It all started with the book Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates. Coin is the personal finance guide used by successful college graduates to put them on the road to wealth, keep them out of financial trouble, and enjoy a rich life along the way. Coin was written by Judy McNary and illustrated by Jenna Westbrook.
Judy and Jenna started working together in 2012 and soon realized they both had a passion for helping young adults take control of their finances. After the book was published, Judy and Jenna took to the web to create more articles, quizzes, and cartoons to help young adults reach their life goals and learn that managing your money doesn’t have to be a drag.
Today, Judy and Jenna both lead interactive workshops at conferences and group functions to help college students and graduates get off to a great start with their finances. We cover the essentials with fun, humor, and a positive message for taking control of your money. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a workshop.
About the Author
Author Judy McNary is the founder of McNary Financial Planning, a fee-only financial planning firm in Broomfield, Colorado that specializes in helping families, individuals, and small business owners achieve financial independence. Through her work with clients and as the parent of three adult children in their twenties, she has become an expert on the financial challenges new graduates face as they enter the workplace. She delivers the formula for financial health with humor, candor, and simplicity that assumes and encourages success rather than failure.
Recognized for her expertise in financial planning, Judy was selected as one of seven financial coaches on “The Invested Life”, the personal finance series produced by MSN Money. She regularly contributes to personal finance articles in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Investment News, and other publications.
About the Illustrator
Jenna Westbrook is the owner and lead designer of JMK Design Studio, a creative agency and web design firm in Denver, CO. Jenna works primarily with small business, start-ups, and non-profits on projects and causes that she feels passionately about.
Jenna obtained a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Colorado Denver, a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Iowa. As a millennial that self funded her own college education, Jenna graduated her master’s degree program with $140,000 in student loan debt. This ultimatly lead to her passion for teaching others how to manage their money wisely. Jenna was ecstatic to join forces with Judy McNary to help college graduates gain the personal finance skills they need to take control of their money and get off to a great start.
We are both excited to share our stories with you. Please join us!