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From a grateful veteran

As we approach a day when the nation expresses gratitude to the men and women who have served in its military, this veteran would like to leverage Veterans Day 2016 to do three things: 1) Express gratitude for the opportunities that our military gave me; 2) Encourage hiring managers to seek out qualified veterans when filling jobs; and 3) Offer to assist any veteran who is making a career transition to the civilian workforce.
This is an account of Madam C.J. Walker, an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist. She rose from poverty and was the first documented American female self-made millionaire recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.² Madam Walker created a beauty business hiring black women as a means to support themselves, and provided a needed service to her community. She donated generously and supported the NAACP to help stop lynching and empower future African-American lives.¹ This is her story.
Maggie L. Walker was a pioneering entrepreneur, civil rights and women’s rights activist and the first woman of any race to charter and become president of a bank in the U.S. — the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank.1 She overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to transform the state of banking in the middle of Jim Crow. Maggie L. Walker dedicated her life to closing the wealth gap and to empowering all Americans to achieve a more secure financial future…one penny at a time. This is her story.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Mia Hamm once said: “my coach said I run like a girl. I said if he ran a little faster, he could too.” With that simple statement, she redefined the word “girl” to mean something more encouraging and inspiring than its historical connotation.
Each of us is faced with choices throughout our lives that have significant financial implications. How we navigate decisions such as which college to attend, whether or not to contribute to a 401(k), or the purchase of a home or new car, can impact our financial future.

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