Roundtable: The Importance of Representation in the Personal Finance Space [018]

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The number of voices in personal finance media is growing as creators and consumers recognize the value of having people to whom they can relate. Our roundtable today dives into the hole they saw that needed to be filled and share their experiences as women in personal finance.

As we wrap up the first season of the Plutus Awards Podcast, Chris Browning sits down with Berna, Jamilla Souffrant, and Bethany Bayless to have a candid roundtable conversation about diversity and representation in the finance arena.

  • Growing up, did the panelists have anyone that looked like them that provided a good example of how to handle money?
  • Was it difficult to step into the personal finance space with such limited examples?
  • The struggle of dealing with people in their lives who don’t understand what exactly they do
  • How they deal with people doubting them because they are women

About our panelists

Berna is a financial hype woman. She creates videos, articles and other ridiculous Internet Things to teach young people about money. She is a financial literacy educator, a video producer, a speaker, and a writer. She is a first-generation Filipina-American, a “micro-influencer” a 3B-3C curl, and a Trojan.

In 2017, she paid off $50,000 in debt, saved enough money to quit her job at Instagram, and booked a one-way ticket to New Zealand with her partner. She has been traveling the world yelling about money ever since.

Visit Berna at, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

Jamila Souffrant is the creator of the blog and podcast, Journey To Launch. She is a wife and mom of three small children and a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI). She was born on the gorgeous island of Jamaica and grew up in the famous borough of Brooklyn (#bkallday). Raised by a single mom, She learned the concept of hard work and the value of money at a very early age.

Through her site, Journey to Launch, she wants to teach you what she has learned through a little trial and error and a lot of discipline over the years. Her goal is to help you eliminate debt, save more money and increase your net worth.

Visit Jamila at Journey to Launch and on Instagram.

Bethany Bayless is a public speaker and professional emcee known for her unique comedic style and high-energy presentations. She has hosted 50+ conferences and events, including Heroes at Home Events, Military Influencers Conference, The Plutus Awards, and #FinCon18.

She is also Director of Communications for Heroes at Home and host of the fun, upbeat podcast The Money Millhouse, where she and her co-host, Ellie Kay, have conversations about saving money, couples communication, spend plans, general frugality, traveling on a budget, and more.

Visit Bethany at and on Instagram.

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About Chris Browning, Podcast Host

Chris Browning is the creator and host of the Popcorn Finance Podcast. He is a financial analyst who produces Popcorn Finance to share his love of teaching and discussing personal finance.

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