My name is Michelle, and I’m a money nerd—but I wasn’t always this way.
In fact, I used to hate finance and business in general. I have a B.A. in International Studies (Liberal Arts degrees, unite!), taught Theatre in an inner city charter school, and have always preferred poetry to math.
- Money Nerdery 92%
- Chartered Financial Analyst Exams Passed 100%
- Endearing Awkwardness 100%
So Why Young + Scrappy?
After surviving in the wild for only a year post-graduation, I knew I needed more Marketable Skills™. I ended up at the University of Tennessee’s MBA program, where I took a lot of Finance classes, served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Finance, and served on a student-run portfolio management team. From there, I took a job at a Mutual Fund company, then a financial advisory firm, and have been steadily working my way through the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. I passed the third and final exam in June 2017, and am on track to be a CFA Charterholder next summer, pending relevant work experience.
As word got out about my investment knowledge, I found that more and more friends and acquaintances began asking me for money advice! People I barely knew would come up to me at parties and ask me about their 401(k)s, their budgets, and everything in between—and I loved it!
I realized that nothing made me happier than the feeling when finance “clicks”, and a young, scrappy individual is able to make better choices through education and empowerment. I discovered that my true passion lies not just in the science of investing, but in the art of advising. So I decided to go all in, and train to be a financial advisor and coach. I found a job with an awesome group of people out of Knoxville, who gave me the freedom to build my own practice and the support to help it succeed. Thus, Young + Scrappy was born!
Credentials and Nonesuch
- Founder, Young + Scrappy
- Financial Advisor and Coach, The Nalls Sherbakoff Group
- Former President, Flashpoint Artists Initiative
- Former Director of Marketing, Back Porch Vista Funds
- MBA, University of Tennessee
- Former Portfolio Manager, Haslam Torch Fund, University of Tennessee
- Former Teaching Assistant, Finance Department, University of Tennessee
- BA, University of Chicago