Dina Shoman, Founder & CEO
Bio: Banking veteran turned entrepreneur, dog mom. Forever playing, learning creating, and solving mysteries like Nancy Drew. On a mission to travel the world, taste all of its foods, and to make it a better place.
Money Memory: I still have my first everything that I ever bought myself with money I earned: a dress from when I was 15, a watch when I was 21, purse at 18… you always take care of and never forget your firsts.
Emily Finegold, Toy Designer / Illustrator
Bio: A toy designer for the past 13 years, an illustrator since she could hold a crayon. Loves coming up with new toy ideas, characters, and stories, then testing them out on her husband and their two year old daughter.
Money Memory: Cookies for sale! Cookies For sale! One of my earliest money memories is selling cookies with my friends. I must have sat out on a bench in town asking every passerby if they wanted to buy some. I even made my very own sign that I still have! My dad would buy all the baking supplies and let me keep the earnings. He took me to the bank and we opened my very first bank account with the money I made. I’m not sure if I was more excited about my new bank account or getting a lollipop from the bank teller each time I went back to deposit more money.
Dr. Jennifer Jipson, Professor of Psychology and Child Development
Bio: A professor at California Polytechnic State University, she has served on advisory boards for children’s museums, toy companies, and children’s television networks. Her expertise on early childhood development informs the development of materials and approaches that support preschool children’s learning and development.
Money Memory: As a child, the ice cream truck would come down our street and my sister and I would rush out eager to enjoy a cold treat. My family always jokes about how I would always buy my sister popsicles and she would always save her money, and now she’s the one with greater financial stability. Early habits matter!
Megan Lacera, Author / Creator / Storyteller
Bio: Founder of Studio Lacera. Toy and entertainment veteran (Hasbro, American Greetings, Head of IP at GoldieBlox) passionate about empowering kids through storytelling and play. Mom, wife, entrepreneur, lifetime Cleveland sports fan. Creator and lover of quirky characters, new worlds, and stories with heart, soul, and humor.
Money Memory: My Dad always read the newspaper and talked to my sister and I about it over breakfast. He’d often go through the “Money” section and explain different concepts to us–stocks, investments, taxes. I still love talking with him about money–and everything!
Katie Simon, Blog Contributor
Bio: Writer, content strategist, and burrito addict. Loves traveling all over the world, trying new vegetarian foods, and paragliding whenever she can. Currently earning her MA in England, but born and raised in Boston, MA.
Money Memory: My dad, a businessman, taught me the concept of a “sunk cost” from a super young age. The idea of freeing myself from previous financial choices—or life choices—that were no longer working for me totally changed how I made decisions throughout my life.
Cat Perry, Web Developer
Bio: Cat Perry is a front-end software engineer with a world-traveling background in fitness/health journalism. She enjoys a good challenge as much a good hike or yoga class, and seeks to make the world better and greener while she’s exploring her own edges of knowledge and courage.
Money Memory: Her mother and father had exactly opposite spending habits while she was growing up, and Cat has now found a balance of both. Over the past 15 years, she has discovered that investing in the stock market brings a lot of joy: It comes with the rush of a series of wise trades and the patience of a steady growth curve. She now helps her mother with investment strategies.