Carrie Friedberg (née Birgbauer) has been an educator for 20 years and is also a certified money coach and financial behavior specialist. As a former kindergarten master teacher, chief of staff, college tennis player and yoga instructor, she’s one of the most worldly people you’ll ever meet. Carrie is the chief financial officer of her family and an authority on positive psychology, the law of attraction, learning styles and personality types. At the age of 30, Carrie realized she had never balanced a checkbook, stuck to a budget or been able to sustain savings. She thought that financial freedom meant “swiping the card!” So began her quest for a financial education. She read innumerable books, tried Quicken, Mint, traditional financial therapy and even designed her own financial tracking software to no avail. At a friend’s suggestion, Carrie hired a money coach and, finally, found what she had been looking for. For the first time in her life, Carrie had access to essential financial tools, distinctions and awareness as well as an accountability partner to help her look at the emotional side and psychology of money. The effects were so profound and inspiring that Carrie completed the intensive financial counselor training program at the Financial Recovery Institute and started her own holistic money coaching practice in 2010.
Originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she has lived in the Bay Area since 1998. As an undergraduate at Trinity College, Carrie played #1 singles and captained the varsity tennis team. She majored in religion, with an emphasis on Buddhism, and minored in Environment and Human Values. She earned a Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development multiple subject teaching credential and a master’s degree in Educational Technology at the University of San Francisco. In 2005, Carrie completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program, mastered two levels of Reiki training and attended a Vipassana course, a 10-day silent meditation retreat. She has traveled extensively in the United States, Central America, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Scandinavia and Europe. She has been featured by the US News, Forbes, Oprah, Ready for Zero, Nerd Wallet and on Brett King’s Voice America Radio Show. Carrie worked closely with Barbara Stanny developing and delivering a webinar series for five years. Carrie serves on the membership committee of the Financial Therapy Association. She consulted for Moven, a neo-bank and personal finance tech company in New York City, several stealth finance startups as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Carrie’s personal finance memoir is forthcoming and she is a columnist for Thrive Global, Education.com, The Shriver Report and GoGirl Finance. After two years in New York City, she moved back to the Bay Area and currently lives in Portola Valley, CA with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, Carrie can usually be found on the tennis court, cooking and baking with friends, seeing live music, planning the next adventure on her MacBook or seeking peace of mind on the yoga mat.
10 Personal Facts About Carrie
1. Sign: Cancer
2. Enneagram: 7
3. Learning Styles: Visual, Kinesthetic and Spiritual
4. Most Daring Adventure: Night dive on the Great Barrier Reef
5. Indulgence: Strauss Vanilla Soft-Serve
6. Game Changers: The Serenity Prayer and Landmark Education
7. Mornings: Decaf Latte with Honey
8. Aunt Carrie: Her 8 nieces and nephews, 18 and under, live in California, Michigan and Rhode Island
9. Birth Order: Number three of four children with two brothers and a sister
10. Favorite Quote: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Buddha