Empowering women financially
Finances. Savings. Pensions. These words can trigger waves of panic even in the most business-savvy amongst us. And yet, we can all agree that getting your finances in order is pretty damn important – so what do you do?
I launched Vestpod with the mission to empower women financially. My background is in private equity - but I realized over the years I could have done much more about managing my own finances. Women today drive the world economy and are family breadwinners but are not saving and investing enough for retirement even if they live longer than men. They also earn 80 cents to a man dollar. At the same time, professional advice is expensive, intimidating and not well adjusted to the challenges women face.
We participated in Google Campus for Mums program, and are now part of The Family (the European platform for entrepreneurs) and Natwest RBS Fintech accelerator.
Vestpod has been shortlisted in the 2018 Women in Finance Awards as Disruptor of the year!
Emilie Bellet - founder
Formerly working in private equity, Emilie launched Vestpod to change the conversation about money and empower women financially.
After studying in Paris, Madrid and London and graduating from ESCP-EAP and Assas Paris II, Emilie started her career at Lehman Brothers where she worked as an analyst in private equity merchant banking. She was part of the spin-off team that became Trilantic Capital Partners. After 7 years she went on to launch a first tech recruitment business.
Reflecting on her years working in finance, she realized she was not saving or investing enough and could not find the support to do so. She then decided to launch Vestpod for women - as a way to provide education and a community for women to start breaking the taboo around money. Vestpod is a digital platform with a popular weekly newsletter as well as personal finance workshops and networking events.
Emilie is a co-author of the WealthTECH book published by Wiley, she wrote a chapter on 'Empowering Women Financially: The Why and the How'. The WealthTECH Book is the 1st globally crowd-sourced book on the investment and wealth management industry for investors, entrepreneurs and visionaries!
Melissa Katsoulis - writer
Melissa is a journalist and editor with experience on The Times, The Financial Times and Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of Telling Tales: A History of Literary Hoaxes.
Press & Articles
"Why Aren’t More Women Investing?" in SheerLuxe.
"Women urgently need to address the gender investment gap" by Claer Barrett from The Financial Times.
"A quick tête-a-tête with Emilie, founder of Vestpod" by Emily meny-Gibert from Oval Money.
"Financially empowering women everyday: Emilie Bellet, Founder of Vestpod". Thank you to Le Salon, a super app for women for this interview!
"International Women's Day". This year at Growth Street we want to celebrate three incredible women who have distinguished careers in the finance industry with April Nardulli: Senior Regulatory Counsel at RateSetter and Victoria Raffé: Non-Executive Director at Starling Bank.
"Breaking the Money Taboo" by City University, which is doing wonderful things like supporting their impressive network of alumni!
"Helping women with financial planning may be banking’s next marketing tactic" We have been featured by Mapa Research, providers of unique digital banking research and consultancy on financial planning and women. The alarming ascendancy of Trump, the alt right movement and women’s marches around the world are making it a very interesting and challenging time for feminism and gender equality.
"On a journey from Private equity to launching Vestpod" Our feature on BroadMinded website. BroadMinded is a community of talented and passionate women from a wide range of sectors. No two 'Broads' are alike; but what we have in common is a love of what we do, a desire to support each other's successes and an infectious spirit of fun.
"NOI Ladies: Emilie Bellet aka Lady Smart Money" Our interview by the lovely Paola Garbini of NOI Club. NOI is a thriving community of female achievers that champion each other and organise regular meetups.