—Guest: Rebecca Wiggins
—Topic: Reasons to change careers and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
Bethany and Ellie kick off the show talking about an article written by Michael Peggs for The Muse called 5 Reasons to Consider Changing Careers. They discuss different ways to pronounce epitome before introducing Rebecca Wiggins, the director of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE).
Rebecca joins the conversation sharing her reasons she loves waking up in the morning and working for AFCPE. She also tells more about the organization, how she got involved with them, and their goals for the company. AFCPE believes that all people, regardless of income level or background, have access to the highest level of professionalism just like we have come to expect for people with wealth. She also talks about what an AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) is and how people are able to get that certification, and how it was designed as a way for Military spouses to have a portable career.
Rebecca hasn’t always been the director of AFCPE. Before she started this position, Rebecca went to school for music performance. She was always interested in social work fields. She ended up getting into education and outreach in the non-profit world through the arts. Those skills of program management translated well into the AFCPE world. She has held many different hats along the way and continued to grow into being the Executive Director.
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Rebecca Wiggins is the Executive Director of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) where she leads the professional membership and certification organization for the field of financial counseling and education and provides an annual research and training symposium for field professionals. She is a hands-on executive with over 10 years of experience in nonprofit organizational management. As a respected leader, she has built motivated staff teams with strategic vision and diligence, while optimizing operational efficiencies and creative opportunities.
Previously, Rebecca managed multiple financial education grant-funded programs for military financial counselors and educators, in partnership with FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Department of Defense. As Grant Programs Coordinator, Ms. Wiggins worked collaboratively with subject matter curriculum and design experts, managing the quality assurance, implementation and evaluation components for each project.
As Director of Certification Programs, Ms. Wiggins expanded the organization’s Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) University partnership program and implemented policies and procedures for greater efficiency and support for certification candidates. Additionally, she worked to elevate standards and support for the post certification requirements to maintain AFCPE designations.
Ms. Wiggins holds a Masters of Family Financial Planning and a Masters in Business Administration. She is deeply committed to AFCPE’s mission and focused efforts to build, support and ensure the integrity of the Personal Finance profession and improve the economic well-being of all individuals and families worldwide.