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Melissa Newton is founder and president of Millcreek Media Group, Inc. (MMG, Inc.), a company which provides multi-media resources and online programming to consumers related to financial education. She is recognized as a leading personal finance researcher, author, speaker, and host of the Youtube program Savvy Saving with Melissa. She is also founder of MoneyBasicsU.com, a personal finance education website. She worked in the banking industry until focusing her efforts full-time to financial literacy advocacy.
MMG, Inc. produces Savvy Saving with Melissa, a Youtube channel program designed to share hundreds of actionable savings ideas to help consumers save money on their bottom line. Melissa's weekly Posts at MoneyBasicsU reaches a national and international audience and has expanded to include exclusive interviews with influencers and “in the trenches” individuals in various areas of personal finance, financial literacy, education, and industries of interest. MoneyBasicsU offers a new approach to sharing the basics about money via a blend of personal stories, and research-based topic discussions coupled with real-life applications.
Melissa is a prolific writer authoring white papers, articles, and books on money matters. Some of her works include Look Smart, Be Smart: How to Create a New Image for a New Job, Princess or Pauper: Are Women Securing Their Financial Future?, Money Smart Kids for the 21st Century, The Fiscal Cliff: Are Your Money Safety Nets Ready?, 7 Simple Steps to a New Money You and 5 Reminders for Money Smart Living, and The Paradigm Shift to a Research Culture . Her paper Princess or Pauper continues to be well-received and is the most frequently downloaded document of all her work. Melissa is currently writing her next book, which is associated with the Savvy Saving program.
Melissa believes in the strength of partnerships in bringing the message of financial education to young people and adults alike. She is a member of the Illinois JumpStart Coalition, a state partner with the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in Washington D.C., whose mission is to advance financial literacy among students pre-kindergarten through college. Some of her collaborations have included Microsoft Corporation to teach money matters to students of a national association. She has utilized various financial literacy curriculums including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Money Smart for Young Adults and BancVue’s MoneyIsland, an online interactive gaming program for tweens.
Melissa serves as a Director with Citizens for American Manufacturing at www.camusanow.com, a not-for-profit organization supporting the message of the importance of the U.S. industrial base and its impact on the U.S. economy. She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management. Melissa has also been an active member of Toastmasters International over the years having served as president, and vice president/public relations and speech mentor at the community level. She achieved her certification in the Communication and Leadership Program and won numerous speech contests including first place in the International Speech Contest.
For relaxation, Melissa enjoys photography, painting, and piano. She also enjoys activities offered at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Morton Arboretum, and The Naper Settlement.