Yolanda McGowan, JD, MBA
My passion and my purpose are, and have always been, PEOPLE. Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more you grow. For many years, my focus was on legal advocacy as I worked to educate, inform, protect, and empower my individual, family, small business, and corporate clients.
Now, my focus is on financial literacy and mastery. I grew up in a family and community where financial literacy was not taught. Finances were not discussed – by those who had means and those who did not. Nor was it taught in my primary or secondary educational settings either. While I benefited from some knowledge, I would be much further ahead had I obtained a better understanding of budgeting, saving, protecting, and investing in my younger years. Because it is never too late to start, my mission is to learn as much as I can and share that knowledge. My work with New York Life enables me to educate and empower myself, my family, my community, small business owners, and others like me to have a secure financial future and leave a legacy for the individuals and institutions they love.
I obtained my law degree (juris doctorate) from the University of Wisconsin, after which I received my Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My first degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Public Relations, cum laude.
I am fortunate to be a part of a large family. Spending time with them is where I find my greatest joy. Helping others grow and flourish is a very close second, which is why I dedicate my time and talents to volunteering in my community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I also serve on the Foundation Board for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where we provide scholarships to help make college affordable.
My combined education and experience, coupled with my commitment to service, makes partnering with New York Life one of the best opportunities for me to operate with passion to fulfill my purpose. Life IS good!