Owner Spotlight: Tesia Brooks

I’m Tesia Brooks, proud owner of Brooks Financial and Empowered Divorce Solutions.

I look forward to sharing my story. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know me better.

The most enjoyable part of my job is working with people. I enjoy meeting with my clients and helping them gain confidence throughout their divorce proceedings. Much of my work is focused on helping my clients feel they are not alone and that there is life after divorce.

I have been working in the financial industry for the past forty years. I was employed in the accounting world for fifteen years. For the last twenty-five years, I have been an entrepreneur.

I was going through my own divorce in 2010. My lawyer was delighted that I was able to sort out the tough financial questions on my own. I realized that there are likely many people going through a divorce without the necessary skills or unbiased perspective to objectively sort through their financial affairs. This awareness prompted me to begin my training through the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. I became a Certified Divorce Financial Analysts.

My values of helpfulness and serving others, instilled in me as a child, give me the tools I need to help clients who are extremely vulnerable during a difficult time.

I grew up and went to school in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

My responsibilities are to both potential and existing clients. I offer prospective clients a free consultation. They can decide if my service is a good fit for them and explore how I may help. During our consultation, I help them envision what their post-divorce life might look like. Together, we review future cash flow issues. If the client chooses to go ahead and engage my services;I work with them to develop financial strategies and a settlement that will benefit them today and into the future, I then can help them through the transition stage – post divorce.

I work an average of eight hours per day; plus extra on weekends during busy times. My typical day includes: reading and responding to emails, returning calls, meeting clients and planning clients’ financial strategies. When I work on a client’s financial plan it’s my priority to protect their interests. During the day, I block time for uninterrupted planning. I believe if the client is paying me to work for them, they should have my undivided attention. At the end of the day, I like to go to the gym and take fitness classes to stay fit.

The three most important skills I use regularly are: financial analysis, applying tax rules, and clear, two-way communications. The combination of these assets allows me to help my clients find a positive path through a difficult period.

I attribute my success to my Mother. She believed that by “doing your best, the best will happen to you”. I take her advice to heart and I live my life continually striving to be the best version of myself. She also instilled in me the importance of getting up and carrying on after you fall. This can-do attitude motivates me to help my clients stay on track during a divorce.

The most satisfying part of my job is when clients tell me that I have provided them with good advice and that my support has helped them. Going through a divorce is extremely painful. So it’s always a pleasure to hear that I have helped ease the burden of this traumatic life event.

My business leadership style has been influenced by other strong feminist women. Their powerful voices offer me the strength to be a powerful, contributing force in this world.

I admire people who have courage to think outside the box and become entrepreneurs. I support companies that treat employees well and have a modern approach in their workplace.

I have always felt strongly about equal rights for all. I consider myself a feminist and have worked with feminist groups. Today, I have concerns about the legal system regarding its treatment of divorce and the family. I believe the system is failing people in huge way. I feel that a new path needs to be forged. Divorce should be viewed as a life transition; we should stop treating divorce as a failure. As humans are living out longer lives; people change and not necessarily at the same speed or direction as their partners. We should not be punished when our relationships end and we seek to move forward in our lives.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my partner, Phil, and my two Himalayan Ragdoll cats. I adore making jewelry and have a small Etsy Shop business, Tesia’s Jewelry. I am physically active and enjoy exercise classes and yoga. I enjoy being outdoors and can be found: cycling, rollerblading, hiking, kayaking and canoeing.

I believe all sentient beings are interconnected. We are all here to be of service to our planet and each other. My clients’ best interest always comes first and if I operate that way, I too, will be looked after.

I have enjoyed sharing my story about the things which matter to me and how they influence the way I do business.

If you, or someone you know in Winnipeg or surrounding area, could benefit from our expert advice helping make well-informed choices in divorce finance matters, I invite you to get in touch.

Sincerely,
Tesia

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