Patrina Dixon is the owner and CEO of P. Dixon Consulting, a firm dedicated to providing educational and financial resources to small businesses and individuals. Patrina started her career while in high school. Through that experience, she gained an understanding of the financial industry. With over 20 years in the healthcare industry managing national clients and diverse work forces, Patrina has been able to formulate wellness and service strategies for direct sales and client retention. Patrina’s passion for mentoring and providing educational resources broadened after developing “Saturday School”, a one-on-one tutorial program.
“When they go low, we go high.”- Michelle Obama
S: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Patrina, Patrina?
P: Patrina is a bubbly individual. She works hard and cares about people, especially our young people. She volunteers often and enjoys helping others. Through her education at the University of Hartford Barney School of Business, as a proud mom and a life-long financial advisor – she understands the importance of financial literacy. Currently holding a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University, as a Certified Financial Education Instructor she helps participants of all ages shape their spending and saving behaviors – to guide them toward financial wellness.
S: What sparked your interest in finances?
P: I have always been interested in finances however had a drive to learn more and share what I have learned with other. I believe when your finances are in order it contributes to less stress, that contributes to happiness and possible better health.
S: What inspired you to write It’s My Money?
P: Again, my drive to share what I have learned. I was not always good with money. I was not taught about how to manage money when I was young and made a TON of mistakes. When I started to get a grip and being diligent about managing my money, it became a passion. I wish someone told me this when I was younger then I could have been on the path I am now, back then. So as I traveled the country, whether business or personal, I would interact with young people and would informally ask: “What are you taught in school about managing your money? Do you know what a credit score is? Do you have a savings accounts?” The responses were a resounding; “NO” to each of the questions. Then I asked, “How can I help? How can I do my part to ensure more young people know how to better manage their money?” I believe there will be a higher percentage that follow the strategies if they are taught. You know, train up a child the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
S:What do you want readers to take away from this book?
P: I want people to see my Vol 1 of my book as a tool that provides financial concepts and gives them journal pages to answer the essential questions and hopefully the quotes throughout the book keeps them going. The journal pages also them to jot down actions steps they individually may need or want to take after reading each chapter.
S: Are you working on any other projects that you would care to share?
- It’s My Money is now is Spanish. Both the English and Spanish versions are available on Amazon.
- I am co-hosting, with Farmington Bank, a free 2017 How to buy a home seminar for the community. This will be held in March.
- There will be two additional volumes of It’s My Money.
Vol 1 – ages 13-18, currently available on Amazon in English and Spanish.
Vol 2 – ages 19-24 – working on this one now
Vol 3 – ages 25 and beyond
S: Can you share two financial tips to our followers?
P: Save by paying yourself 1st, and access your free annual credit reports. I also have a blog site where I post financial tips www.itsmymoneyjournal.info.
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