I’m Karen, but you can call me Kaz.

I started Women Talking Finance because I wanted to create a business and community that helps women just like me, who want a secure financial future and financial freedom.

After working in the finance sector for over 20 years, I saw the need for people to be better connected to their money and address their relationship with money rather than to just focus on the practical money management.

My goal is to empower women and couples

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I believe it’s important we own our ‘money stories’ as it’s really the key to transforming our lives. So, let me tell you my own tale.

I was raised by a single mum, and throughout my childhood, I experienced much financial stress. This impacted my beliefs around money and my self-worth.

I internalised this shame and worked hard to keep myself as safe and financially comfortable as possible.

My downfall was overspending. Even when I’d been working in financial advice for 15 years, I had money issues. (Yes, I see the irony!) I was never truly engaged with my finances. Despite all the things I did right, when money came in, I spent it.  

It wasn't until I uncovered the reasons why I couldn't save money, that I could make the necessary changes to my money patterns.

Knowing where these patterns came from in my childhood- changed everything for me.

It wasn’t until 2014, when I became a single mum myself (of two boys), that I became curious about ‘behavioural finance’. My research led me to examining my own unhealthy habits and views around money.

I believe that, before we can make any meaningful changes in our lives, we need to do the internal work first. Looking for external solutions isn’t the answer.

So, I hope you’ll join me in becoming your best financial self. Hey, who knows where you could be in a year’s time?

Taking care of your money is the best self-care you can give yourself.


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Karen Eley is a certified Money Coach with more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and as a Financial Adviser.

Before going out on her own, she worked her way up to being a partner at a top financial planning firm in Adelaide – a position she held for over a decade.

Now, through her business, Women Talking Finance, she helps other women to be confident and knowledgeable about all things finance. Karen practices what she preaches too, having invested in shares, managed funds and property.

A reformed shoe addict (yes, she understands the temptation of want vs need), she’s also a mum of two young boys, occasionally finds time to hit the gym and once upon a time, loved cooking.  

What Karen does best is translate complex financial concepts into simple, digestible ideas.

She has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and two Diplomas in Financial Planning.  

Karen also volunteers her time as a Director on the Morialta Trust Board, a charity assisting disadvantaged SA children.