Hi! I’m Dr. Brenda.

Financial Coach. Educator. Researcher. Sociologist.

My goal is to help YOU open the doors of financial freedom and a new life! I will give you the guidance, tools, and support you need to successfully navigate your journey. Together, we’ll make your dreams come true!

Adversity. Like many, my life has been shaped by adversity.

As a young girl, I dreamed of a life beyond the family farm. Education would be my way out …or so I believed.

I earned my PhD in Sociology at the age of 30 and was ready to set the world on fire. But then I was downsized out of my job and found myself scraping by as career prospects grew dim. Three years and four states later, I finally landed my dream job - researching and promoting justice system reform.

My career was wildly successful - I received national awards and even testified in front of Congress. But I was worn out from the work trips, long hours, dysfunctional workplace, and the slow pace of reform. Finally, I reached a breaking point and the unimaginable happened—I was fired!

This disaster turned into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Poverty had been a hard lesson; one that prompted me to spend decades saving and investing as much as possible. So as I walked out of the office for the last time, I felt a sense of relief, even excitement. I had bought freedom. For the first time ever, I could take a long respite from work and decide what to do next with my life.   

There are many in that same predicament today. Managers and executives who work hard but secretly live paycheck to paycheck. Graduates who believe they can climb to the top, only to lie awake worrying about student debt. Dreamers who want to explore life beyond the traditional workforce but can’t afford to do so.

I'm on a mission to help YOU achieve a more rewarding life with fewer money worries. And I do that through my Early Exit Academy courses, and by offering personal financial coaching at DrBrendaMoneyCoach.com. I believe in dream-chasing and would be honored to be your guide..

P.S. You can read more about my story of adversity in this interview. And if you want to read about my approach to course creation, here's a Q&A with Coursecrave.

Companion Projects

Get personal coaching

I offer financial coaching for awesome women who want more out of life. Schedule a Kickass Session to launch your journey. Explore my coaching programs at DrBrendaMoneyCoach.com.

Read my blog

The Five Journeys is my blog dedicated to financial independence, healthy lifestyle, inner peace, happiness, and community. Read my latest exploits at TheFiveJourneys.com.

Join a 30-Day Challenge

I write 30-day challenges that help you live a healthier lifestyle. Current guided challenges include the sugar, meditation, walking, and millionaire challenges. Sign up at BetterLifeChallenges.com.

Pay it Forward

The Early Exit Academy is about empowerment – taking charge of your finances and carving a pathway to the life of your dreams. That’s why I donate 10% of my profits to the following partners…to spread the fire of empowerment.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

I have had the privilege of witnessing the tremendous strength of those impacted by domestic violence. That's why I support the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the voice of victims and survivors.

The Food Trust

I believe in protecting our earth, nourishing our bodies, and making healthy food accessible and affordable. So I support The Food Trust, whose mission is to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food.