#LikeAMother She’s The First’s Tammy Tibbetts, millennial social entrepreneur


Tammy Tibbetts, 29, bucks common assumption that millennials are a bunch of entitled brats.

Six years ago Tibbetts launched She’s The First, a nonprofit that supports girls’ education in developing countries. To-date, the charity has supported nearly 600 girls in 10 countries — all thanks to Tibbetts fundraising, including her signature tie-die cupcake fundraisers and powerful command of social media and leveraging support on college campuses.

Named to Forbes’ “5 Most Powerful Women Changing The World For Girls,” and “30 Under 30,” She’s The First this year is on track to raise $1 million.

Have a listen to how Tibbetts’ own high school experience, growing up in a blue-collar New Jersey family in which she was the first in her family to attend college — just like the girls her organization supports. She shares with me her passion for teenage girls, which started with her own awkward high school years (voted “most shy”), through her experience as an editor at Seventeen magazine (“I didn’t read Seventeen when I was in high school. I didn’t think I was cool enough,” she says), and to her remarkable work today.


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Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, Oprah.com and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

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