Financial Literacy Educators and Influencers You Should Follow

Financial literacy evolves and changes with the economy, so how do you stay informed?

The educators, advocates, and influencers listed below are actively engaged in the ever-changing world of finance. Take a look at the things they have to say, and give their profiles a follow to stay current with the latest news and trends.

Financial Gurus

Dave Ramsey

Dave is the author of seven national bestsellers, including the popular “Total Money Makeover” and hosts “The Dave Ramsey Show.”

Laura D. Adams

Laura is a personal finance expert, award-winning author, podcast host, speaker, and media spokesperson.

Clark Howard

Clark is a money expert and New York Times #1 bestselling author. He helps people save more, spend less, and avoid rip-offs.


So Money

“Host Farnoosh Torabi is an award-winning financial strategist, TV host, and bestselling author. ‘So Money’ brings inspiring money strategies and stories straight from today’s top business minds, authors, and influencers. What was their financial journey, and how do they master their money today? Hear from inspiring individuals and learn about their financial philosophies, wins, failures, and habits.”

Apple Podcasts
The Latte Factor

“10x New York Times bestselling author and finance expert David Bach shares tips and strategies from his brand new book, “The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich” and more”

Apple Podcasts
The Rachel Cruze Show

“Money should be fun, not stressful. Learn practical tips on how to save more money, get out of debt quickly, and make progress toward your goals. You can take control of your money and create a life you love. “

Apple Podcasts


Brandon Copeland

Brandon Copeland is the starting linebacker for the New York Jets, investor, speaker, philanthropist, and co-founder of Beyond the Basics. He is also a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Hart

Kevin is a popular comedian who frequently speaks about his early mistakes with money and the need for financial literacy. Check out the recent speech he gave to a group of high school students.

Exceptional Personal Finance Educators

We asked personal finance educators what they do to bring financial literacy alive for their students. If you need help teaching personal finance, you can reach out to them and ask questions.

Cole Kelley

“One thing that I have always felt is important is meeting kids where they are at. I decided that this year I would start a TikTok account and put up some content on TikTok. It has blown up and been fun for kids. I don’t do song and dance, just some quick finance lessons. I have gotten a lot of requests to start a YouTube channel as a result, so I’ve started posting longer YouTube video lessons.”

Check out his YouTube lectures
Follow @mrcolekelley on TikTok
Connect with Cole: [email protected]

Lori Jacobson

Lori uses Mimic Personal Finance (MPF) to “bring it home” as she teaches almost every topic in her financial literacy classes.

“Students have no idea what $25k, $40k, or $70k feels like in terms of managing a budget, making a house payment, student loan payment, car payment, etc. They really have no idea what a potential salary amount “feels” like. MPF gives them that missing link—a perspective that hasn’t been available to students before.”

But one particular unit that really gives students real-world perspective is her “Careers” unit. Lori has each student do research on careers they might be interested in and their associated salaries. She lets them know they are competing with other for jobs, better salaries, and opportunities. Lori acts as their potential employer and carefully proofreads every cover letter and resume. Then she gives detailed feedback. She says, “It helps them see how hard it is to look good on paper and secure an interview opportunity.”

Connect with Lori: [email protected]

George Durfee

George asks students to have financial discussions with their parents.

“I have 7 different topics that students go home and discuss with mom, dad, or both. I tell them that they are going to have to have a more in-depth financial discussion with their parents other than ‘Can I have $20 for the movie with my friends?’ One of the best discussions is the home budget. Most of my students have their eyes opened as to what it costs to live in the home that they are in presently.”

Connect with George: [email protected]

You can use the resources and information these educators and influencers share to update your personal finance course, keeping your students engaged and preparing them for a lifetime of financial success at the same time.

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