New York Times Best-selling Author
Ramit Sethi, author of the best-selling book I Will Teach You to Be Rich, will deliver the opening keynote at #FinCon19 on Thursday morning, September 5, 2019.
Ramit was one of the very first keynote speakers at #FinCon11, and we’re so excited to have him back on the main stage at #FinCon19 in Washington, D.C.
Sethi has become a financial guru to millions of readers in their twenties, thirties, and forties. He started his website as a Stanford undergraduate in 2004, and he now hosts over a million readers per month on his blog, newsletter, and social media.
Sethi grew up in Sacramento, the son of Indian immigrant parents who taught him the art of negotiating—his father once spent five days negotiation with a car dealer, only to walk away over a set of floor mats. He wasn’t the smartest kid in his class, but he loved building systems, which ultimately earned him over $200,000 in scholarships, which he used to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees in technology and psychology at Stanford. His understanding of human behavior and money led to him creating innovated solutions in self-development.
Ramit and his team of dozens of employees build premium digital products about personal finance, entrepreneurship, psychology, careers, and personal development for top performers. The IWT community includes 1 million monthly readers, 400,000 newsletter subscribers, and 35,000 premium customers.
He has written about personal finance for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has been interviewed on dozens of media outlets including NPR, ABC News, CNBC, and popular podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Podcast.
CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms. She will take the stage at #FinCon19 on Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2019.
As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Sharon Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.
Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. In September 2016, Sharon sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm and she nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for raising awareness about brain aneurysms and increasing funding for research, establishing “The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research” through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to provide grants for research on early detection.
She hosts the CNBC Digital original video series, “Retire Well” and “Your Money, Your Future,” and also frequently contributes to “Invest in You.” She appears regularly on the syndicated program On the Money and Public Television’s Nightly Business Report. Both TV shows are produced by CNBC. Epperson is also a regular contributor on NBC’s Today, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and NBC affiliates nationwide.
Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.” She also was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster.
Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
She has won an Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her “Financial Advisor Playbook” video series on CNBC.com. She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She was invited to the White House during President Obama’s administration to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Epperson has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her courses for graduate students.
Epperson received her bachelor’s in sociology and government from Harvard University, a master’s of international affairs degree from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taylor Allderdice High School, her alma mater.
Epperson currently lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.
Big Idea SPEAKER
Blogger • Podcaster • Author
Tanja will take the main stage and present a Big Idea at the opening keynote on Thursday morning, September 5, 2019.
Hester retired at the age of 38 from a career as a political consultant and journalist. The author of WORK OPTIONAL: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way, Hester bridges the gap that so often exists between life and money, shifting the conversation to life purpose, fulfillment and happiness, rather than wealth for its own sake. Hester writes the 2018 Plutus Awards blog of the year Our Next Life and co-hosts the podcast The Fairer Cents, in addition to traveling the world and enjoying the outdoor life around her home in Lake Tahoe, California.
Hester was the first FIRE blogger to get a regular column on MarketWatch, she’s spoken at Google, FinCon, CampFI at conferences around the world, and she has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Money, CNBC, PBS, Vice, Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, Refinery29, Bustle, WGN and global media outlets.
Big Idea SPEAKER
Finance Expert • Freelancer • Entrepreneur
Cat will take the main stage and present a Big Idea on Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2019.
Catherine Alford is a nationally recognized family finance expert who partners with top brands to educate, encourage, and inspire people to take on a more active financial role in their families. Named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, her writing and expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and many more. She has been interviewed on Good Morning America, Huffington Post Live, and other media outlets and has partnered with top financial brands like Ally, Discover, Quicken Loans, OneMain Financial and more to create written and video content that helps consumers make smarter financial decisions.
She is the founder of www.CatherineAlford.com, an award winning personal finance blog that she created in 2010 and the innovator behind the web’s most comprehensive course on how to Get Paid to Write for Blogs. As an entrepreneur and the mother to five year old boy/girl twins, she lives the messages she teaches each and every day.
Returning to the FinCon stage as emcee this year is Bethany Bayless. Bethany’s background includes radio show host, social media director, and communications director and emcee of Heroes at Home. She is currently the co-host of The Money Millhouse podcast.