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Neale Godfrey is the unique individual who dreams big dreams and makes them real. She is undaunted by rejection and finds another path to her goal. Her list of accomplishments is awesome. Not only is Neale an astute business woman, she is astonishingly creative. Her home reflects her love of travel and her collection of cats (including two Bengals) gives testimony to her warm and outgoing personality. Her career accomplishments are reflective of her leadership abilities.
Neale explains her stick-to-it work ethic as rooted in the way she was raised. “No doesn’t mean no. It means someone doesn’t understand how to do it.” This was the philosophy imparted to a young Neale Godfrey by her mother. With that mantra, Neale has attacked and overcome obstacles and adversity in her path, becoming a bank president at the age of 34 and then leaving her career to form the Children’s Financial Network to teach children and their parents to take control of their financial futures and author sixteen books on the subject.
The middle of three sisters raised by a single mother, Neale was taught to believe that her potential had no limits. So when a high school career test suggested that she pursue a job as a cigar packer or cherry picker, she ignored that advice and applied to, and was accepted into, the School of International Service at American University. And despite taking a semester off to tour Vietnam (during the war) and work at an orphanage there, she graduated from American University with honors in three years.
CAN YOU TYPE?
Following graduation, Neale visited a personnel agency and was asked, “Can you type?” As her answer was “no,” they sent her to an interview with Chase Manhattan Bank, where she was hired and accepted into the Executive Training Program. Always one to excel, Neale completed the program at the top of her class. She spent the next thirteen years with Chase Manhattan Bank and engineered the Dupont – Conoco merger in 1980, which was the largest merger in the US at that time.
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