Get Your Students Pumped Up on Personal Finance & Economics!

Clear your schedule to attend the best economics and personal finance education in our state. Schools and teachers from across our state are implementing new in economics and personal finance standards that raise the bar on student learning objectives and expand the reach of these subjects into early elementary school. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your knowledge and professional network.


We believe all K-12 educators can learn how to integrate economics and personal finance standards into their teaching, not just as stand alone subjects, but integrated into history, math and reading. Last year, attendees gave the overall conference experience an almost perfect rating of 4.8 out of 5.0!  


Keynote Speaker session with Chris Gardner will be offered in-person and virtually. Breakout sessions will only be in-person.

Feature Presentations:


Chris Gardner, CEO of HappYness

Chris Gardner, Keynote Presenter

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and an award-winning film producer. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of HappYness became a New York Times #1 best seller and has been translated into over forty languages, including six (6) dialects of Chinese and recently into Arabic. Gardner’s book, The Pursuit of HappYness was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film in which Will Smith received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. His second book, “Start Where You Are” also a best seller was published in 2009. Gardner’s new book “Permission to Dream” was selected as “Book Of The Month” by the Wall Street Journal upon its publication.


After ‘retiring’ from thirty-seven years in the financial services industry, Gardner has described himself as a 67 year old ‘start up’ with significant interest in fin tech. Gardner currently serves on the boards of Verify Me (VRME, NASDAQ), The Change Company (CDFI established by the U.S. Treasury Department) and Smart Easy Pay. Two years ago, Gardner became the oldest “recruit” in the history of the United States Navy and has spoken on behalf of the United States Navy on the issues of recruiting and retention of talent at Career Development Symposiums (CDS) at naval bases and air stations globally.


Gardner’s major priority is the work of his foundation, The Christopher P. Gardner Foundation which is working to change the trajectory of young people’s lives. Gardner has described this effort as “making an alternative investment in human capital.” Gardner is currently doing a “tour” that will have him speak at 1,000 public schools all across America.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Appearance by Green Bay Packers President and Honorary EconomicsWisconsin Board Member, Mark Murphy.
  • Two specialized sessions from Next Gen Personal Finance providing online and distance learning options.
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