Hi! I’m Dr. Brenda.

financial coach. educator. researcher. Sociologist.

My goal is to help YOU open the doors of financial freedom and a new life! I’ll give you the best resources and the support you need to successfully navigate your journey. Together, we’ll make your dream come true!

My Life … the Short Version

I earned my doctoral degree at the age of 30, eager to set the world on fire. A month later, I lost my job, thanks to state budget cuts. It took me more than three years and five states before I landed a decent job – one with benefits. And by that time, I could fit all of my belongings in a Honda hatchback. Poverty and despair were my companions.

That experience taught me to save and invest as much as I could, and I would move on to build a highly successful career. When that career ended unexpectedly in my 50s, I didn’t mind so much. You see, I had built a net worth of $1,000,000 – on one income and as a single mom.

The end of my career led to a new phase of exploration and the desire to pursue my true passion – helping women achieve financial freedom. My mission is to deliver hope to those who feel overwhelmed by their financial troubles, and to guide them to a future in which they are free to pursue their dreams. And that's why I became a financial coach.

In 2020, I joined the band of kickass women who head out on their own to find adventure. I traded in my quiet suburban house for an RV and am busy traveling around the country. And I founded the Gutsy Women Club, to inspire other women to take bold actions. Maybe I'll see you on the road!

P.S. You can read more about my story of adversity in this interview.


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Pay it Forward

Financial coaching is about empowering you to take charge of your finances and to carve a pathway to the life of your dreams. We support and encourage others to reach their true potential.  That’s why we choose to support the following partners…to spread the fire of empowerment.

We believe in empowering those who have been silenced. We support the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the voice of victims and survivors. NCADV is the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.

We believe the choices we make about what we eat have an enormous impact on our bodies, our families, our economy and our Earth. We support The Food Trust, whose mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we've developed a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.

Financial coaching can be the answer to your dreams.

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