Alum Discusses What Wealth Means to Her in The New York Times

Alum Discusses What Wealth Means to Her in The New York Times

Posted 11.15.17

“Wealth means loving what you do and the contributions that you make,” Rachel Talton told The New York Times. “It means being able to be financially free to do the things you love, to live the way you want to live.” Talton received her doctorate from Weatherhead School of Management in 2010 and is the CEO of Synergy Marketing Strategy & Research based in Akron, Ohio.

The national publication interviewed Talton and 10 others for its piece called “What is Wealth?” Each interviewee provided a unique perspective on the concept. Talton’s portion of the piece is included below:

Wealth is about community, good health and service to others for Rachel Talton. Ms. Talton, 52, is founder of the Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership, and chief executive of Synergy Marketing Strategy & Research in Akron, Ohio.

“I know we are blessed financially because we have the freedom to do the things that we want not only today but tomorrow,” said Ms. Talton, who lives with her husband in the suburb of Richfield.

As a little girl, Ms. Talton knew she wanted to help people, and yearned to be a psychiatrist. In college, she realized she “might not become the scientist I wanted to be” but had a way with words, and switched to marketing. She ultimately earned a doctorate at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Financial success doesn’t guarantee happiness, she said, but it provides a kind of freedom.

“Wealth means loving what you do and the contributions that you make,” Ms. Talton said. “It means being able to be financially free to do the things you love, to live the way you want to live. But it also means being healthy, and to know that your family and the ones you care about are healthy and spiritually whole, and that they’re contributing.” 

Read the full story in The New York Times


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