TENANTS HARBOR — Jackson Memorial Library, in Tenants Harbor, is hosting financial educator Joline Godfrey on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. Godfrey will discuss the importance of women taking control of their financial futures.
Often putting everyone first, women tend to procrastinate handling their own critical business.
“Wills and estate plans force us to be highly intentional about our own deepest wishes,” said the Library, in a news release. “This conversation will help lift some of the taboos surrounding a focus on the self, while offering basic information on how/what to do to make sure your ‘final business’ is in good shape.”
Godfrey has been an innovator in financial education and well-being for families for over two decades. She grew up in a family business, gaining an intimate understanding of the complexity of sustaining family and career across generations and trained as a clinical social worker.
In 1992 she founded An Income of Her Own, the country’s first nonprofit focused exclusively on financial education for girls and women. In 1996, she published No More Frogs to Kiss: 99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls. In 2003, she published Raising Financially Fit Kids, now a classic resource for building financial fluency in kids, according to the Library.
Godfrey’s invention of a developmental approach to financial education for family members from the youngest child to the oldest financial novice was a breakthrough in financial education, which has earned her numerous speaking and consulting opportunities, including invitations to address gatherings that include Fast Company and Inc. 500 conferences, said Jackson Memorial.
A Maine native, Godfrey graduated from the University of Maine and received an M.S.W. from Boston University. She was awarded an Honorary Degree in Business from Bentley College for her achievements in financial education.
She was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow and has been recognized in features for The Today Show, Oprah, Fortune, Business Week, Inc. Magazine, and The New York Times.
She lives in Tenants Harbor, Maine, and Ojai, California.