Money Smart 101 was founded by Leslie Girone. As the daughter of a loan collector and an accountant, she was instilled with basic money management skills throughout her childhood. After being laid off twice in three years due to the bad economy, she realized she still had more opportunities than many of her peers because she had always been a saver, and planned for the future. Unfortunately many children never receive these valuable lessons, and find themselves struggling to manage money as adults – even if they have high paying jobs. Passionate about the environment, Leslie incorporates green messaging into her work. “It’s not all about how much you make, but what you do with it that counts.”
Leslie is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, through the National Financial Educators Council, and is continuously learning new ways to teach money management more effectively.