Next Episode: Women in Tech

April 3rd, 2014

Next up we explore why the tech industry lacks women and how to go about changing that.

Welcome to The Money JAR, a weekly show about Kids, Families and Money, brought to you by Junior Achievement. Along with a cadre of guest experts, show hosts Evan Wilson and Todd Yuzuriha pair their unique perspectives with a mild dose of humor as they attempt to demystify the common challenges all families face while trying to educate their children on the economics of life. From money apps for kids to teaching young people how to find their dream job, our show is designed to be a practical catalyst for meaningful dialog, helping families to begin ongoing conversations around the ever-elusive subjects of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and being ready for the workforce ahead.
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Dubbed America’s Cheapest Family by the national media, Steve and Annette Economides share their story with the Money JAR audience on how they raised five financially responsible kids.  By allowing their kids to earn money and be responsible for their own saving and spending, the Economides are now experiencing the joy of watching their children grow into money smart adults. Through their website, www.moneysmartfamily.com, Steve and Annette share tips with parents and kids on living a frugal, debt-free life.

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Currently, women represent just 24% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce.  Today’s Money JAR explores why women are underrepresented in the technology world.

Hosts Todd and Evan interview guests Janice Levenhagen-Seeley of ChickTech.org and Lydia Dishman- Contributing Journalist for Forbes.com, who share their unique perspectives on how parents can encourage their daughters to pursue STEM careers and what role companies can play in closing the gender gap. Join us for a thought provoking episode as we tackle one of the hottest topics in the business world right now.

 

Lydia Dishman is a Journalist contributing to T Magazine Online at The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes and others. Lydia is a seasoned, versatile business reporter and editor who’s covered a wide variety of topics from arts, banking, construction and law to manufacturing and travel. Follow her on Twitter @lydiabreakfast

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley is the founder and program manager for ChickTech- a multi-generational community of women and girls helping each other to become technology creators. Janice is also an owner and principal of Embla Consulting, a marketing and business consulting firm for small businesses.  Janice has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University.

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How do you inspire young kids to get excited about earning their own way and working hard to get the things they want? Today’s episode of The Money JAR, guest Paul Nourigat, author of the fictional series for 7-12 year olds entitled, Marvels of Money for Kids, answers those questions. Nourigat takes listeners through his own journey of learning about money, which led him to create this visually compelling and interconnected series that teaches kids skills around financial literacy and building self-esteem. Nourigat also shares tips for parents on how to engage children in conversations about money in a fun and engaging way.

 

A leading national financial consultant and father of three, author Paul Nourigat is deeply invested in the purpose of helping young Americans become independent through financial competencies, life skills and the resulting self-esteem. Nourigat’s newest title No Time To Wander is for adults in their 20′s & 30′s who are striving to establish financial independence; using an engaging, non-fiction style, he lays out the financial essentials in a straight-forward manner, while addressing personal topics rarely discussed in financial conversations. His books are now in homes, schools and libraries throughout the US.

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Have you ever met someone with a really cool career and wondered, “How do I do that?” Today on The Money JAR, we attempt to answer those questions and more with two dynamic guests: Janet Hwu, Production Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Dom Bianchi, Supervising Director for the Fox TV Animated Series Family Guy.

 

Hwu and Bianchi share with listeners the path they took to get to their current jobs, the ins and outs of their daily routine and what they like best about their chosen fields. They also share insights they’ve gleaned throughout their professional experiences and what students should know about pursuing a unique job. Listen in as our hosts pull back the curtain and get the inside scoop on these innovative careers.

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Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a Crime Scene Investigator or a Level 3 Neonatal Nurse? This week on The Money JAR we explore a new resource dedicated to helping students learn more about their ideal career.  In this episode, our hosts interview Jared Chung, founder of CareerVillage.org, an online platform where students ask questions about any career  or industry of their choice. Through the site’s extensive network of volunteer professionals, students’ questions are then answered by real experts in their field of interest. This innovative new tool allows young people to learn the “real deal” about working in a specific industry by tapping directly into the insights of professionals who have firsthand experience in those fields. Chung shares with listeners his motivation for creating the site, and explains why it’s important for young people to be better informed, at an earlier age, about their careers of interest.

 

Jared Chung is a founder and Chief Village Elder at CareerVillage. Jared is the Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge and was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. before forming CareerVillage. He holds a B.S. in Finance from NYU Stern, where he first began working with education organizations on a pro-bono basis. When he isn’t evangelizing for CareerVillage, he’s usually writing code or cooking up something tasty in the kitchen.
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On today’s episode, we focus on integrating financial literacy education into the current school curriculum. Our guest, Gene Natali, is Senior Vice President of the Pittsburgh based investment company C.S. McKee and co-author of the award winning book The Missing Semester. The Missing Semester serves as call to action for the next generation, inspiring young people to learn about and take control of their personal finances. Natali shares with listeners his inspirations for the book and the incredible response it has received from the students who continue to benefit from it. He also shares personal insights as to why teaching kids about money is so crucial to their financial wellbeing, not only now but for the future. In this episode, Natali also discusses his exciting new partnership with Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania in pursuit of helping students develop individualized personal financial plans.

 

Gene Natali Jr. holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Allegheny College, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He is currently a level III candidate for accreditation as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Join us for a special episode of The Money JAR this week as we talk to Junior Achievement alumna Amy Bonilla about becoming a leader. Host Todd Yuzuriha goes in-depth with this amazing story of how she overcame personal struggles early on to pursue her own successful path. Born in Honduras, Bonilla immigrated to the United States when she was only eight years old, supported by her single mother who had to work three jobs to support the family. She shares her personal story of how Junior Achievement came into her life, and how that experience has shaped her career path. Bonilla currently attends University of Central Florida where she is enrolled in the College of Business Administration as a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

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On part two of our Entrepreneurs series, hosts Todd and Evan speak with Amber Goodenough, founder of fourfour media and The OnRamp. Goodenough is a serial small business entrepreneur who has started a number of businesses including a coffee shop, a golf app, and a web design company. Her most recent endeavor, The OnRamp, is dedicated to empowering creative entrepreneurs to develop successful businesses. Reflecting on her past failures – and successes – Goodenough shares what she’s learned from the companies that didn’t make it, the ones that did, and why she decided to go back to school to improve her business. Her experience and reflection on her past serve as an inspiration for aspiring young entrepreneurs, making this a not-to-miss episode!
 
Amber Goodenough is a seasoned business owner whose business writing has been featured on Gigaom, RedFounder, and Teen Business Forum. She teaches small business management, online business and social media through her Business Plan eCourse and at events like Entrepreneur Bootcamp. Goodenough is the founder of Caffeine Dreams Coffee and Tea (voted best coffee house in Omaha), fourfour media web design, ClubDivot llc and The OnRamp. Her passion lies in helping others take the leap from traditional 9-5 jobs to being successful business owners. She and her co-founder/husband Eric are location independent and run their online businesses from all over the globe.
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This week on The Money Jar, Todd and Evan speak with Bizinate founder Rudy DeFelice to discuss how an influx of cash at the holidays or birthdays can be a great learning opportunity. Rudy covers some new ideas for giving or receiving cash gifts around the holidays, such as alternatives to just spending and saving, determining what age kids can begin to understand their own economics, and a method used in his family called “the price of asking.” Finally, we hear the kids perspective on the topic with a new “Kids Two Cents.”

 

Rudy DeFelice was a corporate lawyer for years before he left to start Practice Technologies, Inc., a VC-backed software and internet information company based in Los Angeles. He left PTI after 9 years as CEO and founded Bizinate. He sits on several corporate boards and is an active investor and supporter of growing companies. He graduated from Harvard Business School and The University of Connecticut School of Law, and lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife Wendy (an attorney and founder of a foundation that is building schools for destitute children) and their 3 kids.

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On this week’s episode of The Money JAR , part one of a two-part series on entrepreneurship, hosts Todd and Evan speak with Stanford University entrepreneur Anshul Samar, founder of the chemistry card game Elementeo. Combining his passion for learning and playing board games, Samar began developing Elementeo at the age of 12, and has since grown it into a thriving business which has garnered national acclaim. Samar walks listeners through the idea’s conception and what lessons he’s learned as a young business owner, sharing advice for young people looking to start their own business.

 

Anshul Samar is Founder and CEO, of Alchemist Empire, Inc. At age 13, Samar launched the Elementeo Chemistry Card Game in an effort to make learning chemistry more fun for students.  He is currently a sophomore at Stanford University and launched the new version of Elementeo last year. You can view the game and buy it here.

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Your Hosts: Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson
Evan is a senior research analyst and principal at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank. He leads the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games. He was recognized in Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team in the leisure (2005, 2007-2010), software (2005, 2007-2011) and Internet (2011) categories. He frequently appears on CNBC and at industry conferences, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engineering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.