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.
Understanding Your Corporate Benefits
Weds, May 29 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Equity from your current employer? Stock options with expiration dates? Non-monetary compensation through different types of awards or restricted stock units (RSUs)? If you've ever had questions on any of the above, come on down for an evening of understanding these corporate benefits! We'll focus on vesting schedules, important considerations, and much more - please note this presentation is limited to equity-related benefits only.
Find Your Mo' Flow: Release Your Money Mindset Blocks
Thurs, May 30 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Are money mindset blocks keeping you from having the income, growth or savings you want?
Are you sabotaging, avoiding or feeling anxious whenever you think about your money...or lack of it?
Then this workshop is for you. Jackie will help you get awareness of your specific money mindset blocks (yup even those ones you've been blind to up until now) and then work with you to let them go and lay down new behaviors and beliefs. You'll learn an easy, scientifically backed tool that will empower you to make lasting shifts.
Building Your Professional Brand // Raise your profile to increase your worth
Tues, June 4 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Do you know your value? Join us for a deep dive into how to best position yourself for the next phase of your professional growth. What are you known for? Is your personal "brand" helping you achieve what you want? Whether you want to rise within your current organization, are changing roles, pivoting into a new area or looking to grow your own business, it can be helpful to know your worth. What do you stand for? How do people perceive you and the value you deliver? We will explore these issues through highly engaging personal exercises and group experiential activities to gain more insights to help you make progress on your growth and leadership goals.
Finances for Freelancers
Weds, June 5 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Learn the numbers you need to know to be financially fit while working freelance. We'll share best practices for budgeting, paying quarterly taxes and saving for retirement.
The Cost of Pet Ownership
Thurs, June 6 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Few things in life are better than coming home to a pet at the end of a long day, but before you rush out to the next adoption event, ask yourself this: do you know how much pet ownership really costs?
Hear from Paul Greene, CFO of the Animal Medical Center, the largest non-profit veterinary specialty hospital in the world. Paul will talk about the true costs of pet ownership, the mistakes he sees pet owners make, and tips for saving for, or covering, the cost of your pet. Walk away with knowledge on how to plan for your future furry friend or better care for one you already have. This event is put on with partnership by the Animal Medical Center's Usdan Institute for Animal Health Education.
The Art of Travel Hacking
Weds, June 12 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Learn the basics of what makes up your credit score; how you can build credit if you've never started; how you can improve your credit score no matter what your credit history is; we dispel many of the myths around credit scores and how you can avoid common mistakes; we'll share what travel hacking is and how credit cards can help you do it; what you need to begin travel hacking and share some of the best credit cards for your travel goals.
In Partnership with Quilt: Are You Financially Fit with Georgina
Thurs, June 13 2019 6:00-7:00PM EST
Hi! My name is Georgina and I am a Financial Trainer at the Financial Gym. I know personal finances can be a little scary to talk about. Seriously, how do we not learn this stuff in college or high school?!
I'm looking forward to discussing about what it means to be Financially Fit! This includes financial goal setting; 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. Join me in a fun discussion of personal finances - yes - let's make it fun!
How Not to Go Broke This Wedding Season
Tues, June 18 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Weddings are expensive and not only just for those getting married! The average couple spends close to $40,000 on their 8-hour wedding celebration, the average bridesmaid spends close to $1,500 on the role, and the average guest? Well, depending on where the wedding is, their tab can climb high above triple digits. During this session, Jen Glantz (CEO, Bridesmaid for Hire), will break down money saving tips and tricks so that you don't go broke during wedding season 2019.
Meet The Financial Gym: June Open House
Weds, June 19 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
Grab a friend or your work bestie and learn how The Financial Gym can help you reach your financial goals! From increasing your credit score to saving for a home or a wedding to teaching you how to invest, your Trainer is there for you! Hear from CEO and Founder Shannon McLay about how and why she started The Gym and her ultimate vision for it. We’ll break into smaller groups where you can hear from current clients about their experience and learn about The FinGym process from one of our Certified Financial Trainers. You’ll also learn about our community, programming and membership benefits.
There will be wine and snacks provided and the opportunity to have a free in-person consult on the spot!
Debt Management 101
Weds, June 26 2019 6:00-8:00PM EST
We will discuss strategies and tools to help you optimize your debt repayment plan. We’ll discuss everything from basic refinancing to bankruptcy and how to determine what option is best for your specific financial situation. In addition, we will show you how to rebuild your credit and get back on track!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
Business & Leadership Strategies for the Creative Mind: For Multi-hyphenate, Multi-passionate, sometimes Type-A Creative Entrepreneurs
Weds, Nov 28 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
Business & Leadership Strategies for the Creative Mind is a Business & Leadership masterclass for Creative Entrepreneurs that offers a blue print and structure for your business while leaving room for creative inspiration and intuitive hits to guide the way.
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.
Meet Your New B.F.F. - The Financial Gym Open House
Weds, Nov 7 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST
Meet your new B.F.F. (Best Financial Friend) at our second Financial Gym Open House! The evening will include a financial fitness workshop let by The Gym's founder, Shannon McLay, 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).
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.
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.
#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!
How to Anchor Your Life, Career, and Finances to Come Back Stronger Than Ever with Tamsen Fadal
Thurs, Oct 4th 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Whether you are starting over after a breakup or divorce, getting back into the job world, or you have decided that you want a fresh start pursuing a new career path – it's never easy. Tamsen will talk about how to maximize the skills you have and put them forward to create a new brand, and a new you.
The first 75 people to register will receive a FREE COPY of Tamsen's latest book, The New Single!
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.
Meet Your New B.F.F. - The Financial Gym Open House
Thurs, Sept 20th 2018 6:30-8:30PM EST
Meet your new B.F.F. (Best Financial Friend) at our first ever Financial Gym Open House! The evening will include A financial fitness workshop let by The Gym's founder, Shannon McLay, networking with Financial Gym Trainers, and light snacks and wine (obvi). Can't come in person? No problem. You can join us o Facebook Live by following our page and tuning in at 7PM EST. (Start time is subject to change).
Did we mention this event is FREE? Grab all your friends interested in getting financially fit to come check out The Gym!
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.
How to be the Change-maker of your Career and Life
Wed, Sept 5th 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
Today, no one is planning to do the same thing for the next 40 years. And even if that is your plan, chances are, that's not how the story will play out.We all have ideas about how we want to change the world, have an impact and live with purpose, but to make these ideas a reality, you've got to know how to execute and turn an idea into action.
Join us for a very special workshop and conversation with Amy Radin, former Chief Innovation Officer at Citi, to learn how to be the change-maker of your career and life.
Investing 101: Learning the basics of investing
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 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 glass of wine (or two) while you learn the basics of investing! We will lead a fun and informative session on investing and answer all your questions. Enjoy wine, snacks and great convo all night long!
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!
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.
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!
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 :)
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!
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.
Wed, June 13th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
Join us for an evening of learning effective tools for budgeting and saving. We will explain why budgets don't always work and what you can do to get your spending on track!
Master Your Media Pitch with Paula Rizzo
Wed, June 6th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
Paula Rizzo, Emmy Award winner and former senior television producer, will lead us through a discussion on the best way to productively pitch to the media. Whether you are looking for media coverage for your personal brand or want to learn the best way to pitch in your marketing role, this is the event for you!
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!
Taking the Mystery out of Employee Benefits with JustWorks
Wed, May 16th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by ALL of the information and different options involved in deciding your employee benefits? FSA? HSA? Join us for a Wine & Learn Wednesday presented by Justworks where they will share the various type of employee benefits, costs associated, and more insider tips!
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!
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!
Frugal Fitness with intensati
Mon, April 30th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM
Let's face it. NYC fitness classes can be expensive. We're stepping in and providing you with a FREE workout class held at the Financial Gym. We are hosting a sweat-dripping, heart-pumping, mood-lifting intenSati class!
The Lola Retreat: a bold money event for bold women
Friday, April 27th - Sunday, April 29th 2018
The Lola Retreat is about facing your fears, owning your dreams and figuring out a plan to be in control of your finances. We'll be hearing from some of the boldest, bravest, funniest women in finance on topics like money mindset, investing, getting out of debt and more.
Investing 101: Learning the Basics of Investing
Wed, April 25th, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00 PM EST
One of our favorite Wine & Learns is back! Have you ever been scared to invest or avoided investing because you didn't know where to begin? Fear no more! Join us for a glass of wine (or two) while you learn the basics of investing.
Vision Boarding: Your Financial Future
Tues, April 24th, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM EST
Join us for an evening of creating your perfect financial picture with vision boards! We will be talking about how you envision your financial future and share ways to get you there. You won't want to miss this creative and inspiring workshop!
Zero Waste Day Featuring: Your Money
Mon, April 23rd, 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
It's National Zero Waste Day and we'll be talking about how to stop being wasteful with your money. You may be treating your money like trash and not even realize it. We are here to help you notice how to stop wasting your money.
Fri, April 20th 2018 6:00-8:00PM
It is 4/20 so what better topic to talk about than "Weed-o-nomics". We are going to be discussing how to build this recreational activity into your budget in our always judgement-free zone! We told you we aren't your typical financial advisors ;)
40 Ways to Get Financially Fit
(Happy Birthday, Shannon!)
Thurs, April 19th 2018 6:00-8:00PM EST
It's our founder and CEO's 40th birthday! To celebrate in proper Financial Gym fashion, we will be sharing 40 ways to get financially fit! We will be sharing the best ways to get your finances in tip-top shape.
Healthy Eating on a Budget
Wed, April 18th 6:00-8:00PM EST
Healthy eating doesn't have to be hard or drain your bank account. In this workshop, we'll talk about how a little planning and meal-prep can streamline your healthy living routine.
Calling All Side Hustlers
Tues, April 17th 2018 6:00-8:00 PM EST
We are going to be talking ALL about how to turn your passions and talents into a side gig. We will be explaining the best way to start getting paid, how to manage a busy schedule with a side gig, and what to do with that extra ca$h.