Best Selling Author and ‘Money Coach’ to Speak at Southeast on Personal Finance, Eliminating Student Debt


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Lynette Khalfani-Cox is an expert in personal finance and New York Times bestselling author

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 22, 2008 — Who can best rally college students to effectively manage their own finances? On Feb. 28, Southeast will call in “The Money Coach” Lynette Khalfani-Cox to do just that.

Khalfani-Cox knows the topic of debt first-hand, having personally paid off more than $100,000 in credit card debt before becoming a self-made millionaire.

An expert in personal finance and New York Times bestselling author, Khalfani-Cox will speak to Southeast students on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Academic Hall Auditorium about methods of eliminating student and personal debt. The presentation will be free and open to community members.

Khalfani-Cox is author of four books, including The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million; Investing Success: How To Conquer 30 Costly Mistakes & Multiply Your Wealth!; New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom; and her latest book, Zero Debt for College Grads: From Student Loans to Financial Freedom.

Khalfani-Cox is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Redbook, Essence, and on “Oprah,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” “Tavis Smiley” and the Emmy award-winning reality program “Starting Over.” Khalfani-Cox is currently developing two specials for public television based on her books Zero Debt and The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million, and she is also presently a money coach for AOL, where she dispenses her unique brand of personal finance wisdom.

As an award-winning financial news journalist, Khalfani-Cox worked for nearly a decade as a Dow Jones Newswires reporter and a Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC. At CNBC,Khalfani-Cox filed weekly television segments on personal finances, investing and small business, and conducted online chat sessions on

After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of California, Irvine in 1991 and a master of arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California in 1993, Khalfani-Cox launched her career as a reporter for the Associated Press in Los Angeles. She later worked as a correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer and as a writer/associate producer for Fox TV in Philadelphia before joining Dow Jones & Co. in 1994.

During her nine-year tenure at Dow Jones, Khalfani-Cox held several positions of increasing responsibility. She began as a reporter covering Wall Street, writing about the financial markets, high-profile executives in the securities industry, and mergers and acquisitions. Khalfani-Cox was later promoted to positions of senior writer and Philadelphia Bureau Chief, where she covered publicly-traded companies in southeast Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and southern New Jersey.

She also worked as a deputy managing editor, overseeing a staff of 22 reporters and editors, and directing coverage of the bond markets for Dow Jones Newswires. After serving as apersonal finance editor and columnist for Dow Jones Newswires, Khalfani-Cox became a Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, a position she left in 2003.

Khalfani-Cox is a two-time winner of the Dow Jones International Newswires Award, resulting from her coverage of stock market fraud, and her trend pieces on Wall Street’s top players.

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The presentation is provided in part by a grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s loan default prevention program and Southeast’s initiative, “You Owe it to Yourself,” designed to help students develop stronger personal financial accountability.