Episode 19: Talitha Oliveri

Financial Literacy: Breaking Barriers in High Schools

It’s Financial Literacy Month, and national student loan debt has reached a menacing $1.6 trillion. Yep. Trillion. Talitha Oliveri, businesswoman turned high school teacher, is seeking to combat the debt culture that is so prevalent in the U.S. today. How? By providing stellar financial literacy education at her school in Hopedale, Massachusetts.

With 20 years of experience under her belt, Oliveri has seen it all, and she realizes that sharing her personal experience with finance growing up is one of the best ways to get students to learn.

Since recording for SheVentures, Oliveri was named 2019 Massachusetts Business Teacher of the Year. She will work with the Worcester County District Attorney’s office to bring a financial literacy program to the entire county!

Oliveri believes that if we teach personal finance from an early age, we will improve lives and outcomes, as well as the economy.


Key Moments

  • 4:48 — Discover how Talitha Olivieri made the change from the business world to becoming a personal finance teacher in order to chase the fulfillment that was lacking for her in business.
  • 8:19 — Oliveri taught herself to understand personal finance as a means of making sure her students could understand it. Find out how she did it and more.
  • 12:08 — What is FinFit4Life, and how can it help you, your business, or your kids?
  • 19:02 — With 20 years of experience teaching, Oliveri identifies the biggest gaps in student knowledge of financial literacy. Hint: It’s not banking!
  • 24:54 — How can you, as an educator, become comfortable with your own financial knowledge, and encourage your school to fund financial literacy programs? Oliveri reveals what she’s learned, firsthand.
  • 29:29 — Oliveri talks about the big wins she has experienced as a teacher when a student fully understands or incorporates her lessons into life and returns to tell her about their success.
  • 33:02 — DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Find out how it impacted Oliveri as a teen and how it continues to play a role in her life now.
  • 36:34 — Seventy-two percent of parents are reluctant to speak to their children about money. Oliveri advises the best ways to overcome this so that it benefits both parent and child.
  • 42:45 — Oliveri recommends free resources so you can get started on your own financial literacy journey today.

Shameless plug for two of SheVentures’ favorites: CentSai Education for high school teachers and CentSai for millennials and younger Gen X. Check them out and tell us what you think at info@centsai.com or sign up for our newsletter so you never miss the latest in personal finance.