Profile

Suze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times mega bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.

Orman was the contributing editor to “O” The Oprah Magazine for 16 years, the Costco Connection magazine for over 18 years, and hosted the award winning Suze Orman Show, which aired every Saturday night on CNBC for 13 years. Over her television career Suze has accomplished that which no other television personality ever has before. Not only is she the single most successful fundraiser in the history of Public Television, but she has also garnered an unprecedented eight Gracie awards, more than anyone in the entire history of this prestigious award. The Gracies recognize the nation’s best radio, television, and cable programming for, by, and about women.

In March 2013, Forbes magazine awarded Suze a spot in the top 10 on a list of the most influential celebrities of 2013. In January 2013, The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television has honored Suze’s broadcast career accomplishments with her recent inclusion in its historic Emmy TV Legends interview collection.

In 2010, Orman was also honored with the Touchstone Award from Women in Cable Telecommunications, was named one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes and was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Bentley University. In that same month, Orman received the Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT); the Gracie Allen Tribute Award is bestowed upon an individual who truly plays a key role in laying the foundation for future generations of women in the media.

In October 2009, Orman was the recipient of a Visionary Award from the Council for Economic Education for being a champion on economic empowerment. In July 2009, Forbes named Orman 18th on their list of The Most Influential Women In Media. In May 2009, Orman was presented with an honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois. In May 2009 and May 2008, Time named Orman as one of the TIME 100, The World’s Most Influential People. In October 2008, Orman was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

In April 2008, Orman was presented with the Amelia Earhart Award for her message of financial empowerment for women. Saturday Night Live has spoofed Suze six times during 2008-2011. In 2007, Business Week named Orman one of the top ten motivational speakers in the world—she was the ONLY woman on that list, thereby making her 2007’s top female motivational speaker in the world.

Orman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois and at the age of 30 was still a waitress making $400 a month.

Programs

Suze has lectured widely throughout the United States, South Africa & Asia to audiences of over 100,000 people. Her most popular programs include:

  • 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
  • The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money
  • You′ve Earned It, Don′t Lose It: Mistakes You Can′t Afford to Make When You Retire
  • The Courage to Be Rich

    Books / Videos

    The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom
    Are you in control of your money—or is your money in control of you? This revolutionary book shows you the steps that will let you break free of financial anxieties and take power over your money. An innovative guide to the practical strategies needed to manage money and achieve financial self-fulfillment.


    The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
    If you are part of the Young, Fabulous & Broke generation, you cannot afford to be without this book. This is a book that’s MORE THAN A BOOK. It interacts with Suze’s web site so that she can give you step-by-step advice tailored specifically to your financial needs. Step-by-step Suze will help you become Young, Fabulous & NOT Broke. It really does work


    The Laws of Money
    The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life provides an eminently sensible, highly effective process for gaining control over your life and your money. Through pointed questions about your attitudes toward money, with insightful financial exercises and personal guidance, Suze deciphers the false hopes and fears that keep you from making smart, confident decisions and choices about your money. Her take-charge optimism and realistic action plans will jolt you out of any financial confusion or paralysis, whether you're beginning your career or at a midpoint, planning for or already in retirement. You will learn to assess your current spending, savings, and investments, and acquire a sure sense of what you can do with the money you have and the money you want to have. A thorough guidebook is included that helps you put the laws into immediate action and see their lessons manifest in your own life


    The Courage to Be Rich
    Practical, spiritual and above all soundly financial, The Courage to Be Rich addresses the rites of passage we all must face—marriage, divorce, death, spending (and overspending), and taking control of our financial tomorrow's today. The Courage to Be Rich shows you how to find the clarity, conviction and courage to meet the obstacles and opportunities of a lifetime.

    You've Earned It, Don't Lose It!
    A must read for anyone approaching retirement. You've Earned It, Don't Lose It goes beyond the usual retirement primer by providing complete, direct, painless and from the heart information which could ultimately save your retirement years from disaster.

    Testimonials

    "Thanks so much for your help in arranging this fabulous evening. It was one of the best I′ve experienced in my 22 years of working at the 92nd Street Y. Suze is just amazing, and really covered all bases and spoke to the needs of our audience in a clear and concise way.

    It′s no wonder her book went so quickly to the bestseller list. A formal thank-you to Suze to follow, but please let her know how very pleased all of us at the 92nd Street Y were with this event and how grateful we were for her taking the time out of her busy schedule to share her message of hope and inspiration."
    Susan Engel
    Director, Lectures
    92nd Street Y

    "More than 700 people including Kent Place School students, faculty and staff members as well as diverse mix of people from the greater northern New Jersey area attended Ms. Orman′s lecture. We appreciate the time she spent with the students prior to her speech -- I know it′s something the girls will not soon forget!

    Again, thank you for helping to make our Speakers Series so wonderful. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future!"
    Lisa McClellan
    Marketing Manager
    Kent Place School

    "On behalf of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, thank you for your lively and information presentation at our Novello Festival of Reading 2002. You made the audience members feel like longtime friends, and you clearly inspired everyone to think about more than what′s happening with the stock market!

    Thank you again for helping make the library′s Novello Festival a great success. We are very pleased."
    Rita M. Rouse
    Programming & Communications Director
    Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

    "On behalf of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, thank you for your lively and information presentation at our Novello Festival of Reading 2002. You made the audience members feel like longtime friends, and you clearly inspired everyone to think about more than what′s happening with the stock market!

    Thank you again for helping make the library′s Novello Festival a great success. We are very pleased."
    Rita M. Rouse
    Programming & Communications Director
    Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

    "We at Fidelity Investments want to thank you for speaking at our recent series of Plan For Life After Work seminars this past fall. You were an important part of our success.

    Educating our investors is a major of what we seek to achieve here at Fidelity Investments. We want for them to have all the tools they need to help make their financial futures strong. Your practical, no-nonsense financial advice, and your ability to connect with our audiences, was precisely what we were looking for. Your enthusiasm for your work, and for helping people help themselves, was evident to all who attended. Our guests couldn’t sing your praises enough, and for that we are truly appreciative.

    "Thank you again, and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with you during the coming year.
    Janet MacLean & Kim Reilly
    Fidelity Investments Corporate Affairs

    Just like a good mutual fund, Suze orman keeps getting better over time. Her speech to over 3,000 working women in Denver was the show stopper of the day. She exceeded our expectations as we watched our audience feverishly write everything Suza had to say. Without a doubt, Suze changed the way these women used to think about money and risk. We cain′t wait to work with Suze again."
    Howard Szigeti
    President Success Unlimited
    The Empowerment Seminar for Women

    "Just like a good mutual fund, Suze orman keeps getting better over time. Her speech to over 3,000 working women in Denver was the show stopper of the day. She exceeded our expectations as we watched our audience feverishly write everything Suza had to say. Without a doubt, Suze changed the way these women used to think about money and risk. We cain′t wait to work with Suze again."
    Howard Szigeti
    President Success Unlimited
    The Empowerment Seminar for Women

    "I have attended your seminar for the 4th year. Suze Orman has been the best. She gave helpful information in plain language. Her presentation kept your interest at all times. I was never bored in the least. Some of your speakers in the past were dry and did not hold my interest. I cannot give enough praise to describe how good this seminar was."
    Attendee
    Hancock Bank′s 5th Annual Seminar for Women


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