Margaret May Damen

Margaret May Damen - Women Wealth and Giving

Margaret May Damen

Margaret May Damen CFP®, CLU, ChFC, CDFA
Founder and CEO of The Institute For Women and Wealth
To nurture and empower women to fulfill abundantly their wealth legacy

“Wow, She’s great! Wonderful, refreshing, thought provoking and inspiring.”

Margaret May Damen is a charismatic speaker, author, and dynamic seminar leader. Her warm and engaging style gives audiences a refreshing yet practical vision of how to live and leave a legacy unique to their passion and purpose to make a difference in the world. She is co-author of Women, Wealth & Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation, and a frequent and popular national keynote speaker and consultant.

Her focus on women’s financial and philanthropic issues began in 1990 with the publication of her book, Money$ense for Women. Today, her renowned workshop series, “The Life You Live is the Legacy You Leave,” and “You are the Pebble in The Pond” inspire and empower women and men to identify and embrace their psychological and emotional essence that enables them to excel in meaningful individual and family philanthropic giving by using tools from the 10 Steps to Living the Three Principles of Abundance. ™

Her 35 year career in education, finance, and philanthropy started as an Associate Vice President for Development at Boston University and continued as public relations director for New England Conservatory of Music and Executive Director of Arts/Boston., and included 18-years as a Senior Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors. She is Past President of the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council, and serves on the national board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, PPP (formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving, NCPG). She has presented at national AFP, AHP and NCPG venues.

Damen holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree from Boston University where she is a member of the National Alumni Council Board. She is listed in “Who’s Who in Finance in America,” a recipient of the Boca Raton, Florida Chapter Brandeis Women of the Year award, and the Executive Women of the Palm Beach’s Leadership Award. She is a flutist and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

Audiences around the country find that Margaret May Damen’s talent and ability to speak from the heart combined with her financial and philanthropic experience; allows them to unlock “their wealth within,” connect with their values, live a purposeful life and leave a meaningful legacy. For more information on her availability for workshop, consulting or speaking engagements go to:

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  • Testimonials

    " Men should read this book too..."
    To begin with, this is an intelligent book - no small praise in the growing pantheon of efforts to explain philanthropy. While the idea of giving money to worthy causes will probably always be linked to words like "goodness" and "altruism," it often doesn't survive a critical analysis, particularly among those not intimately linked to nonprofits, because the feelings, mushy on their own, are usually unconnected to useful or concrete motivators. Which is, in its way, an irony of Women, Wealth, and Giving. Its main message circles around values and feelings, and yet it conveys concrete ways for women to make the most of who they are to help society. Margaret May Damen and Niki Nicastro McCuistion, in a way most current writers of philanthropy and the nonprofit world do not or cannot, have merged underlying passions with an intellectual authority to explain why women need to see themselves as donors separate from men.

    - Douglas E. White
    President & CEO of Charities Today
    Co-editor-in-chief of Giving Magazine.
    Author of “The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving (Wiley & Sons)

    Women, Wealth, and Giving is an inspiring story of how we enrich our lives on every level when we give to others. It is a call to action, for each one of us to get involved, to join hands and hearts in collaboration with others, to share, to give what we can, to volunteer, and to strengthen our commitment to our communities. Join me in making a deep bow to our writers for gathering the wisdom found here and showcasing these inspired women. May we all seek to join them and, by doing so, create a lasting legacy and makes a great leap forward for the love of humankind.
    - Tracy Gary
    Author, Inspired Philanthropy
    Founder, Inspired Legacies

    In Women, Wealth, and Giving, Damen and McCuistion document the tremendous influence and power boomer women exert today in philanthrapy. Their interviews and stories reinforce current research at the Center on Philanthrapy and among researchers around the country that boomer women have the potential to change the world.
    - Debra J. Mesch, PhD, Director, Women's Philanthropy Institute, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

    The book we've all been waiting for-the untold story of boomer women changing the world and themselves through philanthropic expression. This book is both an inspiration to boomer women and a wonderful acknowledgement of the transformational role they have served in both the growth and diversity of philanthropy today.
    - Ellen Remmer, President/CEO, THe Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.

    Praise for Women, Wealth, and Giving