Neale Godfrey

Neale Godfrey

Leading Authority on Finance, Successful Author
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How to Raise Financially Responsible Children
Are you sick of the, “I want, I want,” syndrome with your kids thinking money grows on trees? Neale will give parents and grandparents tips and tools to raise financially responsible children. She starts with the “natural consequences of money”, which means the only way to get money is to earn it, there is no entitlement program in life. She will discuss her allowance system and how the kids will also give to charity. Each participant will leave with an action plan for success.

Work-Life Balance: Time and Money
When it comes to money, are you a busy parent that seems to be juggling work, kids, relationships, family, friends? Does your alone time seem to be in the bathroom? Is there never enough money left over for you? Neale will give you guilt-free ways to balance your life when it comes to both time and money.

Cleaning out Your Financial Sock Drawer
This seminar will help women to look at their financial life in small pieces. If you think about cleaning the whole house it is too daunting, but if someone said just clean your sock drawer you can handle that. Women will leave with their own personal financial plan for success and even a network of women who will help them achieve their goals.

The ECO-Effect™: The Greening of Money
Neale has combined ECOnomics (saving money) with ECOlogy (saving the environment) for kids , parents, and grandparents so that we all can make the world a better place. She shows participants how they can ECHO their ideas to communities and the world


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Neale S. Godfrey is the financial voice for women and Baby Boomers as well as a world-renowned speaker and author, who has inspired millions through her work. She motivates, trains, educates, and frankly, entertains by delivering her core message: Empower yourself to take control of your financial life. Neale brings an important perspective on connecting the financial dots for families, which she currently delivers to thousands of general corporate audiences and financial advisors.

Neale currently serves on the Board of Advisors for DriveWealth, LLC, a registered broker/dealer with a low cost, mobile investing platform, and Greenlight Financial Technology, Inc., a permission-based spending card for children, giving parents the ability to “greenlight” transactions.

She is also an Innovation Fellow and Executive in Residence at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Neale is a popular contributor to, writes as a personal finance contributor to Kiplinger, and serves audiences of all ages with thought-provoking content on critical money topics via her website.

As the creator for the topic of “kids and money” and trailblazer for financial literacy, Neale Godfrey has worked tirelessly over the last 35 years to connect the family around the topic of money.

Neale began her journey in 1972 as one of the first female executives at Chase Manhattan Bank (the world’s largest bank at the time). She later went on to become President of The First Women’s Bank and founder of The First Children’s Bank and the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship in Harlem.

Neale is the New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author of Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children and has authored a total of 27 books to empower kids and their parents to have a healthy relationship with money.

In 1989, Neale formed her own company, Children’s Financial Network, Inc., with the mission of educating children and their parents about money. Among her many accomplishments, Neale developed the first money curricula for children and young adults, Pre-K through High School, The One and Only Common Sense/Cents Series, as well as an interactive computer game called MoneyTown. More recently, Neale partnered with Tom Hester (Character Designer for Shrek) to give a facelift to her money characters. Those characters are featured in all three of Neale’s #1 Educational mobile gaming apps in the App Store.

Neale has served as a National Spokesperson for companies such as, Aetna, Coca-Cola, Fidelity, Lincoln Financial, and Microsoft. She has also appeared as a financial expert on programs such as, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show as well as in the PBS special, Your Money, Your Children, Your Life. Neale was also a former Nationally Syndicated Columnist for the Associated Press, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

Neale has served on White House and Governor’s Task Forces, as well as on the Board of Directors of The NY Board of Trade, UNICEF, University of Charleston, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, UNWomen, and Young President’s Organization (YPO). She is currently involved in New Jersey’s State Employment and Training Commission Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education as well as the state’s Science and Technology Workforce Subcommittee. Neale also serves on the National Urban League Guild Board.

Neale helped found a YPO global entity called RISE, an international social and ecological movement and incorporated into WorldMerit (WM). WM connects Millennials in 160 countries helping to address global issues. She is also a faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and V-Wise, Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, operated by The Institute For Veterans and Military Families at The Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University.

Neale has earned recognition from the White House for her program, LIFE, INC: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People, sponsored by Deloitte Foundation. She has been honored with awards such as:

  • Woman of the Year
  • Banker of the Year
  • Muriel Siebert Lifetime Achievement Award (for her trailblazing work on financial literacy) • NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Award
  • Femme Award of Excellence for child advocacy, UNWomen
  • National Winner, w2wlink’s Ascendancy Awards for Business Women
  • Garden State Woman of the Year
  • Awarded for Outstanding Service Toward Financial Literacy, United Negro College Fund • Women of Influence Award, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
  • National Honoree,

    Neale Godfrey also graduated cum laude from The School of International Service at The American University.

    Despite all of her achievements, her kids and grandkids find it really cool that she was an answer on Jeopardy! as well as a question in The New York Times crossword puzzle.
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