I’m Darrah and in the simplest of terms, I’m a connector. Few things give me more joy than putting together the puzzle of people and making valuable introductions for others. Fortunately, my career revolves around this gift.
In 2009, I founded a merchant services brokerage with my twin brother to help connect businesses with the best credit card processing solution for their needs. We’ve been fortunate to grow into 38 states because of our relational approach and reliable solutions (which is not a small feat in this shady industry).
Ever-connecting, in 2011, I founded Network Under 40 to help friends from college make friends in their young adult lives. Due to its overwhelming success in Atlanta (now selling out monthly events for 500+ people, where young professionals can connect in a non-salesy and non-singlesy environment), we expanded into Network Over 40, as well as brought Network Under 40 to Baltimore, DC, Nashville, and Birmingham with other cities to come!
As if that weren’t enough of a challenge, I saw a pressing need for financial literacy education in general, but specifically for children to start early at forming positive financial habits. As a writer, it felt natural to help with this problem by writing a kids’ book series called Finance Whiz Kids, which works with elementary-aged kids to teach basic financial lessons through fun and engaging stories. There’s even an appendix in the back of each book to help adults institute the lessons into their homes with ease. A highlight of my professional life was being invited to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos to represent about youth financial literacy.
I was fortunate to be asked to be a contributing writer for Forbes, Thrive Global, and Entrepreneur, which has allowed me a platform to highlight the great work of others who might not be easily spotlighted, and connect them with an audience. I’ve also been featured, and/or written, in other global outlets like The Huffington Post, Inc, CNN Money, Fox Business, and Mashable. On the media tip, I’m a hired speaker who loves to talk and train about networking and relationship building.
I love to connect with and invest in my community. I’m a founding member of the Atlanta Global Shapers (a division of the World Economic Forum), sit on the Emory Alumni Board, am a former ambassador for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, am a member of LEAD Atlanta and the Young Entrepreneur’s Council, and was named one of the Atlanta Jewish 40 Under 40. Additionally, I founded the social movement #GiveItForward, which aims to empower 1,000,000 people to intentionally give to one person in some way every day, with no strings attached.
When not working, writing, or volunteering, you’ll most likely find me traveling, hanging with friends, eating dill pickles, reading a non-fiction book, doing acroyoga, and/or taking black and white photos.
I look forward to connecting with you!
Darrah Brustein is an Atlanta transplant, by way of Philadelphia and Baltimore. She holds a BA from Emory University in Religion and Italian, which she ‘naturally’ parlayed into a career in wholesale apparel sales. Ready for a new challenge, she joined forces with her twin brother to go into business brokering credit card processing and founded Equitable Payments in 2009 (which is still going strong today with business in 38 states)! Loving the excitement of entrepreneurship, she took the suggestion of some former classmates who complained about having a hard time making friends after college and founded Atlanta’s largest monthly social and professional networking organization, Network Under 40, in 2011, and subsequently Network Over 40 in 2014. Out of her simple passion for networking and the joy she gets from making valuable connections for others, these events have become a huge success garnering national attention in publication like Inc. Magazine and have expanded into other cities like DC and Baltimore! Her love of connecting brings her in front of audiences like Toyota to speak and train as an expert on networking and relationship building. During all of this, Darrah identified a pressing need for resources for parents to teach young kids about money. After studying the marketplace and realizing that few things exist, particularly for elementary aged kids, and more so, that are fun and engaging, Darrah created Finance Whiz Kids and authored a series of 6 books that teach principles ranging from the value of a dollar, to short and long-term savings, to sharing, giving back, and the mystery of the ATM! She hopes to some day expand these tools into other formats of media with which kids engage like video games, apps, board games, and cartoons. Darrah was fortunate to be invited to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos to represent on youth financial literacy. Darrah volunteers her time as a founding member of the Global Shapers Atlanta Hub, a board member for the Emory Alumni Board, and a member of LEAD Atlanta. She is the founder of the social movement #GiveItForward, which aims to empower 1,000,000 people to intentionally give to one person in some way every day, with no strings attached. She was also named Atlanta Jewish 40 Under 40. When not working, Darrah loves to travel, take black and white photos, read, do yoga, and write for outlets like Forbes and Entrepreneur.
- Phi Beta Kappa (Emory University)
- Atlanta Jewish Times 40 Under 40 Award Winner
- Invited to Attend The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos
- Metro Atlanta Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2010
- Emory Alumni Board -Member
- Global Shapers – Atlanta Hub – Founding Member, Vice-Curator
- Metro Atlanta Chamber – Ambassador
- Young Entrepreneur’s Council- Member
- LEAD Atlanta- Class of 2016
- Emory university
- Southwired/SuperNova South – One of largest tech conferences in SE- 2014, 2015
- National Pawnbrokers Association – 2000+ members (400 in attendance)
- Metro Atlanta Chamber
- NetIP (1,000+ attendees at annual conference)
- Toyota/Scion Event – Audience of 400
- Atlanta Mobile Marketing Organization Awards
- Diller Family Foundation
- Half-day workshop for InterVarsity’s Southeast Regional Team
- Levo League
- Rigby & Peller – 1.5 hour workshop with store managers from across the US
- The Dream Project – Spoke on the journey of entrepreneurship to budding business owners
- Renaissance Weekend
- Collaboratory – Performed two 25 minute workshops on the lifecycle of relationships
- HOPE Global Forum
- Spoke to an audience of 100 about Navigating a Millennial Dominated Economy