Season 2, Episode 6 | Oakland, CA | Alamar Kitchen & Bar

In the season finale, Julien and Kiersten visit Oakland, CA to meet with four leaders in the personal finance space.  They are Berna Anat, of, Naseema McElroy of, Marques and Shyra of  While they, they discuss how personal finance  has changed in recent years, the influx of new technology and a more diverse set of voices representing all walks of life. Of course, they do all this while enjoying an amazing meal at Alamar Kitchen & Bar, one of the cities best known restaurants, ran by Chef Nelson German, of Top Chef, Season 18.

Watch the trailer and full episode here!

Meet our guests


Berna Anat is the financial hype woman you didn't know you needed.  She's a proud Filipina, financial educator, speaker, content creator and soon to be published author under Harper Collins.  Before she was making financial education cool for Gen Z, she was Teen Community Lead at Instagram, Programs Director for the YMCA of NYC, freelance writer and video producer.  Her work has been featured in outlets such as Seventeen, Glamour, the Huffington Post, Scholastic and more. To learn how to laugh your a$$ off while learning about money, visit

Marques and Shyra
Marques and Shyra

Thought we were the only cool couple tag-teaming their financial journey and inspiring others?  Think again and meet Marques and Shyra Murrey of  Together, they've paid off six-figures of debt to become debt free in 2017. Since then, they've been inspiring millennial and Gen Z couples to do the same through their podcast, blog, YouTube channel and more.


There are few people we love more in the financial/social media community than Naseema.  She's a full time nurse, published author, podcaster, content creator and debt slaya having paid off just under $1 million dollars worth of debt in just over two years.  She's been featured in Forbes, is a proud Oakland native and is on a mission to help as many nursing professionals build generational wealth.  To learn more, visit

Check out a bonus clip from this episode

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Payactiv is one of the world's leading providers of Earned Wage Access, technology that enables workers to access the funds they've earned prior to their scheduled paydate.  Since the company was founded, Payactiv has...

  • saved $400 million in penalties and fees for 2 million hourly workers and
  • saved $1 billion in turnover costs for 1,500 companies

Payactiv is also a certified B corporation which means they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Payactiv In the news

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What is a Financial Hype Woman?

Marques and Shyra with Anthony O'Neal

Naseema speaking to Yale School of Nursing students

Marques and Shyra Debt payoff story

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About Alamar Kitchen & Bar

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Located in the heart of Oakland, CA, Alamar Kitchen and Bar is one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.  Led by Chef-Owner Nelson German, the restaurant offers a modern take on classic seafood dishes and creative drinks in a stunning urban setting.   To learn more about virtual demos, order a meal kit or catering, visit