As a first-generation Bangladeshi-American immigrant and native New Yorker, I grew up in a family that has always been very careful about money. When I turned 32, I decided to meet with a financial planner to take control of my personal finances. It was such an empowering experience! Through our sessions, we explored my fears about not having enough savings and created a sound financial plan. I served in the nonprofit, philanthropic and international development space for more than a decade as a PR/media relations expert, writer and researcher. From 2011 to 2013, I worked closely with two nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) – Jeevika Development Society and Trickle Up – that empower people living in extreme poverty in rural and remote regions around the world. Some of my favorite memories as a development worker were in rural West Bengal (India), where I interviewed countless women who lifted themselves from poverty and became role models for other women and girls in their families and communities.