Joel Thomas WI
Hi I am Joel Thomas and I create strategic partnerships that increase financial capability & reduce stress for youth & their families in WI.
Founder of The Financial Resiliency Foundation
WI Governor's Council on Financial Literacy Award Winner
Joel Thomas has worked on social memory and genocide projects in Cambodia, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, aided in the on ground recovery efforts following the tsunami in Japan, slept in the Amazon rain forests, and has been a banker and international educator across K12-university levels. Over the past year Joel has lead an award winning financial literacy campaign for a WI community bank that created partnerships with 21 schools and provided 2,000 students in 10 communities access to 21st century financial education. In addition, he has created interdisciplinary lesson plans that combine history and economics with hands on financial literacy activities such as the Financial Literacy Treasure Hunt and given over 40 presentations on credit counseling, saving for college, and various financial topics for colleges, schools, and non-profts. In 2012 he also co-lead a rigorous evaluation of the Money Island curriculum with a graduate school professor with treated and control groups showing knowledge, attitude, and behavioral changes.
He is looking forward to expanding his work around financial literacy through creating strategic partnerships that assist K12 schools, universities, and families who care about increasing financial capability, reducing financial stress, and increasing social mobility while providing meaningful, measurable, and award winning results. Through partnerships with schools, financial institutions, and organizations like yours we can strengthen the financial resiliency amongst families at home, students in the classroom, and build smarter communities across Wisconsin.