The Beam exists to ensure our members feel encouraged and confident to be active participants in the management of their wealth.
We help the financial sector better serve women's needs.
Our personal experiences in wealth management have left us often feeling frustrated. It has taken decades for us to find the right advisors, the right education and the right tools to empower us to manage our wealth in the way we want to.
We've realised that there is a definite need for a place where women can learn to take charge of their wealth and finances. We often lack the knowledge, confidence or incentive to take the reins in this way.
That is why we have created The Beam Network to empower women. We aim to be a catalyst for change, creating a more productive financial system that is diverse in both its workers and investors.
Michelle is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur helping women and girls fulfil their potential to change the world.
An activist and strategic philanthropist, Ana, has worked for over 20 years in violence prevention, education, and poverty eradication, with particular emphasis in Latin-America.
Bertha is an entrepreneur with experience in the creative industry. She worked in fashion editorial, first in Mexico then in New York.
“After my divorce, I thought, ‘as long as I can live off my money that’s fine.’
Now I want to know more. I want to do more.
[Since taking The Beam Network's Foundations course,]
I’ve already changed how I invest, moving more to impact.”
Aunnie Patton Power
Aunnie Patton Power is a former investment banker, turned impact investor and university lecturer. She is the founder of Intelligent Impact, a technology for a social impact advisory firm, and has worked with start-ups, family offices, foundations and corporates. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.
Lisa van Eck
Director of Strategy & Operations
Lisa holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena. She worked at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) where she grew the South African chapter and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Lisa is a co-founder of Blink, which houses the Blockchain Entrepreneurs Club South Africa (BECSA) – a network designed to strengthen the community of emerging tech entrepreneurs in South Africa.
We also have a number of guest faculty members that provide different, yet objective, perspectives for our Advanced Courses. We announce our guest faculty alongside each course.
At the Beam Network, we know that educating, inspiring and connecting women can have a powerful, positive social impact. We are a purpose-driven business that wants to support women across the world. To enable us to deliver this support, we make the following promises.
We give back to women and girls.
We aim to provide our educational content, operational support and 10% of our profits to charities that help women and girls in underserved communities build the skills and confidence they need to succeed; whether it's financial literacy, leadership or entrepreneurial know-how.
We commit to be climate positive.
We are committed to being climate positive by 2022, removing 100% more carbon from the air that our operation emits.
We are dedicated to sharing our team's expertise.
We will dedicate at least 5% of our expert team's time to pro bono and charitable activities.
We will pay fairly.
Everyone who works for and with us at The Beam Network is paid at least the Real Living Wage.