I am celebrating black history month with a profile of two power-house curvy Black women, doing their thing as educators, activists and best-selling authors. AARP CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins and Financial expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. Both ladies are confident, smart, powerful and most importantly using their successful brands to empower others.
It might be a little shocking at first when you’ve received your first AARP membership card in the mail. Jo Ann Jenkins is working to make sure we are better equipped to live a good life as we age.
She is the current CEO of the 37-million member association AARP, the first permanent female chief executive in the organization’s history. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Jenkins holds a degree in Political Science from Spring Hill College, and completed the Stanford Executive Program from Stanford University‘s Graduate School of Business. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Washington College in May 2014.
(bio excerpts from Wickepedia)
I must have been living under a rock because I just discovered Lynette Khalfani-Cox in a Credit Sesame commercial and wanted to feature her as a Swaggerette for CurvySwagger. Turns out she’s quite the money guru known as the Money Coach, New York Times bestselling author, television personality and public speaker.
A former award-winning financial news journalist, Lynnette worked for nearly a decade as a Dow Jones Newswires reporter and a Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC. She is now a contributor to WSJ.com, and several Aol websites, including BlackVoices.com, HousingWatch.com and WalletPop.com. Lynnette is also a popular keynote speaker, and conducts workshops nationwide about credit and debt, money management, real estate, investing and entrepreneurship.
Lynnette has written six money-management books for adults, and co-authored The Millionaire Kids Club, a four book series that teaches financial literacy to youth.
(bio excerpts from Linkedin)
These ladies inspire me to speak my truth and continue to learn ways to nurture and empower myself and other women. They’re making their own herstory every day.