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Raising Financially Savvy Kids with Total Cents Founder Tom Henske

March 26, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

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Tom Henske, founder of Total Cents, will lead a panel discussion aimed to help parents and grandparents teach their kids about money. In many households, money is often labeled as a taboo topic. Parents simply aren’t comfortable talking about money with their kids. One great way to start a conversation is to have regular family discussions about the importance of finances.


Joining Tom in conversation will be: John Lanza (author of The Art of Allowance), Caroline Barney (author and Westport parent of two Staples High School students), and Kathy Soderholm (former Wilton personal finance teacher and now accountant).


About the Speakers

Tom Henske has been a leader in the financial industry for nearly three decades. Tom started his career in financial planning in 1994, with Cowan Financial Group. Shortly thereafter, he started his own company, Henske Advisors. In 2003, they were acquired by National Financial Partners (merging them into Lenox Advisors) which went public shortly thereafter. Tom remained an equity partner until 2020 when he retired to focus solely on matters of life insurance and building Total Cents.

Caroline Barney is a bestselling author, inspirational speaker and coach, and social impact marketing consultant. She is a former advertising managing director and EVP with Omnicom and was named top 40 under 40 by AdAge. Her client experience includes industry giants like IBM, J&J, Pfizer, Merck, Philips, Save the Children, and even the White House. Today, Caroline's work focuses on helping organizations and individuals build lives and businesses that are resilient, purpose-fueled and joy-filled. She is a storyteller at heart and uses her work to encourage others to reach for more in their lives personally and professionally. Her passion is inspiring others to connect to the potential we all have to make an impact on our families, communities, and the world. Her award-winning, pre-teen fiction trilogy The Terror Tales is available now, bringing to life the power of community and connecting to something bigger than ourselves. Her upcoming adult, nonfiction book How to Connect to a Life You Love releases later this year.

John Lanza is on a mission to help parents raise money-smart kids and help families live happier, more fulfilled lives. He is the author of The Art of Allowance: A Short, Practical Guide to Raising Money-Smart, Money-Empowered Kids, host of The Art of Allowance Podcast, and creator of The Art of Allowance Project featuring The Money Mammals, and now the new program for tweens and teens called Adolescent$. The Art of Allowance Project is a nationwide program for credit unions that helps them connect with families to help parents raise money-smart kids of all ages. An expert on youth financial literacy, John’s work has appeared in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, CU Broadcast and CU Insight. An avid runner and boardgame enthusiast, John lives in Los Angeles with his wife and Money Mammals co-creator, Eileen, and their two daughters, who have inspired and informed his work.

Kathy Soderholm is the founder of The Good Bookkeeper, a full-service bookkeeping company specializing in religious and non-profit organizations. She is also a former personal finance and accounting teacher at Wilton and Shelton High Schools. Kathy and her husband Brian recently sold their home and are now RV living, preparing for their first cross country trip.

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March 26, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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