She Leads Women’s Investment and Financial Empowerment Forums

In 2018, Kerry Hannon and Nanette Blandin, founder of the Nexus Institute, jointly developed the She Leads program. They designed the core agenda based on their backgrounds in personal finance and leadership education. Key planning principles included customizing the agenda for each location, recruiting local speakers whenever possible, and incorporating a variety of learning modalities that optimize learning by women.

The program, was launched in the State of Georgia with events in Atlanta, Tifton, and Columbus with the tremendous support of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and sponsor The Investor Protection Trust. Future events to be held in Augusta, Macon and Savannah. Other states including Iowa, Michigan and New Mexico, have expressed interest in the program and those events are now under development. Hannon and Blandin work as a team and are content partners to the state officials sponsoring the program throughout the planning, implementation and evaluation phases.

Women having conversations with other women to raise awareness of issues and challenges they face in securing, protecting and growing their wealth.

– Exploring Your Relationship to Money

– Issues for Different Stages

– Key Tools and Strategies for Financial Empowerment

– Building and Protecting Financial Success

– Developing Individual Action Plans


The forum’s goal is to provide useful information and insights, mentorship opportunities, networking, and valuable educational resources, including all resources developed by the Investor Protection Trust and its partners.

This program is customize for each individual state and town.

For more information, contact Kerry at or Nanette at

Here is a sample agenda from a recent event in Columbus, Ga. 

SHE LEADS:  Women’s Investment and Financial Empowerment Forum                          

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center

Columbus, Georgia


8:00 – 8:30 am            Registration and Coffee/Pastries


8:30 – 8:45 am            Opening Remarks


                                    Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State


8:45 – 9:15 am            Keynote Session:  Women and Money, Kerry Hannon, Financial Educator and Author


9:15 – 10:15 am          Panel Discussion – Building Financial Success at Different Stages of Life

 Moderator:     Kerry Hannon

Panelists:        Teresa Abell, Vice President and Senior Relationship

                                                               Manager, Synovus Trust Company

                          Shardea Ages, Financial Advisor, Greenwood Wealth     


                        Lynn L. Grogan, Attorney/Partner, Grogan and Grogan

                        Tami McDonald, President and CEO, Brookstone Wealth 



10:30 – 11:00 am       Keynote Session:  Special Challenges Facing Military Families


Kimberly Lankford, Freelance Financial Writer and Author, Kiplinger’s Financial Field

   Manual:  A Personal Finance Guide for Military Families


11:00– 12:00 pm        Panel Discussion:  Tools and Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurs-to-be

 Moderator:     Kerry Hannon

  Panelists:        Marguerite Pressley Davis, Creator, Your Profit                                                Playbook

                              Jessica Fullerton, Owner, Launch Trampoline Park

                            Tiffiney Graham, Realtor, Keller                        Williams                                      Realty River Cities

                              Alia Mezayek, Director/CEO, EMS Care Ambulance LLC


12:00 – 12:10 pm        Closing Remarks


                                    Nanette Blandin


12:10– 12:30 pm        Informal Networking/Visit Exhibit Area

For more information, contact Kerry at or Nanette at

The Agenda for the inaugural She Leads Women’s Investment and Empowerment Forum held May 3, 2019 in Atlanta, GA is below. The free event was attended by over 325 women of all ages and racial diversity.

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