Mandi & Tiffany

About the Brown Ambition Podcast

Brown Ambition is a weekly conversation between two successful women of color dealing with topics of professional and financial ambition, will and so much more. Wisdom is found here weekly.

Our Story

Mandi and Tiffany first met in 2013 when Mandi was an editor at Business Insider and wrote a profile about Tiffany, who had just founded the Budgetnista platform. 

The pair later met in person at a financial bloggers conference in 2014. As two self-professed introverts, they bonded over their shared need to decompress from the conference grind and took a walk through New Orleans where the beginnings of their podcast Brown Ambition started to take root — a conversation between two badass women of color who were as comfortable talking about dating and relationships as they were about budgeting and building wealth.


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We want to create a world where Black and Brown women feel valued and poured into both financially and mentally.

With each episode, we aim to create a safe space where women can ask questions, feel seen and heard, and feel like they’ve taken one step closer to accomplishing their wealth-building and career goals. We want to amplify the voices of women of color in spaces that have never traditionally been open to us — from building businesses to earning seats at the board room table. We are never shy about sharing our struggles and lessons along our own personal journeys and we don’t pretend that things like personal relationships don’t influence the way we achieve professional and financial goals. That’s why you’ll often hear us shift from the latest ups and downs of the stock market to the latest ups and downs of Tiffany’s fertility journey or Mandi’s rocky road to entrepreneurship.

Meet the Hosts

Mandi woodruff

Mandi is an award-winning journalist, co-host and executive producer of the podcast.

Mandi is an inclusive wealth-building and career expert with a background in journalism and content marketing. She published her free guide The Just Quit! Toolkit in 2021, which has helped nearly 2,000 professionals take charge of their careers and maximize their earning potential. She’s also a regular contributor to Yahoo Finance and

Mandi was previously the personal finance editor at Business Insider and a personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, where she hosted the weekly web series “Money Minute” and “The Payoff”. She’s an alumna of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!) and an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Tiffany aliche

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” is one of America’s favorite, personal financial educator.

Tiffany “The  Budgetnista” Aliche is America’s favorite personal financial educator! A New York Times Bestseller (Get Good with Money), an NAACP Image Award Nominee, and the first Black woman to grace the cover of Money Magazine solo, Tiffany is a trailblazer in the personal finance space. 

Her monumental ‘Live Richer Movement’ has helped over one million women worldwide save, manage, and pay off hundreds of millions of dollars. A former teacher for ten years, with a Master’s degree in Education, Tiffany was instrumental in getting The Budgetnista Law (A1414) passed in January 2019, making financial education mandatory for all middle school students in the state of New Jersey.

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