My Work: I assist active duty personnel, retirees, family members and DoD civilians in improving their personal financial status and enhancing their awareness of consumer issues

My Roots: I lived on Long Island for 18 years before leaving to go to aviation school in Florida. Then life brought me to various places and occupations until I ultimately became a financial counselor which makes my heart beat unlike anything else.

My Passion: Exploring both the great and the small joys of life with my husband (especially those found in travel and food!)

My Hero: Pete Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache)

My Favorite Quote: “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision.” – Cecil Beaton

My Favorite Personal Finance Tool/Resource: PowerPay is life changing. Also, the Optimal Finance Daily podcast never ceases to inspire me.

My AdviceTo Someone Considering Becoming a Financial Counselor/Coach: Do it. Don’t listen to that voice inside your head saying you can’t/shouldn’t/aren’t equipped. Being a financial counselor will enrich your life in ways you cannot imagine now and you owe it to yourself (and the future clients you will positively impact) to give it a shot.

My Way of “Meeting People Where They Are”: Keep asking the client questions until so many layers are peeled back that there seem to be none remaining… then ask another question. This allows me to better understand their hopes, dreams, fears and culture that contribute to their attitudes and feelings about personal finance.

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My Question for Colleagues/Peers: How have you seen the financial counseling/education industry change over the years?

Respond to Corfinne’s question in the comments section below and follow AFCPE on social media to engage with our #FinLitMonth spotlight questions, tips and fun facts throughout the month of April.

April 29, 2018

Corrinne McKenna, AFC®
Personal Financial Manager, Marine Corps Community Services

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