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

Kathy Sweedler provides leadership in consumer economics programming in a four-county area of central Illinois for individuals and families, with an emphasis in the area of financial management.

Sweedler graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics as well as a teaching credential. At the University of Arizona, she earned a Master of Science degree in family and consumer resources with an emphasis in consumer education.

As a University of Illinois Extension Educator, Sweedler focuses on providing individuals with research-based information and strategies to help them make positive changes in their financial behaviors. She is interested in reaching new audiences through creative methods such as the Financial Wellness for College Students program which uses peer educators to deliver financial education for college students, and by reaching young adults through social media such as the Plan Well, Retire Well blog ( and with her Twitter account @morethancoupons. In addition, she co-created and is an instructor for Financial Planning for Young Adults, a Coursera course. Another recent accomplishment is the revision and publication of All My Money: Change for the Better, a money management curriculum for limited-resource audiences produced by University of Illinois Extension's consume economics educators.

While Sweedler provides programming in many financial management areas, she is passionate about helping people plan for financial security in later life.

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