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September 27, 2013

On Monday September 23, 2013 I participated in the ECE Works Policy Summit featuring a conversation between Newark, New Jersey Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker and UCLA Anderson Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne, moderated by UCLA Luskin Dean Frank Gilliam.


The conversation provided a fresh look at the importance of investing in early care and education.

The consensus amongst participants: early care and education is an economic issue, a community health issue, and must be a p...

September 22, 2013

You can take advantage of refinance options when you’re underwater.


If you meet certain criteria, your underwater loan may be eligible for a refinance through the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP. The program allows qualified borrowers to refinance a loan that is from 105 percent to as high as 125 percent of a home’s value.


However, not every underwater loan qualifies for HARP. First, you must not be on the road to foreclosure: Any delinquent payments in the past 12 months will auto...

September 11, 2013


Principle of the Week: Perseverance


As I watch  the U.S. Open Tennis Championship yesterday, despite her frustration at the blustering and swirling windy weather conditions, Serena Williams handily won the third set, and securing her Fifth US Open title. Perseverance is the capacity to keep going long after the passion for our work has dissipated. It is a continuous and conscious choice to not give up, no matter the circumstances. This is displayed perfectly by the Chinese character for perseverance...

September 4, 2013




I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken with who have become physically ill due to their financial difficulties. They don’t sleep; their stress levels are sky high; and they often suffer from depression. Some turn to alcohol, overeat or find other unhealthy ways to self-medicate. Ironically, when people are under financial stress, they may also be unable to pay for the medical care they need, which only makes the problem worse.  Nothing is as heartbreaking as talking with someone nearing reti...

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