Financial Fitness Force

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The Year of Financial Empowerment: Speakers and workshops to put you on the track to financial empowerment

Throughout the semester, the Zoom free workshop series will cover topics ranging from basic financial awareness, scholarships, investing, and credit, just to name a few. You will also gain all the tools you need to create your own financial plan! This series will be facilitated by CBE Faculty and industry experts. Download the Event Flyer.

Workshop Series Takeaways:

  • Identifying how much money you need for each financial goal (e.g., house, college, car, etc.)
  • Determining your personal resources (e.g., budget, credit, accounts, etc.)
  • Determining how much external support you need (e.g., investments, savings, etc.)
  • Developing your personal financial fitness plan.

Do you have a financial question or issue you want to hear more about? Please submit your question.

Workshop Series #1 | Sep 21, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Register #1

Workshop Series #2 | Oct 5, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Register #2

Workshop Series #3 | Oct 19, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Register #3

Workshop Series #4 | Nov 2, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Register #4

Workshop Series #5 | Nov 16, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Register #5

Workshop Series #6 | Nov 30, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Register #6

A zoom link will be sent to registrants.

Schedule of Events and Presentations


What is the Financial Fitness Force?

The Financial Fitness Force is a team of faculty, lecturers, industry expert and external partners focused on developing and offering essential financial workshops and information to empower students financially.

Our Goal

The goal of the Financial Fitness Force is to build a network of students who not only understand but can use financial knowledge to better their lives and the lives of others.

The Financial Fitness Force considers this the year of financial empowerment for students and topics include basic financial awareness and tools to understand complex topics including home ownership and investing. 

Each workshop is designed to give you important knowledge that comes together at the last session to create your financial plan. The most benefit is gained from attending all workshops.

Previous workshop topics:

For questions, please contact Dr. Charles Danso at [email protected].

Financial Fitness Force Team:

Dr. Charles Danso

Finance, Law & Real Estate, Cal State LA

Dr. Danso obtained his doctorate from Florida Atlantic University. He has taught several finance classes including personal financial planning. His hope is that students and the community in and around Cal State LA will get useful skills they can apply and share with family, friends, and the community.

Charles Danso

Dr. Porschia Nkansa

Accounting, Cal State LA

Dr. Porschia Nkansa is a first-generation college student from Chicago raised by entrepreneurial parents who value education and learning. She would like to see students use the financial skills obtained from the financial fitness program to elevate their financial futures.

Porschia Nkansa

Dr. Maryam Tofighi

Marketing, Cal State LA

Dr. Maryam Tofighi earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Marketing. She has two years of professional experience in marketing. Dr. Tofighi is responsible for measuring the effectiveness of the financial fitness program at Cal State LA. Her favorite quote is from Ayn Rand “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”

Maryam Tofighi


Mr. Rodrego Byerly (Lecturer, Managing Director, Evitarus)

Mr. Thomas Lawson (Caprice Capital Partners)

Mr. Edgar Ortiz (State Farm Insurance)

Mr. A. Sami Siddiqui (Retired, Banking and Finance)