National Day of Service 2016

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This year I am proud to be doing my Day of Service with the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals. The National Society of Black Engineers, the Los Angeles Urban League and Northrop Grumman have come together to host the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Conference. The conference will take place Saturday, April 23rd at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy.

Activities will include:
Building & launching bottle rockets!
Gaming Software Development!
S.T.E.A.M. Professionals onsite!
Circuit Board Design!

Hope to see you at the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Conference.

Start Small Think Big Conference

Shay at the Start Small Think Big Conference in Los Angeles.

Shay at the Start Small Think Big Conference in Los Angeles.

Guess what I did yesterday? I presented at the Start Small Think Big Conference in Los Angeles! I was fortunate to work with South LA Saves and a host of other wonderful non-profits, businesses and organizations to provide financial education to the south Los Angeles community.

Speakers included:

Dawnneisha Smith from the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs

Shay Olivarria of Bigger Than Your Block

Deborah Perez of New York Life

Martha Maldonado of  California Credit Union

Deborah Der of Edward Jones

Wilson Lee, a certified financial planner

The event was hosted by Zaneta Smith.

Besides speakers there were informational tables and the winners from the poster contest were announced!

Students were instructed to draw a photo about being a super saver.

Students were instructed to draw a photo about being a super saver.

Each winner received a recognition award, a monetary prize and a piggy bank (provided by Bigger Than Your Block) with separate compartments for saving, investing, spending and charity.

The winners of the poster contest at the Start Small Think Big Conference from South LA Saves.

The winners of the poster contest at the Start Small Think Big Conference from South LA Saves.

 

Disclosure: Bigger Than Your Block is a South LA Saves partner.

 

Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. She speaks at high schools, colleges, and companies across the country. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on Bankrate.com, FoxBusiness.com, NBC Latino and The Credit Union Times, among others. To schedule Shay to speak at your event visit www.BiggerThanYourBlock.com

Shay Olivarria Slated to Speak at Adelante Mujer Latina Conference

 

Financial Education Speaker & Author Shay Olivarria is slated to speak at the Adelante Mujer Latina Conference in Los Angeles.

Financial Education Speaker & Author Shay Olivarria is slated to speak at the Adelante Mujer Latina Conference in Los Angeles.

 

Guess what?

The most dynamic financial education speaker working today, Shay Olivarria, is slated to speak at the Adelante Mujer Latina Conference 2013 in Los Angeles, CA! Whoo hoo!

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In case you haven’t heard about Adelante Mujer Latina 2013 here’s a tidbit about the conference:

Adelante Mujer Latina (AML) Conference is designed to inform, encourage and inspire young girls to take school seriously, work hard, make smart choices, think big, plan and prepare for the future, and take advantage of every opportunity so that they may achieve their career goals and have a positive impact in their lives, their families and communities.

If you’ll be attending, feel free to shoot Shay a message on Facebook ot Twitter.

 

Find out more about Shay’s financial education workshops

Find out more about Shay’s books

 

Federal Reserve Bank

I went to The Federal Reserve Bank and all I got was this bag of money! LOL

You’ll never guess what I did today!

Really, you’ll never guess so I’ll have to tell you. I went on a tour of The Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles! How did I get so lucky? I have been working with the foundation at SCE Credit Union for a few years now and when they decided to reward Duarte HS students with a trip to “The Fed” I was invited along. Okay, okay … I really invited myself along, but they were gracious enough to agree.

I went with the CEO of SCE Credit Union, the COO of SCE Credit Union, the Mayor of Duarte, several other high level VPs and C-level execs (just another day at the office), and 30 of the most awesome students ever! We learned about the history of The Fed (did you know there was a $10,000 note at one time?), we learned about how The Treasury, not the The Fed, prints money (on paper from Crane Paper Company that’s 75% cotton and 25% linen), we saw “The Vault” that’s as big as a football field with “straps” of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills, and we heard a wonderful presentation about behavioral economics after having lunch.

All in all, it was a good day.

Find out about all the great things SCE Credit Union is doing to partner with community members by adding them on Facebook. All this goodness and social media savvy too? Yep! They’re awesome like that. =)

Los Angeles Black Book Expo

I’m thrilled to be exhibiting at the Los Angeles Black Book Expo this year. The event will be held Saturday, August 21st at the Sheraton near the airport. The event is free for attendees.

There will be exhibitors, panels, workshops, spoken word, story telling, and the Sunset & Gumbo Radio Show will be broadcasting live from the event!

Save the date!!

Become N.E.W.

I had a great time speaking at the financial empowerment event for Become N.E.W. yesterday and apparently they had a great time as well.

Shay, you did an excellent job. Your presentation was lively, informative, and funny! You have great energy and it comes through in your work. I would love to get a copy of your power point presentation. Please keep in touch cuz a sister gotta stay on course!

People are used to hearing professionals speak about personal finance. No offense, but speakers on money matters tend to be a little on the dry side. We talked, we laughed, we shared stories, we worked through myths to creating abundance, and I shared 7 tips to create abundance in your life. I’m glad that I’m able to share information in a way that people can hear and are motivated to put to use. Esther Joseph agrees,

Shay, you are amazing! Thank you sooo much for coming out and truly blessing us with valuable, life-altering information. You are a blessing and a gift from God. I appreciate you and look forward to working with you again in the future. Continue this walk of being a valuable resource in the lives of God’s people. …You were VERY organized and your presentation well delivered and thought out.. this is certainly only just the beginning for you.. good journey :).. God bless.
EJ

I also had the opportunity to meet comedian Barry Brewer. He did a funny set, stayed for the workshop, and added value to the conversation by asking awesome questions. Here’s what he thought about the workshop: