David & John Auten-Schneider

Founders of Debt Free Guys®, Hosts of the Queer Money® podcast, TV Personalities, Nationally Recognized Experts on Personal and LGBTQ+ Finance
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David & John Auten-Schneider are the Debt Free Guys and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. They help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke. They were the first LGBTQ+ personal finance contributors to Forbes and their work has appeared in Yahoo! Finance, CNBC, Good Morning America, and more. They’ve partnered with some of the biggest companies, from Capital One to Orbitz, worked with some of the leading LGBTQ+ non-profits, from The Trevor Project to Out & Equal, and spoken for employee and business resource groups, from Prudential to Verizon. Most recently, they’re the co-authors of two LGBTQ+ money studies conducted in partnership with The Motley Fool.

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“John and David were able to bring a key issue "out of the closet" and share their story about how and why they got into debt and how they not only dug themselves out but were able to use that experience to help other LGBTQ individuals learn how to become financially free from debt. Their story is the story of many. John and David have the unique ability to communicate tips to financial freedom in an easy to understand and fun way. I would highly recommend that people listen to their podcasts and have them speak at live events.”

Kathryn Bryan
Ph.D., Financial Planner, Skylight Financial Group

“I had the honor of seeing John and David speak to our university's LGBTQ student group. They were wonderful with the students! By sharing their story with them first, then providing takeaways for thinking about personal finance issues, the students as well as myself benefitted greatly from the almost two-hour session. And, I might add, the time just flew by – John and David are very genuine and engaging. I am hopeful they will be able to return to campus very soon.”

J.D. Spinner
Director of Development, University of Akron

“John and David, aka 'The Debt Free Guys," brought a nice dimension to the first-ever financial planning symposium focusing gender and diversity. Their participation in a panel discussion and various group dialogues contributed to the success of the event.”

J.D. Spinner
Director of Development, University of Akron

“With a gentle understanding of how it feels to have "been there," and "done that," the Debt Free Guys shared a compelling, judgment and jargon-free evening that let us, really begin to work, individually and collectively, towards a clearer understanding of who we are, and what is truly important and beautiful about that. A uniquely empowering experience which was not even primarily about mere money or finance, but far more about valuing each other, our goals, talents and realizing our own special contributions to creating a vibrant, strong, and mutually supportive LGBT community. I can't think of a better atmosphere in which to have elected next year's executive board—helping them to clearly focus on how we can all work to foster this support within our organization and the larger community during our next year together.”

David Marsteller
Advisor LGBTUA & Assistant Director of UA Adult Focus, University of Akron

“John and David brought a much-needed LGBTQ dimension to our inaugural financial planning symposium, which focused on increasing diversity in the profession. Their articulate, relevant, and passionate approach contributed greatly to the success of the event.”

Carina Diamond
CFP®, AIF® Managing Director, SS&G Wealth and Springside Partners

“The involvement of John and David was critical to the expanded inclusiveness of our Women & Diversity Symposium. John's work on our Planning Committee allowed us to have a clear voice representing the LGBTQ community when making programming decisions and his participation in our main diversity panel expanded the panels reach. Both John and David were important voices in the open discussions about the need for greater diversity in the financial planning profession. They helped open the eyes of both the financial advisor and career influencer participants to the financial needs of the LGBTQ community and their financial impact has on the US economy.”

Barry S. Mulholland
Ph.D., MBA, CFP®, ChFC® Director, CFP Programs