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.
Q: May we hear your elevator speech?
CashCourse is an online financial literacy program for college students, created by the nonprofit National Endowment for Financial Education. We offer unbiased, commercial-free personal finance information and tools for students to help them make more informed decisions. Our goal is to help demystify money management so students can stress less and have more time and resources to focus on their goals.
Q: Why is your organization sponsoring the event?
CashCourse has been attending the Summit since its very first year. We love how HEFWA creates a community of people dedicated to financial literacy in higher education. In our experience, many of our partners are the sole person at their campus working in financial wellness; it’s wonderful to have a place to connect with others who are just as passionate as you are.
Q: If you could describe your organization as a TV show, which show would it be and why?
The Great British Bake Off. The awesome thing about GBBO is that it highlights people who aren’t professional bakers showing off their skill, creativity, and passion. It’s also great to see contestants help each other to become even better at their craft. That’s our approach to personal finance: You don’t need to be a CFO or even a business major to bring your financial A-game.
Now we get personal!
Q: What is a money management lesson that has stuck with you?
Amy: One of my biggest money mistakes was renting a U-Haul to move my junky, hand-me-down furniture across the country from Florida to Denver. For the amount of money I sunk into that truck, I could have sold most of my things and started fresh when I arrived in Colorado! Didn’t quite do a cost-benefit analysis there.
Q: What is your favorite money management book?
Raven: Not necessarily a traditional money management book, but I really enjoyed “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness” by Richard Thaler. It was very interesting to learn about how choice architecture shapes our own decisions.
Q: What blog do you check regularly for money management tips/ideas?
Amy: I enjoy the Two Cents blog from Lifehacker. There’s a good mix of practical how-to articles and coverage of current events that will impact your finances.
Q: Which donut will you try at Voodoo Doughnut, while you’re in Portland for the Summit?
Raven: I judge every donut shop by their basic glazed doughnut, so I would definitely start there.