Savvy Writers, Presenters

Elisa Balabram

Elisa Balabram is a lecturer, intuitive business coach, and teaches Entrepreneurial and Family Business Management courses at Zicklin School of Business – Baruch College CUNY. She received the SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year Award in 2008.

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Jillian Beirne Davi

Jillian Beirne Davi is a personal finance coach specializing in helping women quickly get a hold of their finances and heal their relationship with money so they can get out of money overwhelm and anxiety.

Laura Berger

Laura Berger, PCC, CEBC, providing evidence-based coaching to exceptional leaders, utilizing emotional intelligence, neuroscience & high-touch behavioral interviews. She is a columnist at the Forbes Coaches Council, Psychology Today, and bestselling author. 

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Suparna Bhasin

Suparna Bhasin, Founder/CEO of She Creates Change, President of the Board for Women’s Education Project. She served as a lead coach for Future Possibilities and sat on the board of South Asia Against AIDS. She is a certified Coach for Life and The Life Purpose Institute. 

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Michelle Buonincontri

Michelle Buonincontri, CFP® & CDFA™, Financial Coach, Mediator/Financial Neutral/Collaborative Divorce Expert. A divorced single mom, passionate about supporting women in transition; creating confidence through education.

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Marguerita M. Cheng

Marguerita M. Cheng, CFP is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth. Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, she was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor ℠ , a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

Emily Co

Emily Co is the associate editor of the PopSugar Network’s SavvySugar, a career and personal finance website for savvy women who want to take control of their bank accounts. Her work has appeared in Bloomberg, Kiplinger, the Japan Times newspaper, Singapore’s Business Times newspaper, and the Chicago Journal.

Dr. Kristin Davin
Dr. Kristin Davin, or Dr. D as she is referred to is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in marriage, divorce, dating and relationships. She helps people build better relationships, whether it’s with their spouse, partner, children, siblings, parents, coworkers or friends.
Sherri Donovan
Sherri Donovan, owner of Sherri Donovan & Associates, is a family and matrimonial attorney with over 25 years of experience. Ms. Donovan is also a professor of forensic psychology and family law, neutral evaluator for New York State courts, mediator, and parenting coordinator.
Stacy Francis
Stacy Francis is the Founder of Savvy Ladies and the CEO and President of Francis Financial, Inc., a Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm. With over 18 years of experience in the financial industry, she is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™), and a Certified Estate Planning Specialist (CES™).
Ann Garcia
Ann Garcia is the owner of Independent Progressive Advisors, a fee-only financial advisory firm in Portland, OR, and author of The College Financial Lady blog. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) (CFP(R)) specializing in helping families plan for affordable education and mom of college-aged twins, Ann has been featured in the New York Times, CNN/Money and more. Please visit or thecollegefinanciallady. com
Galia Gichon

Galia Gichon, Founder of Down-to-Earth Finance, has over 18 years experience in financial services and an MBA in Finance. She is the author of the “My Money Matters” kit, featured in Newsweek, CNN, Wall Street and more [email protected], or visit

Jodi Krizer Graber
Jodi Krizer Graber spent 20 years as a thriving arts executive in New York City. Jodi is a certified holistic health counselor and stress management and self-care expert, she is passionate about helping people be the best they can be and supporting individuals to live a healthy, happy and abundant life. visit
Shurnette Henry
Shurnette Henry has over 15 years experience in financial services, and is Managing Partner at Papillon Financial. Shurnette is Co-Creator of Papillon’s proprietary wealth coaching program PEAK (Proactively Educating & Acquiring Knowledge)
Susan Hirshman
Susan Hirshman CFA, CPA, CFP Author of the book “Does This Make My Assets Look Fat?”
Lyle Katz

Lyle Katz is a seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of experience.. He has expertise in all aspects of corporate finance including risk management, asset management, debt management and global cash management.

Mishra Keller
Mishra Keller is the Founder and Director of Nutrisults, where she is an expert in the areas of diet and nutrition, personal relationships, business development and marketing, career guidance, sustainable lifestyle changes and spiritual development.
Teresa Kuhn

Financial life designer and educator, Teresa Kuhn, JD, RFC, CSA, is A respected financial educator, best-selling author, and strategist, Teresa Kuhn is the president and CEO of Austin, Texas-based Living Wealthy Financial Group. Through her radio show, Living Wealthy Radio

Carly Lance
Carly Lance loves to blog about saving money and small business finances in hopes of helping others achieve financial bliss in their lives, such as her own. Carly is also the blog manager for Personal Bankruptcy Canada, a company dedicated to helping “good people with bad debt”
Kristina Leonardi
Kristina Leonardi is personal growth expert for the past 20 years. As founder of The Women’s Mosaic, she was one of Hispanic Magazine’s Top Latinas of 2004 and was honored by the WNBA’s NY Liberty as part of their 2009 Inspiring Women Night. She is the author of Personal Growth Gab (PGG) and has been featured in,, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post.
Loni Markman
Loni Markman has been working in the field of wellness for almost a decade, helping clients find nourishment and balance in their everyday lives. She focuses on weight management, emotional and binge eating, body image and women’s health.
Raleigh Mayer
Raleigh Mayer, known as the “Gravitas Guru”. She is currently a senior fellow at the Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership, a leadership lecturer at New York University and Barnard College, and on the leadership council of the Financial Women’s Association.
Daniel G. Mazzola
Daniel G. Mazzola, CPA, CFA, is an investment advisory representative with American Portfolios Advisors Inc. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. Mr. Mazzola is a member of the NYSSCPA Personal Financial Planning Committee.
Jennifer McDermott

Jennifer McDermott is Consumer Advocate at personal finance comparison website She has more than 12 years’ experience under her belt in the finance, lifestyle and travel industries where she’s analyzed consumer trends. Jennifer loves to uncover interesting insights and issues to help people find better.

Karen Mcmahon
Karen Mcmahon, Certified Relationship & Divorce Coach & Master Energy Practitioner is the founder of KM Life Coaching and co-author of “Navigating Your Divorce: A guide to the Legal, Financial and Emotional Basics”, a free ebook.
Dr. Tom Melecki

Dr. Tom Melecki is the founder of College Affordability Solutions. He created it in 2015 after retiring from a 39 year career in postsecondary education. His work in college affordability began at The University of Texas Austin (UT), where he served for 10 years in the financial aid office, including as the director of that office during the last seven years of his postsecondary

Mike Michalowicz
Mike Michalowicz is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting group that helps companies whose growth has plateaued to grow again. Michalowicz is the author of The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, as well as one of the most popular entrepreneur blogs.
Carly Newhouse
Carly Newhouse, LMSW, is a bereavement specialist and grief counselor. Carly also offers culturally-sensitive bereavement workshops and staff debriefings as a means of supporting and unifying staff to deliver the finest services to clients
Allison Pearson

Allison Pearson currently serves as Vice President of the National Sales Desk for Jackson National Life Distributors LLC (JNLD). She is responsible for the Career Development Program, coordinating recruiting efforts and training and supporting the Sales Desk management team in strategic initiatives. Allison joined Jackson in 2002 as Director of Recruiting with Human Resources.

Alison Pena
Alison Pena aka Bad Widow is a consultant, speaker and author. She became a primary caregiver during her husband’s battle with pancreatic cancer and a widow. Alison learned to live fearlessly in the face of death. She discovered how to move through grief, reclaim autonomy, reinvent herself, and rebuild her networks back to life, work and even love.
David Ragland
David Ragland is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) and Chief Executive Officer of IRC Wealth, a private asset management company based in Atlanta. David began his career in the tax division of Ernst & Young. He then served as CFO for several companies, gaining experience in taking companies public and propelling them on to the INC 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies.
Elliot Raphaelson

A retired executive of Chase Manhattan Bank, Elliot Raphaelson joined The Savings Game after decades of experience as an advisor, teacher and author in the field of personal finance. his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Town & Country, Vogue, Self, Savvy and Working Woman magazines. For ten years he has worked as a certified mediator and trainer in a Florida county court.

Carl Richards
Carl Richards is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and the director of investor education for the BAM ALLIANCE. He is a weekly contributor to the The New York Times, and is a columnist for Morningstar Advisor. Carl has also been featured on Marketplace Money, The Leonard Lopate Show, Oprah and Forbes. he is also the author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money
Rebecca Eve Selkowe
Rebecca Eve Selkowe, J.D., helps women take control of their finances so they can spend less time avoiding their money and more time using it to get what they want. Her powerful, judgment-free approach to personal finance is one part hand-holding, one part bum-kicking, and many parts song lyrics.
Monica Shah
Monica Shah is the Founder of Revenue Breakthrough, a company that helps women create breakthroughs in their businesses so they can live their ideal lifestyles. She is also an adjunct business professor in New York City where she teaches marketing and business plan classes.
Manisha Thakor
Manisha Thakor is the Director of Wealth Strategies for Women at Buckingham Strategic Wealth and The BAM Alliance. Manisha is the co-author of on my own two feet and get financially naked. Manisha has been featured on CNN, PBS, NPR, The Today Show, Rachel Ray, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The LA Times, Real Simple, Glamour, Essence, and MORE.
Janet Wise
Janet Wise has a Masters Degree in HR Development, and is a successful corporate Learning & Development expert responsible for designing, leading and managing global leadership development programs at Fortune 500 companies, with more than fifteen years experience helping top corporate executives become more effective in their business and personal lives.
Liz Wolfe
Liz Wolfe is a skilled and energetic motivational speaker, coach and trainer. For more than 20 years she has inspired hundreds of people with her passionate stand of abundance: “There is plenty for everyone, including me.” As a coach for entrepreneurs, she empowers clients with her unique system: “A Clear Vision + Purposeful Action – Hidden Barriers = Breakthrough Results.”
Kevin Worthley
Kevin Worthley, CFP, CDFA, is a Vice President with Wealth Management Resources, Inc. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Mr. Worthley is a member of the RI chapter of the Financial Planning Association.
David Zale

David Zale, CFA, is the General Partner of Zale Capital Management, L.P., a Registered Investment Advisor. Zale has twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, including equity research, hedge fund development, and portfolio management. zale differentiates himself from other investment advisors by emphasizing empathy, education,
and ownership of investment decisions. he has a personal passion for teaching and mentorship.

Lisa Zeiderman

Lisa Zeiderman is a Managing Partner of the law firm Miller Zeiderman LLP., who focuses her law practice solely in matrimonial and family law. Lisa obtained her law degree at Fordham University School of Law and then went on to become a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She now sits on the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, and is a member of the Legislative Committee of the Family Law Section for the New York State Bar Association and on the executive board of the Justice Brandeis Law Society.