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IGNITE Keynote Announced: Personal Finance Columnist and Acclaimed Author Michelle Singletary


Michelle Singletary










Michelle Singletary, Personal Finance Columnist and Author

Your League is thrilled to announce Michelle Singletary as the Keynote for IGNITE | League Annual Meeting 2024

You May Know Her From…

Michelle is a personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her award-winning column, "The Color of Money," appears twice a week in newspapers across the country and is syndicated by The Washington Post News Service and Syndicate.

She is a frequent contributor to various NPR programs including “1A”, “Morning Edition”, and “All Things Considered”. She regularly appears on CNN's daily and weekend programs, including “New Day”, and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”. She has also appeared on NBC's “Today Show” and PBS.

For two years, she hosted her national television program, "Singletary Says”, on TV One. Singletary is the author of four books: “What To Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide”, “The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom”, a perennial Amazon bestseller; “Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have”, and “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich”.

Awards & Accolades…

She is the recipient of the 2022 Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award, which “recognizes a journalist whose career exemplifies the consistent superior insight and professional skills necessary to further the understanding of business, financial and economic issues”. In 2022, she was the first-place winner of a Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) Best in Business award for commentary for the column titled “The IRS Is a Hot Mess”.

In 2021, she won a prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for commentary for “Sincerely, Michelle”, a 10-part series on race and money. The series also landed her the 2021 National Association of Black Journalists award for commentary.

In 2020, The Washington Post celebrated her long and distinguished career at the paper with the Eugene Meyer Award, its highest journalistic honor. Singletary is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and she earned a master's degree in business and management at Johns Hopkins University.

You Will Learn…

With more than 20 years of experience writing a nationally syndicated personal finance column for The Washington Post distilled into this keynote address, Michelle Singletary will give us the tools to delight our members and make them eager to learn more about money management. 

Topics include:

  • Budgeting
  • Managing Debt
  • Saving for the Future & Crisis
  • Why Investing is Important
  • Managing Credit
  • Kids and Money 
  • Retirement Planning

Founded in 1934, Virginia Credit Union League is celebrating 90 years of service to VA’s credit unions! While you can expect a lot of firsts for this year’s IGNITE | the League Annual Meeting, our keynote from Michelle is getting back to the basics. As credit unions, our priority is the financial care and well-being of our members. Let’s reignite our passion for the Credit Union Difference #cudifference together in D.C.!

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