Help the youth of today learn financial life skills, so they can succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Nancy Phillips & The Wela Way

About The Wela Way

At the Wela Way we believe that youth who learn critical financial life skills early on grow up to be successful leaders of their own lives tomorrow. This is something most of us want for our kids. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to provide parents, educators and financial professionals with ready made, easy to follow tools that both kids and teens enjoy using.

Lack of financial understanding and how money works has been proven to lead to frustration, depression, divorce and worse. By teaching our kids how to properly handle the number one resource we deal with everyday, we’re giving them power over their future. We’re eliminating the cause of so many problems and providing them with a stable platform they can use to build the life of their dreams.

It’s not only for kids and teens. While most of us have grown up and learned the hard way about money, we still don’t fully grasp all aspects of being financially stable. Sure we may have great careers, businesses, and to some extent investments, but there is still a lot we can learn. Especially about how to pass on those experiences, and that hard earned knowledge to the next generation. In our store you’ll find our story books, educational packages for kids and teens, as well as audio programs that will guide the adults in the room on exactly how to teach your kids skills that can help them grow up to be successful adults in all key areas of their lives.

Girls Inc. participants holding GISS tins with advisor Kathy Crowley, Panama City, FL

Our Mission:

To help improve the financial and life success skills of our youth globally.

Our Goal:

To help 10 million youth learn financial life skills by 2020.
Nancy Phillips, HBSc. (Kinesiology), MBA Creator of the Wela Way Financial Life Skills Resources

Nancy Phillips

When I was 18 I lived through a motorcycle accident that impacted my mental framework for life. As I was flying through the air head first toward a thousand foot cliff in the Rockie Mountains, a big question came through and I asked Life… “What about my family, and what about all the people I’m supposed to help?” – These two questions have been the drivers of my entire life of passion and hard work. The Wela Way resources were researched and created to help our youth, including my own children, learn essential financial and life success skills. “Wela” means well-being, and is the root of the word wealth. These resources include concepts such as: identifying personal values, effective goal setting, the importance of practicing gratitude, managing money to build wealth not debt, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. This type of knowledge has been shown to decrease the likelihood of bad financial habits or an entitlement attitude taking over. “I believe sharing this information increases the likelihood our children will lead happy, meaningful and personally successful lives. Lives that have the potential to impact the world in a positive way.”

Nancy Phillips – Professional Experience

For over twenty five years Nancy worked with surgeons, engineers, professional athletes and entrepreneurs in the sports medicine and corporate world with roles clinically, in product and brand management, as well as product research and development.  

“Nancy Phillips is passionate about helping parents and grandparents inspire our youth and provides effective tools and information to help them support their children to achieve personal success. Her talks transform lives.”

Vrunda Dave, Ph.D., Publisher Savibiz

How the Journey Began

Do you ever wonder how best to help your children follow their passions and achieve their full potential in today’s complex world? Or how to prepare your kids effectively for life on their own when things are so different from when we were young? When we ask these questions of ourselves, we realize we don’t have forever to pass on the key lessons of life we want to share with our children.

In 2007, after I had a serious health issue when my eldest child Natasha was four, I began asking these questions. I began to look for resources that would help me teach my children what they would need to know right from young childhood through the teen years when they were getting ready to “launch” into independent, adult life. I wanted comprehensive resources that combined financial skills along with the “human” life skills, like values based goal setting, understanding the power of gratitude and philanthropy, and respecting diversity.  I wanted to make sure these family lessons were fun, a wonderful sharing experience, and I knew stories and hands on activities were two of the best ways to learn and develop new behaviors.

I couldn’t find the resources I was looking for, so I began an intensive global review of the literature; books, academic studies, articles and interviews. After researching the best practices extensively, I realized somebody needed to synthesize this information into a simple system and create a method to teach it, something easy to use and fun. This way kids would have the guidance they needed to help reach their full potential in life, and parents and teachers would have a simple framework to use along with the tools they needed in order to be able to teach these essential skills easily and confidently.

During this time my life changed dramatically. Within 18 months of giving birth to my second child and leaving my corporate career, I found myself in traction for a spinal injury, going through a separation and experiencing a debilitating infection in my face and head which nearly left me blind in one eye. Knowing I had a toddler and a three year old child that needed a healthy mom, it forced me to very consciously consider how I wanted to proceed and choose the steps necessary to create a new life that would be meaningful and sustainable for all of us.

More than ever I wanted to clarify the key life questions and find answers to help us have the tools we would need for a happy and successful life during both the good times and challenging times.

I began to hear feedback that many parents needed the same information I did. One evening I thought, “it could be years before someone develops resources like this, should I do it? Someone has to develop a road map to help us all.”

Thankfully the next morning I got a very clear message.  The first thing I saw in writing was a quote from Gandhi: “be the change you want to see in the world.” That was it! I committed there and then to develop resources so families everywhere could help their children learn the skills they need to follow their passions and develop their full potential in life.

While I will always be a “student” looking for leading edge concepts to help our youth succeed in today’s world, I’m thrilled to now share these resources with parents, grandparents, children and organizations globally so we can help our families live a bright and fulfilling future.

We can do it!!

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The Zela Wela Kids Storybook Series

The Zela Wela Kids financial storybook series currently includes four titles. They address topics such as: the difference between needs and wants, the different uses for money, the importance of saving, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. These resources all teach her “give, invest, save and spend” or GISS Method of money management.

Pushing to the Front

TO PUSH OR NOT TO PUSH – is that the question? What is the importance of pushing ourselves? …Why do we push? Pushing implies effort, Effort implies desire, Desire implies emotion, And emotion implies passion. If this is accurate for most of us, Pushing To The Front assumes a passionate mindset.

Nancy joined other celebrity experts who have developed multiple methods to succeed in their fields. With one thing in common – Passion for their goals. This book reveals their secrets. With odds not much different to yours, and at times much more difficult, read how Nancy and these other experts have done it, then copy these methods of “Pushing To The Front” to achieve YOUR goals. One finds limits by pushing them.

Parents Guide to Kids and Money

The Zela Wela Kids financial storybook series currently includes four titles. They address topics such as: the difference between needs and wants, the different uses for money, the importance of saving, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. These resources all teach her “give, invest, save and spend” or GISS Method of money management.

How to Teach Kids and Teens the Most Critical Financial Life Skills Audio Program

Would you like to have kids who grow up to be financially responsible and independent?

Would you like to know how to teach them the key skills to make this happen?

This is exactly what is discussed on this revolutionary new audio program created for moms and dads everywhere who are wondering how to help prepare their children to lead bright, fulfilling and financially successful lives. In one evening it will give you the information you desire, so you can stop worrying about how to teach your child the financial skills they will need to succeed in life.

Steps to Success Guides

Most parents in our society don’t feel well prepared to discuss financial life lessons with their children – yet they know they should.

These guides were developed by a parent specifically to help with this situation. It’s a very different world now than it was when we were teens and they need our help – now!

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