Top 100 Women of Impact: Leah Marie Collins

Leah Marie Collins

Premarital Financial Coach, Leah Marie Collins LLC

About me: I am a premarital financial counselor with more than 16 years of experience reducing costs for global organizations. My passion for finance reached a pivotal moment when my wedding was called off six weeks before the event date after discovering my partner and I were financially incompatible. Although devastating, I realized I wasn’t alone and learned that financial issues are one of the leading causes of divorce in the U.S. In response, I decided to use my life and career experience to build a platform helping women determine their financial compatibility with their partners before tying the knot.

Lives/Works in: Bentonville

Best Career Advice: Knowing every individual holds inherent value is highly beneficial. It’s important to recognize opportunities, referrals and personal growth can arise unexpectedly from various sources. By treating each person with respect and attention, you increase the likelihood of uncovering valuable connections and unforeseen avenues for professional and personal development.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Focusing on a single area of expertise and excelling in it is crucial. Trying to cater to everyone’s needs can be challenging and dilute your offerings. By specializing in a specific niche, you can provide a unique value proposition and charge accordingly for your specialized services.

Proudest Moment of Impact: As a result of my financial coaching, my very first client went on to pay off all of her debt ($90,000) and started her own financial coaching business within two years of completing my coaching program. 

Call to Action: Restricting access to financial resources, impeding financial autonomy and manipulating the ability to acquire and manage money constitute financial abuse, which is prevalent in 99% of domestic violence cases. This form of abuse proves highly effective in ensnaring victims within harmful relationships, because they worry about their capacity to support themselves and their children if they were to leave. Empowering women with financial skills is imperative to safeguard their well-being and that of their children. 

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