When I look back at my life, it seems as if I have always stood up for the “little guy” or speaking up when things weren’t fair. As a kid I was put in the corner or sent to the Principal’s office many times for doing this. When I was in my late twenties, I began working as a financial planner when I discovered my passion was helping women with their finances. I believed that this was the key for them to stand in their power.

I was so excited to create an environment where women could come in knowing nothing or very little about money, and after completing a financial plan, they would have gained clarity and confidence, not just about their money, but their purpose in life. I started coaching without even knowing what it was.

By the time I was in my forties, I came up with the idea of Smart Women’s Empowerment. I was in Washington DC at the Ritz Carlton attending a financial conference when I wrote down on the hotel notepad that I wanted to create an army of smart, successful women who would each reach out to just one other woman in need and say, “Here, take my hand, and I’ll show you the way.”  I retired from my 20-year career at Ameriprise about five years later to launch the Smart Women Companies.

You, too, can very simply help empower women. You can share this ezine with other women, you can give them a book, listen to their stories and then give them some direction, or simply find an organization that you love and volunteer or simply make a donation.  Just know that one gesture has the potential to change another woman’s life forever.

This month, I’m interviewing two very different women on Smart Women Talk Radio. Dr. Shawn Andrews is a brilliant professor, speaker, and author who will be telling us what’s really going on in corporate America with leadership and the gender gap. This is important because women around the world are coming together in this #METOO movement. Be sure to download your free copy of her 25-page Power of Perception workbook HERE.

Sheira Brayer is an author, speaker, singer and song writer who inspires women and girls through song and interactive programs she leads.

It’s back to school and a perfect time to see life through the eyes of an eighth grader, so enjoy Brent Marchant’s review of the new movie, Eighth Grade.

Last month we started our new book review where we feature new cutting edge books. Today I am so excited to share my newest ebook with you, The Five Biggest Money Mistakes Women Make and What To Do About It. 

Be sure to download your free ebook and share this link with your friends:  www.JoinSmartWomen.com.  When they go there, they receive not just the book, but this ezine, access to the Smart Women Academy, and 100 days of inspirational quotes by women! Remember, Empowered Women Empower Women!


Katana Abbott is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Certified Senior Advisor who began her financial planning career in 1987 with Ameriprise Financial Services.  Because of her personal experiences with financial abuse, death, disability, divorce, and caregiving, she teaches women how to take charge of their finances, create wealth and prepare for expected and unexpected life events. Katana is an inspirational speaker, author and the host of Smart Women Talk Radio with over a million subscribers. She is the founder of the Designated Caregiver® program and the Smart Women Companies.  She has been married to DSO French hornist, Mark Abbott, for over 30 years and they have two daughters.  To learn more and connect with Katana, visit her at www.KatanaAbbott.com