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One of the nicest things about my job is that I get to travel around the country speaking to audiences about managing their money and listening to people talk about their successes and challenges.

Earlier this year, at the invitation of Sidney James-Nakhjavan, I enjoyed the hospitality of Auburn University, where I spoke to the Women's Philanthropy Board at the College of Human Sciences.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.