Keynote Speaker: Jean

Personal Financial Expert & Best-Selling Author

Jean Chatzky’s common-sense advice offers people control over their lives and their futures by showing them how to get control of their finances.

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC's TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP's personal finance ambassador, and the host of "Money Matters with Jean Chatzky" on RLTV. Jean is a best-selling author, a longtime magazine columnist, and her eighth and most recent book is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security.

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She believes knowing how to manage our money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future. To that end, she recently launched Jean Chatzky's Money School -- online classes on crucial financial topics like saving, budgeting, getting out of debt and planning for retirement -- that she teaches herself own her website.

Jean is the author of eight books, including Money Rules and the recent New York Times best-seller Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved. Her book The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times (Crown Business), received the 2009 Books for a Better Life award in the Personal Finance category. She is also the author of Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (New York Times and Business Week best seller) which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show's successful Debt Diet series.

Jean is a sought-after motivational speaker, as well as a respected consultant to businesses and company executives. She also regularly shares her advice and opinions as a guest on popular television shows, including The View, The Talk, and Morning Joe, and made regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2009, the Consumer Federation of America awarded Jean the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her nearly two decades of pioneering personal finance education. She has also received the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Woman in Communications and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. The Chicago Tribune named Jean one of the country's best magazine columnists.

In addition to her professional work, Jean serves on the board of the Children's Heart Foundation, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. A proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she is also a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women and on the board of the Kelly Writers House, also at Penn. Jean lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

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Talk Titles:

The Difference:

How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times
Can you really start from nothing and become truly secure financially? In this fascinating and interactive keynote, Jean Chatzky asks the questions: What's the difference between you and Warren Buffett? Between you and your boss? Or between you and your successful neighbor? What do the financially comfortable have that you don't? And how do you get it? Based on her most recent book that includes groundbreaking research on the self-made wealthy, Jean reveals the traits and habits of those who have moved from the lowest economic strata to the highest. Then she helps audiences take a look at where they are now and offers simple strategies for helping them get to where they want to go. In this optimistic and empowering presentation, she helps people see that they themselves have the power to determine their own financial future and find freedom in even the most difficult of economic times.

Money 911:

Your Top 10 Money Emergencies Solved
After 20 years covering the world of real people and their real money, Jean Chatzky knows there are some universal (and nagging) questions audiences have about their money. Do I pay for college or retirement? What do I do about my older parents? How do I rebuild a sagging portfolio? Is it possible to raise kids who will be financially independent? And what in heaven's name can I do about that credit score? In this presentation that can be tailored specifically for the needs of your group -- and the questions of the day -- Jean will answer the questions she knows you have then conduct a Q&A that can include a money makeover or two for a member of your audience.

What's a Hedge Fund, Mom?:

Financial Literacy and Raising Money-Smart Kids
As a mother of two teens, Jean Chatzky knows what parents want -- kids who grow up to earn their own money and live independently (i.e., not on the family couch)! After conducting a dozen focus groups with middle-schoolers around the country for her upcoming Not Your Parents' Money book (September 2010), she also knows what skills kids need in order to get there. In this fun and lively presentation, Chatzky shows how teaching responsibility, setting limits and living by financial example can all combine to put your kids on the path to personal financial success.

Women & Money

Anyone who tells you women don't need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they're the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. But, as a decade of research into neuroeconomics and behavioral psychology has revealed, women are also uniquely qualified to handle them. In her frank, often funny, always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow.

Other Titles:

Make Money, Not Excuses: Financial Independence For Women Everywhere

Money and Happiness

Pay It Down: Debt Free on $10 a Day

Speaking Topics:

Women, Finance, Youth, Author, Motivation, Business, Media, Executive Development, Current Events, Economy, Journalists