FPP Financial Capability Training Conference
June 2nd – 3rd, 2021
Live Event: Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate
Virtual Elements: via Spondulics, after registration
- $129 for FPP Members through May 23, 2021
- $129 for CPFinCap Candidates/Certificants through May 23, 2021
- $199 for Non-FPP Members
- $199 for All Registrants after May 23, 2021
- $0 for Thursday, June 3, FPP Conference Virtual Elements, featured on Spondulics
(access code provided to paid registrants day before event) for all current FPP members;
this no-cost option for current 2021 paid FPP members made available by the generosity
of virtual event sponsor, Bank of America
13th Annual FPP Financial Capability Training Conference
Plenary Leader Bios
Community Service is at the heart of Nydia Alvarez, a Nationally Certified Financial Health Counselor and Financial Coach for Branches in Miami. Passionate about human-centered and holistic coaching, her emphasis is on fostering financial wellness and long-term prosperity in children, youth and their caregivers. She has worked with children and youth for over 15 years.
Currently, Nydia leads the financial education workshops for children and youth at Branches as well as other youth organizations throughout Miami-Dade County. She resides in Florida City, FL. She and her husband are also Pastors of a local congregation in their city.
Karla Bachmann is the Director of Financial Wellness Services at Branches. Using a Human-Centered approach, she leads the development and implementation of transformative programs and services that promote financial opportunity and asset building. She is a firm believer in a family-centric and holistic approach of service delivery that promotes building social capital and integrates financial, education and health services for participants to achieve stability and financial success.
Mrs. Bachmann has spent the last 18 years of her life working towards social equity, economic stability and racial justice for new immigrant and disproportionately under-resourced communities, reaching across different sectors, building relationships between groups unfamiliar to one another, to partner and design solutions to complex social issues.
Motivated by her passion to give back to her community, Prita Chhabra works at Embrace Families as a Program Manager for Public Allies Central Florida, an Americorps program from which she graduated in 2014. She helps her Allies develop their leadership skills while helping local non-profit agencies build their capacity.
Prita’s life mission is to empower people to find their voices and heal their hearts. In her current role, she fuses her passion for music with her passion to help others to fulfill her mission every day.
In 2017, Prita was honored with a full scholarship to Herzing University, where she earned her MBA. Originally a recording artist with six music videos under her belt, her latest project “Unstoppable” won Best Music Video at the 2018 Melbourne Independent Film Festival and is dedicated to all the students and young adults she continues to work with. In 2020, she raised over 8,000.00 for Embrace Families Holiday Rescue to help children who live in foster care and the families who take care of them have an incredible holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, she was recognized as a 40 under 40 honoree by the Orlando Business Journal for her service and dedication to the Orlando community.
Jamie Hammond is currently the Executive Producer & Co-Creator, Opportunity Knock$. She has produced a dozen Emmy Award-winning edutainment series during a career dedicated to making engaging and entertaining content that has a positive impact on the lives of others.
Jamie is one of the Executive Producers and Co-creators of Biz Kid$, the National Public Television series which has completed production of 71 episodes to date and airs on PBS and in syndication internationally. This series is the foundation of a full financial education initiative that has been adopted by the IRS, and Ernst & Young and accepted by many states as a recommended resource in financial literacy. It received the 2012 and 2013 Parent’s Choice Gold Award and fourteen Emmy nominations with two Emmy wins to date. Biz Kid$ is used around the country and internationally in schools, after-school activities, youth business plan competitions and community outreach.
She also produced the first two seasons of MasterChef USA which was the first competition cooking show. It carried 94% of the country on PBS nationally from the start. Hosted by Gary Rhodes the show was based on the British series of the same name and went on to be produced for commercial broadcast and hosted by Gordon Ramsey.
She was the coordinating producer for Bill Nye the Science Guy delivering 100 episodes to syndication and PBS. The Nye series is still used in middle schools across the United States and was produced from 1993-1998. Jamie was the Senior Producer for 15 interstitial segments titled 60 Seconds of Science for the Disney Channel.
Jamie has two national Emmy Awards with multiple nominations and has received many other national awards in recognition of her excellence in television production.
Ken Harris is an experienced theatre actor. He is a member of Puppeteers of America and the Western Massachusetts Puppetry Guild. He has performed in dozens of productions for Jelupa Productions out of Springfield, MA, and the Henry County Theatre Players group out of Mcdonough, GA.
Having served as a Reserve Police Officer in Springfield, MA, an Atlanta Corrections Officer, and Courthouse Security Officer for the Clayton County Sheriff Office, Ken is now blending his lifelong passion with puppetry to make a difference in the lives of others.
Mr. Harris is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate degree in Criminal Justice. You can catch his weekly show, “Cyber Brats,” on Spondulics TV at https://www.spondulics.org.
Stephanie Harris is the Community Engagement Manager for Unite Us on the Unite Florida team. After graduating from Barton College, Stephanie’s career journey took some interesting twists & turns as it includes sales, retail, marketing, management to non-profit development and management. She has been involved in philanthropic causes since college for it was instilled in her as a child when she volunteered with her grandmother at a local nursing home.
Stephanie’s non-profit background includes working with national organizations such as The Salvation Army, the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. Her most recent role was the Executive Director for New Beginnings of Central Florida, a poverty prevention & homeless ministry, which offers bridge housing and life skills to lead individuals and families to economic stability. She has always had a passion for serving the underserved in her community. She believes in empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential even when they are not yet aware of their full potential.
As a Community Engagement Manager for Unite Florida, Stephanie believes that her role will contribute to providing the connectivity her community needs to better serve those in need, focusing on the whole person and unity among stakeholders throughout the community.
When not at work Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and dogs on Lake Minneola or curled up to watch a movie.
Pamala L. McCoy, CEO, BONA5D Credit Consultants, LLC., received her BA inBusiness Management from North Carolina State University in 1989. Pamala is married to the love of her life, Maurice D. McCoy, Sr. He proudly served 30 years in the United States Air Force, retiring at the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. They are the proud parents of four boys and nine grandchildren.
Her career in the credit and banking industry spans 25+ years. Her professional success uniquely prepared her for her passion that is being fulfilled via BONA5DCC & B5 ReAffirm; established in 2008 and 2020, respectively.
Ms. McCoy has been called on by television news and other media broadcasts to provide professional opinion and insights. Innately, she is an engaging problem-solver, simplifying credit and collections issues that most people find burdensome. Her real-world examples with practical applications can be tailored to fit anyone . . . at every stage of life.
JC Meraki first started experimenting with music production in the sixth grade through Soundtrap, teaching herself how to compose and record music. Entering high school, JC enrolled in the Electronic Music Pathway, and as she gained experience, she create more music.
The name “JC Meraki” is a mix of her initials and the word “Meraki,” meaning “to do something with love and soul” and “to put something of yourself into your work,” something the rising teen performer hopes can be expressed in her craft.
The name of the award-winning song JC Meraki will perform at the FPP 13th Annual Financial Capability Training Conference is titled, “Money Means.”
Chris Shannon serves as the Vice President of External Affairs, overseeing the communications, marketing, and NEFE’s strategic partnership functions. Ms. Shannon’s work with NEFE started well before she was formally brought on as staff; she has been helping hundreds of educators, non-profit staff and private sector volunteers effectively leverage NEFE’s materials to benefit young adults in MA, NY, RI and VA. In addition, Shannon helped design financial education train-the-trainer models in CA, CO, MA and VT.
Ms. Shannon’s career started as an educator in urban, vocational, comprehensive, gifted and talented, community college and university settings. She has also spent a significant part of her career directing regional youth workforce development programming for two regional workforce development boards and one community college.
Prior to joining NEFE, Ms. Shannon served as a deputy director for the Regional & Community Development department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where she oversaw strategies that supported the department’s goals to advance policies and innovations that promote economic growth and improve employment opportunities in lower-income communities of New England.
Gerren is an entrepreneur, author, and the founder, CEO and President of Clean Slate Janitorial Services, an entrepreneurship formed in 2006 dedicated to creating clean, fresh and inviting environments. Gerren’s business, writing and speaking endeavors help people restore faith in themselves, by treating each person who crosses his path as a customer, brother and friend.
Gerren is also the author of the inspirational book, “Fast Track Your Calling: How to Fuel Your Drive With Every Assignment.”
Jamie Strayer is currently Executive Producer & Co-Creator of Opportunity Knock$. She was a pioneer in securing the funding to produce the Emmy-Award winning youth financial education program BizKid$. Fifteen years later, Biz Kid$ episodes still air on 600 PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox stations and in classrooms across America. Opportunity Knock$ was conceived of during her work in the field of community development finance as a step to empowering families of the youth whose lives were changed by BizKid$.
Jamie is a thought leader in the field of community development and regarded as an innovator in designing new financial products through partnerships between non-profits, government agencies, and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)-certified loan funds, banks and credit unions. The community and economic development consultancy she founded over a decade ago is administering half a billion dollars in Cares Act recovery funding and $135 million in U.S. Department of the Treasury CDFI Fund grants. Her life’s work is to increase access to financial opportunities for all underestimated people. Financial products designed by her team include Opportunity Youth Loans, Eviction Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Loans, Technical Skills and Wage Replacement Loans, College (Re)Connect Loans, formerly incarcerated Rre-entry and Gentrification Prevention Loans.
She is a highly sought after thought leader and public speaker whose work has been featured by the Filene Research institute, the Aspen Institute, the Huffington Post, Reuters, the Associated Press and regional media across the nation.
Kim is the Director of Student Services for Branches in Miami. Kim Torres has dedicated her life to serving at risk children and families in South Florida through the founding and leading of the Branches’ Grow & Climb programs which serve children and youth. Kim originally came to Florida to work with youth during the summer of 1993 after Hurricane Andrew.
Twenty-eight years later, Branches continues to change the lives of many children, youth and their families through a menu of holistic services. Kim is a commissioned missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Kim has a passion for helping to provide opportunities to the children, youth, and their families in Florida City.
Travis Walker is a successful Sales Leader. He is a VP-level leader who inspires top-level sales performance in depressed markets. He is known as the “turn around” guy. Every territory he has been asked to take over has been at its most depressed state and he’s had to turn it into a profitable business. He has been responsible for a $200 million dollar balance sheet. He has managed over 1100+ employees, generating over a $1 billion dollars in annual revenue. He has extensive experience in managing outside and inside sales teams, lead generators, and account managers.
He always begins with hiring and retaining top talent. He is a firm believer that if he has the best people, he will win. Once you have the best people, you must train and develop them. Once they are trained and develop, you coach constantly to unlock employee’s maximum potential. Travis preaches daily execution; “Win the day, then win the next and by the end of the month you win the month.” Simple philosophy but it has led to some of the biggest turnarounds at some of the most recognizable brands in the world, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Tesla/SolarCity.
Travis is an ICF-certified, trained coach. Travis Walker has a B.S. from Santa Clara University, one of the best universities in the world; and earned his JD from a top-25 law school, the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. He is a published writer. The accomplishment he is most proud of is being a father of 3 and a loving husband.
Travis Walker’s true value is his almost 15 years of sales and leadership knowledge and experience. He is a team-builder and a profit magnet. He brings a diverse way of thinking that allows him the ability to unlock the potential of the employees around him.
Daniel Williams is the Lead Program Associate for NFTE’s Southeast Regional Office, supporting the schools in the Broward and Palm Beach districts. Prior to joining NFTE, Daniel served as the founder and Director of Business Development for Legacy Consulting Solutions, a small business Strategic Brand Development Agency.
Driven by his passion for empowering young people, Daniel has volunteered with numerous local and national youth mentoring programs.
He has also been recognized for his commitment to the economic empowerment of young people by several organizations including the Synergetic Network Group, the Small Business Education and Development, and the Urban League. Daniel is a member of the FPP Board of Directors in 2021.
His life’s mantra is, “In Passionate Pursuit of Purpose.”
Michael Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He has over 16 years of experience working in Mental Health and Social Services. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Organization Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of San Francisco.
He’s held leadership positions in community-based and county governmental organizations. He also has been trained as a Professional Certified Coach while working through accreditation through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
He has a huge passion for supporting individuals/children/ families to experience success. He has an equal level of passion for supporting leaders to develop and achieve their vision of success as leaders. Helping others identify their vision of success is an art form which he views as an honor to walk side by side with those experiencing a lull.
Samya Zia is the CEO of Zia Kidz Learning and Money Moves, the Video Game, as well as being a first-generation college student at Florida International University, studying Economics.
Unfortunately, due to her being a first-generation student, she wasn’t aware of many resources or knowledge about college, loans, and finances. Samya then took initiative and taught herself how to do taxes; she learned about loans and finances, and then managed to apply and get into colleges.
She then decided that she wanted to help other students learn about finances and real-world information, too. Samya created a video game software that allows other students to learn about finances, loans, and scholarships in a fun and educative way.
A quote from Ms. Zia: “I want no child or teen to feel left behind or as if they cannot attain higher education due to lack of financial knowledge. Money Moves, the Video Game can allow these students to learn and feel more confident in their future.”
Samya has won first place at NFTE’s national pitch challenge, first place at Start-Up Summer at FIU, and won first place for the Nova Southeastern Regional Pitch Challenge with Money Moves, the Video Game, and has received more than $20,000 in scholarship funds so far for her accomplishments.
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