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Financial Literacy and Well-being Live Briefings

Virtual Live Briefings Focus Area Financial Wellness Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives New Professionals and Graduate Students Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Professional Level AVP or "Number Two" Faculty Graduate Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level VP for Student Affairs


Planning for retirement is just a small piece of the financial well-being puzzle. From creating a budget, thinking about saving, how taxes impact life goals, student loans, and general investing, there are so many topics to cover and so little time to try to understand. NASPA is excited to bring these two webinars as a kick-off to the our Financial Literacy and Well-being Initiatives events! 

Demystifying Financial Well-being for New Professionals


Wednesday, February 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET 

From the principles of saving and budgeting to designing an investing plan to meet specific goals, the thought of starting a financial plan is overwhelming at the least! Join Martina Edwards, one of Wall Street's first Black Women Traders and Chief of Strategic Partnerships for Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, will provide a wealth of knowledge to student affairs professionals at the early stages of their careers. We all have different relationships with money and Martina will offer an engaging and informative opportunity to discuss how to begin thinking about budgeting, saving, and developing financial and investment goals for your future. 

Don't wait! This is a FREE opportunity for all NASPA members! Register today!


Ongoing Financial Planning for Mid-to-Senior Level Student Affairs Educators

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

As individuals navigate their careers in student affairs and head into their mid-to-senior-level roles, there is a lot to think about in the financial world! From saving for emergencies, planning for retirement, ensuring that one has enough insurance, and beyond, what should you be thinking about in this point in your career when it comes to the financial well-being. Join Martina Edwards for a continued discussion on what it means to build your relationship with your financial future.

As a free webinar for NASPA members, we hope you'll join the conversation to develop your financial well-being plan. Register today!


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From humble Southern beginnings to breaking barriers on Wall Street, Martina Marshall Edwards is the epitome of refusing to allow your circumstances to dictate your outcome. A finance major and graduate of Alabama’s Tuskegee University, a historically black college and university, Edwards went on to become the first African-American female equity trader for Merrill Lynch and in the 200-plus-year history of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It also made her the only active African-American woman seat holder among its then 1,366 members. (Before the NYSE became public in 2006, individuals and companies had to either purchase or lease a seat to serve as a broker). 

In 2001, the NYSE was a dynamic, fast-paced, male-dominated environment with high-stakes trading activity, a steep learning curve and little to no room for error. It’s also was a place, despite many obstacles, where Edwards thrived. In 2004, after three years and two promotions, she earned a unique opportunity to become a member of the NYSE on behalf of Merrill Lynch. (It would take another 13 years before the second Black woman broker — Lauren Simmons — arrived.) 

Edwards is a walking example of how access can dramatically shift the trajectory of a career. Many have asked, “How did the little girl who grew up in a two-bedroom mobile home in rural Alabama with livestock in the backyard make it to the Big Apple, let alone the Big Board?” 

Known as the “Belle of Wall Street,” Martina is an inspiring and dynamic speaker. From humble financial beginnings to reporting to the NYSE the week of 9/11, Martina is no stranger to adversity. She adamantly believes that every twist and turn ultimately molded and shaped her into the resilient individual and strong leader that she is today. 

Edwards knows that representation matters and staunchly believes in the importance of inspiring the next generation of leaders, particularly women. An investor by trade, a common thread has been her desire to build equity through access, opportunity and exposure for underserved people and places. 


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the live event. If your current membership will expire prior to the live event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate. Registration for on-demand content is based on individual membership status at the time of the purchase.

If you are not a NASPA individual member, please visit our membership section to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

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Demystifying Financial Well-being for New Professionals
Ongoing Financial Planning for Mid-to-Senior Level Student Affairs Educators

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Contact Information
Registration Issues/Questions:  
NASPA Main Office - (202) 265-7500
Program Questions/General Information:
Joseph DeSanto Jones - (202) 903-0654
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