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TONYA RAPLEY is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and creator of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. She was deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine and featured as their cover subject in October 2013. Selected by TV One as a modern day history maker, Tonya is a full-time entrepreneur who tours the country speaking to diverse audiences.


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Tonya’s mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. She is the host and executive producer of #FabFinance with Tonya on Centric and the creator of #BanishTheBalance, a 60-day debt elimination challenge that has helped over 5,000 participants pay off more than $250,000 of debt.

Her client list includes Fidelity Investments, Prudential, State Farm, Consumer Reports, the National Endowment for Financial Education and FinCon. Tonya has spoken at Bloomberg, Essence Fest, Millennial Week, PepsiCo, Blogging While Brown, BlogHer, Circle of Sisters and a host of colleges and universities.

A career “change-agent,” Tonya uses her own story and experiences to empower women and girls of all ages with tools to change their lives. Tonya’s fierce financial advice has appeared on US News, NY Daily News, Buzz Feed, Essence.com, The Root, Credit.com, Reuters, Centric and several other media outlets.

She is a Charlotte, North Carolina, native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Masters in Urban Policy Administration from Brooklyn College.

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Mind Right, Money Right: Creating Your Best Financial Life

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Leaders Aren’t Born Nor Made; They’re Found: Discovering The Authentic Leader in You

Mind Right, Money Right: Creating Your Best Financial Life

60-75 minutes

87% of American’s lack financial confidence when it comes to managing the money and approximately 73% are living paycheck to paycheck. Concerns over money transcend class lines, and despite working hard to get ahead, most families are one check away from a financial crisis. Anxiety, depression, increased blood pressure, inability to focus, and irritability are just some of the effects of financial stress. 

This interactive finance workshop meets participants where they are and focuses on helping them create a new narrative and new habits that support their financial success.

Attendees will leave with the following actionable tools and information:

An understanding of their money story how their experiences shape their relationship with money.

The tactics marketing companies use to encourage consumers to spend against their interests and how to counteract them.

How to create new habits that allow them to save more and invite abundance into their lives increase their financial health.

How to create a budget that aligns with their life goals

It’s more than numbers; it’s about empowering through fun, relevant, and compassionate financial education.

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Leaders Aren’t Born Nor Made; They’re Found: Discovering The Authentic Leader in You

75-90 minutes

Strong leaders help create equitable communities and environments but true authentic leadership is a journey of self-discovery. Grounded in the principles integrity, character, collaboration and common purpose participants will leave this workshop reminded that their previous achievements are not unique, but indicators of their excellence and ability to lead.

During this transformative experience students will:

Discover their own personal value system and the role it plays in decision making
Learn a basic understanding of different leadership styles and identify the styles that resonate with their values and beliefs

Understanding how to leverage their personal experiences to support the growth and cultural awareness of their peers.

Learn strategies for encouraging an open-minded environment and culture

Receive practical skills for overcoming criticism and actively seeking, evaluating, and applying feedback
Practice and apply strategies for becoming a better listener

Warning: This is an interactive workshop. Participants will be encouraged to move, interact, and most importantly, have fun.

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Money Lessons Every College Student Should Know Before Graduation

60-75 minutes

Financial hardships are the #1 reason students drop out of school. A student’s financial circumstances affect their campus involvement, academic performance and overall health and wellness. This workshop will not only teach your students how to make smarter money management decisions but also empower them with strategies to achieve financial and collegiate success. It’s more than numbers; it’s about empowering your students through fun, relevant, and compassionate financial education.

During this workshop your students will learn about:

+ Building credit
+ Basic budgeting
+ Building savings,
+ The importance (and ease) of Investing
+ Repaying student loans and,
+ How to effectively network for professional success

My presentation is different from a typical money talk. I don’t speak at your students; I speak with your students. Each presentation is 50% lecture and 50% conversational Q&A so that the individual needs and concerns of attendees are addressed.  

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Leaders Aren’t Born Nor Made; They’re Found: Discovering The Authentic Leader in You

75-90 minutes

Strong leaders help create a more accepting, equitable campus environment and are more prepared to work effectively in a diverse workplace. But true authentic leadership is a journey of self-discovery. Most students are currently exhibiting leadership whether it be in formal organizations, their peer groups, families, and communities at large. This workshop will help them discover the impactful leader that resides in each of them.

Grounded in the principles integrity, character, collaboration and common purpose students will leave this workshop reminded that their previous achievements are not unique, but indicators of their excellence and ability to lead.

During this transformative experience students will:

+ Discover their own personal value system and the role it plays in decision making
+ Learn a basic understanding of different leadership styles and identify the styles that resonate with their values and beliefs
+ Practice and apply strategies for becoming a better listener

Warning: This is an interactive workshop. Students will be encouraged to move, interact, and most importantly, have fun. Students will be empowered to lead in their own unique way.  

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Building Your Power Network: How to effectively network for professional success

It’s not what you know it’s who you know. While college provides you with valuable skills, how do you get others to take notice in a seemingly crowded job applicant pool? How do you align yourself with power players and establish long lasting professional relationships that are mutually beneficial? During this presentation you’ll learn valuable networking skills that will help you advance your career during and after college.

Learning outcomes:

+ A simple yet effective way to create your elevator pitch
+ How and when to follow up with your new contacts
+ Time-tested conversation starters for the socially awkward and introverts

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Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Voice and Impact

Your online presence is important and you don’t need thousands of followers to make social media work for you. Adweek found that 92 percent of companies surveyed use platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for recruitment yet so many people get it wrong. Social media isn’t just a tool to keep in contact with family and new friends you meet at conference. Learn how to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry and build your personal brand.

Learning outcomes of this workshop:

+ Optimizing your social media bio
+ Discovering your social media “community”
+ Social media networking etiquette

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Stories of impact...

Working with Tonya was an amazing experience. As the event organizer, I was the point of contact with Tonya and she was very professional and organized, yet fun and full of life from the first day we connected. Tonya brings so much knowledge and so many resources to the Financial Literacy world in a fun and engaging way, which sparks and keeps the interest of individuals from all backgrounds. Tonya’s message was engaging, enlightening and uplifting and I am glad to be a follower of My Fab Finance, and Tonya Rapley, not just in my professional life, but also personally.


Shaquilla Holmes
Delaware Financial Literacy

Thanks to Tonya, ColorComm’s new year event was a smashing success! She was the perfect speaker for this forum. All of the ladies in the audience appreciated the candor with which Tonya provided real, tangible financial guidance — insight people at any stage in their financial journey can relate to and learn from.”


ZOE ZEIGLER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COLOR COMM NYC

People like you inspire me, people like you have confirmed that I am on the right track. You have no idea how much you have touched my life since you came to speak at our school. I just watch and learn, and then take it into practice. I hope to stay in contact with you for the sake of your professional opinions from you. That’s all I would ever ask of you. Your true and honest professional opinion. Btw since you came to my school my credit score went from 630 to 690! Thanks again!



R. Dort
Student, NJCU


People like you inspire me, people like you have confirmed that I am on the right track. You have no idea how much you have touched my life since you came to speak at our school. I just watch and learn, and then take it into practice. I hope to stay in contact with you for the sake of your professional opinions from you. That’s all I would ever ask of you. Your true and honest professional opinion. Btw since you came to my school my credit score went from 630 to 690! Thanks again!


R. DORT
STUDENT, NJCU

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Created by nationally recognized millennial money expert Tonya Rapley, My Fab Finance is a leading financial education and lifestyle blog for millennials who want to become financially free and do more of what they love.