Michelle Singletary (Photo Courtesy of O Magazine)
“Big Mama used to say it’s not how much money you make that matters, but how you make do with what you have” – Michelle Singletary
You may have seen her on networks and shows on MSNBC, CNN, TVOne and The Oprah Winfrey show. Perhaps you listened to her in the afternoon on National Public Radio or maybe you picked up one of her top selling books. Chances are you have seen or heard from Michelle Singletary, financial expert extraordinaire…and if not, allow us to introduce her to you.
Not often enough does a person find their passion at an early age. For Michelle Singletary, that is exactly what happened. Her passion for being fiscally responsible started when she was just a young girl. “If you handed me a dollar at age 4, I knew exactly what to do with it,” says Singletary of her early interest and talent for saving. Raised by her grandmother, Michelle was indeed the most frugal child out of her four siblings. She often lent money to her siblings, “I was tough. If they wanted to buy candy or toys, I’d say no…But a pencil for school—that was a different story” she recalls. Michelle attributes her passion and interest for understanding how to manage her money to her grandmother, who passed away in 1995. Michelle’s grandmother raised her and her siblings on a $13,000 a year income. It was Michelle’s experience growing up in a low-income household, with a grandmother who was skilled at making a dollar out of fifteen cents, that continues to be the inspiration for a great deal of her writings and subsequently her success today. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and she received her Master’s degree in business and management from Johns Hopkins University.
Michelle’s writing career took off when she joined The Washington Post in 1992. Since that time she developed her now nationally syndicated and award winning column, “The Color of Money” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in its inaugural year. Her column can be seen in over 100 newspapers across the country including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Tampa Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Michelle’s success as a columnist was the perfect entre into becoming a celebrated author of three top selling books including “Spend Well, Live Rich”, “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich” and “The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom,” which was released this month.
In addition to her column and books, Michelle is often called upon to appear on many prominent television and radio programs. She has appeared on all three major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS) as a personal finance expert on such shows as “Oprah”, “NBC’s Today Show,” “The Early Show on CBS,” “Nightline,” CNN, “The View,” and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS. In January 2006, Michelle launched her first national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One and to this day she continues to be sought after as a keynote speaker for Universities and organizations across the nation.
As if all of this is not enough, somehow Michelle finds time to give back through her program, “Prosperity Partners Ministry,” which she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden. The program focuses on “financially savvy” volunteers mentoring others who are having financial challenges. To top it all off, Michelle is a happily married mother of three children currently residing in Maryland.
If you made any New Year’s Resolutions that have to do with getting your finances together, visit Michelle’s site for some great advice and information on her products and services.