Category: Interviews

Money Smart Week 2015 in DuPage County, Illinois

Money Smart Week 2015 in DuPage County, Illinois

I attended the Financial Literacy Summit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  It was a terrific event that kicked off Money Smart Week 2015, which commences Saturday, April 18, 2015.  In another Post, I’ll share some highlights from the three panel discussions which consisted of some very prestigious guests.  But, […]

April 17, 2015 | By More
The Connection Between Food and Mood

The Connection Between Food and Mood

Thanks to research and the heightened understanding between the connections of food, stress, and health we can access the know-how to take control of our lifestyles today.  There is also conversation about the relationship between food and our mood as well. Money smart consumers are looking for ways to improve the various areas of their […]

March 10, 2015 | By More
Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for Me?

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for Me?

There is a lot to think about before committing to any money decision, particularly a retirement related vehicle.  Perhaps you have seen the actor Henry Winkler in a television commercial discussing reverse mortgages.  As a money smart consumer, you understand the importance of performing your own due diligence on any financial matter. In the context […]

March 9, 2015 | By More
Preparing our College Graduates for Financial Success

Preparing our College Graduates for Financial Success

As the creator and instructor of a Financial Literacy course at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, my focus has been to improve the money management habits of my students during their college years and hope that they carry over these habits and the knowledge of insurance, investments and taxes into their adult life.  However, I […]

October 30, 2014 | By More
Alice Wood, President of The Wealth Watchers Foundation

Alice Wood, President of The Wealth Watchers Foundation

When you have the opportunity to hear Alice Wood, president of the Wealth Watchers Foundation speak, you know that she genuinely believes in financial education. She has experienced the power of financial knowledge in her own life. It’s why her stories are so engaging and meaningful; they have happened to a real person! Alice and […]

October 29, 2014 | By More
Illinois JumpStart: Ann Williams Highlights the Scholarship & Grant Program

Illinois JumpStart: Ann Williams Highlights the Scholarship & Grant Program

Illinois JumpStart Coalition is active in its surrounding communities in a variety of ways. One such avenue is its scholarship and grant program. In brief, the program “provides financial support in the form of scholarships and grants for selected students, educators, and institutions.” Following an Illinois JumpStart meeting at Benedictine University in October 2014, I […]

October 29, 2014 | By More
Illinois JumpStart President Brian Israel

Illinois JumpStart President Brian Israel

Brian Israel, president of the Illinois JumpStart Coalition, is one of the leaders in the Chicago area financial literacy community. Brian and I had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes after the First Annual Summit of the Action Network for Financial Empowerment in July 2014. It had been such a successful event and […]

October 29, 2014 | By More
Catherine Okoroh: Credit & Mortgage Readiness Can Happen Now

Catherine Okoroh: Credit & Mortgage Readiness Can Happen Now

When Catherine Okoroh stood up and shared some comments at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Smart Week planning meeting on October 7, 2014, I said to myself, “I’ve got to meet that lady!” Not only was she brimming with enthusiasm, but my ears perked up when she mentioned she was the Director of […]

October 29, 2014 | By More
Financial Literacy is One Person at a Time: Dr. Vicki Jobst Interview

Financial Literacy is One Person at a Time: Dr. Vicki Jobst Interview

Financial literacy and its integration into the lives of young people today is more important than ever.  In the financial literacy community, there is a lot of discussion about the growing complexity of money matters and the need to introduce the basics of money from kindergarten up through the college level. Dr. Vicki Jobst, professor […]

July 1, 2014 | By More
Tamara Fay Empowers for Career Development and Growth

Tamara Fay Empowers for Career Development and Growth

During Financial Literacy Month in April 2014, I had the opportunity of meeting Tamara Fay of TK Fay Consulting.  She presented a program entitled “Women in Career Transition:  Repackaging Yourself at Any Career Stage” at the Age Well DuPage event held at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Since researching my white paper Princess or Pauper:  Are Women […]

June 13, 2014 | By More