Let’s start a conversation about financial resilience.
If you lost your job or relationship today, would you be OK?
The fact is that thousands of women in Australia are not.
Women over 55 are the fastest growing homeless group in this country, and it’s a trend echoed in the UK and US.
Most of these women were not born into poverty, just poorly insulated from it.
Drawing on inspiring multi-generational stories, Louise Fitzgerald-Baker shows how to build strength and resilience in all aspects of our lives, starting with business and finance.
A successful property developer, Louise risked losing everything when the industry hit a downturn. The stress took its toll and she had to urgently look after her health and wellbeing.In the process, she realised that she wasn’t alone. Many women told Louise they’d suddenly realised the ground had shifted. They had to re-think who they were and how they could continue to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.‘The Pink Hard Hat’ is Louise’s metaphor for financial insulation. It’s all about building a life of security, resilience and purpose. So pull on your hard hat and your steel-capped boots, and start investing in yourself now.
Louise is on a mission to change the plight of accidental poverty for women today. She wrote this book to start the conversation about money. Louise believes Are you OK? should extend to our financial wellbeing. And that as women, we need to share our stories and insights to help each other along. Each one, teach one. In that way we can build our resilience, capacity and community.
About the Author
Louise is a busy mother of 3 daughters and loving wife. It's not so important that she did well at school, graduated in the top 1% of her state, won a full scholarship to Australia's first private University - Bond University, and was its Inaugural Valedictorian in the first graduating class of 1989. Perhaps more importantly, she worked from the age of 10 in her mother's Tattslotto agencies and had numerous part time jobs through school. While at University, Louise's was the only Datsun 180B parked in a carpark of new deluxe sports cars. The education system hadn't caught up with student loans for private education, so Louise worked in the college gym as a personal trainer, in the halls as a communications tutor and in the nearby casino as a showroom waitress to pay for her books and living expenses. She graduated two years later with a Double Major in Communications, Major in Marketing and went on to become a Qualitative Research Consultant in Sydney. Over the ensuing years, drawing upon psychology and research, she used her insight to market consumer goods, industrial estates, political campaigns and organisational behavioural change before falling in love with real estate and all things property. Using the family home as collateral, she built over 42 million dollars of property from 2009-2016 in Brisbane, working school hours, often managing the household alone. Where many developers failed, she succeeded, despite a static market, tight budget, and strong competition. Louise draws upon her collective experience to help women reboot their lives, health and finances. Using the 10 step approach outlined in this book, she is helping countless women work methodically through the process of change. Are you at a critical juncture in your life where you woke up one morning and life was different? You know you have to marshal your resources but are not sure where to start? You have a yearning for some independence both financially and professionally and need direction on how to reclaim it? Maybe you have unlimited ideas and just need to understand how to focus your attention to get productive outcomes? If so, this book is for you, and we'll embark on the journey of rebooting your life together. I look forward to being there alongside you, applauding your success! To find out more about Louise's activities in keynote speaking, coaching and training visit www.thepinkhardhat.com.au