Instagram Stars: 5 New School Women Empowering You Toward Building Wealth

Instagram has truly grown into one of the top dogs of social media platforms.

In fact, it’s the most preferred platform among African Americans.

Many professionals, consultants and gurus of color use the platform not just to show off their latest vacay or fitness wins, but to empower others toward bettering their lives.

These five fab women are helping the masses to reach their money goals, one penny at a time. Add them to your ‘Follow Friday’ list to inspire you toward ways to not only save money, but also build wealth.

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, @TheBudgetista, receipts are plenty. She’s served as the personal finance education expert for City National Bank, been featured by numerous publications from Black Enterprise to Forbes to Time magazine, and serves as founder of the LIVE RICHER Challenge Movement, a virtual community that has helped thousands of women from 50 states and 90+ countries improve their financial outlooks.

Follow her for pick-me-ups on daily savings strategy and her latest events for tips and advice on financial solutions from unemployment to freedom from debt.

Jini D. Thornton 

Thornton has gotten her chops as CEO of Envision Business Management Group, and boasts more than 20 years managing and growing money, from corporations to celebrities. She’s served as host of HOT 97.5’s “Money Talks,” been featured on the Rickey Smiley Show and clients of her company have included Ludacris, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and Musiq Soulchild. Her Instagram includes inspiration and tips on financial fitness about taxes, student loan debt, and entrepreneurship.

Samantha Gregory

Gregory’s story includes learning from hard knocks. The single mother of two teens, she tells her story of going from welfare to becoming a home owner and motivational speaker. Her insights on how to bounce back from both personal and financial setbacks have been featured by Essence and on Yahoo, and her Instagram provides tips for single moms on everything from the best ways to shop at discount stories to encouragement for single moms to pursue entrepreneurship for financial empowerment.

Aisha Taylor

She’s a certified financial planner with dual bachelors degrees from Duke University (public policy and economics) and two masters degrees from the University of Michigan (a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s of health services administration.)

Beyond the degrees, Taylor’s inspiration to get into money motivation was sparked after dealing with addictive spending habits and wanting to help other women in her situation. Her insights have been featured by Essence and Jet, and she’s chop full of financial tips for moms.

Tonya Rapley

Rapley is a nationally-recognized millennial money coach who was the cover girl of Black Enteprise magazine’s October 2014 issue as one of the “New Faces of Wealth.” A certified financial educator, she founded in 2013 to empower other young professionals to make their money work for them.