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2020 Financial Security Webinars


July 15, 2:00 Central/3:00 Eastern - Using American Indian Legends to Teach Financial Education with  Jennifer Garbow and Becky Hagen Jokela. Register here

Booshke Giin (It’s up to you, it’s your decision!) is a creative approach to involve American Indian youth in active learning experiences that make financial education concepts relevant to their everyday decision making. The Booshke Giin lessons attempt to push aside mainstream ways in favor of storytelling to teach core financial concepts. Mainstream education has failed American Indian youth for decades. The incorporation of the legend stories grabs the attention of youth immediately. The approach and the lessons are adaptable for other youth audiences. The approach combines personal finance concepts and American Indian legend stories. The lessons are based on Ojibwe and other tribal legend stories, to reinforce financial concepts and incorporate Ojibwe vocabulary and cultural information. The legends are shared orally or read individually, followed by questions asked about the story. Youth are able to reflect on the story to make a meaningful personal connection between the financial concept and their own culture.

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Jennifer Garbow is an Extension Educator and Associate Extension Professor in the UM Extension Center for Family Development. For the past 12 years, she has been providing leadership to Extension on how to effectively work with Tribal communities around financial capability. She is engaged in community education, program development, research and publication on cultural meanings of family resource management in Tribal and other cultural communities. She provides leadership to the MN Extension American Indian Community of Practice, and leads a Cultural Study Group to expand financial education and services to Tribal communities. Garbow is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians.


Becky photoBecky Hagen Jokela is an Extension Educator and Extension Professor, Family Resiliency,  Center for Family Development, University of Minnesota Extension. Her degrees include a B.S. and M.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.  In addition, Becky completed an accreditation with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and is an Accredited Financial Counselor; holds an American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Family Life Certification,  teaching license in Family and Consumer Science, plus a Reading Certification.  Co-leads a Cultural Study Group to expand financial education.


 July 22, 11:30 Central/12:30 Eastern - Jen Hemphill, author of Her Money Matters

The traditional approach to financial education has been in essence to spend less, save more, and get out of debt. Although the premise of this advice is good, why doesn’t it stick? During her own journey, Jen Hemphill has discovered that financial education was missing one critical component: our money stories.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The 3 different types of money stories and the power they have in transforming how we think and manage our money.
  • How to integrate money conversations, self-care, money wins, confidence and more into your classroom.
  • What factors to consider when doing financial literacy outreach to the Latina population

Photo of Jen HemphillJen Hemphill, a military spouse & proud bilingual Latina, helps the busy career-oriented woman become the reina (queen) of her money and love her dinero more.  She is a Money Confidence Mentor, an AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor), author, speaker and hosts the Her Dinero Matters podcast. The Her Dinero Matters podcast is focused on the advancement of U.S. Latinas to minimize the gender wage gap while creating a healthy, confident conversation around money. She has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Clark Howard, USAA, Oprah Magazine and Grow (Acorns + CNBC).


June 24 - Be an Online Personal Finance Content Curator featuring Amanda Christensen, financial education blogger, Utah Money Mom. 

Extension professionals have the opportunity to be online personal finance content curators for the audiences they serve. This prospect has never been more relevant in light of the financial implications with current COVID-19 circumstances. Through blog posts, videos, social media posts, television and radio segments, Utah Money Moms has become a trusted outreach arm of USU Extension personal finance programming. 

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photo of AmandaAmanda H. Christensen, AFC is a USU Extension Associate Professor specializing in personal and family finance. She has authored publications, grants, T.V./radio segments, and national award-winning curriculum related to personal finance throughout her career. She was the recipient of the 2020 Innovator Award from USU Extension. Amanda is editor of the Utah Money Moms website ( and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram) where she and a team of contributors share real-life money smarts for women.  Her favorite things include Yellowstone National Park, the Utah Jazz, and attending the Hale Center Theatre. Connect with her in Twitter, FB, and IG @utahmoneymoms.


May 27 - Familial Identity Theft:  What Extension Professionals Need to Know to Help Victims and Their Families. 

View the webinar recording of Familial Identity Theft

May 27, 11:30-12:30 Central Time, 12:30-1:30 Eastern Time

Familial identity theft occurs when an individual obtains and uses the personal identifying information of a relative without his/her knowledge or consent.  This is an increasing problem affecting individuals at all ages and stages of life, but often remains hidden from view due to underreporting.  In this webinar, attendees will learn about the various consequences of identity theft victimization and resources to assist victims.  Information about familial identity theft offenders will be shared as well.

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photo of Axton Betz-HamiltonAxton Betz-Hamilton, PhD, AFC® is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Affairs at South Dakota State University.  Her research focuses on financial abuse within families, specifically familial identity theft and elder financial abuse perpetrated by family members.  A victim of familial identity theft herself, her personal story is chronicled in the book, The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity.

Book: The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity



April -Flipping a Switch: 25 Action Steps for Happiness and Financial Security in Later Life

View the webinar recording of Flipping a Switch

Light switches are a useful metaphor for transitions in later life. Some changes are sudden “on/off” switches while others are like “dimmer switches” that happen in gradual stages. At perhaps no other time in life do more “switches get flipped” than when people leave a long-time career after working for decades. This is especially true for Baby Boomers who may have never experienced adult life without a full-time job. Many need to stop or reverse activities they have been performing for decades since their 20s. Happiness and financial security in later life often require a 180 degree turn from the way that people managed their time and money previously. Some switches are voluntary (e.g., spending accumulated savings) and some are mandatory (e.g., taking required minimum distributions). This webinar will share 25 action steps described in a forthcoming book about later life financial and lifestyle transitions.

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photo of Barbara O'NeillBarbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC®, CRPC®  Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP®, AFC is the owner/CEO of Money Talk: Financial Planning Seminars and Publications where she writes, speaks, and reviews content about personal finance. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, after 41 years of service as a Rutgers Cooperative Extension educator and personal finance specialist, she has written over 160 articles for academic publications and received over 35 national awards and over $1.2 million in grants to support her financial education programs and research. Dr. O’Neill is a past President of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), a recipient of the AFCPE Distinguished Fellow Award, and a Next Gen Personal Finance fellow. She tweets personal finance information using the handle @moneytalk1 and writes weekly posts for her Money Talk blog.

March - Basics of Investing: Understanding How to Invest Wisely

View the webinar recording Basics of Investing.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Description: Whether you are a new investor or older American, learning how to invest safely can mean a big difference for retirement. Topics will include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, investment risk and return, the red flags and common scams of investment fraud and questions to ask before investing.  Discussion will also provide an overview of the free resources on, the SEC’s online portal for individual investors, including investor bulletins and alerts, tools to check financial professionals, sources for researching companies and savings and retirement calculators.

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Guest Speaker: Alan E. Sorcher is an Assistant Director in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).   Alan assists OIEA in its mission to inform and educate investors on frauds and other information relevant to investing in securities.  Alan joined the SEC from Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP where he was a Director advising financial institutions on anti-money laundering and financial crime compliance. Earlier in his career, Alan was a Branch Chief in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, a Senior Advisor at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Senior Counsel at the Federal Reserve Board.  Alan also spent almost ten years as a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Alan holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. 

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February - Healthcare During the Senior Years

Click here to view the webinar recording Healthcare During the Senior Years

View the webinar recording: Understanding Your Medicare Choices

Understand what you need to know about health care and health care costs during the senior years. Know where to go for information about Medicare and supplemental health insurance options. Review strategies and tools to help seniors estimate health care costs and practice using a case study. Learn about options that cover long term health care costs.

This webinar is part of suite of modules developed by the Health Insurance Literacy Initiative (HILI).  If you are interested in becoming a certified educator for this module, please contact Jesse Ketterman at  A certified educator will have access to the PowerPoint and materials needed to facilitate the module.  For more information about the initiative click here to visit the HILI website.  

Jesse M. Ketterman, Jr., PhD, AFC®; Extension Educator (Family and Consumer Sciences, Financial photo of manCapability), University of Maryland Extension, Western Maryland Cluster




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Maria Pippidis  AFC; County Director and Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences; UD Cooperative Extension



 January - Issues in Family Resource Management for Educators

Carrie Johnson, Ph.D., AFC®; Extension Specialist and Associate Professor  /  Human Development and Family Science; North Dakota State University