Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky Portrait

Teaching Women How to Manage Their Money

Jean Chatzky Ep. 85 – Are you one of the many Jean Chatzky fans as she is teaching women how to manage their money on multiple media sites? Would you like to hear about her growing-up years? Jean Chatzky shares not only her career journey but also her personal journey. She’s an award-winning personal finance journalist, author, and the CEO of Hermoney Media. She also has a podcast Her Money with hundreds and episodes and tips! Jean shares how she became a magazine writer focused on financial matters.

Top Takeaways:

  • Why having a diverse childhood might positively influence children as they become adults.
  • Why it is sometimes important to enter the doors that open in life.
  • The purpose of providing an environment for women to learn and share valuable financial information.
  • What you need to do to be a financially stable individual.

Hear her 4 listener pearls.

“We have to be open to deviating — to going through the doors that open. Sometimes it’s difficult to do when they’re not the doors you’re expecting, but it might be the best thing to happen to you.”

Jean Chatzky launched HerMoney Media and HerMoney.com in 2018 to provide women with information about money they can actually trust. The award-winning financial editor of NBC Today, Jean has also appeared on shows including Oprah, MSNBC, CNN, The View, The Talk and many others. Millions have tuned into her podcast, HerMoney with Jean Chatzky which has received shoutouts from The New York Times, Yahoo Finance and Refinery29. The best-selling author of 11 books and an in-demand motivational speaker, Jean is also AARP’s Financial Ambassador and a fierce advocate for financial literacy. On this podcast, she shares what she hoped to achieve by starting her website hermoney.com and the contributions she’s making to help people achieve financial success.

Women with Money CoverAsk successful women what they want from their money and they’ll tell you: independence, security, choices, a better world, and–oh yes–way less stress, not just for themselves but for their kids, partners, parents, and friends. Through a series of Happy Hour discussions (when money is the topic, wine helps) and one-on-one conversations, Jean Chatzky gets women to open up about the one topic we still never talk about. Then she flips the script and charts a pathway to this joyful, purpose-filled life that today’s women not only want but also, finally, have the resources to afford.

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Two of the world’s leading experts explain the vital link between health and wealth that could add years to your life and dollars to your retirement savings.

All the money in the world doesn’t mean a thing if we can’t get out of bed. And the healthiest body in the world won’t stay that way if we’re frazzled about five figures worth of debt. TODAY Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen explain the vital connection between health and wealth–giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives.

 

How did growing up in the midwest influence her? [2:47]

Growing up in the midwest helped her get out of the “New York City bubble” in how she related and socialized with people. Her father was a college professor, which meant they  lived in different college towns as she grew up.

What were her career goals in college? [4:50]

She liked math in high school but then in college, the math got harder and she was drawn to the school newspaper. She found herself working hard in the newspaper and doing internships during the summer. She wanted to come to New York and work for a magazine. She was open to different opportunities which is why she is where she is now. She took the doors that opened. These doors can be scary since they’re not what we expect but letting yourself do it could lead you to gain the necessary confidence and become an expert.

When did she get interested in the money side of things? [7:01]

Her first job after college was at a magazine called Working Woman as the assistant to the business editor. After that, she wanted to work on a full-on business magazine but couldn’t get a job. She later went ahead to Wall Street for a few years and garnered a lot of financial education which is why she was hired by Forbes.

What challenges did she face in her approach to teaching women about money? [9:11]

She left Forbes and joined Smart Money magazine when it was launching. It was at the time when 401 (k)s were taking effect and people were given more responsibility to take control of their finances than ever before. She moved into personal finance to give people the information they were so eagerly looking for. The personal finance industry became big since people needed more services and information.

What is her website Hermoney.com all about? [12:29]

Hermoney.com publishes podcasts, newsletters, and a lot of free resources and information. She wants people to learn in a comfortable environment as some women are confused by the language of Wall Street. Hermoney.com provides that environment while teaching women about managing their money and sharing information with each other.

What is AARP all about? [15:20]

She has been working with AARP Magazine for 7 years now where she writes a column. She also represents AARP at events giving talks and fighting for legislation she believes is important. In the last couple of years, she’s been working on the Work and Save initiative which is an affordable and more effective version of 401 (k)s for smaller companys’ workers and owners.

What are the four pearls she could provide to the listeners? [18:41]

The five things that you have to do if you want to have a successful financial life.

  1. Make a decent living or someone in your household to live comfortably to take care of your debts and your lifestyle. More money doesn’t make us happier.
  2. Spend less than you make.
  3. Save what you’re not spending and then invest it for enough growth for the future. It could be 15% of your paycheck.
  4. Figure out how to have an emergency fund or insurance.
  5. Find some way to give back which is proven to boost happiness to people who do it.

What advice does she have for single mothers? [21:32]

We have to work on the earning side of the equation. It is important to look at your skills if you’re not making a decent living – think of what you could do to increase your earning potential and how you could make space in your life to do it. Look at where the country needs workers and where you might be able to get the skills needed without incurring a vast amount of debt.

How was it being on NBC’s Today show as a financial contributor? [28:27]

She did it for 25 years and it was fun and created a family. Being approached by people she helped years ago has been the most fulfilling thing for her.

What advice does she have for young people today? [25:13]

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