About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a Freshman at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He plays rugby for his college and enjoys living on the East Coast. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum a couple of times, he budgets in college better than his peers. He edits the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers. You will probably see his name time to time on the NGPF forum where he actively replies to forum posts.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Podcast: How Iowa Student Loan Team Members Marc Hendel, Julie Cahalan and Gary Adams Served Their Local Community

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Jun 14, 2019
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies
Marc, Julie and Gary share their experiences running four personal finance workshops at Harding Middle School in Des Moines. "The sooner the better" is a great answer to the question, "what is the right age for students to receive financial education?" Listen to the highlights of their work in the classroom as well as their observations about what middle school students are most interested in when it comes to money. Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:54 Introduction 1:54~5:02 What Mark, Gary, and Julie do...

NGPF Podcast: Doug Lynam Describes His Transition from Monk to Money Manager

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Jun 07, 2019
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Investing, Podcasts, Behavioral Finance
Monk, personal finance educator, Marine and financial advisor. That's just part of Doug Lynam's CV which makes for a fascinating podcast. Doug shares how each of these experiences has shaped him and ultimately led to his current role as money manager. You will also learn about the motivation and key insights from his current book, From Monk to Money Manager. Enjoy!   0:00~1:12 Introduction 1:12~6:46 Early experiences with money 6:46~9:27 First job and lessons learned 9:27~15:14...

NGPF Podcast: Alex Todd Describes His 10 Year Journey to Bring Financial Education to All Kentucky High School Students

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May 31, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
Alex Todd likes challenges. Whether that means building a financial education program from scratch at Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky or coaching the boy's basketball team to another winning season. His love of challenges and his passion for financial education created what many may have thought was an unattainable goal. That goal, to ensure that ALL high school students in Kentucky would take a personal finance course before leaving high school, became a personal quest. In this podcast,...

NGPF Podcast: Gene Natali, Author of the Missing Semester, Advocate for Financial Education For ALL Students

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May 24, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Advocacy
 Investment consultant to large institutions by day and author, educator and advocate by night aptly describes Gene Natali and the multiple hats he wears. I first met Gene at the JumpStart National Educator Conference where he delivered a rousing keynote address that captured the audience's attention. Pulling from the best of behavioral finance, he frames financial issues in a manner that demonstrates the long-term impact of decisions. This will make even the most impulsive young person...

NGPF Podcast: Evan Marwell of EducationSuperHighway on the challenge to bring high-speed broadband to all schools

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May 17, 2019
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Entrepreneurship, Podcasts
  Evan Marwell was a man on a mission when he founded EducationSuperHighway in 2012. A data driven entrepreneur he analyzed technology at K-12 schools and didn't like what he saw. While many assumed that schools had adequate bandwidth to deliver new technology tools into classrooms, what he found was a huge difference between that perception and reality. Then he created a non-profit to tackle this problem. Evan will take us on his entrepreneurial journey over the past 7 years, his lessons...

Podcast: Investing Panel with Jonathan Clements and Bill Bernstein in March 2019

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Apr 19, 2019
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Investing, Podcasts, Stocks, Behavioral Finance
What follows is a summary of the Investing panel discussion held at the NGPF Summit in mid-March 2019 in San Francisco. The all-star panel included Bill Bernstein, financial theorist, neurologist, and financial adviser/author, and Jonathan Clements, WSJ columnist, author, educator and blogger at the HumbleDollar.com. Apologies for the inconsistent sound quality.  Details 0:00~4:25 Introduction 4:25~12:42 The stock market game’s traps 12:42~24:20 Importance of friends and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Mike Sheffer, Director of Education at FoolProof

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Mar 22, 2019
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Podcasts
One of the leading online personal finance curriculum, FoolProof currently reaches hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students across the United States. As Director of Education since the early days, Mike shares with us why he is so passionate about financial education, FoolProof's origin story (spoiler alert: a leading news anchor played a big role), and its evolution over the years. He also describes he philosophy that underpins the curriculum and how it educates students to be...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Social Entrepreneur Marcy Reyes of the Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (FLY)

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Feb 15, 2019
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy
Driven to serve others by educating them to become financially capable, Marcy Reyes has found several ways to accomplish this mission. She teaches at Rhode Island College while also leading a non-profit that she founded to support high school students. Oh, all this while holding down a full-time job with a health insurer. She is clearly someone motivated to serve others by teaching them valuable skills about managing their money. In this podcast, you will hear Marcy share her story and the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Chegg President and CEO Dan Rosensweig

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Feb 01, 2019
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Podcasts, Paying for College, Entrepreneurship
From PC Magazine to CNET to Yahoo to Guitar Hero to Chegg, Dan Rosensweig has had a fascinating front-row seat in seeing (and sometimes driving) the paradigm shifts in tech as it has evolved from the PC to the Internet to the cloud. In this wide-ranging and fast-paced conversation, Dan shares his thinking behind leaving Guitar Hero to join a then simple textbook rental company (Saying ‘hey I am the CEO of guitar hero’ then going to say ‘i rent textbooks’... you can...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Colorado Changemakers Debbie Pierce and Alyssa Wooten

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Jan 11, 2019
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Podcasts, Policy, Professional Development
States legislators and education leaders make decisions to emphasize financial education but then what? Anyone experienced in education or business, for that matter, knows that success requires keen attention to detail when it comes to implementation of a new program. Debbie Pierce from Economic Literacy Colorado and Alyssa Wooten from the Colorado Dept. of Education have teamed up to both increase access and improve the personal finance instruction taught in Colorado schools. Listen as they...

What I Learned In My First Year of College: Words of Wisdom from Ren Makino, NGPF Intern

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Jul 27, 2017
I have always thought I was pretty good with my finances: I learned a lot going through the NGPF curriculum during my 3 years here. I am also the editor of the “Tim Talks To..” podcast so I have listened to every single financially smart person that joined a podcast with Tim.   When I turned 18, I had a lot going on with my financial life… Applied for my first credit card  Bought stocks on Robinhood. Closed my Wells Fargo account because they started charging me a fee because I did...