Money Smart Week Events attract over One Thousand Participants

Money Smart 2015 Pam Otten

Are you Money Smart? Fact is, we all could use a little help when it comes to managing our finances. Money doesn’t come with instructions, and that’s why banks, businesses, schools, libraries and lots of others are joining together to help support financial education during Money Smart Week.

 Fond du Lac County Money Smart Week’s 31 events were a part of the National Money Smart Week’s 3,500 events, focused on  providing financial education across all age groups across the country.

Shelley Tidemann, Fond du Lac County Money Smart Week co-chair noted, approximately 1,044 Fond du Lac County residents participated in financial literacy events throughout the week,

Tidemann commented “Our Kick-Off event was the 4th annual Women’s Finance Conference with 91 individuals hearing Keynoter Pam Otten, CEO/Investment Advisor at Pamela Otten LLC. discuss managing financially life’s transitions.  Youth and their parents participated in Penny the Pig, The Big Read and the design the dollar contest to name a few youth events.  The week ended with national author- Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate visiting the Fond du Lac Public library and telling those in attendance about his frugal lifestyle.  Many more classes were offered throughout the week which many folks attended.”

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states. The Fond du Lac County Money Smart Week collaboration, made up of credit unions, banks, organizations, libraries and agencies has been active in  Fond du Lac County for 9 years.  To learn more about Money Smart Week and find out next year’s dates visit:

For more information or to get involved with Money Smart Week in Fond du Lac County, contact Shelley Tidemann, UW Extension Family Living Educator-Fond du Lac County at 920-929-3174 or


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