International Association of Women Recognizes Vanessa Gilbert as a 2021-2022 Influencer

Vanessa Gilbert, Financial Literacy Educator/Insurance Agent, joins networking organization

CHICAGO - April 6, 2021 - (

The International Association of Women (IAW) recognizes Vanessa Gilbert as a 2021-2022 Influencer. She is acknowledged as a leader in entrepreneurship. The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online networking platform with more than 100 local chapters, International Chapters and 1,000+ in person and virtual events.

After 25 years in corporate America, the last 14 in sales management, Vanessa Gilbert was downsized and needed to make a decision as to what to do next. "I had to do an assessment and decide what I wanted to do in the next chapter of my life," she said. "Insurance, investing and financial literacy education is what I found. For the last three years, I have been working in those fields, educating people on insurance and educating on financial literacy."

Ms. Gilbert also provides legal services to people as a Consultant with LegalShield, and continues to use the skills she had honed during her previous career in sales and management, including communication and project management. "Having excellent sales skills is crucial in order to sell or make suggestions as to the best products for clients," she said. "Being proactive and organized are also key skills I use to stay on track and on schedule with projects. Additionally, I excel at coaching, training and leadership, and recruiting new team members as I have always had to lead and train teams to make sure goals were met."

Like many people this past year, Ms. Gilbert's business suffered but she has persevered. "Since the beginning of the pandemic, having to rebuild my client base has been challenging," she said. "However, finding my love of teaching and specializing in crypto currency education has been the most rewarding aspect of this new business venture." 

As for the future, Ms. Gilbert plans to complete and publish her first book. She will continue to grow and obtain sponsors for her weekly chat show/podcast where she interviews business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders. You can listen to Ms. Gilbert's chat show/ podcast, Chat with Nessa, on YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify.

Education & Accomplishments:  B.S., Oral Roberts University, Telecommunications; Attended American University for two years; Licensed Insurance Agent; 2019 Number #1 Life Sales Manager, PMA; Member of Christian Women in Media Association.

About IAW
The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online professional networking platform that provides women the forum, professional development and services needed to thrive in an interconnected world. Through 100+ local chapters, International Chapters and 1000+ in person and virtual events, members cultivate valuable connections, develop professionally, and promote themselves and their businesses. Founded in Chicago in 2017, IAW is a division of Professional Diversity Network, Inc., an online network tailored to provide diverse professionals in the United States with access to employment opportunities.

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