By Devon Jones

The next episode of the Neighborhood Heroes Podcast and Video series features Dir. Sharron Murphy Williams of the Phe’Be Foundation.

Dir. Murphy-Williams began her career in finance as a credit strategist at Dunn and Bradstreet. Through her work, she noticed the disparity in financial knowledge based on socio-economic class and in many cases race. After making this observation, Dir. Murphy-Williams and a group of motivated community members created the Phe’be Foundation designed to offer financial literacy tailored to the individual.

The concept of financial literacy is relevant to every aspect of a person’s life yet many are not exposed to best practices and/or wisdom on the topic. The goal of the Phe’be Foundation is to create authentic experiences through education on the topics of money and financial health. With programs and workshops designed for individuals ages 9 to 99, each course has elements designed to engage, inform, and empower each participant to take control of their financial circumstances.

For over 20 years the Phe’be Foundation has sought to make a difference. Since the pandemic, the Phe’be Foundation has sought to be the model for the solution and as a result, launched various innovative programs tailored to particular situations and circumstances. These programs include but are not limited to: Wired 2 Work which seeks to provide a solution to the digital divide; Generation YZ geared towards individuals aged 25-40; and Boyz to Men with Money designed for boys and men ages 18-35.

In 2021, the Phe’be Foundation was funded by the St. Lukes Foundation to provide financial literacy to residents in Mount Pleasant, Buckeye, Shaker, Larchmere, and Woodhill. There are various programs available to you for registration. To find out more go to

In this episode Dir. Murphy-Williams discusses her career and expertise in financial health. This conversation offers much-needed context to the “Financial Pandemic” that we face. Furthermore, she discusses ways to prepare for the challenges to come.

The episode will be released on April 15, 2022, on The Cleveland Observer’s YouTube page and the Neighborhood Heroes Apple Podcast and Spotify pages.