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theSkimm Launches SkimmU, New Virtual Course Series to Help Women Take Control of Their Finances

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February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021 (New York, NY) – theSkimm, the female-founded, mission-driven company dedicated to helping a generation of women live their smartest lives, today announced the launch of SkimmU, a free virtual course series tackling the crucial life lessons your alma mater never prepared you for. The first SkimmU series is designed to help women take control of their finances amid the “shecession,” the recession that is disproportionately impacting women amid the pandemic. Registration for SkimmU opens at on February 25, with the first course kicking off on March 25. 

By enrolling in SkimmU, attendees will have the opportunity to join engaging sessions led by industry pros and theSkimm’s finance editor, participate in Q&As, access networking opportunities, and learn via thoughtful coursework. The inaugural series will break down complex finance topics and give attendees the information they need to meet their next money goal — whether that’s tackling the way they think about money, starting a side hustle, budgeting or navigating investing.  

“Millennial women are now facing their second ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ financial crisis. And the impact is even more profound for women of color,” said theSkimm’s co-founders and co-CEOs Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg. "Pre-pandemic, women made up the majority of the workforce. They were making strides in pay disparity, working their way up to leadership positions, and getting elected to office.  But COVID and the ensuing shecession has impacted a lot of their hard-earned progress and impacted their bank accounts. Our goal with SkimmU is to provide all women with actionable information they can use to take control of their money."

SkimmU launches as an extension of the company's Skimm Money vertical, created to help millenial women make confident decisions that drive toward long-term financial health. The SkimmU series will consist of the following free, 45-minute courses: 

  • Psychology of Money, led by Marsha Barnes, CEO and founder of The Finance Bar 

  • Budgeting for the Big Stuff, led by Shannon McLay, CEO and founder of The Financial Gym

  • Starting Your Side Hustle, led by Tonya Rapley, author, entrepreneur, and owner of Club Loofah

  • Investing 101, led by Farnoosh Torabi, financial author and host of the podcast So Money 

The semester will conclude with an exclusive commencement ceremony during a special live taping of the “Skimm’d from the Couch” podcast. For more information on SkimmU and to enroll in the series, please visit 

About theSkimm: 

theSkimm is a mission-driven digital media company giving millennial women the information they need to live their smartest lives. Since launching in 2012, theSkimm has become a trusted source for a community of millions of Skimm’rs by seamlessly integrating into their existing routines, fundamentally changing the way its audience consumes news and makes decisions. theSkimm's flagship product, the Daily Skimm, remains the fastest-growing newsletter on the market, while the company continues to innovate, finding new ways to Skimm everything from finance and careers to voting, wellness and downtime. theSkimm’s product suite has expanded to two top-rated podcasts, “Skimm This'' and “Skimm’d From the Couch,” theSkimm mobile app, Skimm Money and Press Pause newsletters, and Skimm Studios for innovative in-house video and audio  content. theSkimm’s first book, How to Skimm Your Life, was released in June 2019 and debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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