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Dec 09, 2013, 13:30 ET from ProfNet

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  • New Year's Resolutions


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Managing Higher Ed Costs to Temper the Tuition Competition Crunch
Greg Charleston
Senior Managing Director
Conway MacKenzie Inc.
Student loan debt continues to rise at a rapid pace. Student loans are second largest form of consumer debt after home mortgages. This issue combined with the difficulty that that graduates are having finding good paying jobs and paying off loans are going to begin having an impact on higher education institutions in the U.S. As availability of student loans level off and decrease and as students begin to focus more on the relative value gained from a college degree, tuition rates are going to become more and more competitive. Says Charleston: "The world of higher education is at the beginning of a major overhaul. Higher education institutions have been somewhat shielded from reality due to the ever increasing availability of student loans and historically inelastic demand for higher education regardless of the tuition rate. Now things are changing and many educational institutions are not going to have the self-awareness to adapt to these changes. Revenue from state government institutions has already begun to decline. Tuition rates are beginning to level off and will potentially begin to decline as student loans become more and more difficult to obtain."
Charleston is a turnaround professional with the following designations: Certified Turnaround Professional, CPA, and Certified Financial Analyst. He also earned a bachelor's in business administration and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He will be the president of the Turnaround Management Association's Atlanta chapter starting Jan. 2014.
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EXPERT ROUNDUP: New Year's Resolutions

Following are experts who are available for quotes on various aspects of New Year's resolutions, including general tips for making and sticking to resolutions, whether they are related to lifestyle, health and fitness, personal finance, or business and workplace.

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Jonathan Feldman
Chief Information Officer
City of Asheville, N.C.
"We often blame our dysfunctional organizations for our bad work environments, but instead of waiting for corporate to begin the healing, maybe our New Year's resolution should focus on fixing ourselves and our teams."
An accidental expert on workplace misery, Feldman's business background and work as an InformationWeek columnist have given him expertise on business process, startup techniques inside of large organizations, and how to manage innovation and change at large organizations. Asheville is a rapidly growing and popular city; it has been named a Fodor top travel destination, and is the site of many new breweries, including New Belgium's east coast expansion. During Feldman's leadership, the city has been recognized nationally and internationally (including the International Economic Development Council New Media, NATOA Community Broadband, and the GMIS Best Practices awards) for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through IT innovation. He is active in the startup and open data community, and is a co-author of Code For America's book, "Beyond Transparency."
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Robert S. Kaplan
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Management Practice
Harvard Business School
Kaplan, former vice chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group, is available to speak on the subjects of leadership, careers, self-improvement, and personal finance. Here are some New Year's resolutions Kaplan offers to business owners/managers or anyone looking to improve their career: 1) Act like an owner; 2) Ask who creates your definition of success? Make sure it's you. 3) Do for others without regard to what's in it for you -- you'll get more than you give. 4) Think about when you were at your best. What do you learn about what you should be doing now?
Kaplan is senior associate dean and professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm. He is the author of several case studies, articles, and the book "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential" (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011). Prior to joining Harvard Business School in September 2005, Kaplan served as vice chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He can talk about almost anything in the news -- from finance to corporate leadership to bipartisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. Drawing from his decades of experience as a global business leader and mentor to thousands of top corporate executives and new grads, Kaplan's latest book, "What You're Really Meant to Do," provides deep wisdom and illustrative stories on failures and mistakes at work, with a roadmap for creating a new career, or recreating your current one.
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Chris Hogan
Speaker, Podcast Host and Financial Coach
In discussing New Year's resolutions, Hogan offered: "You have to be honest about where you are but be absolutely clear on where you intend to go. Setting goals helps you to aim your effort at specific destinations. Regret wants you to keep looking back, but hope wants you to look forward."
A popular and dynamic speaker on the topics of financial education and leadership, Hogan also works with businesses and high-profile clients across the country, helping them develop strategies to increase revenues, protect wealth and secure their financial futures. He is also the host of the popular EntreLeadership podcast, one of the leading podcasts on business and leadership.
Hogan is available to discuss topics related to personal finance, relationships and money, leadership, business, real estate, and investing.
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Nathan R Mitchell
Clutch Consulting, Tulsa, Okla.
Mitchell is available to discuss New Year's resolutions for small-business owners: "As we get closer to the end of each year, more and more people start to make promises to themselves -- promises that, for the majority, don't make it past Feb. 1. I will admit, I'm not one to make too many New Year's resolutions. I understand that, for some people, they serve as an opportunity to start fresh. On the other hand, they often serve as an opportunity to finally follow through on something that, for one reason or another, just didn't get accomplished the year before. And I guess on some level that's why I don't like them. In my opinion, New Year's resolutions give people a reason to procrastinate and put off something they know could drastically improve the quality of their life or business."
Mitchell is founder of the business and leadership development company Clutch Consulting. He is author of the book "Growing Businesses & Empowering People." He holds a master's degree in business administration from Missouri State University, and professional certifications in coaching, and behaviors and motivators analysis.
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Holly Kylen
Independent Financial Advisor
ING Financial Partners
Kylen's tips: "1) The new year is a perfect time to clean up your financial house. Do an inventory of your finances, looking at your budget, debts, retirement savings, other investments and insurance, such as car, mortgage, life and disability. Like going on a diet or committing to exercise in the new year, cleaning up your finances can help you feel more in control of your life. 2) Take steps in 2014 to ensure a more secure retirement. Sign up for your employer-sponsored retirement plan or increase your contribution amount. Consider investing in a Roth IRA to provide an added boost to your savings. 3) Evaluate rollover and IRA consolidation options if you have orphaned retirement savings accounts. Having multiple retirement accounts from various jobs makes the retirement planning process more confusing and overwhelming, as well as inefficient."
Kylen has 27 years of experience as an independent financial advisor with ING Financial Partners and is part of the ING Retirement Coach program. She is an author of a "Retirement Planning for Women" seminar and serves on ING's Women's Advisory Network Board. She is FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 securities registered and holds life, accident and health licenses. The ING Retirement Coach Program includes a select group of investment advisor representatives with ING Financial Partners who are available to talk to the media and help raise awareness of personal finance and retirement planning topics.
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Pamela Yellen
"Your financial success is up to you. By setting your mind and heart to the task, you can successfully turn around your fiscal direction."
Yellen, a financial security expert and New York Times bestselling author, is available to share common-sense, time-tested savings strategies. Here are a few of her recommended steps to help people achieve their financial dreams in 2014: 1) Understand that real, permanent change is usually driven by your own desire, rather than outside pressure. 2) Enlist allies to help you stay on track. An ally -- whether a professional for hire, a friend or a religious leader -- can help you reinforce your commitment. 3) Set incentives and consequences. Consider using websites such as that give incentives, and disincentives, for sticking to or breaking your commitments. 4) Skip the pity party when you fall short. Those who rebound the fastest set aside emotional thinking and formulate a plan to get back on track. 5) Don't set yourself up for failure by insisting on an all-or-nothing change. Instead keep your focus on where you are going and your long-term savings goals.
As a consultant to financial advisors, Yellen investigated more than 450 savings and retirement planning strategies seeking an alternative to the risk and volatility of stocks and other investments. Her research led her to a time-tested, predictable method of growing and protecting savings now used by more than 500,000 Americans. Her book, "Bank on Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future," is a New York Times Bestseller. Her new book, "The Bank on Yourself Revolution: Fire Your Banker, Bypass Wall Street and Take Control of Your Own Financial Future," is due out in February 2014.
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Dave Ramsey
Author and Talk-Show Host
"Goals are visions and dreams with work clothes on. Goals force practical steps into your life to make your dreams come true."
Ramsey, a New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host, is available to discuss topics related to personal finance, debt elimination, wealth building, business and leadership. Ramsey is America's trusted voice on money and business. He has authored four New York Times best-selling books: "Financial Peace," "More Than Enough," "The Total Money Makeover" and "EntreLeadership." "The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations.
Media Contact: Beth Tallent,



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