8 March 2024

Wagga podcaster empowers regional women to achieve financial security

| Chris Roe
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Jenny Rolfe-Wallace (right) with panellists at the International Women’s Day event "Can You Afford That Cupcake".

Jenny Rolfe-Wallace (right) with panellists at the International Women’s Day event “Can You Afford That Cupcake”. Photo: Jackie Cooper (Jack of Hearts Studio).

Financial educator Jenny Rolfe-Wallace is passionate about helping the women of the Riverina to get on the front foot with their finances.

Her new podcast was launched on Friday (1 March) off the back of the International Women’s Day event “Can You Afford That Cupcake” and Jenny hopes it will provide an ongoing platform to explore solutions.

“The event at the CSU Playhouse was very successful in terms of starting the conversation and building awareness of just how these deep systemic issues affect women at a local community level and national level,” she said.

“It will be good to continue the conversation to talk about strategies and solutions, and then to get action and leadership on those so we can progress gender equality further and faster.”

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As host of the podcast “It’s Not About The Money (Australia)”, Jenny speaks with a broad range of guests about the underlying causes of financial inequality and what needs to be done to build financial security and wellbeing.

“I’m talking to experts with real experience in their various areas and we are covering off a whole range of issues from gender equality to childcare, starting small businesses, imposter syndrome and even the economic value of breast milk,” she explained.

“It’s not just another ‘how to’ podcast and it’s not about just speaking to people I agree with. It’s about wrestling with issues and getting into the nitty-gritty.

“We ask why women are more likely to experience high levels of financial insecurity than men and call out those systemic issues.”

According to host Jenny Rolfe-Wallace, It's Not About The Money is not just another 'How To' podcast.

According to host Jenny Rolfe-Wallace, It’s Not About The Money is not just another ‘How To’ podcast. Photo: Supplied.

As the founder of Sprout Education Group, Jenny had been looking for a new outlet to share her experience.

“I had been wanting to do podcasts and, because I had no idea how to do it, I enrolled in a course at TAFE last year and that was enough to let me get to that point of conscious incompetence,” she said with a laugh.

“As part of that course, we had to create a trailer and artwork and then present our concept and play the trailer for the class.

“So after seeing it, the facilitator said, ‘Right, when are you launching it?’ and I said, ‘Well, the United Nations theme is ‘Count Her In’ so I’m going to launch it in March ahead of International Women’s Day’ and that’s how it came about.”

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Jenny said it was important to hear from women and diverse voices in a space traditionally dominated by “affluent white men”.

“My bookshelf is full of books written by Australian women from diverse lived experiences and they all have something different to say,” Jenny enthused.

“I am so excited about that emerging recognition of diversity in the financial space and in financial education, and it makes me hopeful that we’re going to stop focusing on maths and percentages and start talking about why we do what we do.

“We need to be more conscious in our approach to how we build a society, a financial system and an economy that supports people to feel empowered and make good financial decisions for themselves.”

For more, you can check out Jenny’s podcast, It’s Not About the Money.

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