Our sponsors make the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit possible. We’d like to help you get to know our sponsors and have asked each sponsor a series of questions to help you get to know them and the people who will be representing them at the Summit. In this post we talk with Amy Marty Conrad, CashCourse Program Director and Raven Newberry, Program Manager at the National Endowment for Financial Education. CashCourse provides customizable, interactive personal finance tools used at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country. Visit cashcourse.org to enroll or learn more.
Our sponsors make the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit possible. We’d like to help you get to know our sponsors and have asked each sponsor a series of questions to help you get to know them and the people who will be representing them at the Summit. In this post we talk with Carissa Uhlman, Vice President of Student Success at Inceptia, who will be at July’s Summit. Also attending the Summit will be Pat Robles-Friebert, Strategic Business Director for Inceptia.
Our sponsors make the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit possible. This blog series gives you an opportunity to learn more about each one. We asked each sponsor questions to help us get to know their organization and the people who will be representing them at the Summit.
In this post, we talk with Nolan Mikowski, Steve Quiesser, and Sara Wilson from Student Connections.
Q: What’s your best elevator speech?
Recognizing that students follow a variety of paths and encounter different obstacles in their quest for a higher education, Student Connections offers innovative solutions, developed in collaboration with higher education institutions and students, to provide relevant and engaging resources throughout the student life cycle. Student Connections partners with postsecondary institutions to support the success of more than 2.7 million current and former students across more than 700 campuses nationwide.
Q: Why is Student Connections sponsoring the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit?
Effective financial education overcomes non-academic barriers which prevent students from reaching graduation. Financial education also reduces delinquency. We’re looking forward to sharing a space with people who are delivering financial wellness programs, and those who are just launching. We’re looking forward to adding new relationships with schools and making more friends in the process.
Q: If you could describe Student Connections as a TV show, which show would it be and why?
Dr. Phil! The general public doesn’t understand what we are even talking about let alone understand the solutions. Dr. Phil makes the complicated easy for the regular person to understand. That’s what we do.
Q: What is a money management lesson or mistake that has stuck with you?
Nolan: Money management begins with organization. You can’t just “save money.” It is vital to set a plan and then adhere to it.
Steve: Mistake – making minimum payments on credit cards.
Q: What is your favorite money management book?
Steve: “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey
Nolan: “Broke Millennial” by Erin Lowry
Q: Which donut will you try at Voodoo Doughnut?
Nolan: When I was there in November I got the Voodoo Doll. Next time I need to try the Oh Captain, My Captain.
It’s hard to believe this will be the 5th (insert current/previous known name) Summit. I think it’s even crazier to think that a pretty casual idea that Bryan Ashton and I had back in late 2013 in Kansas City – it was the first time we had ever met face to face – has turned into an annual event, and our favorite time of year. Really, though, the success of the Summit is due to the tremendous higher education financial wellness community and their commitment to helping make the Summit what it is.
Much like Christopher Columbus accidentally stumbling into the United States in 1492, I found myself stumbling into an entirely new world in June 2016 at the Summit in Columbus, Ohio. Similarly to Columbus’s discovery, this is a world that had already been in existence and I was exposed to new people, ideas, and food (I had my first crepe while at this conference!).
Last summer I was thrilled to be attending The Summit for the first time. Not only was my University hosting here in Minneapolis, but it was my first national conference. I’ve been working at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for four years and for most of that time I have been actively involved in our financial wellness initiatives. I was excited to have the chance to learn new ideas and meet others who are just as passionate about helping students.