EP7: Imagine Your Money Is Gone, with Cynthia Alpan

Shift Shift Bloom

Mar 28 2022 • 1 hr 3 mins


About this episode: Cynthia Alpan knows money. She dedicated her career to understanding financial markets and advising others as they planned their fiscal goals. But her knowledge took a backseat to the wishful belief that what happened in her homeland of Lebanon would not and could not happen. Practically overnight, everything changed. Her story sheds light on the immense losses -- of money, access, safety, and future dreams -- now facing Cynthia and millions like her, and reminds us to find gratitude in the small things. About our guest: Lebanese native Cynthia Alpan came to the United States to attend college, and came to love the American way, working her way up the ladder in the financial services industry. In the late 1990s, love and motherhood brought her back to Lebanon, and she's still there today, struggling through one of the worst economic crises the world has ever seen. Where to find Cynthia Alpan online: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-alpan-01560787/ (LinkedIn) Other Resources Mentioned: https://www.britannica.com/event/Lebanese-Civil-War (Lebanese Civil War) https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/lebanon/overview#1 (Lebanon's Financial Crisis) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/03/opinion/lebanon-economy.html (A Day in The Life of a Lebanese Citizen) https://www.britannica.com/place/Lebanon/Government-and-society (Lebanon's Political System) https://arabstates.unwomen.org/en/countries/lebanon (Women's Role in Lebanon) https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/08/lebanon-one-year-on-from-beirut-explosion-authorities-shamelessly-obstruct-justice/ (Beirut Explosion) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58705687 (More on the Explosion) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/09/world/middleeast/beirut-explosion.html (Interactive Timeline)     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi-B5ie6Bb0 (Sultans of the Ottoman Empire) To Donate to Cynthia's Select Causes: https://www.cccl.org.lb/ (Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon) https://give.worldventure.com/partner/community#/explore (World Venture Refugee Ministries) (Select Project 4000-045/Hutcherson) https://adyanfoundation.org/donate-for-solidarity-in-action/ (Adyan Foundation) https://arab.org/portal/lebanon/where-to-donate/ (Other Ways to Donate) Additional Resources: https://tcomconversations.org (TCOM) https://praedfoundation.org (The Praed Foundation) https://iph.uky.edu (IPH Center) Become a Supporter: If you like what you hear, please consider making a donation on our https://www.patreon.com/shiftshiftbloom (Patreon) site! Credits: All content Copyright ActuallyQuiteNice, Inc & TCOM Studios, 2022 Cover art by https://twitter.com/jacksonfall (@jacksonfall) Music by https://www.youtube.com/user/hokeyproductions (Ray Wyssman), https://soundcloud.com/the-simoleons (The Simoleons), and https://open.spotify.com/artist/3tfRX0xkGOXY7AnwjHYmnI (Kristen Cerelli)