NextUp: How We Found the 25 Most Influential New Voices in Money

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What will the face of financial expertise look like in 2023 and beyond? Who are the people charting a more inclusive path to wealth in America?

These are the questions that led to the creation of NextUp: your guide to the 25 most influential new voices in money. The list, which you can find here, is the result of two years of reporting, research, and reflections on personal finance by the team of NextAdvisor, which is published in partnership with TIME. 

When NextAdvisor launched in 2020, we recognized a generational shift in the way money advice was being delivered and received. Thanks to the rise of social media and the democratization of investing, today’s experts don’t have a monopoly on information or special access to the tools of wealth building. So authority isn’t enough anymore. We also crave relatability and representation. We want to learn from people who are vulnerable enough to share their own stories — stories we can see ourselves in. 

To create this list, the NextAdvisor editorial team considered influence and impact using qualitative measurements and our own experiences as followers and collaborators of this group’s work. We used five main criteria to find the 25 members of NextUp: 

1. They center their own stories in their work, demonstrating vulnerability and transparency. We believe the best money advice comes from people who share their own experiences so we can see ourselves in them. 

2. Their work aligns with the mission and vision of NextAdvisor. We’re dedicated to being an inclusive and compassionate resource for people at the beginning of their financial journey. 

3. They’ve collaborated with NextAdvisor. Each of the NextUp honorees has worked with our editorial team, whether by writing columns, providing quotes and insights, participating in live digital events, hosting workshops, or in some cases, all of the above. 

4. They are up-and-coming. We’re looking ahead to the next most influential voices in money. Our NextUp honorees are continuing to grow their reach and impact.

5. They’re bringing their communities with them. Members of the NextUp list are motivated by lifting up others with them. When they discovered success, they became determined to pay it forward. 

NextUp honorees were chosen by the editorial team of NextAdvisor with input from Farnoosh Torabi, a longtime financial journalist and contributor to NextAdvisor, host of the “So Money” podcast, and editor-at-large of CNET, which is owned by the same parent company as NextAdvisor. 

In keeping with the editorial independence of NextAdvisor, the list was not influenced by any commercial considerations. Each person on the list participated by providing photos, biographical information for fact-checking purposes, and a one-minute video in which they shared their money story. 

We’re so grateful to the 25 voices of the NextUp list for sharing their stories and expertise with us. We hope you take some time to explore the list and get inspired. You can find NextUp here