Within minutes of learning about the Second Saturday Divorce Workshops, I applied to be a Workshop Leader. Why? Because I went through my own divorce nightmare and I know how emotionally, mentally and financially challenging the divorce process can be and I want others to know, I am here and I can help them through it. These workshops offer a divorcee all the tools they need to confidently prepare for court hearings, conduct financial transactions and keep emotional stability for their family. I am excited to have such a wonderful team of professionals to present this workshop to my community in New Orleans.
I began my financial advising career in 1999 with Ameriprise Financial Advisors where I acquired my Certified Financial Planner® designation in 2005 and then, achieved the Chartered Retirement Planner Specialist® designation in 2008. After a short break to focus on family and recover from my divorce, I joined Gulf Coast Wealth Management in 2014. For almost 20 yrs, it has been my passion to encourage, educate and empower people to live better financial lives – especially women. In November 2017, I joined The Divorce Resource Center for Women in New Orleans to provide financial leadership to women going through the divorce process and post-divorce recovery. With these women, I have cried, fought aside and stabilized, not only their lives, but their children’s future. I have been so blessed to be able to give back to women in need.
I have also made it my mission to educate children and teenagers about money management. Working with the National Council of Financial Educators, I have presented a number of financial literacy courses to children of various ages and actively promote these courses to different organizations and local schools for all educational levels. My main students are Allyson, Madylin and Sophia, my three daughters.
One of my favorite quotes and my daily motto is “Semper Fortis,” meaning forever strong in Latin.
Emotional Wellness Presentation
Emily Dodart developed The Divorce Resource Center for Women (DRC) in 2014 after she personally experienced the divorce process and longed for a place women could go to get information and support during the divorce process. Over the past 3 years, Emily has worked with over 80 women in various stages of divorce. She has worked with community organizations, lawyers, financial advisors, therapists and others to create a network of providers to whom the DRC can refer their women. The DRC’s goal is to make sure every woman has a safe place to go for help and know she is not alone during this life-changing process. Emily will be conducting our Emotional Wellness presentations for the Second Saturday Divorce Workshops.
Stephen is a long time resident of the Kenner/Metairie area having attended Kehoe France and Archbishop Rummel High School. His career began as a police officer in Jefferson and St. Charles Parishes. Just before his daughter was born, he resigned from police work and began college at the age of 27. He attended Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans where he majored in Chemistry. He obtained is Juris Doctorate at Tulane Law School.
Stephen started his private practice almost immediately after graduating and passing the bar exam. He has been the Director of Code Enforcement and Inspections as well as the Chief Prosecutor for the City of Kenner. His approach to legal representation is one of problem solving and simplifying complex issues and troubling times in the lives of his clients. He recently became certified in Family Law Mediation and hopes to help families navigate the process both economically and emotionally. “The process is tough enough by definition. An attorney doesn’t have to make it any tougher than it already is. A good mediator can bring people together to reconcile their own differences within the bounds of the law without the need for expensive and emotionally brutal fights in a court room.”