12 of My Favorite Female Personal Finance Experts

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Let's talk about my favorite female personal finance experts! As a female finance expert myself, I am super passionate about empowering other women to take charge of their finances. I was super inspired by my mother's journey as a young wife and mother getting her finances in order.

She got married at age 19 and raised 4 kids and then in her mid 30's decided to go to college. Not only did she get her undergraduate degree, but she also got two master's degrees. And as a result, set her self on the path to becoming a financially independent woman.

You can read more of my story and how she inspired me. But this was the indirect catalyst behind me saving $100,000 three and half years after graduating college.

Given my personal story, I love to see other women in the personal finance space who have a similar passion for helping others succeed with their money based on their own life-changing personal experiences.

"I am passionate about empowering women to take charge of their finances and I love to see other women in the personal finance space who have a similar passion."

12 of My Favorite Female Personal Finance Experts

That being said, I want to share 12 of my favorite female personal finance experts with you. They are making a serious mark in the industry with their amazing brands and content. I highly recommend that you check them out. Here goes:

Farnoosh Torabi

Farnoosh Torabi So Money

Farnoosh is an award-winning financial correspondent and best selling author. She's also the creator and host of the incredible daily podcast, So Money. On her podcast, she and her guests talk through a variety of money, business and career topics.

Her guests also share their own financial struggles, successes and other personal stories to inspire and motivate others on their journey to financial success. I'm a huge fan of the podcast and I have been inspired by so many of her amazing guests. Listen in.


Melisa Boutin

Melisa Boutin

Melisa is a certified money coach and student loan expert. She focuses on helping borrowers analyze their student loan account statements and navigate the repayment process. She also helps people develop plans to effectively pay off student loan debt quickly.

By educating herself on the nuances around her own loans and by using her debt repayment strategies, Melisa paid off over $37,000 in student loan debt in 5 years. She did this all while supporting her extended family, putting a considerable down payment on her first home purchase and having her first child. All without making a 6 figure income. Learn more about Melisa here.


Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary is super inspiring. She's an author of several amazing books and an award-winning columnist for the Washington Post for a column called the Color of Money. Michelle has been on several nationally syndicated tv and radio shows over the years and is all about empowering people to spend well and live rich. You can learn more about her on her website.


Stefanie O'Connell

Stefanie O'Connell

Stefanie is a millennial money expert, author, and speaker. She began her financial success journey after finding herself broke and unemployed at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. She decided enough was enough and committed to turning her finances around, creating her own income streams and building a rich life.

Stefanie now uses her personal journey to motivate and empower others. She has since been featured in several major national publications and is also a reoccurring contributor to Success Magazine. Visit Stefanie's website.


Kara Stevens

Kara Stevens The Frugal Feminista

While paying off $65,000 worth of student loans and consumer debt (she paid off $40,000 of it in only 2 years), Kara took it upon herself to adjust her unhealthy money beliefs and limitations she had placed on her self. This is where The Frugal Feminista comes from. It is a platform she created to help brown girls strengthen their relationship with themselves and with their money.

As a financial expert, Kara has worked with thousands of women and also partnered with some incredible brands. Learn more about The Frugal Feminista.


Nicole Lapin

Nicole Lapin Rich Bitch

Nicole Lapin is a financial news anchor and host. She's also the best selling author of the personal finance book "Rich Bitch". She has worked for a variety of news outlets from CNN to CNBC and started out with a goal to work in journalism. She later transitioned into focusing on finance after own experiences with getting her personal finances in order. Learn more about Nicole.


Hilary Hendershott

Hilary Hendershott

I first learned about Hilary and her amazing podcast when she was featured on Farnoosh Torabi's So Money Podcast. She went from maxing out credit cards and unable to afford her mortgage to turning her finances around. She studied the psychology of money and applied everything she learned to herself. Fast forward to today, Hilary is a "tell it like it is" Certified Financial Planner CFP and the voice behind the Profit Boss Radio Podcast that you definitely should to check out here.


Canna Campbell

Canna Campbell

Canna is a financial advisor based in Australia and the author of a book called the $1,000 project. I'm also a huge fan of her YouTube channel called Suga Mamma TV. Her videos are short, sweet and to the point and I love the fact that she focuses a lot on mindset and minimalism. Two things I'm passionate about. She shares practical money advice and some really awesome investing tips especially if you are looking to get started with investing. She's definitely someone you should check out.


Tonya Rapley

My Fab Finance Tonya Rapley

From being on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine to being featured in a ton of other major publications, Tonya is a nationally recognized millennial money expert. Her focus is on helping millennials become financially free by breaking the paycheck to paycheck cycle. This way, they can do more of what they love. One big money accomplishment Tonya shares is how she improved her credit score a whopping 130 points in only 18 months! Check out her site.


Erin Lowry

Erin Lowry Broke Millennial Forbes Writer

Erin is all about demystifying money myths for millennials and helping them get their financial life together. She is a finance expert, speaker, author and also a contributor to Forbes. To learn more about Erin and also to check out her book.

Patrice Washington

Patrice Washington

Ever had a finance question and all you wanted was a simple, straightforward and easy to implement answer? Well, that's the move behind Real Money Answers by Patrice Washington. Patrice is passionate about moving people from debt to money mastery and has the experience to do so. Her 7 figure business crumbled along with the financial crisis of 2008. Despite this setback, she was able to rebuild and come back even stronger financially. Learn more about Patrice and her mission.


Brittney Castro

Brittney Castro

Brittney is a Certified Financial Planner CFP and founder of Financially Wise Women. Her goal is to help people define their ideal lives and also support that with the structure of financial planning. Her passion for finance stems all the way from her childhood and the example her parents set being financially responsible. Brittney also has a pretty awesome and highly educative YouTube Channel.


Bonus: Bola - Sokunbi (Yours truly!)

Bola Sokunbi Finance Expert

As I mentioned early, I dived into creating financial wellness for myself by saving over $100,000 in 3.5 years right after college. This experience was extremely difficult but it taught me that I could accomplish whatever I put my mind to.

Fast forward several years, today I'm a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI) based in metro New York, author, finance expert, speaker, YouTuber, podcaster, social media influencer and founder of Clever Girl Finance.

Clever Girl Finance is a platform that educates women to make the best financial decisions for themselves. We empower women to pursue their dreams of financial independence so they can live life on their own terms.

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