Financial Fitness Force

Financial fitness

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

Register for this free zoom event.

Build your foundation for financial stability: Learn about budgeting | Thursday, March 11, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Zoom link will be sent to registrants)

Join us on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 3:30 pm for the next workshop on budgeting. This workshop is designed to show you how to live within your means. You will be introduced to the tools for budgeting and managing your money. Budgeting is a basic way to build a foundation for your financial stability. Dr. Charles Danso, Department of Finance, Real Estate, and Law will work with you to understand how to identify your financial needs and budget your resources.

We’ve shortened the sessions to help you meet your class schedules, so please join us and build your financial fitness!

Workshop Takeaways:

  • Why is budgeting important
  • Preparing realistic monthly and quarterly plans
  • Periodically monitoring actual spending versus your plan
  • How to build contingency savings for emergencies
  • Budgeting tool and example

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.

Upcoming workshop topics:

  • March 11 - The Essentials of Budgeting
  • March 25 - Lending and Credit
  • April 8 - Investing in your Future
  • April 22 - Developing a Personal Financial Plan (This workshop builds on each previous session)

Previous workshop topics:

For questions, please contact Dr. Angela Young, Associate Dean, College of Business and Economics at [email protected].

Financial Fitness Force Team:

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


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 community

Charles Danso



Mr. Thomas Lawson (Caprice Capital Partners)


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



Mr. Edgar Ortiz (State Farm Insurance)

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


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