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Upcoming Events

Join Doris in one of her upcoming events to help you grow your financial literacy. Workshops and webinars on How to Protect Yourself Financially and How to Invest are listed below.

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Get notified about upcoming workshops on How to Protect Yourself Financially


How to Protect Yourself Financially - a Webinar for Women

Ottawa - Venue TBD

Jun 8, 2017 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

If your entire life changed overnight, would you be protected financially? Life is good… until it’s not. Then we all learn the hard way, unless we take charge and protect ourselves now.

In this 2-hour webinar, Doris Belland, a women’s financial literacy educator and founder of Your Financial Launchpad, will cover some of the key ways in which you can protect yourself financially and set yourself up for success, regardless of what life throws your way.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Legal documents and systems that will help in the event of your partner’s death
  • Protective documents and systems in case of divorce
  • Protective mechanisms and systems for everyday life
  • Options for day-to-day management of finances
  • The pros and cons of each management system
  • Considering income sources, investments and liabilities
  • The impact of debt on your personal risk

The webinar will include time for live questions. There will also be a follow-up newsletter to address questions that don’t make it into the webinar.

Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you by Doris, and you will receive a link to the webinar one week prior to the webinar.

If you're on the Your Financial Launchpad mailing list, and you buy a copy of Doris's new book Protect Your Purse, Shared Lessons for Women: Avoid Financial Messes, Stop Emotional Bankruptcies, and Take Charge of Your Money between May 8th and May 22nd (at 11:59 pm EST), you are eligible to participate in the Webinar free of charge.

Email Doris a copy of your purchase receipt from Amazon (print book or eBook) at and she will send you the link for the webinar. You can join the mailing list at


How to Invest - and Why It Matters For Women (Women-only event)

Ottawa - Venue TBD

Sep 13, 2017 | 9:00am-4:30pm

Women everywhere say the same thing when it comes to investing: They don’t know what they’re doing and they’re afraid of losing money. So they play it safe, if they invest at all. By doing this, women harm their financial futures and their ability to thrive when life happens. And life always happens at some point.

In the book Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It, we learn that on average, women have 65% less wealth than men. This has an impact on women’s ability to thrive financially when faced with adversity – loss of job, health issues, change in marital status, and so on.

In this day-long workshop, Doris Belland, a women’s financial literacy educator, tackles the issue of investing for women. She will help break down the barriers so that you can move forward with confidence in growing your wealth.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding how your mindset and money story influence your financial decisions, based on psychological research.
  • Uncovering where the wealth gap comes from, and the differences between men and women when it comes to investing.
  • Tackling the terminology of investing. What on earth does it all mean?
  • Considering the notion of risk. What is it really?
  • The nuts and bolts of how to start investing.
  • Comparing different investments – their strengths and risks.
  • What is asset allocation and why is it so important?
  • Outlining different investments strategies. What works, and when?
  • Financial advisors – the good and the bad, based on research.
  • How tax considerations affect investment choices.

Participants will leave with a completed work book and an action plan. They will also have access to a closed Facebook Group for further questions and community support following the workshop. Doris will follow up with the Facebook Group to encourage accountability.

NB. This course is being offered at introductory pricing. It is a Beta-course for an on-line course in development. The workshop will only be offered twice at this price. Participants are asked to provide feedback on the content and presentation. Regular price is $497.