Panel Discussion

To kick off  Money Smart Week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted a panel discussion April 2nd, 2014 on the unique financial challenges facing millennials and the technologies they're using to address them. Panelists are all millennials  themselves who are working to help other young people  make better financial decisions. They have been featured on MTV, the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America and the New York Times, among other outlets.  Panel topics included: 

How do millennials approach personal finance and education?

How are young people using technology to manage their finances?

How are millennials handling the economic climate post-recession?

How can we communicate with millennials to help them make better financial decisions?


Lizbeth is the head of member education at Baxter Credit Union where she manages their financial education program, Life. Money. You.™.  Under Lizbeth’s leadership, Life. Money. You.™ has expanded from a seminar/webinar based curriculum to a multi-channel digital program featuring video, social media and interactive components.  She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop financial wellness initiatives for their employees.  Outside of the office, she enjoys running marathons and is involved with LAUNCH U, a mentoring program for first-generation college students.


martin_dasko.jpg Martin Dasko - Blogger, Studenomics.
When he was just 20 years old, Martin launched Studenomics, a finance blog that helps young adults save money and survive their 20s on a budget.  Twitter: @studenomics

joe_duran.jpg Joe Duran - Chief Operating Officer, Moneythink
Moneythink is a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on teaching urban teenagers how to make and manage money. Joe leads Moneythink’s operational strategy, educational design and financial reporting efforts. Prior to his work with Moneythink, Joe was a 2009 Teach for America Corps member in the South Bronx, where he taught middle school special education. Joe earned his Master’s in Teaching from Fordham University. Twitter: @jmd_duran

Charisse A. Conanan Johnson - Principal, The Charisse Amanda Group
Entrepreneur, writer, speaker and wealth expert. Through her work at the Charisse Amanda Group, she offers services that provide solutions in holistic financial wellness. Charisse is also the Founder and CEO of, a web app that helps users map out their finances post-college. Charisse is a CFA and graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. twitter: @CharisseAmanda

Andrew Schrage - Co-Owner,
After studying economics at Brown University and a brief stint at an investment fund here in Chicago, Andrew founded, a website dedicated to educating individuals on how to make wise financial decisions. Moneycrashers covers a broad range of topics, from retirement planning to reducing monthly expenses. twitter: @MoneyCrashers