Alexa von Tobel and her company, LearnVest, are taking the world of women and finance by storm. Budgeting, financial planning, investing — they can do it all, and by the looks of her most recent $19 million fundraising success, LearnVest is here to stay! Little Pink Book recently highlighted Alexa as “This Week’s Top Woman,” and we agree wholeheartedly. Below are a few awesome Q&A’s from LPB and Alexa:
LPB: When has perseverance paid off for you?
AvT: It took me literally five months to get one of the investors in our seed round to invest. They did everything in their power to say no. I was just unwilling to accept it. Ultimately I got them to invest and they took on a bigger investment later on. Everyone else said, “why are we even going to this meeting? It’s just not going to happen.” And I thought: “Well, you never know. Let’s stay focused. Let’s give them our best and let’s see what happens.” It ended up turning out really, really well.
LPB: What do you think is the biggest concern for professional women right now?
AvT: Taking more risks. Fear holds us back just in general. Get comfortable asking for raises, asking for more responsibility, asking for a part of your career you want to take charge of. Literally, putting your neck out there. If you’re not nervous every day, a little bit, then you’re not pushing yourself. My New Year’s Resolution was: ‘Get up, dress up, and show up.’ Get up on time, dress up every day, and show up with a smile. Do that every day – half of life is just showing up on time.
LPB: What are your personal finance tips for women?
AvT: Everyone needs help with personal finance and LearnVest talks to all people – women and men of all ages. The most valuable thing any career woman could do is to get a financial plan. You need to sit down and actually come up with a financial plan of what you want to achieve in your life and how you’re going to get there. Do you want to buy a home? How are you getting there financially? Because guess what – that’s what your career is all about!