Dr. Melissa Cohen loves business, business strategy, and personal finance. I earned Doctorate and Master degrees in Business Administration and currently teach classes for two universities as an Adjunct Professor. I’m a part-time Stay-At-Home mom too. In my previous life, I worked for a few Fortune 500 companies. I can proudly say that I also earned a Ducktorate Degree during my time on the Walt Disney World College Program. I am looking forward to teaching you, and others like you, in a fun and engaging way.
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I want to give women a financial voice. A voice where women can make the best financial decisions for themselves. A voice that says it is okay to NOT give their money away to someone else. A voice that says they understand loan terms and credit card risk. A voice that says it is okay to pay yourself first and then buy extras for the kids. A voice that says you can save money and you are smart enough to invest it wisely.
Whether or not you grew up with money, everyone needs to learn how to be their own money advocate. Once you learn the basics of personal finance and money management, then you can decide on investments. If you do not learn about money now, then you may always face money challenges. Why spend the rest of your life stressing over money? Let’s change that!
I grew up in eastern Kentucky living in public housing and receiving free services. But I worked hard at school and wanted to do more. Like most folks, I had to work for the money that I have. I spent a lot of time learning about money, finance, and investing. Despite my three college degrees, I never took a personal finance or money management class, as well as millions of folks. However, money is the one subject that affects all of us after high school.
My goal is to help you learn about those personal finance and money matters so that you can make INFORMED decisions about money in your life. Money is a tool that you can use to achieve your goals.
I live with my family outside of Nashville, Tennessee. I don’t have many hobbies since I am married and have twin boys. We can be found creating adventures at the local parks, Nashville Zoo, church, and recreation center. I used to like to run some but these days I am sticking to my 14-year streak of running the Rock-n-Roll Half (or full Marathon). This year (2021) will be my 15th race in a row although I may be hobbling and dragging across the finish line before they close the race. In my free time, I like to grade papers, read textbooks, and work on Smart and Sassy Money at local coffeehouses. You’ll likely find me in a sweatshirt, jeans, and running shoes.