Take Charge of Your Finances

Online Financial Health Series

Worrying about money can affect your mental health and physical well-being, but your Benefit Fund’s free and convenient online series, “Take Charge of Your Finances,” can help you take control of your finances. Designed for 1199SEIU members, this program offers concrete information and strategies, with access to online presentations that you can attend from the comfort of your home. The fall semester is now in session and once again is being led by financial expert Ryan C. Mack. Access the full curriculum below—available in both English and Spanish—and start getting a handle on your finances.

Take Charge of Your Finances Fall 2021 Online Course Videos

It’s All In Your Mind

This webinar teaches basic financial literacy. Ryan defines common financial terms and discusses the purpose of money. This session explores how having a healthy mindset surrounding money can help improve your financial standing.

Saving Strategies Part One

In this webinar, you’ll learn about budgeting, interest, saving and avoiding financial pitfalls. It also provides an overview of the uses of money and the dangers of excessive spending.

Next Live Webinar:
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00 am

Saving Strategies Part Two

Ryan continues to offer real-world strategies you can use to protect your financial health and emotional well-being.

Next Live Webinar:
Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

Give Me Some Credit

This webinar builds on the themes in the previous sessions to help you understand credit, learn how credit scores are calculated and find out how you can obtain a copy of your credit report. Ryan also examines the advantages and disadvantages of credit.

Next Live Webinar:
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

Recovering From Financial Hardship

New! Many people experience financial hardships – you are not alone. With this webinar, you will learn how to recover from financial setbacks, negotiate with creditors, understand short-term loans and more.

Next Live Webinar:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

Working Toward Retirement, Part One

Covering money management and long-term goals, this webinar will help you determine how much income you will need in retirement, and how to calculate your pension and Social Security benefits.

Next Live Webinar:
Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 10:00 am

Working Toward Retirement, Part Two

Ryan continues the discussion on long-term goals and teaches about investments and financial terminology. This webinar will help you determine how much money you will need once you stop working and the best time to start collecting benefits.

Next Live Webinar:
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 10:00 am


“I called my credit card company and was able to get my interest rate lowered from 16.49 percent to 13.49 percent. Thank you so much for your time and all the wisdom you provided. I truly appreciate it.”

Neyra, RN

“Ryan, I took your advice: I called my credit card company and they lowered my interest rate from 21.99 percent to 16.99 percent. It's a one-year plan, but it's still something to me. Thank you for continuing to help people like me.”

Amelie, HHA