We Should Talk About Financial Literacy for Women and Girls with Money Guru, Monica O'Neill
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Do you know where your money is coming from? How much is coming in and how much is going out? Who is does your taxes? When is your mortgage due? Is your name on the title of your home?
The Two Jess(es) sit down with Monica O'Neill,  International Investment Executive, who is passionate about making sure women and girls are literate and well versed in the area of finances.  Monica believes knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your money. In this episode, Jess and Jess get practical tips on how to ensure they stay well informed on their personal finances, how to prepare for the inevitable rainy day ahead, and more than anything, they connect over the empowerment of financial independence, whether you are bringing in $1 or $1 million.

Meet Monica!

Ms O’Neill is the CEO of ENSO Advisors LLC, a comprehensive
equity capital, marketing and investment product development consultancy she founded in
2015. ENSO advises on the expansion of companies’ client base and investment products,
improvement of marketing and compliance, augmentation of their international profile, and
preparation for programmatic or equity capital campaigns. Her clients are global and
collectively manage over $11 Billion in AUM.
She is an international investment executive with over 30 years’ experience in fundraising,
global marketing and market entry, public/private partnerships, risk management and
compliance. She has a proven track record of working at top executive levels within leading
global organizations and Fortune 500 companies, especially private equity real estate firms.
She is comfortable navigating countries and challenges to consistently deliver bottom line
Ms O’Neill was a founding partner of the award-winning and industry-leading private equity real
estate investment firm Tristan Capital Partners, London, UK, which manages over €9 Billion
(AUM) for US and EMEA clients. In 2010, she launched Tristan’s brand capitalizing on her
strong relationships with global institutional clients and the international media. She was a
managing member of the team that led the growth of the firm from six to 100 employees in just
six years and remains today an active senior advisor with Tristan consulting on a range of
business development issues.
Ms O’Neill was integral to the managed lift out of Tristan from real estate investment manager
AEW Europe, where the firm’s founding partners originated from, and brought €1.5 billion in
client capital to the new company.
At AEW she led all business development efforts and served on the Global Business Policy
Group, European Management Committee, and Executive Business Officers Committee. She
was also an active member of the compliance, risk management and leadership groups of
AEW. Ms O’Neill led a team of 270 AEW Europe staff in eight offices across Europe.
In her earlier Washington, DC years. Ms O’Neill led the business development team for
international multi-manager, Strategic Investment Group founded by Hilda Ochoa
headquartered in Arlington, VA.

She was the Managing Partner of The Greater Washington Initiative, the public/private
partnership formed to promote the Greater Washington region for inbound corporate

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