Since 1992, Joline Godfrey has been a pioneer in the movement to increase financial intelligence among young people. Developer of a unique developmental approach to financial education, Godfrey's introduction of the financial apprenticeship stage of life has given parents and community leaders revolutionary tools for becoming better money mentors for kids.
In addition to being the CEO of Independent Means Inc, Godfrey's standing as an expert is buttressed by her research and writing on the subject. She is the author of Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Having Fun, Doing Good; No More Frogs to Kiss: 99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls; and Twenty $ecrets to Money and Independence: The DollarDiva's Guide to Life and most recently, Raising Financially Fit Kids, published by TenSpeed Press and is a contributor to a number of books and magazines.
Recognized in features for the Today Show, Oprah, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, etc., she is a frequent speaker worldwide. Prior to founding Independent Means Inc, Godfrey spent ten years as an executive for the Polaroid Corporation. Her first company Odysseum, was a spin-off from that corporation. With degrees from the University of Maine and an M.S.W. from Boston University, Godfrey was awarded an honorary degree in Business from Bentley College in 1995.