Feb 9, 2014

Recapping The February 2014 Live #money5050 Event

(L to R): Promod Sharma. Nicole Cairns, Tyler Fleming and Melissa Leong
by Promod Sharma, Curator

The live Insider Advice for Today’s Topsy-Turvy Times took place on February 6, 2014. Thanks to Nizam Photography, we have reminders of what happened.

The big snowstorm ended the day before and the Sochi Olympics started the day after. How’s that for timing? The biggest challenge was traffic, which most impacted attendees traveling east from Guelph and west from Markham.

The Speakers

(L to R): Melissa Leong, Tyler Fleming, Nicole CairnsThe interactive 50/50 format gives the speaker 15 minutes to talk and the attendees 15 minutes to ask questions. The short segments cut fluff and bring variety. The panel discussion at the end puts the attendees in charge once again. 

Here’s the order of speakers and their topics:
  • Melissa Leong: This Is Your Brain On Money
  • Tyler Fleming: Tales from the Confidential Files of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI)
  • Nicole Cairns: Your Most Valuable Asset – YOU
  • Panel with all three speakers
Besides the talks, there was a 30 minute networking break in the middle.

The Books

Thanks to generous authors and publishers, attendees had an opportunity to win one of eight books. Each speaker got a book too.
Here are the choices and worth adding to your reading list:

  1. Bruce Sellery: Moolala Guide to Rockin' Your RRSP: Start Rockin' in Five Easy Steps (Figure 1 Publishing)
  2. Dan Pink: To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others (Penguin Group USA) [Nizam’s pick]
  3. Helaine Olen: Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry (Penguin Canada) [Tyler’s pick]
  4. Joe Barbieri: What Is Your Money Telling You? Managing Your Life & Money Holistically
  5. Mitch Joel: Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends On It.(Hachette Book Group) [Nicole’s pick]
  6. Preet Banerjee: Stop Over-Thinking Your Money!: The Five Simple Rules of Financial Success (Portfolio Canada)
  7. Rob Carrick: How Not To Move Back in With Your Parents: The Young Person's Complete Guide to Financial Empowerment (Doubleday Canada) [Melissa’s pick]
  8. Tom Bradley: It's Still Not Rocket Science: Plain-English Advice for Managing Your Investments (Steadyhand) [ cover not shown]
Dan Pink’s arrived from Washington DC by FedEx with mere hours to go. How’s that for just-in-time delivery? David Toyne of Steadyhand sent copies of Tom Bradley’s book. As a result, there were enough books for everyone

As thanks to the authors and publishers, the book winners have been asked to write an honest review on the online site of their choice within the next month.
Paul Nazareth asking a question (and winning a book)

What I Learned About Money

When you enter an event space, do you see something useful on the screen? At Money 50/50, attendees saw a slide show with money tips, lessons or stories collected via the What I Learned About Money project. Here’s an example.
A money observation from Ann Rosenfield
As a gift, registrants will soon get copies of the unabridged stories by email.

The Venue

The MBA classrooms in the Ted Rogers School of Management are excellent. There’s lots of space for the speakers and attendees. The dual screens are easy to see and put the speaker in the middle.

The Refreshments

The light refreshments were well-received (some shown below). The most popular items were the samosas, cinnamon twists and mandarins.

The Schedule

Because we followed Toastmaster standards, the event ended on time (actually 2 minutes early). People wouldn’t leave. The last attendees were shooed out 40 minutes later. That’s a great sign too.

Special Thanks

While everyone is special, the following people deserve extra recognition

  • Alethia Davis, Career Consultant at the Ted Rogers School of Management for arranging the room and many background details
  • Paul Nazareth of UinvitedU for the promotion
  • Janet Kim for bringing the most guests
  • Ahmed Nizam of Nizam Photography for the photos
PS You’ll find more photos on Flickr.