Financial Controller, Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Topic: Maximize your 401k contributions up to your company match
Erin is the Financial Controller for Indy Eleven, Indianapolis's professional soccer team. Based out of the city itself, Erin manages all of the team's financial operations, from payroll and budget forecasting to preparing financial
statements and reviewing potential contracts. On game days, Erin arrives to the stadium 3 hours early to ensure the ticket office is fully staffed and running smoothly for gate opening.
Law Student, Valparaiso University Law School
Topic: Create an emergency fund for unexpected expenses
Mark is a Law Student at Valparaiso University Law School in Indianapolis, IN. Although halfway through his education, Mark is no stranger to the law, having spent over a decade working in various criminal justice roles. After leaving the NYPD for
medical reasons, Mark spent time as a probation officer for Indiana, an Emergency Operations Manager for the Department of Homeland Security, and an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the University of Colorado Denver. Mark decided he could make
an even bigger impact in criminal justice if he returned to school for his law degree. Now, with graduation a year away, Mark has his sights on next steps and fantastic advice for fellow graduating students.
Criminology and Criminal Justice (Bachelor), Criminology (Masters), Russian Studies (Masters)
Program Director, SecureFutures
Topic: Start building good credit as early as possible
Kristen is the Program Director of SecureFutures, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that educates teenages on the basics of financial literacy. Kristen supervises and leads a team of three full-time employees, two program managers as well as a volunteer
manager. Kristen is also in charge of curriculum development, volunteer training, and building relationships with community leaders.
Philosophy (Bachelor), Psychology (Bachelor), Counseling Psychology (Masters)
Wealth and Investment Administrator, Indiana Trust Wealth Management
Topic: Take the long view and prioritize your budget
Cory is a Wealth and Investment Administrator with Indiana Trust Wealth Management. Although the company handles financial management for businesses and organizations, Cory's main focus is on family legacies. He works with clients, sometimes as
young as 16 or 17, to discuss the appropriate paths and investments to reach goals for not just them but for their future generations.
Finance (Bachelor), MBA (Masters)
Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services
Topic: First bit of extra money should start an emergency fund
David is a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James Financial Services, of of the largest financial services firms in the country. Based out of Union Savings Bank in Danbury, CT, David walks us through the entire lifecycle
of a client, from initial prospective meeting to retirement planning. David also tells new graduates with a little extra cash coming in to set up an emergency fund before any other investing.
Internal Recruiter, Kforce
Topic: Budget according to your job location
Michelle is an Internal Recruiter for Kforce, an award-winning professional staffing agency that "provides strategic partnership in the areas of technology, finance and accounting." Her main role is to recruit for internal positions with
the company, including sales professionals, other recruiters, and general office staff. No matter the desired industry, Michelle tells us that whether or not a student lands a job depends on how much preparation they're willing to do.
Human Resource Development (Bachelor)
Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Penn State University
Topic: Understand a budget and delayed gratification
Mark is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State University as well as an academic researcher and working family physician. His classes, which became the curriculum after a successful pilot run, abandon the classical lecture format
and instead are completely based around experiential learning. Students work clinical shifts and then have inter-class discussions on diagnoses and treatments. When not in the classroom, Mark is also practicing as a family physician within the Penn
State health system as well as researching the positive effect of the development of self-identity on career exploration and development.
Liberal Arts (Bachelor), Exercise Science (Masters)
City: State College
Clinical Research Coordinator, Children's National Medical System
Topic: Buy what you need, not what you want
Jibreel is a Clinical Research Coordinator and Asthma Educator at Children's National Medical System in Silver Spring, MD. Throughout the week Jibreel's position has him working in a few different roles, from leading the clinic's
asthma education staff and working on federal grant projects to jumping in himself and educating families on both the diagnosis and treatment of the lung disease. Find out what it takes to land the rewarding job of educating and comforting thousands
Biobehavioral Health (Bachelor)
City: Silver Spring