About the Author
Neale S. Godfrey is an acknowledged expert on family and children's finances.
She has been in the financial field for over 30 years. Early in her career,
Neale became one of the first female executives at The Chase Manhattan Bank in
1972. 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. In
August 2006, Neale revised and updated her #1 New York Times Best Seller, Money
Doesn't Grow on Trees: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible
Children. Neale's latest book is LIFE, INC: The Ultimate Career Guide for
Young People. She is the author of 16 books that deal with
money, life skills, and value issues. She developed money curriculum for
children, The One and Only Common Sense/Cents Series, and a CD-ROM, Money
Town, both created for children grades K-9.
Neale empowers women to take charge of their financial lives and has authored
two books on that topic: Mom, Inc: Taking Your Work Skills Home and Making
Change: A Women's Guide to Designing her Financial Future.
She 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
often appears as a financial expert for television on programs like The Oprah
Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNBC,
CNN, CNN-fn, etc. She also starred in the PBS special, Your Money,
Your Children, Your Life.
Neale has been honored with awards such as "Woman of the Year", "Banker of the
Year", "Child Advocate of the Year", and received the first "Femme Award" from
the United Nations Agency for International Women's Rights (UNIFEM). Despite
these achievements, what her kids really think is cool is that she was a
"question" on both Jeopardy and in the New York Times crossword
puzzle! She has also served on a White House Task Force and a Governor's Task
Force as well as on the Boards of Directors of The New York Board of Trade,
UNICEF, University of Charleston, and YPO. Currently, she is on the board of
directors of UNIFEM, Morris County NJ Chamber of Commerce, and the Advisory
Board of Girls, Inc.
Neale also stars in a one-woman show, Neale Godfrey is Tap Dancing through the
Board Room that plays off-Broadway, nationally and internationally.
Neale is a single mother of two children, living in Chester, NJ.