Tonya Rapley is a leading financial educator and the founder of My Fab Finance. She’s a dynamic woman who brings a smart and balanced perspective to money matters. Our chat spans way beyond money to include spirituality, starting over, hustle, ego, and much more.
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TONYA RAPLEY | In 2007, Tonya Rapley was fighting for her life in a relationship that was physically, emotionally, and economically abusive. Grounded by resilience and purpose, today Tonya is a highly sought after entrepreneur and coach. Tonya created the award-winning site My Fab Finance in 2013, catapulting her to the forefront as a nationally recognized millennial money expert. She was deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Selected by TV One as a modern day history maker, Tonya is a full-time entrepreneur, coach and influencer. Tonya has spoken at Bloomberg, Essence Fest, South by Southwest (SXSW), Millennial Week, PepsiCo, Blogging While Brown, BlogHer, Circle of Sisters and a host of colleges and universities.
When she’s not working with individuals, Tonya lends her expertise as a consultant helping both established companies and startups forge meaningful connections with millennial influencers and their audiences. Her client list includes: Fidelity Investments, CouponFollow Prudential, State Farm, SoFi, Autogravity, Consumer Reports, the National Endowment for Financial Education, The California Minority Alliance, and CO-OP Think Financial Services.
A career change-agent committed to empowering disenfranchised communities, Tonya uses her own story and experiences to empower others with tools to change their lives. She has appeared on Forbes, US News, NY Daily News, Cheddar, Buzz Feed, Essence.com, The Root, Credit.com, Cosmopolitan, Reuters, Refinery29, Centric and several other media outlets.
She is a Charlotte, North Carolina, native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Masters in Urban Policy Administration from Brooklyn College.
-how Tonya found her way from music to money as a career
-money stories: what they are and how to change them
-Tonya’s path to overcoming physical and emotional abuse
-advice on setting boundaries with friends and family around money
-Tonya’s spiritual journey
-how Tonya made more money working fewer hours
-pride vs ego
-Tonya’s advice for starting over and getting started
-and much more!
STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz (Tonya’s book recommendation)
The One Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards (Tonya’s book recommendation)
Feel It Real by Denise Coates (Tonya’s book recommendation)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Tonya’s book recommendation)