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Melissa Newton worked in the banking industry her entire career. She is recognized as a leading personal finance research expert and dedicated advocate for financial literacy. She is founder of the personal finance education site www.MoneyBasicsU.com. The site offers a new approach to teaching the basics about money via a blend of personal stories, in depth topic discussions coupled with real-life applications.
Melissa’s speaking and writing focuses on the basics in financial education for adults and young people. She 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?, and 7 Simple Steps to a New Money You. Melissa’s paper Princess or Pauper has been well-received and is the most frequently downloaded document of all her work. Her most recently published book is 5 Reminders for Money Smart Living.
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.
She 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 also a member of the American Economic Association and 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. She also enjoys activities offered at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Morton Arboretum via her membership in those organizations.