Ep. 54 — Hot for Teacher

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On this week’s show: 

BA Anniversary dinner recap! 

Tiffany and Mandi weigh in on the teacher from Georgia whose envelope-pushing ensembles have everyone talking. 

Tiffany shares tips on how to qualify for student loan debt forgiveness. For more details, check out this in-depth article with more tips > 

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September 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 53 — So, You Wanna Be CEO?

Happy Anniversary, BA Fam! By now we hope you have checked out our newly redesigned website and are loving the fresh new look. We are so thrilled to be celebrating our 1-year anniversary. We couldn’t have gotten here without YOU! Thanks for listening, thanks for your support. 

Please help us ring in our near year on a high note by leaving us a review today on iTunes

On Today’s show: 

What does it really take to become CEO? We’ve got the results of a new LinkedIn study that reveals exactly what you need to do to have the best shot at a spot at the top of the office food chain. 

We also take a question from single mom “Kim” who earns $92,000 and still feels like she’s broke. 

 

 

 

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September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 52 — Burning Questions Answered : Wedding gift etiquette and do you really need travel health insurance?

Happy Brown Ambition Tuesday!

We’ve got a packed show for today:

Buzzworthy:

Lena Dunham. Why? Just why?
The Black-Owned Bank Movement everyone’s talking about

Questions:

What’s the right amount to give at weddings?
Do you really need travel health insurance?

Tifffany’s book selection for this week: “The Gatekeepers are Gone” by Lamar Tyler
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September 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 51 — Drugstore Drama

We can hardly believe it, BA Fam…the Brown Ambition podcast is turning 1! To celebrate our pending anniversary, we’re hosting an epic contest and treating a whole group of lucky listeners to a special evening with us ? your hosts! Win a Night of Dinner + Drinks with Mandi and Tiffany! To enter, send an email tobrownambitionpodcast@gmail.com and answer this question: What does Brown Ambition mean to you personally, whether in your personal life or your career? This is a shot to tell us why you are proud to be part of the #BrownAmbition family. Submissions are Due by Sept. 1 and winners will be notified by September 4th.

 

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August 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 50 — Awesomely Luvvie

Today’s guest needs no introduction but we gon’ give her one anyway!
Luvvie Ajayi has turned her hilarious pop culture blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com into a media sensation. For the last 13 years she bas been cracking up the Interwebs with her bitingly funny and whip smart takes on celebrity, TV, film, technology, politics and more. This year, the self-proclaimed “professional troublemaker” caught the eye of none other than Oprah Winfrey herself, who included Luvvie on her first annual Super Soul 100 list.

This September, Luvvie is releasing her first book, “I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual”. Pre-order it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
Luvvie AJayi

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August 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 49 — Mouse in the House

We can hardly believe it, BA Fam…the Brown Ambition podcast is turning 1! To celebrate our pending anniversary, we’re hosting an epic contest and treating a whole group of lucky listeners to a special evening with us ? your hosts! Win a Night of Dinner + Drinks with Mandi and Tiffany! To enter, send an email to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com and answer this question: What does Brown Ambition mean to you personally, whether in your personal life or your career? This is a shot to tell us why you are proud to be part of the #BrownAmbition family. Submissions are Due by Sept. 1 and winners will be notified by September 4th. The dinner will be hosted in the NYC area, so keep that in mind before entering.    

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August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 48 — The Power of Single Moms

  Welcome Dream Catchers! If you’re just finding the show, be sure to check out our Facebook page and take the time to leave us a review on iTunes. On today’s show, we chat with Keona Harris, a Houston, Texas-based mother and entrepreneur. After going through a divorce, buying a new home, and starting her own business ? all within the last year! ? Keona decided there was no better time to plan a cross country road trip with her 9-year-old daughter. “I was one of those people who when I had PTO days I couldn’t or wouldn’t use them because work would get backed up,” Keona told us. “I just had to look at my situation and ask myself what is more important to me? My child was going to daycare and school all day. I didn’t get home until it was time to put her to bed. I didn’t want that life for her. I didn’t want that life for us? I don’t need to give the best of my years and my times to an institution when my daughter needs me most.” We talked to Keona about why she decided to plan this journey for her daughter and, of course, how she saved up the money to fund it.  

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August 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 47 — The FLOTUS with the Mostus

  On this week’s episode…. We recap Michelle Obama’s EPIC Democratic Convention speech. Watch it here or read the transcript here.  Resources mentioned on this week’s show: We tell a listener whether or not she should refinance her mortgage. Check out the tools we mention: Smart Asset mortgage refinance calculator and Bankrate And Mandi tells you about finding a financial planner through the XY Planning Network, a network of financial planners who specialize in Gen X and Y professionals.

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August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 46 — The Right Way to Use Credit

  Questions? E-mail us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com

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July 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 45 — “Real Money Answers for Everyday Women”

  Just 7 years ago, Patrice C. Washington was scraping up all the change in her purse to buy baby formula for her newborn daughter. Now, Patrice is a best-selling author and founder and CEO of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, a boutique personal finance consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA, and is a featured financial coach on the Steve Harvey Show. On Jan. 19, Patrice is publishing her new book “Real Money Answers for Everyday Women” in bookstores nationwide. Patrice joined us last fall to talk about hitting rock bottom and how she clawed her way back to the top. She also has some tough advice for everyday women looking to get ahead. “When people are unfulfilled in their careers that leads them to mismanage their finances,” she says. “I meet so many women who are quick to go the mall because they’re frustrated with everything they’ve been through all week.” As always, send us your money questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Facebook.com/BrownAmbition or Twitter @theBApodcast.   **This episode originally aired Nov. 17, 2015**  

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July 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 44 — Sometimes you just need a sad nap

  Group hug everyone. We could all use one. Today’s reader question: Should I refinance my car loan? Resources: How to get out of a bad car loan MagnifyMoney auto loan comparison tool  Have a question for us? Send us an email at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com  

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July 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 43 — The Power of Grit and a Good Book

  We LOVE getting your lovely e-mails and all the great feedback you have on the show. Please take the time to share the love in an iTunes review. It helps others find the show and we will love you forever for it! Now, down to bidness: Today on the show: -The BET awards recap (ALL HAIL JESSE WILLIAMS) -Mandi and Tiff’s latest book suggestions “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance” by Angela Duckworth “What I Know For Sure” By Oprah Winfrey -A question from reader who wants to know what comes first: business expenses or credit card debt? We will not have a show next week due to the Fourth of July! We’ll be back on the air Tuesday July 12.

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June 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 42 — When family splits the bills

  Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, family and building wealth on your own terms. Send us your financial and career questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com.

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June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 41 — Love is love is love is love is love is love

  #LoveOrlando. To find out how you can help the victims of this senseless tragedy, check out this link. ************* We have a great question today from a single mom who’s not happy with her paycheck. If you have a question, hit us up at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or send us a message on le Facebook.  

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June 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 40 — Girls Interrupted

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June 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 39 — Mandi’s big job news!

  Keep in touch, BA Fam! E-mail us your money and career questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com (you can remain anonymous!) Or hit us up on Twitter @TheBApodcast and Facebook.

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June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 38  — Tiffany’s vacay nightmare; Blake Lively’s booty; Mandi’s 401(k) advice

  Stay in touch! Send us any and all finance/career questions: Brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com   Twitter: @TheBApodcast Facebook: Brown Ambition

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May 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 37 — What we really think about “Money Cleanses”

  We love hearing from you! Please send us your questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter @TheBApodcast and Facebook.com/brownambition.

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May 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 36 — Tiffany makes a baby decision. Mandi makes a big move.

  We’d love to hear from you! Please send your financial and career questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com. You can remain anonymous. And please leave us a review in the comments below. You might get a shoutout on the show!

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May 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 35 — Me-ternity: Should childless women get maternity leave too?

  Hey hey hey BA Fam. We are so lucky to have such greatlisteners.Please help us reach even more folks by leaving us areview oniTunes. It’s a huge help and who knows? We might give youa shoutouton the show! Today on BA: -Malia goes to Harvard! -Misty Copeland gets her own Barbie -Novelist Meghann Foye has never had a kid, but she cameoutlast week saying childless women are entitled toa”meternity” leave of their own. Girl stop. Later, Mandi shares the 3 super easy online tools shealwaysuses to save money when shopping online. Because couponclipping isso 2006. You don’t want to miss these! And we take a question from a reader whose mother passed away.She wants to know how to best spend her inheritance. Tiffany gives a huge shoutout to a group of 13-year-oldgirlsfrom Detroit who ware breaking barriers in an unlikelycompetitivesport: Chess.

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May 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 34: Purple Lemonade

  In a week of highs and lows, we’ve got you covered BA Fam ? from the tragic, shocking death of Prince, to Harriett Tubman’s triumphant place on the new $20 bill to the earth-shattering debut of Beyonce’s new visual album, Lemonade. Our edges have been snatched, our nerves have been shot….we’ve been through a lot this week. We eventually get ourselves together enough to answer a question from listener “Charlotte” who wants to know if she can stop paying an old debt once it goes into collections. Tiffany has some surprising advice on this you’re going to want to hear! As promised, here’s a link to Mandi’s story on how to get debt collectors to stop calling you > Have a question for us? We’re all ears! brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com 

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April 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 33 — Blavity.com founder Morgan DeBaun and EmpowerHER

  26-year-old Morgan DeBaun has been a budding entrepreneur ever since she was a scrappy young tween peddling homemade candy to kids in her school cafeteria. Now, Morgan is the co-founder of Blavity.com, one of the fastest growing media companies in the U.S.. May 21 marks the launch of Blavity’s new conference, EmpowerHER, in New York City. EmpowerHER is all about giving women the tools they need to achieve success on their own terms. Find out how to attend EmpowerHER here: http://empowerher.blavity.com/

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April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 32 — All the Savvy Ladies, aaaallllll the Savvy Ladies

  AMAZING GUEST ALERT: On today’s show, Stacy Francis, the founder of nonprofit women’s financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies and President and CEO of her own financial planning firm, Francis Financial, joins us to talk about handling money in relationships, what NOT to do when you get divorced, and how to protect your finances before you get married. Plus, Stacy tells YOU how to get FREE financial advice on the Savvy Ladies helpline. Check out Savvy Ladies here > Also: How single women in China are fighting back against the stigma of singleness and the joke that has Twitter dragging Hillary Clinton.

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April 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 31 — Enter the Queendom

  Ever since she was a toddler, Adrienne Smith loved the game of football. She never considered it a career choice until she heard about the little-known world of women’s tackle football in 2005. That’s right. Tackle! This is not the Lingerie League or Powderpuff (no shade) but full-on, knock you on your butt, shoulder pads and broken bones football. For the last decade, she has dominated the sport and represented the U.S. in international tackle football championships around the world. Adrienne joins us on the show to talk about breaking barriers in the sport, why she PAYS to play and how she met President and First Lady Obama. Must-have links for today’s show: Check out Mandi’s feature story on the world of women’s football on Yahoo > Adrienne’s blog The Gridiron Queendom > Want to support your local women’s football team? Find them on WFAfootball.net >  

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April 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 30 — What to do when you feel like an imposter in your own career

  Brown Ambition is Dirty 30! Has it really been 30 episodes? Thank you SO much for your support. If you haven’t yet, PLEASE leave us a review on iTunes! It’s the best way for more folks to find their way to the BA Fam. On this week’s show, we introduce a new segment: Brown Boost. We also tackle a question from a listener who says she feels like an imposter at her job and needs help building confidence.  

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March 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 29 — Wipe that smile off your face (if you want to)

  Happy Springtime BA Fam! Here’s what we cover in this week’s episode: -Zootopia: how this Disney flick manages to somehow have Black Lives Matter undertones while also being the funniest, heartwarmingest movie ever. -The sexist message behind telling women to SMILE (you know who you are) -Today’s tip: Should you buy a house with a guy you aren’t married to? -Tiffany’s book suggestion: Launch by Jeff Walker -Mandi’s book suggestion: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister  

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March 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 28 — The Live Richer Academy

  We’re baaaaack! On this week’s episode, Tiffany shares everything you need to know about the launch of her Live Richer Academy (http://livericheracademy.com/). These are 7 online learn-as-you-go courses featuring experts Tiffany has hand-picked to teach you more about investing, buying stock, budgeting, building credit, student loans and managing finances in relationships. All of these amazing courses are only $9.99. No, but for real. $9.99! For less than the cost of a mediocre burrito bowl, you can learn how to manage your finances, invest like a boss and, of course, LIVE RICHER.  (And now you know why we love us some Budgetnista!) In other news, we’re always looking for career and finance questions so email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com!        

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March 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 27 — Wanda has zero F—s to give

  We’re back with a brand new episode! Bear with us as we get back in the groove after taking a little time off so Mandi could get some much-needed R&R. Do y’all have any summer or spring vacays you’re saving up for? let us know at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com and don’t forget to send us your money and career questions! On today’s show we tackle two big ones: How do you turn down a family member who asks for money? and   Is it OK to have a separate savings account from your partner?

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March 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 25 — That time someone named a bill after TIffany

  Happy belated Valentine’s to our dear BA family. We love you! On this week’s episode, you REALLY don’t want to miss Tiffany’s win of the week. Let’s just say she is on the right side of the law ;). We are catching up on our inbox with questions from listeners Taylor R. and Rosey D. If YOU Have a question you’d like answered, email as brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com! Even if we can’t get to your question on the show, we almost always respond. Last but not least, please please leave us a review! It helps others find the show and lets iTunes know you guys like us (you really really like us!)

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February 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 24 — Let’s get in Formation.

There’s just one word we need to describe today’s show: BEYONCE. If you have been living under a rock, please catch up here>  Other important mentions in this week’s show: Mandi’s story highlighting 5 black business leaders who are changing the face of Silicon Valley.  We’re answering TWO questions on next week’s show! Send us yours at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com.

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February 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 23 — He spent HOW much on that ring?

  On this week’s episode: -Tiffany shares her Obamacare drama and Mandi gives tips on how to avoid a $695 tax penalty this year -We discuss the pros/cons of group dinners (OK, mostly cons) -And we answer something of a taboo question: What should a guy/girl REALLY spend on an engagement ring? Mandi tells you what the going rate for a rock is these days and has tips on how to save on that diamond. Important links from this week’s episode! Exemptions for the Obamacare tax penalty> Mandi’s Story on whether or not you should buy an engagement ring on Etsy > As always, email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com with questions or tweet us @thebapodcast.

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February 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 22 — Why every woman needs an “F-U” fund

  Brown Ambition fam… we have a star among us. Tiffany made her Good Morning America debut this week on a special segment called “Super Savers.” Check it out here! Winter Storm Jonas couldn’t hold us down this week! We are back to bidness talking about #OscarsSoWhite, the Flint Michigan water crisis and the personal finance blog post that had ALL the ladies talking this week: “The Story of an F-Off Fund”. Have questions for the show? Drop us a line at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com.  

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January 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 21 — How one family paid off $110,000 worth of debt

  Six years ago, Aja McClanahan and her husband were $110,000 in the hole and in a constant tug-of-war with debt collectors. So they decided to make a drastic move in order to tackle their debt head-on. Mandi sat down with Aja this week to chat about how they finally became debt-free and what advice she has for others out there feeling overwhelmed by their own debt. “You don’t need a lot of money to do this,” she says. “Being disciplined helped.” Also on this week’s episode: -Hillary Clinton talks about how she’s benefitted from white privilege -One woman attacks the #BlackGirlMagic movement -Networking strategies -Mandi’s biggest complaint about wedding dress shopping As always, send us your questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on facebook.com/brownambition.  

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January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 20 — When to quit a low-paying job

  Welcome back Brown Ambition fam. This week, we take a reader question from a young woman who took a job before she realized how little it paid. Now she’s stuck — does she stay and remain loyal to her new employer, or should she start looking for new work and risk looking unreliable to future employers? PLUS: Tiffany shares her favorite book of the moment … and how to manage career burnout. As always, join us on Facebook or Twitter. Email us your money and career questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com

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January 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 19 — Should I stay or should I go?

  HAPPY NEW YEAR! To kick off our first show of 2016, we talk about the results of a 75-year study on ? what else? ? the key to finding lasting happiness in life. Doing this ONE thing in your life can not only make you happier but healthier and, as a result, more likely to live longer. It’s like tapping your own personal Fountain of Youth everyday…and here’s a hint: it has nothing to do with going to the gym! Then, we take a question from a listener who’s feeling torn ? should she take a year off from work and travel, or is it too late for a little adventure? Have any career or money questions to help you ensure a prosperous new year? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or join the BA Fam on Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t signed up for Tiffany’s Live Richer Challenge yet, what are you waiting for?! Visit Livericherchallenge.net for all the deets!  

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January 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 18 — ‘Live Richer’ in 2016

  It’s the last show of 2015 for Brown Ambition! Thank you all for an amazing run these past four months. We’ll be back and better (browner?) than ever in 2016. To set us up for the New Year, we want to know what YOU want more of/less of from us next year. More guests? Fewer dance breaks? Different advice? Email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with your thoughts. And if you haven’t left a review for us on iTunes yet, now’s your chance! It would be the best Christmas present ever.  

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December 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 17 — Stay Mad, Abby

  #TGIF BA Fam! After dealing with our edit issues, we’re back this week with a brand new (and a little bit tardy) show for you. Enjoy! As ever, email us your money and career questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

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December 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 16 — The squeaky wheel gets the pay raise

  It’s our Sweet 16, BA Fam! Fair warning: if you have not yet watched The Wiz Live, spoilers are ahead! The cast…the music…the WARDROBE. It was truly a night of unforgettable black magic. On the down side, what’s a groundbreaking moment for people of color without a little touch of racist shade? Ignorance was out in full force on the Twitterverse and we discuss in this week’s Buzzworthy.   Next up, is it ever OK to move in with a significant other simply to save on rent? And Tiffany has a question for Mandi: Which race do you identify with more? Anyone who has a mixed racial/ethnic background will relate to her answer. WINS: While Tiffany packs up for a week in paradise (jealous!), Mandi shares a major update about work (and really hopes she hasn’t jinxed herself!). We hope it inspires every woman out there to ask for what she deserves.      

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December 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 15 — Put a ring on it!

  Sorry in advance for all the singing. We were a little giddy this week…but for the best possible reason! One of us has something MAYJAH to share today BA fam (and it may or may not involve a ring!). After we squeal, we discuss important events of the last week, such as the Soul Train Awards (Baby Face tribute? Win! Choosing creeper R. Kelly to close the show? Fail!) and why it’s important to support minority-owned businesses this holiday season. For Brown Break, Mandi gets real about what it’s like working in an open concept office ? and how easy it makes it for outside work drama to get in the way of your work flow. Tiffany makes a confession about her social life (or lack thereof) and takes a brown break from staying home. We answer an excellent question from a reader who wants to know if it’s worth it going to a financial advisor — and how she’s supposed to get the house and family she wants with a mound of student loan and credit card debt weighing her down. WE are here for you Carrre girl! As always, send us your money/career questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter (@theBApodcast) or Facebook.

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December 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 14 — Gifted hands, foolish mind

  Hey Hey Hey! Happy almost-Thanksgiving BA Fam! This week, we talk about the shocking “Scandal” winter finale (Shonda…you still got it girl) and the Apple Music commercial that everyone’s talking about. Brown Break: Tiffany explains why she is sick of “Money Mantras” and Mandi lays out the facts that seem to be conveniently missing from the     anti-Syrian refugee movement in the U.S. (yes, we’re talking to YOU Dr. Ben Carson). Then, we spend some time answering a fabulous question from a reader who wants to know…how do I save for retirement when I’m constantly switching jobs and want to buy a house some day? Since we didn’t have time to dig all the way into her situation, here are a couple of links to resources we mention on the show: 1: Tiffany’s “Buying a Home Checklist” and 2) NAPFA.org, a database of fee-only financial planners where you can start your search for a financial advisor in your area. Have a question you’d like us to answer? email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @TheBApodcast      

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November 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 13 — “Real Money Answers” for women who want to get ahead

  Just 7 years ago, Patrice C. Washington was scraping up all the change in her purse to buy baby formula for her newborn daughter. Now, Patrice is a best-selling author and founder and CEO of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, a boutique personal finance consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA, and is a featured financial coach on the Steve Harvey Show. On Jan. 19, Patrice is publishing her new book “Real Money Answers for Everyday Women” in bookstores nationwide. Patrice joins us to talk about hitting rock bottom and how she clawed her way back to the top. She also has some tough advice for everyday women looking to get ahead. “When people are unfulfilled in their careers that leads them to mismanage their finances,” she says. “I meet so many women who are quick to go the mall because they’re frustrated with everything they’ve been through all week.” In addition to the lovely Patrice, we have a candid conversation about a dirty little monster called Stress…grab your stress balls ladies! You don’t want to miss it. As always, send us your money questions at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Facebook.com/BrownAmbition or Twitter @theBApodcast. patrice

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November 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 12 — We’ve got a problem with travel hackers

  I know we say every episode is our best episode EVAH but….Y’ALL. THIS ONE IS FIIIIRE. In lieu of tips this week, Mandi sat down to chat with the extraordinary Mira Jacob, author of the critically acclaimed novel “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing” and all around badass. Mira’s viral Buzzfeed post “37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son” hit us right in the feels ? so sweet, so funny, and so relevant to what it’s like to be a parent raising a kid in a multi-cultural family today. Mandi talks to Mira about that story PLUS her bumpy ascent in a business that, well, isn’t exactly known for its loving embrace of diverse voices. BUZZWORTHY: -Starbucks cup? War on Christmas? Y’all cray. -We’ve had it with Spirit Airlines. And not just because they kicked 6 black people off a flight last week. -Serena Williams catches a crook. Ben Carson’s lies catch up with him. -Donald Trump BOMBS on SNL. And all is right with the world again. BROWN BREAK: -Tiffany dumps her waist trainer for the real thing. -Mandi goes IN on so-called “travel hackers”. Mira Jacob Did we mention Mira is GORGEOUS too? #Werk  

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November 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 11 — Seeking older women (not in a weird way)

  Hey hey hey BA Fam! Have you signed up for our newsletter yet? We won’t spam you, promise! Once every few weeks we check in to let you know what’s been going on in Brown Ambition land and give you tips on everything from saving and investing to balancing life + career. If you’d like to keep things a bit more casual, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. This episode is dedicated to all the fans who’ve blown us away with your support of the show so far — thanks to you, we made it to the iTunes “New & Noteoworthy” list for podcasts! Such amazing news. In this week’s show, we talk about the importance of having older women around you as you advance in your career and how to pick and choose your mentors. You do not want to miss this segment ? we tell you all the mistakes we’ve seen young people make and the key things you should know before you ask someone else for advice. Do YOU have a question about career or money you’d like us to answer on the air? Send us an email at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com. We love hearing from you!

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November 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 10 — The upsides of being a breadwinning woman

Happy 10th episode to us! In honor of the big 1-0, we are bringing you a PACKED show filled with all your favorite segments: Buzzworthy, Brown Break, Tips and Wins of the Week. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also announcing the WINNER of our iTunes giveaway! Buzzworthy: -We are here for Dominican Drake! The #Hotlinering video was great…but the memes were even better. -Everyone’s favorite “Hero Mom” from the Baltimore Riots has sadly not done too well since her 15 minutes of fame. -From one crazy to the next, Ann Coulter (of all people) puts Raven-Symone in her place. -Thousands of RushCard customers lost access to their funds for nearly 2 weeks. Now Russell Simmons is in hot water with regulators. We discuss the details and share stories from people who are struggling to pay bills without their hard-earned money. Brown Break: -Tiffany is over people who want to take but not give. -Mandi has a double BB this week: Texas + Trump Tips: -What’s it like being a woman who earns more than her partner? How do you own your financial power and your success without diminishing your partner’s role in the household? We keep it real and tell you what has worked for us. Wins of the week: -Tiffany treats herself to something nice. -Mandi gushes about her new TV obsession ? “Jane the Virgin”

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October 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 9 — It is time to take several seats Raven-Symoné

We’re baaack! Tweet us @TheBApodcast or join the fun community we’re building on Facebook! Let us know what topics/questions you’d like addressed on the show. We spend a lot of time on today’s show talking about one of our favorite subjects ? how to push through and ask for more when you deserve it at work. We were inspired by Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter about gender bias in the entertainment industry. Here’s what else we’ve got cooking this week, BA fam: Brown Break: Why has no one canceled The View yet? Like for real though? And Tiffany begs the world to stop asking her this ONE question. Tips: Tiffany “The Budgetnista” herself reveals her (drumroll please!) BUDGET and we talk about how we work hard to avoid the “lifestyle inflation trap.” Wins of the week: Tiffany tells you about the nonprofit helping homeless kids enjoy their birthdays and Mandi gives a huge shoutout to one of her idols. Want to stay in touch? You can always email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com.  

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October 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 8—Make your credit jump like Jordan

 

Thanks to you beautiful people our last episode was our most popular show to date! Please keep spreading the word by leaving us a review on iTunes and tweeting us @TheBApodcast with the hashtag #BrownAmbition. We keep the party going on Facebook, too, so like our page and stay in the loop on all our BA news: facebook.com/brownambition.

Here’s what we’ve got going on in this week’s show:

BUZZWORTHY: 

Tiffany teaches Mandi the meaning of “project heat”. 

How a teenage boy got a publisher to rewrite a chapter in his history book. #BrownAmbitionForReal

We tell you ALL you need to know about “Hood Smart,” a show that has us buzzing with brown pride. 

BROWN BREAK:

Mandi has some strong words for people spreading lies about Planned Parenthood.  

It’s Halloween season and Tiffany makes a plea for the end of black face. 

TIPS: 

We give you FIVE amazing strategies to make your credit score “Jump like Jordan” as Tiff says. 

WINS:

We introduce you to the woman who turned a school bus into a mobile financial literacy movement. She’s truly everything that Brown Ambition is all about.

Mandi has a special shoutout for Shonda Rhimes (and it has nothing to do with her TV shows!)

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October 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 7 — Please stop congratulating me on being light-skinned

We have a PACKED show for you this week, BA fam. Buzzworthy: -11 black women who were kicked off a posh Napa Valley wine tour SUE the company for discrimination. -America pits Republican candidate Ben Carson’s wife against Michelle Obama. Who wins? Mandi has some strong opinions… -Mandi & Tiffany talk about a panel about diversity they attended that got a little, well…uncomfortable. Brown Break: -The Kardashians’ new Cosmo cover pushes Tiffany over the edge -Mandi begs everyone to stop congratulating women on being light-skinned Wins of the week: -Mandi gets personal, describing how she stood up for herself when a coworker mistreated her at the office. -Tiffany has a special message for the Obamas BA Tips: -We invite a very special guest, financial planning expert Avani Ramnani, who tells us how she inspires women to take risks with investing and simple strategies we all can use to build our wealth. As Tiffany says “you can’t save your way to wealthy.” AMEN.

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October 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 6 — Lynnette “The Money Coach” Khalfani-Cox

  You may know her as the Money Coach, but we call her our Fairy Money Godmother  ? the incomparable Lynette Khalfani-Cox is our first-ever BA podcast guest! Lynnette is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and the author of 12 books (Yes. 12.)  including the New York Times bestseller “Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom.” (Just in case you doubt her street cred, just know that Lynnette paid off $100,000 of credit card debt in 3 years!) She’s an inspiration and she joins us to talk about how she made the leap from a 9-to-5 lifestyle to mega success as an entrepreneur. She also gets real about working side by side with her husband, Earl, and keeping their relationship healthy while managing their business. Don’t forget we are doing an iTunes giveaway to a lucky reviewer! Leave a review and email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com with a screenshot. We’ve got some great prizes! More info at http://brownambitionpodcast.com.  

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September 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 5 (BONUS): Brown girl magic at the Emmy’s

  You guys. We couldn’t wait a whole week to talk about the epic amounts of black girl magic that occurred at the Emmys this weekend, so we are bringing you a special bonus edition of Brown Ambition. From Viola’s history-making win, to Regina King’s long overdue trophy and the Apple commercial that still has us talking (#KerryMaryTaraji) … so much to celebrate! We also have some exciting news to share about Tiffany’s Live Richer Challenge! ITUNES REVIEW GIVEAWAY: We’re giving a way a copy of Tiff’s bestselling book “The Live Richer Challenge” along with an adorable “Frugal is the New Cool” tote bag to one lucky reviewer, so please leave a review in iTunes if you haven’t yet. Then email us at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com to let us know you have. Website: http://brownambitionpodcast.com.  

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September 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 4 — Managing money with your honey (minus the drama)

In this episode, Tiffany tells you how to spot a life coach scam, Mandi calls for the end of World Star Hip-Hop and the ladies tell you how to manage your finances jointly with your partner. See more at http://brownambitionpodcast.com.

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September 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 3 — We can’t with man buns anymore

In this episode, we serve up some simple tips to help you prepare financially for marriage (yikes!). We talk about what’s buzzing: Serena Williams’ epic defeat in the U.S. Open and why we don’t care because she is still the best person EVER; and the shocking police attack on another tennis pro, James Blake. In this week’s Brown Break, Mandi makes a desperate plea for the end of man buns and Tiffany seeks reprieve from street harassment (really, is that too much to ask guys?). We introduce an old-new segment called “Brown Brilliance”. Last but not least, Tiffany tells you how to financially prepare for marriage (dun dun dun!). For more, check out brownambitionpodcast.com.

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September 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 2 — That time I “lied” my way to a 25% raise

In Episode 2 of Brown Ambition, we tell you what it’s really like to be the “only one” in the office. Tiffany talks about growing up in “Nigeria Central”, Mandi tells you how she negotiated a 25% raise, and we both discuss the merits of simply knowing when to shut up.

 

 

 

 

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September 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 1 — Baby Limbo, Braids & Brown Ambition

In our first episode, we explain what ‘Brown Ambition’ is all about and tackle the question we’ve both been asking ourselves ? when’s the right time to have a kid, anyway? Mandi explains what “white feminism” is all about, Tiffany calls for the end of the “Perm v. Natural” debate and both of us share our wins of the week. As if that wasn’t enough, Mandi offers 4 key tips to save on rent and Tiffany serves up a key strategy for new business owners.

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September 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 26 — No more raggedy underwear

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February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments