This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One. All opinions are so very my own, and the experience was rewarding.
The cold rain couldn’t stop me, and as I walked through the city streets with Scarlet’s little ladybug umbrella, I had a smile for everyone I passed. I was PUMPED! It was Giving Tuesday, and that made everything all warm and bright. Also, Peet’s!!!
Why was I in Boston with a ladybug umbrella? I was invited to attend a panel discussion, in honor of Giving Tuesday, for one of Capital One’s recurring #CapXTalk panel series. I was a little nervous but was instantly welcomed in, and warmed, and led to hang up my coat, enjoy a beverage, and find a comfortable seat. I met several other bloggers and we ate, watched the panel, enjoyed ourselves, learned a LOT, and explored the unique ways that businesses do and can give back to their communities, and improve lives too. Capital One started this recurring (and rewarding) panel series earlier this year.
The panel participants:
Michael J. Egan – Red Sox Foundation Board Member for The Red Sox Foundation
Jessica Cox – Director of Harpoon Helps & Sponsorships for Harpoon Brewery
Catherine Foca – President, Capital One Foundation and Senior Director, Community Affairs, for Capital One.
It’s so rewarding to watch, because it’s four really effective and inspiring speakers. There wasn’t a minute of the panel in which I wasn’t gripped and touched by their individual stories, and methods for companies to give back. Capital One continues to grow in Boston, and is reimagining banking with its powerful, ongoing efforts. Their recurring panel series has covered everything from personal finance to innovation and small business. I was lucky enough to watch the latest panel, highlighting Capital One’s commitment to investing for good, and you can watch it HERE too. In Boston, Capital One has partnered with charitable organizations like Boston Cares, and has also launched the Give Back campaign, which empowers and funds Capital One associates to support local causes of their choice. How cool is that?
As a mother, a banking client, and a small business owner, I’m all about thinking about ways to modernize banking, or to think about ways it’s already been done. I experienced so many cool things at the Capital One Cafe. Like the Amazon Echo!
I also saw a demo of an ATM that is available at the Boylston Street location, and it offers banking clients a way to get money out of an ATM without having a card, or even a wallet on them, and without having to touch the machine itself! You can use your phone to get out your cash – and it’s awesome for EVERYONE who wants to do their banking easily – without worrying about privacy, germs, or even their height or capability. This is HUGE. There’s also a Cashtapp app that will alert you when a CashTapp machine is close to you, so you won’t have to pay ATM fees. I have been guilty of paying those far too often.
What does Capital One want you to know? Oh, so much. For one, the Café (bank that’s also and feels like a Café) concept started in Boston over two years ago, and now there are five locations throughout the city. They will be expanding their Boston presence by opening locations in Hingham, Lynnfield and the Seaport in the coming months. Capital One empowers people to feel more confident with their relationships with money, and they’re redesigning the banking experience to help your money ultimately fit your life. Your changing life. I’m blown away by their impact on the world, and on me individually.
Capital One is constantly implementing new programs and ways for you to think about your finances, and they are continuing to develop and pilot innovative digital financial technology. What does this mean? It means innovative products, digital tools, and Cafés. It means new ways for you to achieve your goals. You can expect to see partnerships with charitable organizations, such as Boston Cares, ABCD, and Junior Achievement. Capital One is also piloting an exciting first-to-industry series of supper club-style money workshops, and offering 1:1 money coaching sessions within their Cafés. It’s free for everyone and easy to schedule a session in their Harvard Square Café.