Jean Chatzky

Personal Finance Expert & Journalist

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Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC's Today Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP's personal finance ambassador, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV. She is a longtime magazine columnist and the best-selling author of eight books, the latest of which is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes that knowing how to manage money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters by increasing financial literacy. To that end, she recently launched Jean Chatzky's Money School - online classes on crucial financial topics like saving, budgeting, getting out of debt, and planning for retirement - that she teaches herself at

Chatzky's books include the New York Times bestseller Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved. Her book The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times received the 2009 Books for a Better Life Award in the personal finance category. She is also the author of the New York Times and Business Week bestseller Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day, which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show's successful "debt diet" series.

Chatzky is a sought-after motivational speaker and a respected consultant to businesses and company executives. She regularly shares her advice and opinions as a guest on popular television shows such as The View, The Talk, and Morning Joe and made regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2009, the Consumer Federation of America awarded her the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her nearly two decades of pioneering personal finance education. She has also received the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Women in Communications and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. The Chicago Tribune named her one of the country's best magazine columnists.

In addition to her professional work, Jean Chatzky serves on the board of the Children's Heart Foundation and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women and on the board of the Kelly Writers House.


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The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times

Can you really start from nothing and become truly secure financially? In this fascinating and interactive keynote, Jean Chatzky asks the questions: Whats the difference between you and Warren Buffett? Between you and your boss? Or between you and your successful neighbor? What do the financially comfortable have that you dont? And how do you get it? Based on her most recent book that includes groundbreaking research on the self-made wealthy, Jean reveals the traits and habits of those who have moved from the lowest economic strata to the highest. Then she helps audiences take a look at where they are now and offers simple strategies for helping them get to where they want to go. In this optimistic and empowering presentation, she helps people see that they themselves have the power to determine their own financial future and find freedom in even the most difficult of economic times.

Money 911: Your Top 10 Money Emergencies Solved

After 20 years covering the world of real people and their real money, Jean Chatzky knows there are some universal (and nagging) questions audiences have about their money. Do I pay for college or retirement? What do I do about my older parents? How do I rebuild a sagging portfolio? Is it possible to raise kids who will be financially independent? And what in heavens name can I do about that credit score? In this presentation that can be tailored specifically for the needs of your groupand the questions of the dayJean will answer the questions she knows you have then conduct a Q&A that can include a money makeover or two for a member of your audience.

Whats a Hedge Fund, Mom? Financial Literacy and Raising Money-Smart Kids

As a mother of two teens, Jean Chatzky knows what parents wantkids who grow up to earn their own money and live independently (i.e., not on the family couch)! After conducting a dozen focus groups with middle-schoolers around the country for her upcoming Not Your Parents Money book (September 2010), she also knows what skills kids need in order to get there. In this fun and lively presentation, Chatzky shows how teaching responsibility, setting limits and living by financial example can all combine to put your kids on the path to personal financial success.

  • Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever

  • The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness: Feel Richer with What You've Got

  • You Don't Have to Be Rich: Comfort, Happiness, and Financial Security on Your Own Terms
  • Pay It Down!: From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day
  • Talking Money: Everything You Need to Know about Your Finances and Your Future

  • The Rich and Famous Money Book: Investment Strategies of Leading Celebrities

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