Alice Wood  

Personal Finance Mentor & Author.

More than ten years ago, Alice Wood was living a normal life, balancing her career, family, and finances with confidence. Having grown up with a father who was a bank president and a mother who was influenced by the Great Depression, Alice learned prudence and financial responsibility at home. She knew instinctively how to handle money, until a brain injury sustained on a commercial airplane changed her life.

After the injury, Wood encountered many new challenges; for the first time in her life she was overweight and in serious debt. Weight Watchers® allowed Alice to lose the weight and its daily discipline of journaling and the principle of group accountability inspired her to create a new and radically simple program to reclaim her financial stability. She called it Wealth Watchers. This simple program enabled her to meet her own financial goals and soon was helping thousands of others to do the same.

Her book Wealth Watchers chronicles Wood’s journey from a life of having it all to a life of dealing with frustrating financial setbacks. The book presents the program and the principles of the Wealth Watchers company, and provides all the tools needed to: organize personal finances, complete the monthly budget, determine disposable income, and identify pitfalls in spending patterns. At the heart of the program is one simple calculation: your Daily Disposable Income (DDI), the money you can spend each day without going into debt. Amazingly, most people don't know their DDI. She explains how it can help you make purchasing decisions, big and small, one day at a time, and build positive habits to last a lifetime. Using the Power of 365, you will learn how to analyze your expenses, stay out of debt, start saving again, and ‐‐ regardless of your age or income level ‐‐ thrive!

At the podium, Wood discusses the tools outlined in her book, offering audiences a means to break through the barriers that keep them from being successful with their financial goals. By sharing her incredible personal story, she hopes to promote financial literacy in every community, and spread her philosophy that “every day and every dollar make a difference.”

Today, the Wealth Watchers program is an important part of the rapidly growing movement for financial literacy and empowerment sponsored by school, state, and federal government programs, corporations such as McDonald's and Visa, and several large financial institutions. Wood serves as Founder and President.

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