Principal Financial Coach and CEO – Legacy Changers Academy
Dionne is the CEO and Co-Founder of Motley Financial Solutions and the Principal Financial Coach of Legacy Changers Academy, a financial literacy and coaching company that teaches Christian Women and married couples how to master their money. Since stepping away from her full-time job as a Contract Administrator in 2020, Dionne has pursued her life's passion of helping others become financially free by hosting group coaching, workshops, one-on-one sessions, and public speaking engagements. To date, she has helped dozens of married and single women collectively pay off over $150,000 of debt and save over $25,000 for emergencies.
Dionne received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration - International Business from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2005. Post graduation, she started her career in Consumer Banking before deciding to pivot and pursue a career in the legal industry. She attended Southwestern Illinois College to study Paralegal Studies, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences. She then furthered her legal studies by adding a Contract Management Certification under her belt from St. Louis University. In 2014, she transitioned into law as an Intellectual Property Legal Assistant then, later became a Contract Administrator in healthcare.
Dionne and her husband Prentice started their debt-free journey in January 2017, which inspired them to become Certified Master Financial Coaches in 2018. The education, knowledge, and work experience Dionne received sparked a fire in her to help others bridge the gap between financial access and financial management. She started coaching clients in her dining room in December 2017 and Motley Financial Solutions was officially established in May 2018 with Legacy Changers Academy launching in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By combining her careers in the banking & legal industries with her debt-free journey, Dionne is breaking barriers surrounding financial literacy as it relates to the Christian community. Dionne is a huge advocate for providing the tools needed to be responsible with money, begin the process to pay off debt, eliminate financial shame and help you create the life you desire. Her goal is to impart hope and inspire others to go after their dreams of financial success.
Dionne's unique perspective regarding finances resonates with others because she went from living paycheck to paycheck, overwhelmed with credit card debt and student loans to taking control of unhealthy spending habits and learning how to be more responsible with money. This transformation - and what she is most known for - resulted in her and her husband paying off over $83,000 of debt in 19 months before age 36. Their success story has been featured on multiple television shows and podcasts, such as the Christian Broadcast Network's 700 Club, Show Me St. Louis, and the His & Her Money Podcast.