Meet the 2021 Honorees
Savvy Ladies is pleased to announce the 2021 exceptional leaders supporting & leading financial empowerment for women. This year’s theme revolves around inspiring & motivating women to create their roadmap for financial success. Our amazing roster of honorees are recognized for their unwavering commitment to financial education & advancement of financial literacy for women.
Sayra Fischer Lebenthal Award
The Sayra Fischer Lebenthal Award for Professional Excellence in Finance was created in 2015 to honor Sayra Fischer Lebenthal, the co-founder of Lebenthal & Company. A formidable businesswoman with the highest standards, Sayra Fischer Lebenthal believed that serving clients with honesty and integrity was the best and only way to do business. This award is presented to a woman in the financial services professionals who, like Sayra, believed in teaching women the importance of understanding their investments and taking responsibility for their financial lives.
Manisha Thakor, CFA, CFP®, is a nationally renowned financial literacy advocate for women and founder of MoneyZen, a boutique financial wellbeing consultancy. A 25-year veteran of the financial services industry, her work has been featured in a wide range of media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, Women’s Health, and Real Simple. Manisha sits on the board of The National Endowment for Financial Education and has authored two personal finance books: On My Own Two Feet and Get Financially Naked. Manisha earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Wellesley College.
Savvy Lady of the Year Award
The Savvy Lady of the Year Award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated significant fiscal responsibility in her own life and is taking the steps to build her financial roadmap to independence. The recipient of this award is committed to continuing financial education, the cornerstone of the Savvy Ladies mission.
Maxi is an administrative assistant working in the financial services industry, having recently transitioned from a background in the healthcare sector and dedicated volunteer work in nonprofit and charitable organizations. Maxi is excited to begin this journey of financial literacy, being empowered through economic stability and sharing this knowledge with others.