After graduating from Old Dominion University; Ms. Lightner started her career in the banking industry. She worked five years before deciding to pursue a career in education. While working full-time she took education courses as well as served as a substitute teacher.
Though this pushed her toward her destiny; Ms. Lightner decided to return to the corporate sector. She cultivated a love for assisting families to keep their homes. As a loan modification specialist in the mortgage field; Ms. Lightner helped families to create budgets and understand their states’ foreclosure laws during the modification process.
After a full year of working as a substitute teacher and continuing her role in the banking industry; she realized that she wanted to fuse education and finance. Ms. Lightner’s passion for teaching financial literacy grew so that she decided to join her church’s finance ministry. Here she taught Financial Freedom classes that included topics such as budgeting, saving, credit and insurance.
Ms. Lightner soon after took a role in the banking industry that allowed her to teach financial literacy to inner city schools that housed underserved children. She also mentored those children in math and reading in those same communities. In addition, they received lessons on financial education.
Ms. Lightner continues to strive in bringing financial literacy to underserved communities through seminars, workshops, and programming as her goal is to create a money conscious youth. She welcomes those who would like to get involved in bringing financial education to their organization, community, or family.
Fusing my love of finance and education led me to create an organization focused on teaching financial education to our youth. It is evident that the better their resources and knowledge; the better prepared they are for life decisions. Financial education is a major component of anyone’s future success. From childhood to adulthood; a money conscious youth equals a thriving society.
Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI). Certification demonstrates application of national standards set for financial education instructors and consultants.
Certified Financial Education Consultant (CFEC). Certification demonstrates competency to design, launch, and implement financial education programs for organizations.
Licensed Life, Health and Annuities agent in Virginia and NC (Life only)