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New York City Wine & Learns


We do more than help you budget, save and invest. We educate to manage your finances and feel empowered to do so.

Our philosophy at The Financial Gym is money is more interesting with a glass of wine in hand. It is exactly why we host a series of events called Wine & Learn Wednesdays where we can sip and chat about how to improve our financial lives.


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Budgeting Bootcamp

Wednesday, August 14th 6:00-8:00PM EST

Budgets are like diets, no one wants to be on one, but just like there's a number of ways to diet, there's a number of ways to budget. We share our best budgeting strategies and tips so that you can find the budget that works for you. We share our favorite apps and websites to help you stick with your budget and share why budgeting is actually the most liberating way to improve your financial health.


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Meet Your New Best. Financial. Friend. — The Financial Open House

Thursday, August 22nd 6:00-8:00PM EST

Meet your new B.F.F. (Best. Financial. Friend.) at The Financial Gym Open House! During the event you’ll hear from our CEO and Founder Shannon McLay , who will share the origin story of The Gym; currents clients who will share their experiences and stories; Gym Trainers about how they an help you and from a member of our client experience team. Light snacks will be served.



NYC Hacks in Partnership with Roomrs

Wednesday, August 28th 6:00-8:00PM EST

New to New York and overwhelmed with all the expenses? Wondering where your money is going? How much you should tip your Super during the holidays? In this talk presented by The Financial Gym and Roomrs, we'll discuss and explain all your burning questions about how to live your best life in The City and still be able to afford it!



Past Events

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Are You Financially Fit?

Wednesday, July 31st 6:00-8:00PM EST

A beginner's crash course in all things financially healthy. We'll discuss the importance of goal setting and having destinations for your financial life; how much you should be saving every month and how to save; what a healthy credit score is and how you can keep it healthy; your fixed costs every month and what they should be based on how much you make, your investment accounts beyond retirement and then how you can put this all together with a financially healthy mindset.


Investing 101

Wednesday, July 24th 6:00-8:00PM EST

Have you been scared to invest or avoided investing because you didn't know where to begin or how to sift through all the financial jargon? Well, fear no more! Join us for a wine & learn event with financial trainer, Jenn Monahan. You'll learn how to take charge of your assets, the most important terms to know and how you can get started investing ASAP.

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Swipe with Intention: The Brazen Basics to a Fulfilling Dating Life

Weds, Feb 13 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST

In this training, you'll learn the basics of Brazen's Swipe with Intention method, which will help you build a fulfilling dating life, starting with finding the best dates for you in less time swiping. So, grab your bestie, join us for a glass of wine and invest in yourself with an evening of dating self-care.

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Investing 101

Weds, Jan 30 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST

Have you been scared to invest or avoided investing because you didn't know where to begin or how to sift through all the financial jargon? Well, fear no more! Join us for a free live webinar with our founder, Shannon McLay. You'll learn how to take charge of your assets, the most important terms to know and how you can get started investing ASAP.

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Vision Boarding Your Financial Future

Weds, Jan 02 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST

Join us for an evening of creating your perfect financial picture with vision boards! Welcome in 2019 by planning out your goals both big and small! You won't want to miss this creative and inspiring workshop! Bring your own board and visionary material! Some magazines will be provided as well.


Meet Your New B.F.F. - The Financial Gym Open House

Weds, Dec 19 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST

Meet your new B.F.F. (Best Financial Friend) at our third Financial Gym Open House! The evening will include a financial fitness workshop let by Level 3 Trainer, Kyle Gibbons, networking with Financial Gym Trainers, and light snacks and wine (obvi ;) Can't come in person? No problem. You can join us on Facebook Live by following our page and tuning in at 7PM EST. (Start time is subject to change).

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Holiday Craft Bazaar

Tues, Dec 11 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST

Celebrate our Small Business and Side-hustler clients this holiday shopping season with locally crafted gifts from 14 Financial Gym client vendors! Discover one of a kind candles; landscape photographs; up-cycled Tees, essential oils and body butters; handmade soaps; civically minded Tees & prints; and homemade desserts!

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The Art of Travel Hacking

Weds, Dec 12 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Financial freedom means having the opportunity to live life to the fullest! Join us to discuss how to mix the desire for adventure with being financially savvy! We'll speak about traveling the world without breaking the bank! Learn how to make your credit cards work for you in term of redeeming them for flights and hotel stays.

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Budgeting Bootcamp

Weds, Dec 5 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Have you had trouble sticking to a budget in the past? Are you overwhelmed by all the budget fads and don't know which is right for you? Learn the effective tools for budgeting and saving! We'll explain why budgets don't always work and what you can do to get your spending on track! Our founder, Shannon McLay, will share her budgeting secrets that have helped countless clients achieve their financial goals, all without giving up their social lives.

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Dress for Success: Building your Work Wardrobe

Weds, Nov 14 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST

Join Of Mercer’s Creative Director Aja Singer for a discussion on how to build a work wardrobe your Trainer would approve of. Learn how to curate a closet with building block pieces that can transform into many outfits, what “office appropriate” really means, and how to transition your work wardrobe day-to-night.


Make Your Financial Plan To Quit Your Day Job & Launch Your Business

Wed, Oct 24th 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

What holds most people back from quitting their day job and becoming an entrepreneur? The lack of a plan. An intense fear of winding up living in their parent's basement eating Ramen noodles. Not setting goals or creating realistic timelines. In this workshop, you'll find out how Michelle Ward (aka The When I Grow Up Coach) created a sturdy safety net so she could leave her corporate job in March of 2010 and make the leap to full-time coach in the middle of the recession - and what she'd do differently if she had to do it again. You’ll also leave with the framework of your own sturdy safety net.


#RealHumanRealEstate with Michaela Morton - For Buyers

Wed, Oct 17, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Join real human real estate agent Michaela Morton for an an illuminating evening of conversation about New York City's number one expense / greatest source of stress / most important oasis : your home. Week two focuses on navigating the purchase process, with a deep dive for first time buyers -- the pros and cons of condos / co-ops / townhomes, budgeting for purchase and ongoing costs, putting together your real estate dream team, and stabilizing your all-important intuition with solid market analysis. 

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Fireside Chat with Refinery29 Money Diaries Author, Lindsey Stanberry

Tues, Oct 16, 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST

Join Refinery29's Work & Money Director, and author of the new Refinery29 Money Diaries book, Lindsey Stanberry, for a fireside chat with The Financial Gym's Founder and CEO Shannon McLay, followed by a Money Mindfulness workshop.

All attendees will receive a copy of the Refinery29 Money Diaries book. Lindsay will be available for book signing.

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#RealHumanRealEstate with Michaela Morton - For Renters

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Join real human real estate agent Michaela Morton for an illuminating evening of conversation about New York City's number one expense / greatest source of stress / most important oasis : your home. Week one focuses on the ins-and-outs of renting, covering seasonal market shifts, working with or without an agent, the true meaning of fee vs. no fee listings, and budgeting for the home that will suit you best. It'll be a fun and forthright evening of conversation : all human home-talk, no jargon. Bring your questions! 

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How To Pose for Pictures and Improve Your Presence On and Off Camera

Wed, Oct 3rd 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Alyssa Peek will transform not only how other see you but how you see yourself. With her knowledge of the "Art and Science" of posing you can learn the simple tips on how to look your best on camera and beyond. She will teach your the basics on what makes or breaks a good photo and the difference between a social media post pose and a head shot pose. Alyssa will be giving away a FREE photo shoot session to attendees so this is a Wine & Learn you don’t want to miss!


Networking Event for HR Professionals

Tues, Oct 2, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Please join us for a “Money Mindfulness” workshop and mini-meditation, brought to you by The Financial Gym and Journey Meditation. This is a special event for our friends in HR. We’ve spoken to thousands of HR professionals and hear the same narrative over and over…that they care so much for their team but wonder who's there for them? That all changes with this evening, bringing the HR community together for a program we’ve crafted especially for you, networking and of course, cocktails! It will be a fun way to experience what The Financial Gym and Journey Meditation have to offer your employee wellness programs too. Please register to let us know you’ll be attending, and of course, invite all of your friends and colleagues in the HR community.


How to Manage Your Personal Finances While Building a Business

Thurs, Sept 27th 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST

Join us for an open and honest conversation about how you can manage your personal finances while also building a business. The Financial Gym’s founder, Shannon McLay, has experienced the financial rollercoaster of being a founder and wants to build a community where our businesses not only thrive but our personal wealth does at the same time.

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I Miss The Old Kanye: A Discussion on Mental Health & Financial Freedom

Tues, Sept 11th 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

In honor of the 11th anniversary of Graduation and the upcoming book Making Sense of Kanye, join Mindright Money’s Ash Cash in collaboration with Financial Gym as we discuss the relationship between mental health and finances through the lens of one of the world’s most controversial musicians, Kanye West. Several mental health professionals will also join Ash in discussing why having a healthy mindset is key in building a fulfilled and happier financial lifestyle.

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Salary Negotiation Salon

Wed, Aug 22nd 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Do you want to earn more money at your current job, but are unsure of how to ask for a raise? Or, are you looking for a new job but unclear of what your market rate is? While we may not be formally taught how to negotiate in school, it’s never too late to strengthen this muscle, and it is a muscle that gets better with use. Develop your negotiation skills now so that you can advocate for yourself in all aspects of your work and life. Stop by the Financial Gym to learn tips and tricks for negotiating your salary!


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Take the Leap to Live Abroad with Behere and FinGym

Wed, Aug 15th 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

We all love NYC, but wouldn't it be wonderful to move to a different country for an extended period of time and work remotely or abroad? I know it may seem unrealistic, but living and working abroad IS possible, especially with proper planning and preparation. Join Behere and Financial Gym for a discussion about how YOU can live your dream and move your life abroad.


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Tidy Up Your Home With KonMari & Start Living Your Best Life!

Wed, Aug 1st 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Join Lisa Tselebidis, a Certified KonMari Consultant, and learn about why and how to create a simpler home and lifestyle using the KonMari Method™️. You'll learn everything from the effects of clutter & disorganization on your well-being to vision creation. 




FinGym Client Boss Babe Panel

Wed, July 18th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be your own boss babe? We are bringing FIVE of our clients together who all call themselves their own boss to discuss their entrepreneurial journies. The panel will be moderated by the Financial Gym's ultimate boss babe, our founder and CEO Shannon McLay!


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A Financially Fit Flow: Yoga with Shanna Tyler

Thurs, July 12th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Join us for a yoga class led by our very own client, Shanna Tyler! There will be time to network prior to class. Then we will kick it off to Shanna to lead us in a financially fit flow! There may (will) be wine at the end of our class to continue connecting :)


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Understanding Retirement Investments

Wed, July 11th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Have you ever looked at your 401k and have absolutely no idea what any of it means? You're not alone. Join us for an evening talking about everything retirement savings related with specifics on the different employer options, contribution amounts, your investment profile, and more!



Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity

Wed, June 27th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Learn how simple tweaks to your daily routine can 10x your efficiency! Paula Rizzo will walk you through ways to rethink how you plan out your day so you can cut down on procrastination, make more attainable goals and have time to do the stuff you really want to do!



Money Mindfulness

Wed, June 20th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Let's face it: talking about money can be stressful and confusing, but it doesn't have to be. It's not too late to transform the way we think about and interact with money. Join us for an evening that will replace any feelings of powerlessness over your money to pure empowerment by it.



Plan the Picture Perfect Wedding for Less

Wed, May 30th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

It is officially wedding season! Even if you aren't the one getting hitched this summer, you are probably wondering how you are ever going to afford your own dream wedding and we are here to help you learn how. 



The Art of Travel Hacking

Wed, May 23rd, 2018 6:00–8:00PM EST

Financial freedom means having the opportunity to live life to the fullest! Join us for #WineAndLearnWednesdays where we'll be discussing how to mix that desire for adventure with being financially savvy!


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How to Find the Best Wines on a Budget

Wed, May 9th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST

Join us as Chandra, Certified Financial Trainer and graduate of the International Wine Center, shares her knowledge on how to purchase your favorite wines at the best price points. We will also be tasting a white, red, and rosé wine!


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How to Negotiate Without Losing Friends, Fans, or Job Offers

Wed, May 2nd, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM EST

We are hosting an event with Work Bigger where we'll give you a strategy to negotiate anything you want. We'll spend time covering your specific questions so make sure to bring those, too!


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