Brown Ambition show

Brown Ambition

Summary: Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. Your hosts are Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of "The One-Week Budget."

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 Ep. 128 — Beauty Confessions and Stock Moves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:45

Today on the show: We share some real talk beauty confessions...and when it’s worth it to splurge vs save  We used a free stock trading app to buy stocks recently...we’ll tell you how it’s going! We take a question from a listener who wants to know if she should buy a house with her partner before they get married. Yikes.  Some links to news stories and sites mentioned on the show!  

 Ep. 127 — So, About That Time Tiffany Got Someone Fired... | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:26

Ep. 127 — So, About That Time Tiffany Got Someone Fired...

 Ep. 126 — Saving Our Parents From Themselves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:38

Want to get a shoutout on our show? Follow us @brownambitionpodcast on Instagram. Post a photo of yourself, tag us in it and use the hashtag #BrownAmbition. In the post, tell us why you're the ultimate representation of Brown Ambition. On today's show:  We discuss ways we all try to save our parents from themselves (and their awful money choices sometimes)  Tiffany shares a health update Mandi explains the controversy around Zelle  We answer a listener question on 401(k)s

 Ep. 125 — The Debt Consolidation Cycle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:38

Ep. 125 — The Debt Consolidation Cycle Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! We're featuring a "win of the week" from our BA listeners on Instagram (@brownambitionpodcast) or Twitter (@theBApodcast). Tell us your win of the week and we might feature it on the show!

 Ep. 124 — Enduring the Unimaginable: CNBC's Sharon Epperson On Surviving a Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:48

In September 2016, Sharon Epperson was at the gym when she felt pain shoot through her head and neck. One S.O.S. call to her husband and several hours later,, she learned she was one of 30,000 people in the U.S. who suffer a brain aneurysm rupture each year. Sharon, who is the senior personal finance correspondent at CNBC, was one of the lucky ones. On today’s show, she calls the experience one of the great blessings of her life and shares her story. *In loving memory of DeShaun Maria Harris.*

 Ep. 123 —  The Best Advice When You're Feeling Under-appreciated at Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:55

Have 15 seconds to spare? Please take our NEW reader survey! (Yes another one — but this one's more important! Please fill it out :)  We need at least 250 to sign up and we're halfway there in less than a day. Y'all are the best. Please fill it out if you haven't yet.  xxMandi & Tiffany

 Ep. 122 — The 2 Documents You Need to Have Before You Die | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:19

Today on the show we have attorney extraordinaire Art Steele. Art Steele is a business and estate planning attorney who helps entrepreneurs and families protect what matters most. She started her own law firm in 2014 and started the Legal-EASE for Entrepreneurs Podcast in 2016 which empowers minority business owners to tackle the legal needs of their business.  

 Ep. 121 — Parental pressures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:36

Ep. 121 — Parental pressures

 Ep. 120 — How She Paid off $80,000 Worth of Debt By Age 30 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:21

This week, we welcome a very special young entrepreneur who recently reached out to the show to tell us her story of clawing her way out of $80,000 worth of debt.  Have a question or know someone brilliant who should be featured on the show? Hit us up at

 Ep. 119 — What Does Student Loan Forgiveness Really Mean? (And other questions you've been asking!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:45

Today's show is all about YOU, our lovely listeners. We're shaking up our mail bag and answering your burning money and career questions.  Have a question? Hit us up at  We're having a special guest soon to talk about ALL the documents you should have in order before you die...a will? Power of Attorney? What does that even mean anyway? We've got you covered. Send us your estate planning Qs and we'll select a few to discuss on the show!

 Ep. 118 — The One Thing You Should Never Do on a Job Application | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:13

On today's show:  Life insurance, the thing everyone should talk about but never does! We are determined to make it sexy. -Wanna know the one thing you should NEVER do on a job application? Tune in to hear Mandi's hiring nightmare. -Tiffany's got a productivity coach update! -#OscarsSoWOKE -Happy Independence day Ghana! Here's another excuse to read Mandi's favorite book of the year — Homegoing by Ghanian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi. 

 Ep. 117 — Housing updates; How to Save for Retirement in Your 50s | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:13

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 Ep. 116 — Wakanda Forever | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:46

Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! On today's show: Black Panther won the weekend and we are still processing y'all.  We take a listener's question about dealing with a collection bill after a hospital visit Shoutout to the kids of Parkland, FL who are rallying together to call for more gun control  Mandi reveals the project management tool she can't live without (Spoiler alert: it's called Trello!)

 Ep. 115 — Is This the Worst Time Ever to Buy a House? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:34

Thanks to everyone who's completed our listener survey! There's still time for you to take it here: On today's show:  We debate the merits of homeownership in today's housing market. Are we making the biggest mistake ever?   Mandi breaks down "mortgage amortization" and how you can beat the bank by making extra mortgage payments.  Tiffany takes a break from the folks hating on Michelle Obama's official portrait by Amy Sherald (seriously guys?)

 Ep. 114 — What to Do When the Stock Market Drops and Everyone is Freaking Out | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:01

Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday!  Show us the love by taking this SHORT 2-min survey so we can get to know our listeners better: On today's show: -Mandi's got some BIG news...and does the one thing she said she never thought she'd do in New York.  -Tiffany's back and recovering well from surgery.  -Mandi offers some perspective on the EPIC stock market drop felt 'round the country last week and explains WHY it really happened.


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