It’s June—time to think about dads and grads again. As someone who is passionate about growing the number of women and other under-represented groups in the ranks of financial planners, it’s no surprise I often direct my advice and encouragement to women.
Not today. Today, I’m talking to you: dad, father figure, godfather, uncle…any man who has a female in his life who looks up to him. This is for you.
Kate Healy and her father, Jack Healy, on Hawk Mountain while hiking the Appalachian Trail.
I come from a big Irish Catholic family. My father grew up in a time of traditional mindsets about gender roles. But since his father died when he was young, my dad had many strong females in his life—his mother, his grandmother, and his two sisters. So when it came to his four daughters, he made sure we knew we could be whoever we wanted to be. No limitations. (Especially me, because I was his favorite!) He was a wonderful man in so many ways, and I thank him for teaching me this all-important life lesson.