Brown Ambition

Brown Ambition is a show about life, money, career and how to juggle them all.
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Apr 5, 2016

  Ever since she was a toddler, Adrienne Smith loved the game of football. She never considered it a career choice until she heard about the little-known world of women's tackle football in 2005. That's right. Tackle! This is not the Lingerie League or Powderpuff (no shade) but full-on, knock you on your butt, shoulder pads and broken bones football. For the last decade, she has dominated the sport and represented the U.S. in international tackle football championships around the world. Adrienne joins us on the show to talk about breaking barriers in the sport, why she PAYS to play and how she met President and First Lady Obama. Must-have links for today's show: Check out Mandi's feature story on the world of women's football on Yahoo > Adrienne's blog The Gridiron Queendom > Want to support your local women's football team? Find them on >  

Mar 29, 2016

  Brown Ambition is Dirty 30! Has it really been 30 episodes? Thank you SO much for your support. If you haven't yet, PLEASE leave us a review on iTunes! It's the best way for more folks to find their way to the BA Fam. On this week's show, we introduce a new segment: Brown Boost. We also tackle a question from a listener who says she feels like an imposter at her job and needs help building confidence.  

Mar 22, 2016

  Happy Springtime BA Fam! Here's what we cover in this week's episode: -Zootopia: how this Disney flick manages to somehow have Black Lives Matter undertones while also being the funniest, heartwarmingest movie ever. -The sexist message behind telling women to SMILE (you know who you are) -Today's tip: Should you buy a house with a guy you aren't married to? -Tiffany's book suggestion: Launch by Jeff Walker -Mandi's book suggestion: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister  

Mar 15, 2016

  We're baaaaack! On this week's episode, Tiffany shares everything you need to know about the launch of her Live Richer Academy ( These are 7 online learn-as-you-go courses featuring experts Tiffany has hand-picked to teach you more about investing, buying stock, budgeting, building credit, student loans and managing finances in relationships. All of these amazing courses are only $9.99. No, but for real. $9.99! For less than the cost of a mediocre burrito bowl, you can learn how to manage your finances, invest like a boss and, of course, LIVE RICHER.  (And now you know why we love us some Budgetnista!) In other news, we're always looking for career and finance questions so email us at!        

Mar 7, 2016

  We're back with a brand new episode! Bear with us as we get back in the groove after taking a little time off so Mandi could get some much-needed R&R. Do y'all have any summer or spring vacays you're saving up for? let us know at and don't forget to send us your money and career questions! On today's show we tackle two big ones: How do you turn down a family member who asks for money? and   Is it OK to have a separate savings account from your partner?

Feb 23, 2016

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Feb 16, 2016

  Happy belated Valentine's to our dear BA family. We love you! On this week's episode, you REALLY don't want to miss Tiffany's win of the week. Let's just say she is on the right side of the law ;). We are catching up on our inbox with questions from listeners Taylor R. and Rosey D. If YOU Have a question you'd like answered, email as! Even if we can't get to your question on the show, we almost always respond. Last but not least, please please leave us a review! It helps others find the show and lets iTunes know you guys like us (you really really like us!)

Feb 9, 2016

There's just one word we need to describe today's show: BEYONCE. If you have been living under a rock, please catch up here>  Other important mentions in this week's show: Mandi's story highlighting 5 black business leaders who are changing the face of Silicon Valley.  We're answering TWO questions on next week's show! Send us yours at

Feb 2, 2016

  On this week's episode: -Tiffany shares her Obamacare drama and Mandi gives tips on how to avoid a $695 tax penalty this year -We discuss the pros/cons of group dinners (OK, mostly cons) -And we answer something of a taboo question: What should a guy/girl REALLY spend on an engagement ring? Mandi tells you what the going rate for a rock is these days and has tips on how to save on that diamond. Important links from this week's episode! Exemptions for the Obamacare tax penalty> Mandi's Story on whether or not you should buy an engagement ring on Etsy > As always, email us at with questions or tweet us @thebapodcast.

Jan 26, 2016

  Brown Ambition fam... we have a star among us. Tiffany made her Good Morning America debut this week on a special segment called "Super Savers." Check it out here! Winter Storm Jonas couldn't hold us down this week! We are back to bidness talking about #OscarsSoWhite, the Flint Michigan water crisis and the personal finance blog post that had ALL the ladies talking this week: "The Story of an F-Off Fund". Have questions for the show? Drop us a line at  

Jan 19, 2016

  Six years ago, Aja McClanahan and her husband were $110,000 in the hole and in a constant tug-of-war with debt collectors. So they decided to make a drastic move in order to tackle their debt head-on. Mandi sat down with Aja this week to chat about how they finally became debt-free and what advice she has for others out there feeling overwhelmed by their own debt. "You don't need a lot of money to do this," she says. "Being disciplined helped." Also on this week's episode: -Hillary Clinton talks about how she's benefitted from white privilege -One woman attacks the #BlackGirlMagic movement -Networking strategies -Mandi's biggest complaint about wedding dress shopping As always, send us your questions at or hit us up on  

Jan 12, 2016

  Welcome back Brown Ambition fam. This week, we take a reader question from a young woman who took a job before she realized how little it paid. Now she's stuck -- does she stay and remain loyal to her new employer, or should she start looking for new work and risk looking unreliable to future employers? PLUS: Tiffany shares her favorite book of the moment ... and how to manage career burnout. As always, join us on Facebook or Twitter. Email us your money and career questions at

Jan 5, 2016

  HAPPY NEW YEAR! To kick off our first show of 2016, we talk about the results of a 75-year study on — what else? — the key to finding lasting happiness in life. Doing this ONE thing in your life can not only make you happier but healthier and, as a result, more likely to live longer. It's like tapping your own personal Fountain of Youth everyday...and here's a hint: it has nothing to do with going to the gym! Then, we take a question from a listener who's feeling torn — should she take a year off from work and travel, or is it too late for a little adventure? Have any career or money questions to help you ensure a prosperous new year? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at or join the BA Fam on Facebook and Twitter. If you haven't signed up for Tiffany's Live Richer Challenge yet, what are you waiting for?! Visit for all the deets!  

Dec 22, 2015

  It's the last show of 2015 for Brown Ambition! Thank you all for an amazing run these past four months. We'll be back and better (browner?) than ever in 2016. To set us up for the New Year, we want to know what YOU want more of/less of from us next year. More guests? Fewer dance breaks? Different advice? Email us at or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with your thoughts. And if you haven't left a review for us on iTunes yet, now's your chance! It would be the best Christmas present ever.  

Dec 17, 2015

  #TGIF BA Fam! After dealing with our edit issues, we're back this week with a brand new (and a little bit tardy) show for you. Enjoy! As ever, email us your money and career questions at or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

Dec 8, 2015

  It's our Sweet 16, BA Fam! Fair warning: if you have not yet watched The Wiz Live, spoilers are ahead! The cast...the music...the WARDROBE. It was truly a night of unforgettable black magic. On the down side, what's a groundbreaking moment for people of color without a little touch of racist shade? Ignorance was out in full force on the Twitterverse and we discuss in this week's Buzzworthy.   Next up, is it ever OK to move in with a significant other simply to save on rent? And Tiffany has a question for Mandi: Which race do you identify with more? Anyone who has a mixed racial/ethnic background will relate to her answer. WINS: While Tiffany packs up for a week in paradise (jealous!), Mandi shares a major update about work (and really hopes she hasn't jinxed herself!). We hope it inspires every woman out there to ask for what she deserves.      

Dec 1, 2015

  Sorry in advance for all the singing. We were a little giddy this week...but for the best possible reason! One of us has something MAYJAH to share today BA fam (and it may or may not involve a ring!). After we squeal, we discuss important events of the last week, such as the Soul Train Awards (Baby Face tribute? Win! Choosing creeper R. Kelly to close the show? Fail!) and why it's important to support minority-owned businesses this holiday season. For Brown Break, Mandi gets real about what it's like working in an open concept office — and how easy it makes it for outside work drama to get in the way of your work flow. Tiffany makes a confession about her social life (or lack thereof) and takes a brown break from staying home. We answer an excellent question from a reader who wants to know if it's worth it going to a financial advisor -- and how she's supposed to get the house and family she wants with a mound of student loan and credit card debt weighing her down. WE are here for you Carrre girl! As always, send us your money/career questions at or hit us up on Twitter (@theBApodcast) or Facebook.

Nov 24, 2015

  Hey Hey Hey! Happy almost-Thanksgiving BA Fam! This week, we talk about the shocking "Scandal" winter finale ( still got it girl) and the Apple Music commercial that everyone's talking about. Brown Break: Tiffany explains why she is sick of "Money Mantras" and Mandi lays out the facts that seem to be conveniently missing from the     anti-Syrian refugee movement in the U.S. (yes, we're talking to YOU Dr. Ben Carson). Then, we spend some time answering a fabulous question from a reader who wants to do I save for retirement when I'm constantly switching jobs and want to buy a house some day? Since we didn't have time to dig all the way into her situation, here are a couple of links to resources we mention on the show: 1: Tiffany's "Buying a Home Checklist" and 2), a database of fee-only financial planners where you can start your search for a financial advisor in your area. Have a question you'd like us to answer? email us at or tweet us @TheBApodcast      

Nov 16, 2015

  Just 7 years ago, Patrice C. Washington was scraping up all the change in her purse to buy baby formula for her newborn daughter. Now, Patrice is a best-selling author and founder and CEO of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, a boutique personal finance consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA, and is a featured financial coach on the Steve Harvey Show. On Jan. 19, Patrice is publishing her new book "Real Money Answers for Everyday Women" in bookstores nationwide. Patrice joins us to talk about hitting rock bottom and how she clawed her way back to the top. She also has some tough advice for everyday women looking to get ahead. "When people are unfulfilled in their careers that leads them to mismanage their finances," she says. "I meet so many women who are quick to go the mall because they're frustrated with everything they've been through all week." In addition to the lovely Patrice, we have a candid conversation about a dirty little monster called Stress...grab your stress balls ladies! You don't want to miss it. As always, send us your money questions at or hit us up on or Twitter @theBApodcast. patrice

Nov 9, 2015

  I know we say every episode is our best episode EVAH but....Y'ALL. THIS ONE IS FIIIIRE. In lieu of tips this week, Mandi sat down to chat with the extraordinary Mira Jacob, author of the critically acclaimed novel "The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing" and all around badass. Mira's viral Buzzfeed post "37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son" hit us right in the feels — so sweet, so funny, and so relevant to what it's like to be a parent raising a kid in a multi-cultural family today. Mandi talks to Mira about that story PLUS her bumpy ascent in a business that, well, isn't exactly known for its loving embrace of diverse voices. BUZZWORTHY: -Starbucks cup? War on Christmas? Y'all cray. -We've had it with Spirit Airlines. And not just because they kicked 6 black people off a flight last week. -Serena Williams catches a crook. Ben Carson's lies catch up with him. -Donald Trump BOMBS on SNL. And all is right with the world again. BROWN BREAK: -Tiffany dumps her waist trainer for the real thing. -Mandi goes IN on so-called "travel hackers". Mira Jacob Did we mention Mira is GORGEOUS too? #Werk  

Nov 3, 2015

  Hey hey hey BA Fam! Have you signed up for our newsletter yet? We won't spam you, promise! Once every few weeks we check in to let you know what's been going on in Brown Ambition land and give you tips on everything from saving and investing to balancing life + career. If you'd like to keep things a bit more casual, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. This episode is dedicated to all the fans who've blown us away with your support of the show so far -- thanks to you, we made it to the iTunes "New & Noteoworthy" list for podcasts! Such amazing news. In this week's show, we talk about the importance of having older women around you as you advance in your career and how to pick and choose your mentors. You do not want to miss this segment — we tell you all the mistakes we've seen young people make and the key things you should know before you ask someone else for advice. Do YOU have a question about career or money you'd like us to answer on the air? Send us an email at We love hearing from you!

Oct 26, 2015

Happy 10th episode to us! In honor of the big 1-0, we are bringing you a PACKED show filled with all your favorite segments: Buzzworthy, Brown Break, Tips and Wins of the Week. As if that wasn't enough, we're also announcing the WINNER of our iTunes giveaway! Buzzworthy: -We are here for Dominican Drake! The #Hotlinering video was great...but the memes were even better. -Everyone's favorite "Hero Mom" from the Baltimore Riots has sadly not done too well since her 15 minutes of fame. -From one crazy to the next, Ann Coulter (of all people) puts Raven-Symone in her place. -Thousands of RushCard customers lost access to their funds for nearly 2 weeks. Now Russell Simmons is in hot water with regulators. We discuss the details and share stories from people who are struggling to pay bills without their hard-earned money. Brown Break: -Tiffany is over people who want to take but not give. -Mandi has a double BB this week: Texas + Trump Tips: -What's it like being a woman who earns more than her partner? How do you own your financial power and your success without diminishing your partner's role in the household? We keep it real and tell you what has worked for us. Wins of the week: -Tiffany treats herself to something nice. -Mandi gushes about her new TV obsession — "Jane the Virgin"

Oct 20, 2015

We're baaack! Tweet us @TheBApodcast or join the fun community we're building on Facebook! Let us know what topics/questions you'd like addressed on the show. We spend a lot of time on today's show talking about one of our favorite subjects — how to push through and ask for more when you deserve it at work. We were inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's open letter about gender bias in the entertainment industry. Here's what else we've got cooking this week, BA fam: Brown Break: Why has no one canceled The View yet? Like for real though? And Tiffany begs the world to stop asking her this ONE question. Tips: Tiffany "The Budgetnista" herself reveals her (drumroll please!) BUDGET and we talk about how we work hard to avoid the "lifestyle inflation trap." Wins of the week: Tiffany tells you about the nonprofit helping homeless kids enjoy their birthdays and Mandi gives a huge shoutout to one of her idols. Want to stay in touch? You can always email us at  

Oct 12, 2015


Thanks to you beautiful people our last episode was our most popular show to date! Please keep spreading the word by leaving us a review on iTunes and tweeting us @TheBApodcast with the hashtag #BrownAmbition. We keep the party going on Facebook, too, so like our page and stay in the loop on all our BA news:

Here’s what we’ve got going on in this week’s show:


Tiffany teaches Mandi the meaning of “project heat”. 

How a teenage boy got a publisher to rewrite a chapter in his history book. #BrownAmbitionForReal

We tell you ALL you need to know about “Hood Smart,” a show that has us buzzing with brown pride. 


Mandi has some strong words for people spreading lies about Planned Parenthood.  

It’s Halloween season and Tiffany makes a plea for the end of black face. 


We give you FIVE amazing strategies to make your credit score “Jump like Jordan” as Tiff says. 


We introduce you to the woman who turned a school bus into a mobile financial literacy movement. She’s truly everything that Brown Ambition is all about.

Mandi has a special shoutout for Shonda Rhimes (and it has nothing to do with her TV shows!)

Oct 6, 2015

We have a PACKED show for you this week, BA fam. Buzzworthy: -11 black women who were kicked off a posh Napa Valley wine tour SUE the company for discrimination. -America pits Republican candidate Ben Carson's wife against Michelle Obama. Who wins? Mandi has some strong opinions... -Mandi & Tiffany talk about a panel about diversity they attended that got a little, well...uncomfortable. Brown Break: -The Kardashians' new Cosmo cover pushes Tiffany over the edge -Mandi begs everyone to stop congratulating women on being light-skinned Wins of the week: -Mandi gets personal, describing how she stood up for herself when a coworker mistreated her at the office. -Tiffany has a special message for the Obamas BA Tips: -We invite a very special guest, financial planning expert Avani Ramnani, who tells us how she inspires women to take risks with investing and simple strategies we all can use to build our wealth. As Tiffany says "you can't save your way to wealthy." AMEN.

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