|Financial Education at BCC
is recruiting instructors from community colleges to integrate financial
literacy courses into their institutions and community. If you know of
instructors at other community colleges who may be interested in
participating, please contact Leslie Lum
email@example.com or Molly Blume
firstname.lastname@example.org. A stipend
from the IPT grant is available for this purpose.
at BCC's next training is Personal Investing for an Uncertain
Future held at the Unity Church of God in Christ on January 25,
Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Contact Alice Jenkins
email@example.com for more
Financial Education at BCC Kickoff Huge Success!!!
- Business Leadership Club President,
Bryan Imanishi with Don Blandin, President and CEO of Investor
Protection Trust, Right - Don Blandin, Carmen Aguiar, Bryan Imanishi and
Ronnie Fontenot form panel on savings and investing survival skills for Financial Education Kickoff.
On January 19, 2007, about 500 students,
BCC employees and people from the community attended the events around
the kickoff of the Financial Education at BCC including over 100
students who packed a panel discussion with Don Blandin (see bio below)
and Carmen Aguiar (prominent CPA and financial planner plus advisor to
the program) moderated by student leaders, Bryan Imanishi and Ronnie
Fontenot. The Washington State of Financial Institutions and the
Investor Protection Trust sponsored the festivities. In the packed forum
on savings and investing survival skills, Don Blandin and Carmen Aguiar
shared how they started from modest backgrounds and in families
who were not knowledgeable about investing. They gave extremely helpful
hints on how to establish good financial behaviors from the start.
Immediately following this, BECU gave a
presentation on how to manage credit. Throughout the two-and-a-half hour
event, students streamed to the booths provided by Bank of America,
Wells Fargo, BECU, Washington GEAR UP, Puget Sound Better Investing, the
Attorney General's office, the Department of Financial Institutions, the
Seattle Medium, Financial Education consultant Alicia Haus, and the
Washington Society of CPAs where they were able to gather financial
Thanks to the Washington Department of
Financial Institutions and the incredible Scott Kinney whose passion and
formidable project management skills made this phenomenal event
possible. DFI designed and provided the great t-shirts, the eye-catching
print ads/posters (see below), the radio ads, coordinated the booths,
and provided a comprehensive media kit. They brought us to another level
with their professionalism. Thanks to Don Blandin for his big hairy
audacious goals and to the IPT for the 400 cookies enjoyed by
participants. Thanks to Carmen Aguiar for her generosity with her time
and her incredible heart.
This event would not have been the
success that it was without the great student leaders of the Business
Leadership Club who ushered people, encouraged students to go to booths,
and gave out t-shirts. Thanks to Ronnie Fontenot, Efrain Morenco-Salamanca
and Bryan Imanishi who provided their investing bios for the media kit
and committed to blogging about their investing life. Thanks to
Martinque Combs for managing the logistics. And last but never least,
thanks to Nora Lance who just takes care of everything.
With such an auspicious start, Financial
Education at BCC can only go on to bigger and better things.
audience listened to Don Blandin and Carmen Aguiar talk about saving and
investing survival skills.
|Left - An
attentive audience listened to the talk by Don Blandin and Carmen Aguiar,
Right - Tina Archuletta from the Washington Society of CPAs.
|Left - Bank
of America gives information to students, Right - Carmen Aguiar gives
engaging examples of how to achieve good financial behaviors.
|Left - Wells
Fargo gives information to members of the community who came in for the
event, Right - the Washington Department of Financial Institution's
booth is a hit with students.
Judith Paquette with Alice Jenkins and Molly Blume, who are part of the
team of Financial Education at BCC. Right - Kevin Hsu, Bryan Imanishi
and Amir Turuljia help Don Blandin select a t-shirt.
|Left - the
awesome team of Business Leadership Club members made this event such a
success (Huiqiang Zhao, Bryan Imanishi, Ronnie Fontenot, Amir Turulja,
Leslie Lum (advisor), Kia Aghabeigi, and Jesse Leonardi) with the
incredible Nora Lance. Right - Efrain Morenco-Salamanca, Jesse Leonardi, with Carmen
Aguiar and Don Blandin.
Don Blandin, President and CEO of Investor
Protection Trust and national expert on financial literacy.
As an association executive
with over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of non-profit and
government sectors, Blandin brings significant involvement and knowledge in
critical national and international issues including financial literacy and
investor education. Don was president of the American Savings Education
Council (ASEC), Director of the Business-Higher Education Forum, a group of
corporate CEOs and university presidents, served as Special Assistant to the
Assistant Secretary of Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, Executive Director of the National Association of Schools of
Public Affairs and Administration, Executive Staff Assistant in the Office
of the Governor, California Council on Intergovernmental Relations, and
Executive Vice President of the Council for Excellence in Government.
Don has served on several
boards including the Certified Financial Planner™ Board of Standards as a
member of the CFP® Board of Governors and chairman of its national Consumer
Advisory Council. Don currently serves on the Jump$tart Coalition for
Personal Financial Literacy Board of Directors as Vice President and was an
appointed delegate to both the 1998 and 2002 White House/Congressional
National Summits on Retirement Savings, hosted by the President and
Congressional leaders. Named by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, he has
served as Chair of Education Councils for the United States Savings Bonds
program. Don is a founding member and the first national director of Pi
Alpha Alpha, the national honorary society for public administration.
As an expert in the areas
of financial education and on private- and public-sector coalition building,
Don is frequently asked to speak at conferences, seminars, and other
events. He has also been featured in numerous radio and television
broadcast segments and publications such as NBC’s Today Show, CNN, Bloomberg
Radio, National Public Radio, ABC News, FOX News, USA TODAY, Reader’s
Digest, New York Times, Money, Time, Business Week, Kiplinger’s Personal
Finance, Fortune, Black Enterprise, The Washington Post, Parenting,
Associated Press, and CBS MarketWatch. In addition, Don has testified
before Congress for both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on
issues related to financial literacy and education.
Don holds a Bachelor of
Arts in political science from California State University, Hayward, and a
Master of Public Administration degree from The American University in