Awareness | Security | Independence
We aim to empower girl in crisis by making money management easy to understand and apply to their lives. We believe that with the proper resources and education, anyone can overcome financial struggles and start on a path for success and independence.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability provides a comprehensive strategy for developing financial well-being. We use their research to help teach youth how to create healthy money habits, make smart financial decisions, set financial goals and make plans to meet them. Learn more about the CFPB Building Blocks model and recommendations here.
We have designed a financial wellness program to help girls become fiscally responsible and work towards financial independence. Our comprehensive workshops incorporate hands-on activities and real-life scenarios, taught by experienced financial professionals.
Each 90-minute class aims to:
· Develop knowledge of financial products and tools
· Understand and avoid common pitfalls
· Practice skills that lead to healthy money management
· Provide practical advice and solutions for everyday issues
Our Core Team
Kaitlyn Harrow - Finance Program Team Leader
Kaitlyn Harrow is currently an Associate at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, NC. She received her Master of International Business and B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida. She defines her own success by how much she’s helped others succeed and grow. FFG holds a special place in her heart!
Ashley Guzman is a Digital Marketing Associate at Dimensional Fund Advisors. A native Texan, she received her BBA in Finance and MS in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her life, Ashley has found tremendous meaning in giving back to her community. Her motto is “fail fast, fail forward”, and—from her hometown in the Rio Grande Valley, to Austin, to Charlotte—Ashley hopes to continue spreading this message and empowering others to have the courage to pursue anything they desire.
Khiana is currently a Risk Analyst at Bank of America. She is a North Carolina native and graduated from NC State University with a B.S. in Business Administration - Finance. Khiana enjoys traveling, trying new things, and relaxing. She finds happiness in giving back to community and is so excited to be a part of FFG!
Cara Cremeans joins the team with a background in sales, analytics, and coaching Division I cross country and track. Grateful for mentors who inspire and guide her career, service, well-being, and leadership, she loves helping others realize their potential to grow and give back. Cara resides in Charlotte and works for Brooks Running.
Min Axthelm has over 10 years of experience in the investment industry. She currently works as an investment analyst for Wells Fargo in global manager research. Min has lived in various cities around the world, and has recently moved to Charlotte from Sydney, Australia. She enjoys Pilates, hiking and lounging around the house with her husband and their two cats, Pepper and Pumpkin in her free time. Min is looking forward to working with Foundation For Girls!
Nancy Galimi is the co-founder of Best Tek Support and founder of Divergent IT, investor, and entrepreneur. A native of Lima, Peru, she moved to South Florida where she worked and learned from her mother's business. She truly believes "the secret to living is giving."
As the child of a single mom she understands the difficulties and challenges of surviving and thriving in a changing economy. She also believes one can rise up to their circumstances and thrive.
Letitia is a native of New York City, from Bronx, NY and relocated to the Charlotte area by way of Buffalo, NY where she lived for 20 years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Legal Studies and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration. Also, Letitia recently embarked and bought into a franchise that serves to educate as well as assist people with restoring their credit and getting in a position to pursue their dreams. With all of this, she also works at Bank of America in Global Compliance and Operational Risk.
Carolina Conley is relatively new to Charlotte, NC, having recently moved from Dallas, TX. She works as a Senior Consultant for NTTData and has had experience in Financial and Economic Development endeavors. FFG is thrilled to have Carolina on our Financial Wellness team, as she brings years of active volunteer experience and is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Nikhil Kulkarni is a Senior Associate Client Manager working for Mercer, a global Human Resources consulting firm. He did his Bachelors in Business Administration from University of Michigan-Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Nikhil has worked with organizations to implement people-centric strategies and programs in order to better the health, wealth, and careers of their employees. He has always had a passion for helping his community. As a new member of the Charlotte community, Nikhil is excited to support and be a part of FFG!
Christie is an Analytic Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC. After growing up in Ohio, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Analytics and Data Modeling at Northeastern. As a woman who has spent much of her adult life in a male-dominated field, she is passionate about empowering girls to believe they can break free of stereotypes and achieve any goal with positive thinking. Christie hopes to help others find this confidence in themselves through FFG!
Lindley is an Associate Director at UBS and has held a number of operational roles over the past 10+ years. She is currently part of the Asset Management Operations team. Lindley received her B.S. in Business from Wake Forest University and is also a CFA charterholder. Lindley enjoys trying new things and spending time with family and friends. She has two young children who inspire her each day to live life to the fullest. Lindley is excited to be a part of FFG and to and build relationships in the wider community.
“I learned to be responsible with my money”
- FFG Financial Wellness Program Participant
“I learned you can cut out things to keep up with your budget”
- FFG Financial Wellness Program Participant
"I heard from both young adults and our intern that the (Renting) workshop was great and had lots of helpful information! Thank you so much....We’re looking forward to the next workshop!"
- Amy Rose, Transition Coordinator, On Ramp, The Relatives
"Thank you so very much for all that you do to help the ladies of Redeeming Joy, they came back from the class encouraged and excited about their futures."
- Lanie George, Founder and Executive Director, Redeeming Joy
"The Financial Well-Being Workshops are chock-full of practical information that will help clients navigate the financial world in order to become self-sufficient. The entire team comes from a position of deep knowledge, and through her calming demeanor, she actively engages clients. It is magical to watch the young women relate to her sessions, as evidenced by their unsolicited sharing of personal experiences on any given topic. What they take away from these workshops will serve them their entire lives, making this service provided by Foundation For Girls invaluable."
- Janet Ganoung, FFG Board Member, and Financial Well-Being workshop volunteer
"Thank you for continuing to come out and serve our young adults. We greatly appreciate it!"
- Chiquita Patterson, Program Supervisor, On Ramp, The Relatives
"The girls really enjoyed this workshop and learned extremely valuable skills."
- Alisha Jeter, Vocational Coordinator, Florence Crittenton Services