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About Our Creator

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Our author & brand creator Kiara McClendon is a graduate of Rutgers University with her Bachelor’s in Communication and Africana Studies and Master’s in Health Communication. She received her second Master’s of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University shortly after. A New Jersey native, McClendon is the CEO/Founder of AForEffort, LLC, a business committed to financial literacy and entrepreneurship education with an emphasis on empowering communities of color. McClendon is passionate about empowering and uplifting people of all backgrounds to believe they can achieve their goals through great financial decision-making and education. Learn more about her on her website

Athlete Development & Financial Literacy: By day, McClendon works as Director of Player Engagement supporting the professional and personal off-the-court development of professional athletes. She spent seven years as a Collegiate Athletic Administrator & Student-Athlete Development professional where she mentored Division I student-athletes. Through her mentorship, over 500 athletes received support and guidance in academic skill development, tracking their academic eligibility, and supporting their growth and holistic development from freshman year to graduation. McClendon worked at the Division I level at Florida State, Rutgers, Ohio State, Virginia Commonwealth University & Georgia Southern University throughout her athletic career.



Forbes: McClendon's writing credits extend beyond our adventures. She was a contributing writer for Forbes covering content on sports, entertainment, culture, and financial literacy. 

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