In this episode of Money Tales, our guest is Janine Firpo. On her way to getting her Ph.D. in marine biology, Janine realized how capped her earnings potential would be. Pivoting into computer science, she earned enough to fund her true passion of helping others rise up. Janine was a part of the wave in the role technology could play in helping solve poverty. Once a sufferer of bag lady syndrome, she now has a secure understanding of the role money plays in her life.
Janine is a seasoned values-aligned investor and social innovator, with a long history of working at the intersection of women and their money. From the early years of Apple Computer to senior positions with Hewlett-Packard, the World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Janine has always found herself making an impact. In 2017, she left a successful 35-year career in technology and international development to focus on how women can create a more just and equitable society through their financial investments. Her book, “Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World”, was a collaborative effort with almost 150 women.
Janine walks her talk. She is taking action to move all her own assets into investments she feels good about and is watching them grow with market-rate returns. She is also a lead investor in Next Wave Impact, an impact fund designed to help more women become angel investors. And, she chairs the board of Zebras Unite, an organization that is developing the capital structures, community, and culture that non-unicorn start-up businesses need to thrive.