Training, Workshops & Events

Join us – attend a workshop! The Financial Empowerment Network offers 10-12 free, virtual training workshops each year. These workshops are geared towards any professional working to increase the financial well-being of their clients or community members, no matter their level of comfort with personal finance. You don’t have to be a financial professional to join us – everyone is welcome!

Upcoming FEN Events

Join us the 4th Wednesday of each month 2-3:30 pm!

 

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2024 Schedule:

 

What is the WA Financial Coaching Network?

The Washington Financial Coaching Network is an initiative of the Financial Empowerment Network (FEN). The group was formed to connect the financial coaching community across Washington State and provide opportunities for coaches to gather on a regular basis to network with one another, share best practices, learn from, and support each other. We welcome financial coaches, counselors, educators, or anyone who is working on financial wellness with their clients or community members. 

 

Who should participate?  

  • Anyone in Washington State providing 1:1 or group financial coaching, counseling, mentoring, or financial education
  • Coaches who are brand new to the field as well as coaches with decades of experience are welcome
  • Not sure if you should attend? If you are providing case management, resource navigation, or advocacy and approach personal finance topics (budgeting, credit, savings, etc.) with a client-centered, strengths-based mindset, this group is for you!

 

Monthly Meetings

Date/Time:  4th Wednesday of each month, 2:00-3:30 pm
Location:  Zoom 

 

Questions? 

This initiative is co-chaired by Thushari Gooneratne of JPM Chase and Abby McCutcheon of the Workforce Snohomish with the support of Ryan Davis of the Financial Empowerment Network.

Join us on June 6th from 11:30am-2:00pm for an in-person King County Financial Empowerment Partners' Network meeting hosted by our new King County Engagement Manager, Mya Saez Flores. 

Meet with your peers, enjoy lunch on us and an incredible training with Devin Stubblefield. You'll have the opportunity to network and discuss capacity building within King County. 

 

Guardians of the Wallet is an immersive workshop designed to equip financial practitioners with the tools and insights needed to guide their clients toward lasting financial well-being. In an era defined by AI, FinTech, and new emerging online apps, this workshop serves as a beacon of knowledge and empowerment for those committed to safeguarding their clients' financial futures.   

Key Topics: 

  • Recent Insights on Buy Now, Pay Later 
  • Navigating Risks and Opportunities 
  • Protecting Clients in the Digital Age 
  • Advanced Coaching Approaches for Sustainable Financial Well-Being  

Presenters: 

Devin Stubblefield, Faith Finance Center 

Location:

Tukwila Community Center

Register here!

Make sure to bring materials and information about your organization to share! There are sponsorship and tabling options available - your organization can reserve a table at the event for a fee, or bring materials to share at a community table for free. Please see the options and fees, and reach out if you are interested in reserving a table or sponsoring the event!

Please submit any other accessibility requests by May 23rd to mya@fenwa.org  

 

Tuesday June 25th 10-11 am 

One in 5 people in the US have an experience within the justice system. People who have been impacted face steep barriers to financial stability and wellbeing. Though they may be very savvy, many people have a lack of financial knowledge and understanding of how to navigate financial systems that are continuously evolving. Justice involved individuals often struggle to access records, documents, and identification, may owe court fees and fines, are more likely to be the victim of fraud or identity theft, and may face collections and garnishments on past-due debt.  

Additionally, 29% of formerly incarcerated people lack a bank account. Banking access is shown to increase peoples’ ability to achieve their financial goals, improve their reintegration into society, and may reduce recidivism rates. This is a market largely underserved by mainstream financial services.  

However, models exist to support the financial inclusion of justice-involved individuals. Join us to learn from community members who were formerly incarcerated about the barriers to financial access and challenges to meeting their financial goals. They will also share solutions and resources that we can use to improve the experience of justice-involved individuals in financial institutions and community-based organizations. 

We will hear from: 

  • Ruth Utnage, Consultant 
  • Jerrel Jones, Credit Revolution Education Directors 
  • Moderated by Tierra Bonds, Take Charge Credit Consulting 

In our continued efforts to increase financial inclusion for all Washingtonians, we hope to empower folks with tools and resources they can use to better serve justice-impacted individuals through this justice & finance forum. 

Register here!

Closed captioning will be provided. Please submit any other accessibility requests by June 10th to jennifer@fenwa.org  

Wednesday, June 26th 2 - 3:30 pm

Improving credit can be a long road. A good credit building strategy will cover paying down past debt while also providing pathways to establish new, healthy credit history. Join us for an interactive discussion on resources that can provide access to safe, affordable credit building and can accelerate positive credit history. Participants will have a chance to learn and collaborate to flush out potential referral sources for their clients.

Facilitated by

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Closed captioning will be provided. Please submit any other accessibility requests by June 12th to ryan@fenwa.org

Save the Date for these other upcoming FEN events! Please keep an eye out for registration announcements - coming soon!

 

King County In-Person Networking and Training event:

  • June 6th join us for lunch and discussion about financial wellbeing in King County. More information coming soon, or reach out to mya@fenwa.org 

 

July Workshop Lunchtime Series: Fraud & Consumer Protection

  • Tuesdays, July 11th, 18th, & 25th 12-12:45 pm

 

And more great events later in 2024 - stay tuned!

Past FEN Workshops

Budget Conversations & Decisions

The process of building a monthly budget can be a big lift for many people. Not only are financial pictures often complicated, how we allocate our spending says a lot about our values. Navigating the budget-building process with clients can be challenging and rewarding if done well. Join us to hear about ways that we can make that conversation a little easier and reach decisions that are informed by financial values.

Facilitated by

Workshop Recording

Budget & Money Management Resources


Financial Wellness Part 2: Trauma & Financial Experiences

March 7, 2024

Money is not simply dollars and cents to be spent. Money comes with a lifetime of experiences and memories that shape how people feel when having money conversations. As financial coaches, we meet people where they are in their journey and sometimes that means talking about past or ongoing trauma as it relates to their finances. Being able to honor those experiences in a trauma-informed way is a skill that can turn an uncomfortable topic into significant progress. Join us as we share resources to strengthen financial conversations with clients who have experienced trauma.

  • Diana Alvarez, YWCA
  • Charnell Morud, Verity CU
  • Janet Torres-Garcia, El Centro de la Raza 

Facilitated by

  • Minda Michelle Mattox, WSECU

Workshop Recording


Financial Wellness Part 1: The Power of Relational Coaching

February 14, 2024

People often have a unique relationship with money which is based on their experiences growing up and tied to how they view the world. As coaches, counselors, and people who have conversations about money with clients it’s important that we are able to empathize with the different ways our brains make sense of financial topics. Join Minda Michelle Mattox and Devin Stubblefield as they discuss how they’ve arrived at a coaching practice that reinforces, validates, and recognizes coaches' lived experiences and informal training that help them be the wonderful "people people" that they are.

  • Devin Stubblefield, Faith Finance Center
  • Minda Michelle Mattox, WSECU

Workshop Recording


Taxes in Washington

January 10, 2024

Tax season is an important time of year and getting the most out of tax returns can be a daunting task for families looking to kickstart savings, reduce debt, or reach their financial goals. Access to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and the Washington Working Families Tax Credit are incredible resources to take the next step towards stability and beyond. Join us to learn about updates to the WFTC and ways to connect community members with free tax filing!

Workshop Recording

Workshop Materials

Paying for College

December 2023

Paying for college can be complex and confusing, both for prospective students and for those who already have student loan debt. Join us to hear from programs with the WA Student Achievement Council and how they can help Washingtonians navigate these confusing systems and pay for college!

Workshop Recording

Materials


Trauma-Informed Financial Conversations

September 2023

Presented by Abby Buter.

We all carry our own stories and history with us wherever we go. Not only do we bring our own experiences into working with clients, but they bring theirs. Most people have experienced some kind of trauma and adversity that impact an individual’s journey through life.

This workshop will lay the foundation for how to engage with clients in a trauma informed way. We will discuss how trauma affects people and the signs of trauma. We will learn tools with which to respond, and how to safeguard against re-traumatization. 

In this workshop we’ll answer the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be trauma informed?
  • What’s going on in our body when we’re activated (aka triggered)?
  • What are tools that we can use when ourselves or a client is feeling activated?
  • How does being trauma informed strengthen financial conversations with our clients and community?

Workshop recording

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Navigating Benefits Cliffs

August 2023

Public benefits are available as an important financial foundation to support low-income and marginalized community members. As people increase their income and assets, the systems can be a confusing maze with opaque rules that limit folks ability to achieve financial wellbeing. 

This workshop helps providers understand the rules, learn about resources, and hear from folks who are actively/successfully helping their clients navigate benefits cliffs for programs such as Social Security, TANF, Medicare & Medicaid, SNAP, Childcare, LIHEAP, and Public Housing:

This is a common challenge and we don’t have all the answers. Together we will explore how to build a bridge that spans from surviving to thriving, so that folks can get across and land safely on the other side.

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Preventing Fraud & Avoiding Scams

July 2023

As quickly as we work to identify and evade fraudsters and scammers, their tactics are evolving. Join us to hear from the WA Attorney General’s Office about avoiding fraud and scams. During this “train-the-trainer” workshop, you’ll learn:

  1. Resources available to educate your community on avoiding falling prey to fraud and scams
  2. How to identify the signs of someone who may have experienced fraud/scam
  3. Strategies to support victims of fraud, including - how and where to refer them and what resources might be available

Gain knowledge about current tricks and schemes, learn about the vast resources available, and get comfortable in having these conversations with your clients and community.

Workshop recording

Materials 


Making Homeownership Accessible: Spotlights on Opportunities & Resources to Get Ready

June 2023

Homeownership can seem daunting in this current housing market; the challenges to home buyers are unprecedented. But we know that homeownership is a key to building lasting, generational wealth. Learn more about bridging the housing gap - hear about tools, resources, and creative solutions that can make buying a home more accessible, equitable and affordable for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. 

This workshop covers: 

  • Various models for housing access, including community land trusts and self-help housing 
  • Resources that support homeowners like pre-purchase housing counseling and education, down payment assistance, home repair support, and foreclosure prevention options 
  • Work happening to increase homeownership for Black Washingtonians, with the goal of reducing generational wealth inequities 

Listen in to learn from providers across the state about how they are supporting home buyers throughout the ownership cycle: 

Learn about resources available to support your community, and walk away with information you may be able to use yourself as well!

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More resources


Increasing the Financial Wellbeing of Immigrant and Refugee Communities

May 2023

Washington State has a history of welcoming immigrants and refugees from all over the world, with incredible ethnic and language diversity. How do we ensure that we are equitably serving all people with dignity and respect for their lived experience? How do we bridge differences in understanding of financial systems, English language ability, and cultural values around money?

Hear from:

Learn from folx across sectors who have been working to increase the financial well-being of immigrant and refugee communities through financial education, financial coaching, and access to financial systems. They cover the role of cultural humility and the coaching mindset, the importance of high quality language access, how immigration status can affect the resources and services available, and some specific ways we can better serve our immigrant or refugee community members. 

Workshop recording

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Resources


Credit Reports & Scores

April 2023

Presented by Becky House with American Financial Solutions

Do you work with folks who are struggling to make ends meet or have credit challenges? Does their credit score affect their ability to move forward in life - with housing, work, or finances? Are you looking for ways to support your clients or community members with their financial wellness? This workshop is for you!

Gain the knowledge and skills to manage, protect, and build or rebuild credit, plus learn how to support your clients and community members as they bring their credit questions to you.

Workshop recording

Materials


Racial Economic Equity

February 2023

Facilitated by Devin Stubblefield, Johanna Barrero, and Melissa Canu, ICF Team members who provide training and technical assistance on behalf of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

Racial Economic Equity is an important topic that the CFPB and agencies all around the country are beginning to address. During this 90-minute session, participants were led through a process to work together to identify barriers, and brainstorm possible solutions to racial economic equity within the services they provide.  

You can access a pdf of the Mural from the Bank On WA session on February 8th here.

You can access a pdf of the Mural from the Financial Coaching Network session on February 22nd here.


Working Families Tax Credit 

WFTC launched in February! Learn about eligibility requirements and how to support your community members in accessing this important financial support. 

Presenters included:

January 2023 workshop recording

Materials

This workshop is a partnership between the Financial Empowerment Network and the Washington Asset Building Coalition. Thank you to the WFTC Coalition, Statewide Poverty Action Network, and Solid Ground for your support of this workshop.

Managing Student Loan Debt

September 29th, 2022
Presented by: Latife Neu, Schweet Law and Julia Kellison, NW Justice Project

This workshop is a collaboration between the Financial Empowerment Network, Consumer Education and Training Center (CENTS), and King County’s Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division.

The workshop covered types of loans and how to find out what type you have, payment plans, loan forgiveness options including Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), Temporary Expanded PSLF, and the limited PSLF waiver, private student loan issues, defaulted loans, student loan scams, bankruptcy, & resources.

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Recording

Other resources related to Student Loan Debt:


Using Fintech to Drive Equity & Support Financial Well-Being 

August 24, 2022
Presented by: Megan Bolado, Change Machine

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Fintech has the potential to help your clients meet their financial goals from creating a budget to savings. Just like traditional financial and banking products, there are endless tech-based products and services that can support day to day financial activities and goals. Join us to learn more about the world of fintech, how you can quickly evaluate and understand the different products out there, and how fintech can impact the financial well-being of your coaching clients and customers.


Cryptocurrency & Digital Wallets

June 21, 2022
Presented by: Brian Duerr, Washington State Employees’ Credit Union

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Recording


Dealing with Debt Collectors

May 10, 2022
Presented by: Julia Kellison of Northwest Justice Project and Becky House of American Financial Solutions.

Materials
Recording

Learn more about what you need to know about debt collectors, the collection process & credit reports, and how we can help our clients:

  • Understand consumers’ rights in dealing with collection agencies and in the debt collection process
  • Understand consumers’ rights related to a credit report, including challenging errors and new rules about what can and can’t be reported
  • How to prioritize what debts to pay when money is tight
  • PLUS – big changes happening in what medical debts can be reported on credit reports and changes coming to Charity Care laws in Washington State!

Linking Financial Wellness and Small Business Development

April 27, 2022
Presented by: Jennifer Quiroz, Financial Empowerment Network and Lisa Smith, Washington State Microenterprise Association

Recording
Chat box resources
FEN slide deck
WSMA slide deck
Enterprise for Equity Slide Deck
YWCA Slide Deck
Ventures Slide Deck

Panelists:

  • Jenefeness Tucker, VP of Community Relations & Public Affairs at Seattle Credit Union, Entrepreneur, Professor of Economics; Seattle Central College & Collaborator with Black-Owned Business Excellence in WA (BOBE)
  • Beth Henriquez, Program Director & Loan Officer at Enterprise for Equity
  • Sofia Austin, Financial Coach at YWCA Seattle | King County
  • Mayra Gómez, Credit Building Manager at Ventures

For many folks from marginalized communities, small business ownership can be a powerful path out of poverty and into financial security and well-being. Yet in today’s economy, financial systems are increasingly complex, business planning is challenging to navigate, and barriers to achieving financial stability can be daunting.

During the webinar, we heard from panelists (Panelist Bios) from organizations grounded in both financial empowerment and small business development, who shared their journey to offering both types of support and what structures and partnerships have worked well for them along the way. We hope you will leave with resources and new ideas about how you can support your clients in accessing both types of support.


Your Money Your Goals Toolkit – Introduction & Overview

March 9, 2022
Presented by: Cassie Russell, an ICF contractor providing training and technical assistance on behalf of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Recording

If you work with folks who are struggling to make ends meet or have credit challenges this virtual workshop is for you. The Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit has information that helps you have money conversations with the people you serve. Use the tools to help achieve goals and work through everyday client challenges. This workshop is an introduction to the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit that will prepare you to use it in your work with clients.


Supporting the Financial Wellness of Justice-Involved Individuals: Review of the Your Money Your Goals toolkit and Re-entry Companion Pack

February 23, 2022
Presented by: Cassie Russell, an ICF contractor providing training and technical assistance on behalf of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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This interactive session will cover the Focus on Reentry companion guide from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This guide is designed to help financially empower criminal justice-involved individuals and their families. The workshop session provides an overview of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Your Money, Your Goals suite of materials and resources, including setting goals, preparing for release, understanding paystubs, creating a reentry debt log, requesting credit reports, and opening a checking or savings account.


Supporting VITA and Free Tax Preparation Across the Northwest

January 19, 2022
Presented by: The FDIC

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Panelists include:

  • Riley Eldredge, Metropolitan Family Service - CASH Oregon
  • Dan McAvoy, NeighborWorks Umpqua
  • Sue Curtis, AARP Tax Aide Skagit County
  • Andrea Alexander, NW Native Asset Building Coalition

Coalition Building Learning Series

Session One - Coalition Building: A Look at Funding

Hosted by: Banner Bank
Presented by: Rocio Rodarte, Policy and Communication Manager, Mission Asset Fund

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Session Two - Types of Collaborative Structures & What Makes Them Effective

Hosted by: WaFd Bank
Presented by: Fran Rosebush Baylor, Vice President Partnership, Field Engagement & Policy, Prosperity Now

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Session Three - The Cost vs. Benefits of Coalition Building

Hosted by: Washington State Department of Commerce
Presented by: Bill Mills, CEO/President, FPP, and Joanna Doran, Ph.D., M.S.W., Associate Professor, California State University, School of Social Work, Los Angeles and Founding Member of the Asset Building Clinic

Recording

Session Four: Demonstrating Impact

Hosted by: Bank on Washington
Presented by: Nicky Grist, Chief of Research, Evaluation, & Finance, CFE Fund

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Survey of Consumer Debt Issues: Medical Debt, Collections & Garnishments, and More!

November 2021
Presented by: Julia Kellison from Northwest Justice Project

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Credit as an Asset: Affordable Credit Building Opportunities

August 2021
Presented by: Becky House, American Financial Solutions, Emerson Sekins, and Ellie Vainker, NW Access Fund

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Money Mindset

October 2020 

Recording


Small Dollar Loan Solutions

September 2020

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An Overview of Financial Empowerment

April 2020

Materials
Recording


Retirement Strategies: Washington Retirement Marketplace

March 2020

Recording

Past Bank On WA Events

Linking Communities to Safe, Affordable Financial Services: What is Bank On?

Tuesday May 7th 

Presented by:

  • Erwin Reeves, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Lisa Locke, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Jennifer Quiroz, Financial Empowerment Network

While we have made progress in getting folks connected to safe, affordable financial services, nearly 20% of Washington families continue to use high-cost, potentially predatory alternative financial services, many of whom can least afford to pay these steep fees. What prevents individuals from utilizing banking services? Often it is confusion about services, misinformation, and a mistrust of financial institutions. 

How can we help people get connected to safer, more affordable alternatives? One model that is gaining momentum is Bank On. Watch to learn about the national Bank On movement that reduces barriers and lowers the cost of banking. 

We’ll hear from the FDIC regarding their National Household Survey about why folks do not use mainstream financial services and from the St. Louis Federal Reserve National Bank On Data (BOND) Hub about how previously unbanked individuals are using low-barrier Bank On accounts. Learn how you can get engaged with Bank On Washington to expand banking access and increase financial inclusion in your community!

Watch now!

Materials from the presentation

Presenters' Slide Decks

FDIC:

Federal Reserve of St. Louis:

Bank On Washington:

Fostering Financial Belonging: 

Connect | Expand | Strengthen | Empower

October 23rd & 24th 2023, Everett Community College

 

Thank you to all who joined us for the Bank On WA Forum 2023! Building on last year’s forum, we explored what it takes to create conditions where all Washingtonians feel they belong and can achieve financial wellbeing. 

Take a look at the event program here.

Participants engaged with an Action Squad smaller learning group to process and discuss the content together during the event. The areas of focus are youth, immigrants & refugees, justice-involved individuals, microenterprise, and black homeownership initiative

 

Many session were recorded - you can watch them FREE here!

Day One:

Day Two:

 

What is the Bank On WA Forum?

Our annual Bank On Forum is more than just an annual gathering; it’s an incubator of new ideas and opportunities to help improve the financial stability of our un- and underbanked neighbors.

Our goal for the forum is that people across sectors will come together to learn together and from one another, engaging in:

  • Creative problem-solving
  • Imagining solutions
  • Elevating positive and successful work happening around the state and country

and will leave the forum with specific, actionable steps they can take in their role to increase the equitable financial inclusion and financial wellness of their community and all Washingtonians.

 

Who should attend?

  • Financial institutions, government & financial regulators, community-based organizations, and educators (K-12 and higher ed.) who provide financial products, services, or programs to low-income and marginalized Washingtonians, and are interested in increasing financial inclusion and financial wellness
  • Decision-makers and influencers in financial product and program design
  • Those working in financial wellness*, especially those working directly with communities to connect people to safe, affordable, accessible financial products and services
  • Those wishing to get more engaged in financial wellness* work going forward

* Financial wellness includes those who offer financial coaching, counseling, education, or other financial services, or who have key financial conversations with clients, customers, or community members

 

2022 Bank On Washington Forum

Mission to Action: Reconnect, Reignite, Resilience

Bank On Washington was thrilled to host our signature Bank On Washington annual forum in person in 2022 after two years of virtual gatherings! The forum centered on understanding who are the un- and under-banked in Washington, exploring their financial service needs, and crafting community-led solutions together. We explored the experience of folks who are furthest from opportunity and have been historically and are currently excluded from mainstream financial services. On Day One we focused on the strengths of our communities, and on Day Two we tackled structural changes and solutions.

Program
Recordings will be released over the next few months - we will post them here as they become available. 

Check out:

Financial Wellbeing and Inclusion for Latinx Communities

 

2021 Bank On Washington Forum

Focus On Fintech

In 2021, attendees joined us virtually for our annual Bank On Washington Forum. The forum is more than just an annual gathering; it’s an incubator of new ideas and opportunities to help improve the financial stability of our un-and underbanked neighbors. During this forum, we learned about and engaged in topics such as FinTech, the Color of Banking, and the Psychology of Money.

Program
Recording: BOWA Day 1
Recording: BOWA Day 2

Community Conversations: Welcoming un- and under-banked community members into financial institutions

December 2021
Presented by: Becky House, American Financial Solutions, Anthony Powers, Seattle Clemency Project, and Jennifer Quiroz, Financial Empowerment Network

Coffee Hour Recording
Resources


Legal Financial Obligations in Washington State

September 2021
Presented by: Nick Allen from Columbia Legal Services

Coffee Hour Recording 
PowerPoint 


Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Overview

February 2021

Coffee Hour Recording
PowerPoint #1 (NACEDA) 
PowerPoint #2 (HDC)