Dec 17, 2021

NGPF Podcast: Mary Rossi on creative approaches to financial empowerment

Mary Rossi brings an enthusiasm and passion to her role as Director of Financial Inclusion and U.S. Partnerships at the Global Thinking Foundation (GTF). Her financial empowerment workshops focus on students in fields such as acting, education, architecture, or social work. She also shares her plans to bring creative concepts that have worked in GTF's European offices to the United States. Enjoy! 


  • 0:00~1:13 Introduction
  • 1:13~3:03 Role at Global Thinking USA
  • 3:03~5:24 Experience growing up in the Cayman Islands
  • 5:24~8:57 The start of Global Thinking
  • 8:57~11:46 Offering financial empowerment workshops
  • 11:46~16:05 Personal finance for artists and creatives
  • 16:05~16:34 A word from NGPF
  • 16:34~19:15 Entrepreneurship topics for GenZ
  • 19:15~22:45  Incorporating art pieces to teach about money
  • 22:45~28:48 Gender inequalities in personal finance
  • 28:48~31:26 Materials to use in the classroom
  • 31:26~33:31 Recommended books
  • 33:31~34:48 Conclusion



  • "When I think about young people in entrepreneurship, it's about creating change for a better good and I think that is absolutely incredible."

About the Authors

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full-time. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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