Michael on April 28th, 2009
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I’m heading out the door later today for DC and Chicago.

You: Why? Those two places aren’t even near one another.

Thanks for the head’s up. First, I’m flying down to BWI today in preparation for my keynote presentation tomorrow at  the Montgomery County Elder Law Series.  With previous keynoters including The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary and current year speakers including the editor of Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, it’s a true honor to participate in this award-winning series.

You: What will you be speaking about?

The title of my seminar is Don’t Be Cheap, Be Fiscally Responsible! Top Saving Strategies for These Crazy Times. I’m looking forward to my time with the boomer population.

You:  What’s bringing you to Chicago?

I’ll be in Chicago for my annual presentation to Northwestern University’s graduating seniors. Like in previous years, the event which began in 2006, is part of the Countdown to Commencement series. My widely attended seminar enables graduates to confidently manage their finances right from the start.  It’s a shame not every university provides this opportunity, but I am grateful for the trust Northwestern places in me – and I know the graduates have always appreciated the university and the alumni association for making the event possible and popular.

If you’re in DC or Chicago and want to meet up, send me a tweet.  I’m on Twitter now so you never know . . .

Gary: Want to grab dinner?


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2 Comments to “Heading to DC and Chicago”

  1. I have to say that I too wish they required personal finance seminars for graduating university seniors (or even high school seniors, especially those not moving on to college). They require a resume writing seminar for most college seniors, but once you land that job, what do you do with the money? Student loans are going to start being due in 6 months, and that credit card that you signed up for because you got a free t-shirt on your first day of freshman year has been hovering near its limit for about three and a half years, and even though you make all your payments on time it never seems to get any lower (23.99% didn’t seam too bad at the time, plus, that tshirt is…is…is, well, where is it?)

    Financial education is severely lacking in our country (please see the current economic situation, which is rooted in fiscal irresponsibility of large companies and financial ignorance and irresponsibility of the population at large) and it would go a long way towards avoiding situations like this in the future if we just educated people on how money works.

    I start teaching in an urban high school this coming fall and, though i am teaching science, I’m going to make it a point to talk about finances regularly. Most of my students will be coming from some of the poorest and beat down neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and one would have to assume that since their parents are stuck in the vicious circle of poverty, they don’t know financial education either. If we expect people to find their way out of a life of poverty we need to rely upon out education system. Hopefully we don’t let them down.

  2. Michael says:

    @Jeff: I am comforted by one thing: if more people do what you intend to do, it WILL matter. My entire vantage point on personal finance and saving was changed by one lecture many years ago. Like you, the man didn’t teach personal finance for a living, but he genuinely cared and so he went “off script.”

    On behalf of a future generation of Philadelphians, thank you for your efforts and commitment to make positive change.

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