About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a student at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum multiple times, he is able to be financially aware while at college.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Podcast: Amobi Okugo is leading the frugal athlete movement

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Dec 06, 2019
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Podcasts
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with professional soccer player, Amobi Okugo. Off the field, Amobi developed a website, A Frugal Athlete, focused on helping professional athletes manage their money effectively. In this podcast, Amobi shares what he learned from his parents about money, his frugal tendencies and how he handled that first big paycheck after signing his professional contract (spoiler alert: there's no Bentley in his garage!). Amobi's commitment to changing the narrative of...

NGPF Podcast: Greg Carson: the personal finance teacher who made a difference in the life of a pro football player

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Nov 15, 2019
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Featured Teachers, Podcasts, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
  "I'd rather live like a prince for the rest of my life than live like a king for my NFL career." “I’m going to sacrifice now for me to be happy later,’’ 'Williams estimates he invests at least 90 percent of the money that comes in via game checks." These are statements that you would not expect to hear from a professional athlete but that's exactly what New England Patriot Joejuan Williams had to say in a recent article.  How did he build these mindsets...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 11-16, 2019)

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Nov 10, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 4-8, 2019)

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Nov 03, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 28-November 2, 2019)

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Oct 27, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Shawn Dilly (Jefferson County, WV) on preparing high schoolers for the workplace of the future

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Oct 25, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Advocacy
  A big thanks to Shawn Dilly for joining me on the podcast to discuss his priorities as asst. superintendent of instructional support for Jefferson County (WV) schools. Shawn describes the important job that high schools have in developing the skills to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. He explains what skills he believes are most important and the instructional shifts required to bring these to fruition. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:19 Introduction 1:19~2:17 Shawn’s role as...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 21-25, 2019)

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Oct 20, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Liz Frazier discusses her new book, Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands

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Oct 18, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
The daughter of a financial planner, Liz saw first hand how her Mom's practice helped families manage their money more effectively..so she eventually followed in her footsteps. In this NGPF podcast, Liz shares her approach to working with her clients, why she believes so strongly in a fee-only structure for financial planners and details some client success stories. In her new book, Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands, Liz provides a "how-to" book to help parents with young children...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 14-19, 2019)

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Oct 13, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 7-12, 2019)

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Oct 06, 2019
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Professional Development, Investing, Interactive
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 30-October 5, 2019)

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Sep 29, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 23-27, 2019)

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Sep 22, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 16-20, 2019)

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Sep 15, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Dan Otter and Scott Dauenhauer discuss launch of 403bWise.org

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Sep 13, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
For almost two decades, no one has done more to support teachers in navigating the 403(b) minefield than Dan and Scott. They will share an exciting new announcement. Listen to Dan and Scott discuss the "new" 403bWise, how they plan to support teachers in the future and their best ideas on how to reform the system. Oh, and they will make you smarter about investing too. Be prepared to be inspired! Introduction: 0:00~2:58 Introduction 2:58~7:29 Changes happening in personal finance education...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 9-13, 2019)

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Sep 08, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...