I was delighted when someone pointed me toward Leslie Linfield's web site yesterday. I had the great pleasure of meeting Leslie a few years ago, and she's a real hoot. Smart, savvy, funny--
Let me break in with a quick Leslie Linfield story (I hope she won't mind). We were on a shuttle bus heading toward Mount Rushmore (we were in South Dakota for a conference, and joined a tour group to the monument) when we drove by a Catholic church. A group of young boys were running around in the lawn of the chuch, playing soccer or something, when Leslie rolls down the window and screams "Run! It's a trap!" I think a couple of catholics on the bus weren't amused, but I laughed about that for 20 minutes. I still grin every time I think about it.
So anyway, Leslie has her own Institute for Financial Literacy in Maine. And, I've just discovered, a great website full of resources. I suppose her book is a direct competitor with mine, but I don't mind pointing my blog readers in her direction.
I expect Leslie to be a big player when BK Reform passes and financial literacy education is required for all bk filers, and she writes columns for the American Bankruptcy Institute. In an article she has on her site, I think she hits on a major emerging issue in credit counseling.
Dovetailing from our earlier discussion of credit counseling trade organizations, she floats the idea that NFCC and AICCCA could merge into a Self Regulatory Organization to provide credit counseling industry oversight. It seems the NFCC has this idea itself lately, as it's becoming more and more involved in overseeing its members as opposed to serving them (I'm not judging that one way or another; it's just an observation). But that's an entirely separate discussion.
Anyway, by all means check out Leslie's site. And if you ever get the opportunity to meet her, don't pass it up. She's an absolute delight.