Bridging the Gap: Building a Community of Financial Well-being

2018 AFCPE® Research and Training Symposium

AFCPE Pre-Symposium: Monday, November 12 - Wednesday, November 14
AFCPE Symposium: Wednesday, November 14 - Friday, November 16
Schedule Subject to Change

Mia Baytop Russell serves as a vice president in Wells Fargo's Government and Community Relations department. She brings more than 20 years of financial education experience to Wells Fargo's Hands on Banking®, a leading program that provides free financial education to children, teens, adults, seniors, military and entrepreneurs throughout the company's national footprint. In her role, she is responsible for content strategy and integration.

Before joining Wells Fargo, Mia was an Extension Educator at University of Maryland Extension (Central Maryland), leading the financial education program and community outreach. In that role, she conducted research on financial trends and delivered programs on broad financial topics. Mia also served on the Health Insurance Literacy Initiative team and helped to develop curricula and programs focused on understanding, choosing and using health insurance.

Mia has authored/coauthored over 20 publications and taught workshops for thousands of individuals. Her research includes online financial education, personal financial management tools, and youth financial education. She is a firm advocate of improved financial capability and positive behavior change in adults and youth, especially among diverse and traditionally underserved populations.

Mia holds a master's degree in finance and a PhD. in Organizational Leadership from University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

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