Your host, Maggie Germano, is passionate about helping women improve their relationships with money so that they can take better control of their futures. Part of that journey is making personal finance education more accessible and less judgmental, which is why the Money Circle podcast exists. Each week, Maggie will discuss a new financial topic to help you explore how you can make a difference in your own financial life or in society as a whole.
Episode No. 97
This week, Maggie is chatting with Tiffany Lam-Balfour, an investing spokesperson at NerdWallet. In this episode, they chat about how women can optimize their investments and prepare for retirement.
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Episode No. 96
This week, Maggie chats with Sara Rathner, a credit cards and travel expert at NerdWallet. In this episode, they are talking about how to have tough money discussions at home, touching on topics like managing spending, gender bias, and discussing family finances during a crisis.
Episode No. 95
This week, Maggie is chatting with Chanelle Bessette, a banking specialist at NerdWallet. In this episode, they talk about different ways for people to save money, the transition to mobile banking and more.
Episode No. 94
This week, Maggie is chatting with Kelsey Sheehy, a small business expert at NerdWallet. In this episode, they talk about the challenges women entrepreneurs face when starting a business.
Episode No. 93
This week, Maggie is chatting with Anna Helhoski, a student loan expert at NerdWallet. In this episode, they talk about how student loans impact women and what steps you can take to protect yourself as federal student loans come out of deferment in 2022.
Episode No. 92
This week, Maggie chats with Tiara Abu, the founder and CEO of SHE CAN WORK. In this episode, they talk about why intersectional financial education is so important for women, and how Tiara is building a community that will encompass just that.
Episode No. 91
In this episode, Maggie is chatting with Daniela Corrente, the co-founder and CEO of Reel, a Save-to-Buy platform that is debunking the myth that debt is the only way to achieve our goals. They talk about mindful spending and how creating a discretionary fund can help you save up for any spending goal that you might have.
Episode No. 90
In this episode, Maggie is chatting with Jessica Pinckney, the executive director of ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, a Reproductive Justice organization funding abortion and other reproductive healthcare. They talk about the economic impacts of abortion restrictions and bans, such as the one just signed into law in Texas. Abortion rights are imperative to women’s independence, safety, financial wellness, and more. Listen to this episode to learn what steps you can take to protect your own reproductive rights and those of others.
Episode No. 89
In this episode, Maggie is chatting with Robin Young, the President of Northstar Financial Planning. They talk about Robin’s work helping women navigate life’s transitions, particularly sudden and unexpected life changes like a partner or family member dying, getting a divorce, or losing your earned income. They also talk about how you can prepare for and protect yourself just in case you find yourself experiencing one of these life events. It’s not always a happy topic, but it’s an important one to discuss.
Episode No. 88
In this episode, Maggie chats with Dana Mascalo about how Dana uses her training as a registered life planner to help her clients tune into their big vision and goals when planning for their financial future. Dana brings the personal into the financial and helps her clients become more mindful and aware of their finances. If you aren’t sure if financial planning is for you, check out this episode to learn about life planning.
Episode No. 87
In this episode, Maggie chats with financial attorney, Leslie Tayne, about her experience working in male-dominated industries. If you are currently in such an industry or hope to end up in one eventually, this episode is for you.
Episode No. 86
In this episode, Maggie chats with career coach Lea Berry about experience planning for maternity leave, easing back into work, and being creative about finding some balance between work and family. If you are a working parent or plan to be someday, this episode is for you.
Episode No. 85
In this episode, Maggie chats with Kim Buckey about how finding a new job can be an opportunity for increased financial wellness, what kinds of benefits you should be looking for, and how to choose the right employer for you. If you struggle to have the right benefits coverage, this episode is for you.
Episode No. 84
In this episode, Maggie talks with Jessica Lepore about why having life insurance is so important, even if you aren’t the breadwinner in your family. We also talk about why people fear life insurance and how Surevested can help you get yourself and your family covered in the event of the unthinkable. If you have a family or anyone else who is dependent on you, take a listen.
Episode No. 83
In this episode, Maggie chats with personal growth expert Dawn Dahlby about how important self-worth and connecting with your values is when it comes to your finances and wealth.
Episode No. 82
In this episode, Maggie talks with Jackie Gillispie about how she got into real estate investing, the lessons she’s learned, and how you can become a real estate investor yourself.
Episode No. 81
In this episode, Maggie chats with photographer Keila Bottiglieri about how she juggles being a business owner, wife, and mom.
Episode No. 80
This week, Maggie is chatting with Eva Jannotta, a women's thought leadership consultant. In this episode, they talk about how women can be more confident about making decisions, while also avoiding decision fatigue.
Episode No. 79
This week, Maggie sits down with Judy Elizabeth, the money coach behind Hear Me Finance. In this episode, they talk about how one can get through and recover from financial abuse at the hand of a parent.
Episode No. 78
This week, Maggie is chatting with Monica Marcelis Fochtman, the Owner and Founder of Sheldrake Consulting, a career coaching and consulting company. In this episode, they talk about how women can manage being working mothers, and how priorities need to shift and change as life changes.
Episode No. 77
This week, Maggie is chatting with therapist Kia Davis. In this episode, they talk about what it’s like to be a caretaker for a parent and how it can affect your financial goals and career. Plus, we talk about how you can prepare your own finances for illness and death.
Episode No. 76
This week, Maggie is chatting with Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, who is a Personal Finance Writer and the founder of Statement Cards. In this episode, they chat about the ambition penalty that women face in their relationships and in the workplace, both overtly and insidiously. Stefanie also digs into the changes that need to be made structurally in our society, and she gives some tips on what you can do in your own life to fight against the ambition penalty.
Episode No. 75
This week, Maggie is chatting with Cris Caruso, who is a financial advisor with Alcumus Financial Group. In this episode, they talk about what lifestyle creep is and how you can avoid falling into it as you earn more over the course of your life.
Episode No. 74
This week, Maggie is chatting with Nicole Iacovoni, who is a Financial Therapist and Licensed Couple’s Therapist, who helps women entrepreneurs, coaches, and creatives heal their relationship with money, make more profits, and manage money in fun, flirty (and strategic) ways - without giving up all of life’s guilty pleasures. In this episode, they talk about how you can treat your relationship with money like you would treat a romantic relationship, and why it’s so important that you do so.
Episode No. 73
This week, Maggie is chatting with Keila Hill-Trawick, who is the Founder and Principal of Little Fish Accounting, a boutique CPA firm dedicated to the accounting and tax needs of service providers and small online business owners. In this episode, they talk about how small business owners can prepare for tax season all year long.
Episode No. 72
This week, Maggie is chatting with Meg Wheeler, who is a business and financial coach who helps online business owners master the money stuff in their businesses. In this episode, they discuss how women business owners can start their businesses on the right financial footing, and how they can continue to manage their businesses to reach financial and business success.
Episode No. 71
In this episode, Maggie sits down with career change expert, Lisa Lewis Miller, to discuss how you can overcome your fears and uncertainty in order to strategically and responsibly make a career change.
Episode No. 70
This week, Maggie is chatting with Pam Krueger, who is the founder and CEO of Wealthramp. In this episode, they talk about how to choose the right financial advisor for you, what red flags you should be looking out for, when you might need to seek out a financial advisor, and why more people than ever are looking to hire financial advisors who are women.
Episode No. 69
This week, Maggie is chatting with Emily Green, who is the Director of Private Wealth at Ellevest. In this episode, they discuss how you can build your wealth and prepare for your future, while still making sure that your money is making an impact on the issues you care most about. Plus, they dig into how you can keep your values top of mind when setting financial goals.
Episode No. 68
This week, Maggie is chatting with Fiona, who is the blogger behind The Millennial Money Woman. They talk about several different money myths that millennials, in particular, might have, and explain how you can start dispelling money myths and misunderstandings in your own life so that you feel more confident about your own money decisions.
Episode No. 67
In this episode, Maggie sits down with CPA Michele Cagan to talk about the financial and emotional toll of being a double caretaker, and how that burden most often falls to women.
Episode No. 66
This week, I’m chatting with Malea Hoepf, who is a PhD candidate at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. In this episode, we dig into the connection between health disparities and economic justice. We also talked about how we, as individuals, can advocate for better health and justice policies and decisions within our own communities and beyond.
Episode No. 65
In this episode, I’m chatting with Stephanie Kibler, who is an eCommerce professional and blogger, about how you can prioritize supporting small businesses this holiday season, even if you are sticking to a strict budget.
Episode No. 64
In this episode, Maggie chats with Lauren McGoodwin, who is the Founder and CEO of Career Contessa, a career resource helping women be more fulfilled, healthy, and successful at work. In this episode, they talk about the steps you can take to make a pivot in your career, even during the COVID-19 crisis. Plus, Lauren gives some fantastic tips on how to effectively and successfully network from afar.
Episode No. 63
In this episode, Maggie sits down with Metlife's Meredith Ryan-Reid and The Finance Bar's Marsha Barnes. They chat about how employees can make sure to make the right healthcare and benefit decisions during open enrollment this season, and how employers can also help them to do so.
Episode No. 62
This week, Maggie sits down with Kim Pentico, who is the Director of Economic Justice at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. In this episode, they dig into what domestic violence is, and how it can show up, and how financial abuse is used as a tool of control within domestic violence.
Episode No. 61
This week, Maggie chats with freelance writer and author, Emily Guy Birken, about how Emily pivoted her career goals after having her first child. We also talk about the career systems that need to change in order to make the workforce more accessible for working families.
Episode No. 60
In this episode, Maggie chats with Planned Parenthood's Kelley Robinson about why the 2020 Presidential election is so important when it comes to our healthcare, our access to reproductive health services, our financial choices, and more.
Episode No. 59
This week, Maggie chats with Chelsea Brennan, the founder of Smart Money Mamas and the Mamas Talk Money Summit, about the financial steps you should take as you're preparing to start a family.
Episode No. 58
In this episode, Maggie sits down with money coach Christina Luken to discuss how women, in particular, can financially survive a divorce, and how they can improve their relationship with money from there
Episode No. 57
In this episode, Maggie chats with Jennifer Ramirez, the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization & Rise. They discuss how Jennifer broke through adversity in her own life to become debt-free and start her own business.
Episode No. 56
This week, Maggie sits down with Melanie Lockert, host of the Mental Health and Wealth Show, to discuss suicide, mental health, self-worth, and money.
Episode No. 55
This week, Maggie sits down with Ashley Feinstein Gerstley of the Fiscal Femme, to talk about how you can start to improve your money mindset today.
Episode No. 54
This week, Maggie chats with Rachel Wynn of Feminist Founder and Starlight Social about the impacts of invisible labor on women.
Episode No. 53
This week, Maggie sits down with Mary Beth Ferrante, of WRK/360, to talk about how the workforce needs to change in order to suit the needs of working parents... and everyone else.
Episode No. 52
This week, Maggie is sitting down with Amanda Holden to talk about why it's so important for women to understand how to invest for their futures.
Episode No. 51
In this episode, Maggie sits down with Candice Latham, designer and money educator, to talk about why you need to be flexible about your goals at different times in your life and how you can stay motivated on a daily basis.
Episode No. 50
This week, Maggie talks to doula and founder of Rainbow Doula, Kelsey Carroll, about why hiring a doula leads to better birth outcomes for both infants and birthing people, and ways you can afford to hire one.
Episode No. 49
This week, Maggie chats with Jane Lyons of Smarter Growth, about the history of redlining in the United States and how housing discrimination and inequality still affects Americans and communities today.
Episode No. 48
This week, Maggie is talking about why community is so important when it comes to releasing money shame and reaching your financial goals.
Episode No. 47
This week, Maggie sits down with Broke Millennial's Erin Lowry to talk about why you should get a pre-nup before you get married.
Episode No. 46
This week, Maggie sits down with licensed psychotherapist, Lena Derhally, and former public defender, Amanda Mowle about the criminalization of poverty and how it harms communities and our society as a whole.
Episode No. 45
This week, Maggie sits down with Carla Titus, the founder and CEO of Wealth, Worth, Within, to talk about why small business owners might want to hire an on-demand CFO.
Episode No. 44
This week, Maggie sits down with Civil Rights Corps attorney, Katherine Hubbard, to talk about why cash bail is unjust and why we should fight to eliminate it.
Episode No. 43
This week, Maggie sits down with financial experts Kassandra Dasent and Sandy Smith to talk about the racial wealth gap and how it affects every facet of life for folks of color in the United States and beyond.
Episode No. 42
This week, Maggie breaks down how allies can step up and fight racism and police brutality now and moving forward.
Episode No. 41
This week, Maggie sat down with financial advisor Deri Freeman to talk about when a financial advisor might be right for you, and how to choose one that you trust.
Episode No. 40
This week, Maggie chats with Leslie H. Tayne, the founder and head attorney of Tayne Law Group, about what to do if you need help managing your debts.
Episode No. 39
This week, Maggie sits down with college admissions consultant and founder of the Scholarship Shark, Pam Andrews.
Episode No. 38
This week, Maggie sits down with doula and founder of Rainbow Doula DC, Kelsey Carroll. They chat about how things are shifting and changing for pregnant folks during the COVID-19 crisis.
Episode No. 37
April is Autism Acceptance Month. In honor of that, Maggie sat down with Femme Frugality's Brynne Conroy to talk about the resources that are available for families with special needs kids.
Episode No. 36
This week, Maggie sits down with financial coach Ericka Young to talk about how to maintain your finances during quarantine.
Episode No. 35
This week, Maggie chats with CPA Michele Cagan about filing your taxes and how you can apply for an extension if you get behind.
Episode No. 34
This week, Maggie chats with Emilie Aries, Founder and CEO of Bossed Up, about how and why you can continue your job search during the COVID-19 crisis.
Episode No. 33
This week, Maggie is breaking down the CARES Act stimulus package and how it affects you as an individual.
Episode No. 32
This week, Maggie is giving some tips on how you can be smart with your money, even during a global crisis.
Episode No. 31
This week, Maggie is talking about how you can use your money and protect yourself and others during times of uncertainty.
Episode No. 30
This week, Maggie is giving you 5 ways to build a more equal future for all of us.
Episode No. 29
This week, Maggie sits down again with financial therapist, Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, to talk about how breadwinning women can feel more confident about their financial success.
Episode No. 28
This week, Maggie is giving tips on how you can cultivate more of an abundance mindset in your life.
Episode No. 27
This week, Maggie sits down with Keila Hill-Trawick, Founder and Principal of Little Fish Accounting, to talk about tax planning for business owners.
Episode No. 26
This week, Maggie gets personal and talks about how she and her husband manage and talk about money within their marriage.
Episode No. 25
Maggie sits down with author Cameron Huddleston to talk about why you need to have the money talk with your parents and how to do so.
Episode No. 24
This week, Maggie outlines the immediate steps you can take to improve your credit score.
Episode No. 23
This week, Maggie sits down with health coach Brianna Wilkerson to talk about how you can ditch dieting and prioritize your health this year.
Episode No. 22
This week, Maggie gives advice on how to pay down debt, along with creative ways listeners have done it themselves.
Episode No. 21
This week, Maggie sits down with life coach Cristina Roman to talk about time management and productivity.
Episode No. 20
Maggie sits down to reflect on the past decade of life and everything that came with it.
Episode No. 19
In this week's episode, Maggie sits down with financial advisor Jessie Echard Hill to talk about saving for retirement.
Episode No. 18
This week, Maggie is talking all about positive money affirmations and how to create some that actually work for you.
Episode No. 17
This week, Maggie is joined by financial coach Ericka Young to talk about the action steps you can take to finish 2019 off financially strong and start 2020 on the right foot.
Episode No. 16
This week, Maggie gives you tips on how to stick to your own values and needs this holiday season.
Episode No. 15
In today's episode, Maggie is joined by Jenny Albertini, the founder and CEO of Declutter DC and the first Marie Kondo certified consultant based in Washington, DC. They chat about decluttering and how it can improve all our lives and finances.
Episode No. 14
This week, host Maggie Germano breaks down how you should financially prepare for getting a pet.
Episode No. 13
This week, Maggie sat down with her friend and advocate, Nina Serrianne to talk about why it's so important for everyone to get healthcare coverage.
Episode No. 12
This week, Maggie gives you a bunch of helpful facts about open enrollment and making sure you have health insurance coverage.
Episode No. 11
This week, Maggie sits down with family attorney Rebecca G. Neale to talk about how to protect yourself financially during marriage and divorce.
Episode No. 10
This week, Maggie is sitting down to talk about saving throughout the year in order to pay for big expenses and purchases.
Episode No. 9
This week, Maggie chats with the founder of Smart Money Mamas, Chelsea Brennan, to talk about how to manage money as a household and how to be prepared if there's an emergency.
Episode No. 8
This week, Maggie is answering a listener question about where to put short-term savings.
Episode No. 7
This week, Maggie chats with financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin about financial anxiety and how people can manage it better.
Episode No. 6
This week, Maggie answers a listener question about the biggest financial mistake she's ever made.
Episode No. 5
This week, Maggie sits down with Melanie Lockert to talk about the connection between mental health and money.
Episode No. 4
In this episode, Maggie answers a listener question about whether or not she should live at home for free or go out on her own.
Episode No. 3
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