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Sharon Lechter, CPA

Editor and Author, Save Wisely, Spend Happily

A life-long education advocate, Sharon Lechter is the founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization, and YOUTHpreneur, an innovative new way to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our children. In 2009 Sharon was appointed to the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission as a national spokesperson on the topic of financial literacy. In 2008 Sharon was appointed to the first President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. The Council served both President Bush and President Obama, advising them on the need for financial literacy education.

Sharon is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, educator, international speaker, licensed CPA, Chartered Global Management Accountant and, most importantly, a mother and grandmother. She has been a pioneer in developing new technologies, programs, and products to bring education into children’s lives in ways that are innovative, challenging, and fun, and remains committed to education—particularly financial literacy. In 1989 she joined forces with the inventor of the first electronic “talking book” and helped him expand the electronic book industry to a multi-million dollar international market. Since 1992, she has dedicated her professional life and directed her entrepreneurial efforts in the creation and distribution of financial education books, games, and other experiential learning products.

Her financial literacy board game ThriveTime for Teens, an innovative, experiential, and fun life and money reality game, has gained recognition with coveted awards including the GOLD Mom’s Choice Award, Creative Child Magazine’s 2010 Game of The Year, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Product, and a five-star rating from WTS Toy Reviews. Recognized as an expert on the topics of financial education for children and entrepreneurship.

Sharon has authored Think and Grow Rich: Three Feet From Gold in cooperation with the Napoleon Hill Foundation and Greg Reid. The book was released in October 2009 and has ranked as a BusinessWeek and Wall Street Journal best-seller. Sharon’s most recent book project is updating for the modern reader Outwitting the Devil, a manuscript by Napoleon Hill that had been hidden for more than 70 years. Future projects with the Foundation include Think and Grow Rich titles for women and children. Sharon is also known
world-wide as the co-author of the international best-selling book Rich Dad Poor Dad and the Rich Dad series of books.

A committed philanthropist, Sharon also gives back to world communities as both a volunteer and benefactor. She is a member of the Business Advisory Board for EmpowHER, a company dedicated to women’s health issues. Sharon also serves on the national board of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and the national board of Childhelp, an organization founded to prevent and treat child abuse. Sharon is also an instructor for Thunderbird School of Global Management for both its Artemis Program and its partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program.

Sharon has held various management positions with computer, insurance, and publishing companies while maintaining her professional credentials as a Wisconsin CPA and a member of the AICPA. For the last 20 years, she has been an entrepreneur dedicated to financial literacy.