Three Distinct and Interrelated Self-Care Essentials!
The Woman's Compass Forum is led by Galia Gichon, Margie Jacobson and Michelle Didner, founders
of the Woman's Compass Workshop.
Personal Finance Expert
Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than
20 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and
an MBA in Finance. Her career has spanned corporate bond research analyst, personal finance expert, angel investor, entrepreneur advisor, and author.
As an angel investor and advisor, she has worked with Her Corner, Pipeline Angels, Astia, Topstone Angels, and Refinery CT. She is also the Founder of Down to Earth Finance, independent personal finance education. She has been teaching at Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership for more than 10 years. She has been widely quoted in The New York Times, NBC, CNN, Real Simple, and more. Previously, she worked at Bear Stearns and Nomura Securities. Galia is also the author of “My Money Matters” which
was featured on TODAY SHOW.
Nutrition Coach, Yoga Teacher
Michelle found healing in yoga as a new mother struggling with a health crisis. After completing her RTY 200 training with Saraswati’s Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT, she lived in Argentina and Switzerland where she taught yoga and meditation to an international community. During that time, she began to explore a deeper understanding of nutrition and health, and complete certification as a Holistic Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She continued her studies in yoga, anatomy, and mind/body awareness. Michelle holds a BA in English from Boston College. Michelle currently teaches yoga and workshops in meditation, anxiety management, and nutrition, as well as extended retreats in wellness and self-care. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree of Science in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport and has a passion for empowering women to take charge of their own happiness, health, and well being. She is a founding contributing instructor for My Victory Wellness- online live and on-demand exercise classes for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters.
An attorney, certified mediator, and nonprofit leader with nearly two decades of experience. Her legal experience spans a variety of diverse settings, including an AM Law 100 law firm, an entrepreneurial start-up, and Fortune 100 companies including The Coca-Company Company. She was most recently Of Counsel to a boutique law firm advocating for students' rights from birth through post-secondary education. Margie serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations on the local, state, and national level, providing leadership in the areas of education, civil rights, women's rights, disability rights, and the arts. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and a JD from the Boston University School of Law, as well as Mediation skills certification from Quinnipiac University School of Law's Center on Dispute Resolution, and certification as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.