Programs Packed with Ideas, Insights and Energy - Focused on Solving Financial Illiteracy

Author, speaker, financial educator

Joanne Kuster

Joanne is a veteran writer and business journalist, recognized for her ability to make complex topics easily understandable. Her recent children's book, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire...Grandpa Helps Emily Build A Business is her second on financial education. The award-winning Stock Market Pie...Grandma Helps Emily Make A Million, garnered national acclaim for the way it makes stock investing easy to understand.

Joanne approaches financial education with a mother's wisdom. She believes that parents have a leadership role in instilling good money management skills and behaviors. Much of Joanne's content focuses on how to recognize those "money moments" and how to keep a child engaged.

Author Talks and Seminars


Topic: Put "Family" Back into Financial Education
Joanne shares her step-by-step plan on how parents can build a financial education program. Her "Save Yourself" platform is suitable for parent groups, PTAs, and home school association meetings.

Topic: How to Nurture Entrepreneurial Kids
Joanne shares insights into how kids (or adults) can explore the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. "Our educational system prepares children to work for others or to attend college. But the idea of becoming your own boss and starting a business or side hustle is typically not on a parent's radar." Is there an entrepreneur inside you?


Joanne is a money expert! "Joanne's presentation links to the Iowa Core Curriculum and 21st Century Skills that focus on students’ learning of financial literacy concepts that will enable them to succeed in a complex global environment.Mrs. Kuster has the students think about ways they could be entrepreneurs and how they might want to spend or save their money. She involves the students in role-playing, financial choices that parents might have to make with their children. She gives an eye-opening example of the power of saving and investing early in our lives. Mrs. Kuster created a “Wants and Needs” Game which is a financial educational tool. Because we purchased multiple games, we divided in small groups to get all students involved in making and defending their choices on what they considered a want or a need.   In short, Joanne gave an interactive presentation on spending, saving, earning and eventually investing." Cindy Tuttle Teacher /Librarian Summit M.S.


Topic: How to Turn Young Spenders Into Savers
Parents and grandparents can have fun teaching children good money management skills. This is a popular talk for investment clubs and other groups that want to hear the latest tactics to raise money-smart kids.
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Topic: Money Rocks!
This program was designed specifically for libraries wanting a program about money and using library resources. Geared toward upper elementary or middle school youth, this program shows how learning to be rich starts with reading and detective skills.

Topic: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Make money a hot classroom topic. Discover clever strategies and resources teachers, parents and home schoolers can use to teach about money and investing.financial_education_farmilies

Topic: How to Talk About Money So Your Kids (and Grandkids) Listen
Millions of Americans face financial hardship as adults because they didn't learn how to save and invest early. What can you do to give kids an advantage?

Topic: So, You Want to Be An Author?
Kids love books (and comic books) and hearing authors talk about how to write, research and produce them. Joanne weaves an interesting tale of her experiences as an author and journalist, including how kids can start. Perfect for schools and libraries.

Contact us:
Joanne is available for speeches and workshops. To discuss topics, scheduling and rates, call 515.991.3990 or email via the Contact Us page.