Joline Godfrey

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Joline Godfrey is the founder and Chief Creative Officer for The Unexpected Table, a real and virtual gathering place for exploring issues of thriving families in the midst of accelerating change. Godfrey is the author of Raising Financially Fit Kids.


Godfrey began her career as a clinical social worker. Godfrey became an executive of the Polaroid Corporation where she provided in-house family and therapeutic services to officers and employees. One of the first women in the nation to manage a spin-off from a Fortune 500 company, she launched Odysseum, a spin-off from Polaroid, and sold it in 1990, as described in a Harvard Business School case study. Odysseum was a creativity training company serving other Fortune 500 firms.

In 1992, an article she wrote for Inc. Magazine lead her to launch An Income of Her Own, the first non-profit offering financial education for girls. Over the next few years, Joline became one of the country's leading experts on girls, women and money and the success of that effort led to the founding of Independent Means in 1996.

Based in Santa Barbara, CA, IMI provides financial education for children and families with a rich array of programs, products and services, including The Great Families Program for thought leader families; Camp $tart-Up, DollarDiva and Indie Girls programming; Fashion and Finance; Sports and Money; etc. Independent Means’ clients include Fortune 100 families, leading financial institutions, multi-family offices and boutique investment firms.


Godfrey is the author of Raising Financially Fit Kids, Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Having Fun, Doing Good; No More Frogs To Kiss: 99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls; and Twenty $ecrets to Money and Independence: The DollarDiva’s Guide to Life.

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Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Maine and Boston University (where she received an MSW) and was awarded an Honorary Degree in Business from Bentley College in 1995. She was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow and the recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence, as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Entrepreneurship Award. Recognized in features for The Today Show, Oprah, Fortune, Business Week, The New York Times, and more. Ms. Godfrey is a frequent speaker and consultant worldwide.


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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 94058123 SUDOC: 163574553