It’s never easy to face major life changes or transitions.
Over the past few years, my father’s health has had its ups and downs. In the first serious down, my brother and I sat down with my mother to support her in organizing the family finances. To our surprise, despite having two sons in the financial services industry, she did not know where to start. She was overwhelmed – emotionally and mentally. She felt inadequate and unable to handle this new responsibility. She was underprepared in every way.
I was shocked and saddened to see this. After years in my profession, I had been unable to prepare my mother to lead financially. Not only did she lack basic education, but psychologically, she doubted her ability to ever successfully understand her financial life. She was uncomfortable and insecure. For me, this realization was neither welcome, nor easily dismissed. I simply could not understand it. How could this be?
Over time, my initial disbelief and sadness transformed into a renewed vigor and a compelling mission. I vowed to myself that I would empower my mother with education, support, and community. And further, I would empower other women like my mother to prevent them from ever feeling the overwhelming powerlessness my mother experienced.
And there, The Society of Financially Empowered Women was born.
My team and I have made a commitment to facilitate a community and forum where independent women can acquire the confidence to be leaders in their financial lives. Today, The Blanke Schein Group at HighTower Palm Desert is committed to service and support, to trustworthy advice, and to The Society of Financially Empowered Women.
Robert L. Schein, AIF®
Managing Director, Partner
HIGHTOWER The Blanke Schein Group