In our Females & Finances series, inspirational women leaders from Madison and Milwaukee share their words of wisdom for women who are trying to manage their finances and own it in their everyday lives. Know someone who has a great story to share? Send nominations to Marketing.Requests@summitcreditunion.com.
This month, check out Corinn Ploessl’s story, and see how she leveraged her networking connections to find a career she’s truly passionate about.
- What does “owning it” mean to you?
To me, “owning it” means being confident. Be confident in your decisions, your goals, your actions, and others will see you as a leader who knows what they’re doing. Carry yourself with confidence and be true to yourself in all aspects of your life and you’ll truly be “owning it”!
- Tell us about your personal and professional journey and how you got where you are today.
I grew up in the Madison area and knew I wanted to come back after college. I was hired as a marketing professional for an accounting firm and worked there for nearly seven years. During that time, I got really involved in the young professional networking scene, which helped open my eyes to the great quality of life Madison has to offer young people. Over the last several years, I've made it my mission to connect my peers to one another and to our city. My volunteer work made me aware of how much I love event planning – sourcing venues, picking food options and ironing out all the little details. This discovery of my passion, and my background in marketing, lead me to where I am today at the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, serving as the organizational events manager. In my current role, I am responsible for the development, planning and execution of 30-40 events annually. I am still very involved in the young professional scene in Madison and am thrilled to get to do what I love every day.
- What are the most important lessons you’ve learned about finances?
My parents have always been my teachers when it comes to finances. They’ve taught me how to budget, how to save and how to make big purchases (i.e., car and house). The most important lesson I’ve learned from them is to live within your means. That doesn’t mean you can’t splurge once in a while, but that lesson has stuck in my mind and helped me weigh big financial decisions. I’ve also learned that you can save for fun. I set up a separate bank account after I graduated high school to be my travel fund. The money in that account helped fund my study abroad program, several vacations and now trips to see friends get married! A final lesson I’ve learned about finances is that you can always ask for help. I’m not a numbers person, so when I need help, I have an excellent pool of resources to turn to. I am constantly running things by my accountant, my financial planner and of course, my parents.
- What resources/strategies help you manage your money?
I like to use ACH payments as much as I can for things like my mortgage, homeowners association dues, investments, gym memberships, etc.; basically, anything that is the same payment amount month to month. For all other non-consistent payments like credit cards and energy bills, I choose to review the statements each month before remitting payment. Additionally, I use a Google Spreadsheet to track my monthly budget. It’s a template I found when I started college and have been using it ever since!
- What’s your favorite quote from an inspirational woman?
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt