All #FinCon19 Speakers: Keynotes, Breakouts, Workshops ⋆ [FinCon]

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We’re bringing together 200+ of the best digital content creators and experts in personal finance and investing to help you learn in a variety of formats.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

sharon epperson

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 TodayNBC 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

Tanja Hester

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

Catherine Alford

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.

Big Idea SPEAKER

Tanja Hester

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

Catherine Alford

Finance Expert • Freelancer • Entrepreneur

Cat will present a Big Idea Talk on Saturday afternoon at #FinCon19. Big Ideas are short, powerful talks given on the main stage by FinCon Community influencers.

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.

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