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2019 Flourish Prize Finalists

Last year, we gave an interview to a group of students from Rutgers University working on the Aim2Flourish class offered at the Rutgers Business School. As a part of this class, students must select a business working to promote one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and these students chose to write […]

Highlights from the ANJEE Conference

I serve as the Treasurer of the Alliance for NJ Environmental Education, which recently completed its’ annual winter conference. Here are some highlights, which speak to the reasons I’m involved with this fantastic organization. This year’s keynote speakers were students from around the state who inspired us with their passion for Environmental and Social justice. […]

Effective Impact Investing

I’m excited to announce a blog post written in collaboration with Gabe Rissman of Stake and the Real Impact Tracker, on the Effective Altruism forum, entitled Effective Impact Investing. A little background, as this links to a fairly obscure corner of the internet: in the distant past, I was a Philosophy major at Rutgers University […]

More bad news on the student loan front

A new report out from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General (click here to read – it’s a long one) found proof of something we’ve been talking about with clients for a long time- Student Loan servicers, the companies responsible for managing and advising loans issued by the federal government, have been failing […]

Vanderbilt Honors Black History Month

  The purpose of this blog is to highlight our work and thoughts, but also the work of our partners and friends. Vanderbilt Financial Group, our Broker/Dealer and RIA, has a great blog post up honoring Esther Afua Ocloo, a pioneer in Micro finance. Our shared culture and values are some of the reasons we’ve […]

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