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Financial Literacy Month Spotlight: Karen Serna, AFC® candidate, AFCPE® Member

May 01, 2018

Karen Serna, AFC® candidate, AFCPE® Member

Director, Student Money Management Office, Austin Community College

My Work: Integrate financial education and wellness into the student experience at ACC

My Roots: Grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Texas as soon as I could. 

My Passion: Finding "good deals."  And nature. 

My Hero: My husband. 

My Favorite Quote: You must be the change you want to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi 

My Favorite Personal Finance Tool/Resource: The Millionaire Next Door 

My Advice To Someone Considering Becoming a Financial Counselor/Coach: It's easy to want to give the client the answer or the fix, especially if it's clearly apparent to you. Guiding someone to their own answers, while more time consuming, has a greater chance of sticking. 

My way of "Meeting People Where They Are": Literally, meet them where they are! Use technology to afford people with busy schedules or transportation challenges the same opportunities. Give people the option to participate in-person or virtually. 

Follow me at: austincc.edu/money

My Question for Colleagues/Peers: What are your favorite personal finance blogs?  

Respond to Karen's question in the comments section below and follow AFCPE on social media to engage with our#FinLitMonth spotlight questions, tips and fun facts throughout the month of April...and even into the first few days of May!


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