Neale S. Godfrey is is an acknowledged expert on family and children’s finances who has been in the financial field for more than 30 years. Neale became one of the first female executives at The Chase Manhattan Bank. Later, she became the President of The First Women’s Bank and founder of The First Children’s Bank. In 1989, Neale formed her own company, Children’s Financial Network, Inc., whose mission is to educate children and their parents about money. She is the author of 27 books that deal with money, life skills, and value issues, and has been honored with a #1 New York Times Best Seller, Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children. Neale was the first to develop money curricula for children and young adults Pre-K through High School, which are available in CD-ROM and iOS game app formats. Neale was also a former Nationally Syndicated Columnist for the Associated Press and currently is a Contributor for Forbes.com.
Neale has served as a National Spokesperson for such companies as: Aetna, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Fidelity, Quaker Oats, Nuveen and AOL-Time Warner. She is a professional speaker for both domestic and international audiences. Neale has appeared as a financial expert on programs, such as; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNBC, and CNN, as well as in the PBS special Your Money, Your Children, Your Life.
Neale has served on White House and Governor’s Task Forces, as well as on the Board of Directors of The NY Board of Trade, UNICEF, University of Charleston, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, UN Women, and YPO. She also serves on NJ’s State Employment and Training Commission Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education as well as NJ’s Science and Technology Workforce Subcommittee. Neale helped found a YPO global entity called RISE, an international social and ecological movement and incorporated into WorldMerit (WM). WM connects Millennials in 160 countries to address global issues. She is also a faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and VWise, Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, operated by The Institute For Veterans and Military Families, The Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. Both programs provide tools to Vets to become successful entrepreneurs. Neale has been honored with recognition from the White House via her program, LIFE, INC: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People, sponsored by Deloitte Foundation. Neale has a B.S., cum laude, from The School of International Service, The American University. Areas of interest: entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, writing/publishing.