Personal Finance Seminar


May 15-17, 2013

Location: Annapolis, MD

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for the 25th Annual Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals, May 15-17, 2013, hosted by University of Maryland Extension. Benefit from what past attendees have called “the most important financial conference for professionals in the mid-Atlantic.” Learn about today’s most critical consumer-spending issues at a great venue for turning information into knowledge.

Confirmed Speakers

Adam Davidson

AdamDavidsonInternational business and economic expert Adam Davidson writes the “It’s the Economy” weekly column for The New York Times Magazine.  He is also the co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. His work has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk.

Dr. Barbara Chamberlin

BChamberlin2Barbara Chamberlin is the Extension Instructional Design and Educational Media Specialist. Dr. Chamberlin directs the NMSU Learning Games Lab, where she researches games preferences and use, as well as new trends in computer games for education. She leads research on game development at the lab, and serves as an instructional designer on new educational projects. In addition she submits several grants each year, seeking funding for the development of educational media in many content areas. NMSU just launched the "Exergames Unlocked" Website,, a resource to help others use exergames in programs and classrooms.

Don Blandin

DBlandinDon Blandin was appointed president and CEO of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) in June 2004. The Investor Protection Trust is a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Over half of all Americans are now invested in the securities markets, making investor education and protection vitally important. Since 1993 the Investor Protection Trust has worked with the States to provide the independent, objective investor education needed by all Americans to make informed investment decisions.

Michelle Thornhill

MThornhillMichelle Thornhill is the Senior Vice President and African American Segment Manager at Wells Fargo. In this position, she has enterprise-wide responsibility for the African American Segment, working closely with product groups and the Regional Bank to accelerate the corporation's success in this important segment. Michelle has over 15 years of experience developing consumer initiatives for diverse audiences in the financial services and non-profit sector, and has traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, in support of these goals.

Maxine Sweet

MSweetMaxine Sweet is vice president of Experian North America's Public Education organization and leads Experian's consumer education, community involvement and corporate responsibility teams. She represents Experian in such national education programs as the JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy and LifeSmarts, both of which have the goal of reaching students with critical knowledge and empowering them to live credit smart.

Michal Grinstein-Weiss

MGWProfessor Grinstein-Weiss is a national and international expert in social and economic mobility; asset development research and policy; and international comparative social policy, especially in Israel. She is the Founding Director of the Assets-Building Research Group at UNC, a Research Associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and was the recipient of the 2011 Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award by the Society for Social Work and Research. Michal Grinstein-Weiss is an associate Professor at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research interests focus on public policies related to issues of economic inequality and social development. Specifically, she is interested in policies and programs that promote the well-being of low-income families and their communities.

Linda Williams

LWilliamsLinda Williams joined the Consumer Action Los Angeles Office Outreach and Training Team in September 2006. Since that time, she has aggressively pursued the team’s mission to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their income level, are able to learn about their rights as consumers. She has carried out this mission by networking, coalition building, and training case managers, counselors, social workers, educators, librarians, and front-line advocates who serve low-income and hard-to-reach consumers from coast to coast in the fundamentals of financial literacy.

John Breyault

JBreyaultJohn joined the National Consumers League in September 2008. John’s focus at NCL is on advocating for stronger consumer protections before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to telecommunications, fraud, technology, and other consumer concerns. In addition, John manages NCL’s Fraud Center and coordinates the Alliance Against Fraud coalition. John is also Research Director for the Telecommunications Research and Action Center (TRAC), a project of NCL. In his role with TRAC, John advocates on behalf of residential consumers of wireline, wireless, VoIP, and other IP-enabled communications services.

Linda Sherry

LSherryConsumer Action’s director of national priorities and one of the organization’s chief spokespersons, joined the San Francisco-based national consumer education and advocacy group in 1994 from a background as a weekly newspaper reporter. She is NewsCertified by NewsCertified Exchange. Sherry is an expert on credit card pricing and practices. She is regularly called upon for interviews and background information by the national and local media (TV, radio and print), Congress and federal regulators to provide information about consumers and credit cards.

Julie Nepveu

Julie Nepveu is a senior staff attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation. She practices on behalf of older people in the areas of consumer, fair housing, and disability law. Her work includes litigating cases, filing amicus briefs, and commenting on federal regulation and legislation. Of particular relevance is her work on the garnishment of exempt funds in the collection of debt. Ms. Nepveu previously served as a staff attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and at Legal Services of Northern Virginia and as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Claims Court for Judge Thomas J. Lydon.

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Who Should Attend

Personal finance professionals from public, private, and not-for-profit organizations, including all branches of the military.

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