Melissa Newton has worked in the banking industry her entire career. She is a research expert on financial matters and a dedicated advocate for financial literacy.
Melissa's vocational work is with a Midwestern community bank. Her multi-faceted position has included working with young people teaching financial literacy. She collaborated with Microsoft Corporation to teach money matters to student members of the National High School Basketball Association. Various curriculum utilized has included the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s "Money Smart for Young Adults" and BancVue’s "MoneyIsland," an online interactive gaming program for tweens. She also writes a column called MoneySense for a community bank which provides readers with articles to help better manage their personal finances.
Melissa’s speaking and writing focuses on the basics in financial education for adults and young people. She is the author of the first-ever published personal finance digital shortBook, "The Fiscal Cliff: Are Your Money Safety Nets Ready?" Her book “Look Smart, Be Smart: How to Create a New Image for a New Job was released in 2010. She has also had two papers published related to financial literacy, i.e., "Princess or Pauper: Are Women Securing Their Financial Future?" and "Money Smart Kids for the 21st Century." These are the first in a series of papers examining financial literacy programs and policies.
Melissa also founded the personal finance education website www.MoneyBasicsU.com. Its unique format teaches the basics about money, banking, and personal finance. In addition, Melissa is a Director with Citizens for American Manufacturing, 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 Illinois JumpStart Coalition, the American Economic Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
For several years, Melissa was an active member of Toastmasters International in her community club serving as president, and vice president/public relations. 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.
Where to find Melissa Newton online
The Fiscal Cliff: Are Your Money Safety Nets Ready?
by Melissa Newton
Approx. 13,160 words.
Published on September 16, 2012.
Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office has warned of the fiscal cliff. Are you prepared for higher taxes, more unemployment, or a recession if the U.S. “falls over the cliff?” Prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. Understand the issues of the fiscal cliff and build your safety nets to protect your financial position now and into the future.
Look Smart, Be Smart: How to Create a New Image for a New Job
by Melissa Newton
Approx. 31,360 words.
Published on July 11, 2010.
Do you like your job? Is how you make a living what you thought it would be? Are you one of the millions who got caught in the wave of unemployment? Look Smart, Be Smart gives you a three step plan to create a new image for a new job. See yourself transform into the confident, smart, and knowledgeable person you always imagined.
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