Godfrey is also the author of "Raising Financially Fit Kids"; "Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Having Fun, Doing Good"; "No More Frogs To Kiss: 99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls"; "Twenty $ecrets to Money," and "Independence: The DollarDiva’s Guide to Life." A revised 10th anniversary edition of "Raising Financially Fit Kids" was recently published by Ten Speed Press/Random House.
In 1992, an article she wrote for Inc. magazine led her to launch An Income of Her Own, the first nonprofit offering financial education for girls. Over the next few years, Godfrey became one of the country’s leading experts on girls, women, and money and the success of that effort led to the founding of Independent Means in 1996.
Based in Santa Barbara, CA, IMI provides financial education for children and families with a rich array of programs, products, and services, including The Great Families Program for thought leader families; Camp $tart-Up, DollarDiva, and Indie Girls programming; Fashion and Finance; Sports and Money; etc. Independent Means’ clients include Fortune 100 families, leading financial institutions, multi-family offices and boutique investment firms.
A clinical social worker by training, at the beginning of her career, Godfrey was an executive of the Polaroid Corporation, where she provided in-house family and therapeutic services to officers and employees. One of the first women in the nation to manage a spin-off from a Fortune 500 company, she launched Odysseum, a spin-off from Polaroid, and sold it in 1990. Odysseum was a creativity training company serving other Fortune 500 firms.
Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Maine and Boston University (where she received an M.S.W.) and was awarded an honorary degree in business from Bentley College in 1995. She was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow and the recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence, as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Entrepreneurship Award. Recognized in features for The Today Show, Oprah, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and more, Ms. Godfrey is a frequent speaker and consultant worldwide.
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