(pronounced “woke” wealth builders)
(pronounced “woke” wealth builders)
You’ve heard the term generational wealth before. And it sounds almost too good to be true – especially for someone like you, who grew up watching the adults in your life struggle to make ends meet, or eke out a comfortable – if not prosperous – existence.
But now you’re grown, with your own financial priorities, and maybe even your own family to provide for. You find yourself wanting… more. More than what you saw growing up.
More joy and abundance in your financial life.
More freedom to live life on your own terms, not hampered by debt or an unfulfilling job.
More prosperity to enjoy while you’re here, and more to leave behind for the ones you love.
The problem? You’re not exactly sure how to get there. And that’s ok.
WōC Wealth Builders can help.
WōC Wealth Builders is a first-of-its-kind financial literacy program targeted towards women and gender expansive people of color who identify as “first generation wealth builders.”
Allow us to introduce ourselves. We’re Zora’s House – the only coworking space and leadership incubator in the midwest specifically dedicated to helping women and gender expansive people of color live their best lives and do their best work. Our work is rooted in the simple but radical idea that the lives of women of color matter, and that our lives, our relationships, our families, our communities, and our nation as a whole can be reborn by the act of living our truths, sharing our gifts, and supporting one another as we strive for personal and collective liberation.
We developed the WōC Wealth Builders because we understand that financial wellbeing is a critical part of this equation.
WōC Wealth Builders is a twelve month journey towards financial healing and generational wealth specifically designed by and for women and gender expansive people of color who identify as “first generation wealth builders.” This first-of-its-kind financial literacy program includes:
We’ll kick things off with a three day retreat that will take place in a beautiful cabin nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, TN. You can expect three days of vulnerable conversation; healthy and delicious catered meals; facilitated discussions about both your past relationship with money and your future goals; and plenty of free time to think, rest, hang out with new friends, and even sip a cocktail by our private pool!
Two 1:1 sessions with a financial planner who has been vetted by the Zora’s House team for their experience working with women, gender expansive folks, and people of varying race and socio-economic backgrounds.
An individualized plan that includes short- and long-term financial goals and corresponding wealth-building strategies that are personalized to your unique circumstances.
Socio-emotional support to uncover and address past financial trauma.
Twelve months of culturally competent financial education, technical assistance, and implementation support, in the form of monthly facilitated workshops.
Placement in a carefully curated small group for additional support and accountability; and 24/7 access to a private membership site where you can connect, ask questions, and share resources with other members of your cohort in-between sessions.
Maybe . . .
You are the first one in your family to go to college or own a home.
You’re making more money than your parents ever did but still figuring out how to budget/ manage/ invest it in ways that feel good to you.
You’re thriving professionally but still loaning money to family members who have a very different financial life than you.
In addition to all the benefits of the WōC Wealth Builders program, participants will receive a full year of complimentary Zora’s House membership, including access to additional community, programming, and resources throughout the length of their cohort. Current Zora’s House members will have an additional, complimentary year added on to the duration of their current membership.
The true cost of this program, including all-inclusive three day retreat, 1:1 financial planning sessions; program coordination; and monthly workshops with expert mentors is over $3,000. However, thanks to our generous sponsor JPMorgan Chase, we are able to offer the program for our inaugural cohort at the cost of:
$1,500 for non-Zora’s House Members (if accepted to the program, we require a $500 deposit by Thursday, June 16 to reserve your spot)
$1,000 for Zora’s House Members (if accepted to the program, we require a $333 deposit by Thursday, June 16 to reserve your spot)
Payment plans are available, as well as a limited number of full and partial scholarships.
WōC Wealth Builders is a twelve month journey towards financial healing and generational wealth specifically designed for women and gender expansive people of color who identify as “first generation wealth builders.” The WōC Wealth Builders program includes:
The short answer: We don’t. You do. We often say that Zora’s House is a space created by and for women of color. But we’re not in the business of defining people’s identities. We use “women of color” as an opportunity for solidarity and a chance for people to define their own relationship to the term. We don’t ask for proof of racial identity and when it comes to womanhood, we acknowledge that gender identity is fluid and nuanced. Zora’s House and WōC Wealth Builders welcomes those who center and celebrate womanhood in their identity and/or experience.
We define “first-generation wealth builder” as someone who identifies with three or more of the statements below: <br
We know that you are busy and that a year-long program is a big commitment! However, we ask that you only apply to this program if you know that the time is right for you to meaningfully participate. The kick-off retreat, monthly workshops and small group sessions are all incredibly important to ensure you receive the full value of the program. And your participation will be an important part of our group dynamic! Participants who miss more than two sessions without communicating with Program Leaders will be asked to leave the program and will forfeit whatever additional sessions, workshops, and bonuses remain. We trust you to decide if the time is right for you to pursue an opportunity like this.
WōC Wealth Builders utilizes a hybrid model to ensure the right mix of support, engagement, and flexibility. This means that while our kick off retreat is in person, the remainder of the sessions are virtual.
Applications are due by Thursday May 26 at 11:59 pm EST and you can expect an update on your application status by Thursday June 9.
We expect that you will spend an average of five hours a month on activities related to the WōC Wealth Builders program. This includes two and a half hours of *mandatory* workshops and small group meetings throughout the month and an additional couple hours working independently on moving your financial goals forward.
Because most of the program sessions are virtual, WōC Wealth Builders is open to those who live outside of Columbus, OH (where Zora’s House is located). However the in-person retreat is mandatory even for those who do not live in Columbus. We will be chartering a bus from Columbus to our retreat location. Those who live outside of Columbus will have the option of meeting up with the group in Columbus and riding the bus with the rest of the cohort, or flying directly to Gatlinburg. Your tuition does not include any transportation costs outside of a chartered bus transport from Columbus to Gatlinburg. You will not be reimbursed for your flight or any additional lodging.
The kick off retreat is a foundational part of the WōC Wealth Builders program. If you are unable to attend the retreat, we suggest you wait to apply to a future cohort.
The true cost of the WōC Wealth Builders program is over $3000. However, thanks to generous support from our sponsor JPMorgan Chase, we are able to offer the program to this cohort at the cost of $1500 for non-Zora’s House members and $1000 for Zora’s House members.