2018 SPEAKERS

Suze Orman

Suze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, author of nine consecutive #1  New York Times best sellers, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.

Orman was the contributing editor to “O” The Oprah Magazine for 16 years and for 13 years hosted the award winning Suze Orman Show, which aired every Saturday night on CNBC.

Over her television career Suze has accomplished that which no other television personality ever has before. Not only is she the single most successful fundraiser in the history of Public Television having raised over $200,000,000, but she has also garnered an unprecedented eight Gracie awards, more than anyone in the entre history of this prestigious award. The Gracies recognize the nation’s best radio, television, and cable programming for, by, and about women.

Orman has been named twice by Time Magazine as one of the TIME 100, The World’s Most Influential People.  Forbes named her one of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women”  as well as 18th on their list of The Most Influential Women In Media.

Orman was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Right Campaign, the Touchstone Award from Women in Cable Telecommunications, the recipient of a Visionary Award from the Council for Economic Education and was presented with the Amelia Earhart Award for her message of financial empowerment for women.

Orman has an honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois and a Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Bentley.

Suze is currently under contract with Warner Brothers and Telepictures to create a new television series called Money Wars and on May 2nd 2016 will be named the official financial educator of the Armed Forces staring with the Army reserves. 

Orman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois and at the age of 30 was still a waitress making $400 a month. Saturday Night Live has spoofed Suze six times which she considers one of her highest compliments.