-demand economy that is defining a new standard for consumer experience. After all, a roboadvisor doesn’t get impatient when you …

Join DyMynd and The YWCA For Money Smart Week

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YWCA‘s Future Leaders Council is proud to be a partnering organization for Money Smart Week. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the YWCA will host a Money Smart edition of our Empowerment Evening series, designed to help attendees explore their own relationship with money and create a plan for economic sustainability. The O’Leary Effect: Harnessing the Economic Impact of One Woman This interactive …