I say a lot about wealth.
I am a financial wellness expert.
I keep it real and simple.
I want you to have the lifestyle you want.

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About me

I am Charisse Conanan Johnson and welcome to Charisse Says.

I am a writer, speaker, and financial wellness expert.

I am a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder .

I have a passion for investing and entrepreneurship.

I graduated from Yale University and Chicago Booth.

I love building relationships, traveling, sports, and exploring the world through food. I create things that have purpose.

I am a faith-based journey to have the abundant life God intends for me.

I am here to make a difference.

I live in Chicago with my husband.

I heart Strong Island, my hometown, and greater NY.

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I write for the following platforms

Clients Say


Last week, I posed the following question:   What are you doing to equip women with the tools to manage their wealth, pass it down to the next ge....
Like it or not, women will control a huge chuck of the money over the next 40 years. According to the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, women wi....
My husband and I traveled to Seattle for a week to celebrate our two-year anniversary. Yipeee! In addition to the respite and fun, we came back with so many rev....
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Speaking Events

Charisse’s keynotes have addressed:

  • Investing in the markets
  • Life post graduation
  • Women building wealth
  • Faith-based economies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Career Success
  • Personal Life Journey

The Show

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Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past Events

  • Facilitator for “Money Jam” session to discuss faith and finances for Urban Village Church, August 2015.
  • Featured Presenter at Chicago “Idea Potluck,” which brings together Chicago’s best and brightest to speak, August 2015. Watch Video Here.
  • Featured Radio Guest, Closing a Startup and Demystifying Investing Beyond the Business Suit Radio Podcast, September 2014 Read More
  • Featured Speaker, Pursuing Excellence i.c.STARS, September 2014
  • Mistress of Ceremonies, New Beginnings INROADS Great Lakes Annual Reception, July 2014
  • Featured Radio Guest, The Impact of Senator Warren’s Refi Bill MPR, May 2014 Read More
  • Featured TV Guest, Millennials and Money Chicago PBS, April 2014 Read More
  • Featured Radio Guest, Don’t Get Left Behind: Secrets on Stock Market Investing Ce Says Let’s Talk About It, February 2014 Read More
  • Featured Video Guest, Getting the Cash and Credit You Need To Start Your Business Experian, January 2014 Read More
  • Panelist Speaker, Hiring and Firing at a Start-up ARISE 2.0 Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program, January 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, Have the Life You Want INROADS Chicago, December 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Set Yourself Up for Financial Success Startup Institute of Chicago, December 2013
  • Panelist Speaker, Your Money, Your Life Covenant United Church of Christ, November 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Blazin’ (Your Own Trail) A’int Easy YearUp Chicago, October 2013
  • TV Guest, “Wedding Planning Made Easy and Summer Investing” Fox News, June 2013 Read More
  • Keynote Speaker, Ideation and Entrepreneurship Y.O.U Evanston Entrepreneur Program, June 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Real Life Made Easy University of Chicago, June 2013
  • TV Guest, “Looking Good on a Budget to 401ks” FOX News, June 2013 Read More
  • Panelist, Managing Your Finances Post Graduation University of Chicago Booth School of Business, May 2013
  • Featured Speaker, “Managing Your Money Before the Job” Dress for Success, March 2013
  • Panelist, Business and Entrepreneurship: Chicago Innovation Young Illinois Saves Conference, March 2013
  • Radio Guest, “Millennials and Money” Credit Talk Radio, December 2012 Read More
  • Panelist, Leaders of the Pack: 5 Start-ups Leading the Way FOCUS100 Conference, October 2012 Read More
  • Featured Speaker, “Financing Your Start-up” Start-up Bootcamp, September 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, “The Realities of Retirement” Sisters Investing for Success, Annual Financial Conference, September 2012
  • TV Guest, “Wiping Out Credit Card Debt” FOX News, September 2012 Read More
  • Featured Speaker, “Faith and Entrepreneurship” Starter League, August 2012 Read More
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