Question To Ask

I can address a wide variety of topics pertaining to effectively teaching financial literacy education to children, teens and adults (especially women).

But don't expect the pat answers you might get from others. I am passionate beyond belief about teaching more than just budgeting and investing in your 401K. I believe kids are capable of so much more if you just empower them with the right information.

I also believe the college is just "a" way to succeed in life, not 'the' way. Don't call me if you want a trite little interview with all the right answers that you think your readers and listeners want to read and listen to. Call me when you want information and opinions that will cause your readers and views to pause and think deeper than ever than before about preparing kids to grow into responsible, decent human beings capable of taking care of themselves and others.

Below please find suggested inverview questions covering the many programs I have developed and license across the US as well as internationally.

Camp Millionaire Financial Literacy Programs

  • You say your mission is to “empower people to be responsible for themselves and the world.” What exactly do you mean by that?
  • Why did you start this program?
  • You teach in your program that financial freedom is simply a matter of choice. You mean all you have to do is ‘choose’ to have money and you will?
  • You say you teach the kids in your programs to develop the right thoughts, beliefs and attitudes about money. Isn’t that kind of new age?
  • The most entertaining event to ever hit financial literacy! What makes you so sure?
  • What do you teach kids that parents and schools aren’t teaching?
  • But aren’t you just creating a new generation of people whose main focus is having a lot of money? Isn’t that kind of materialist?
  • What can parents expect their kids to learn from Camp Millionaire?
  • What makes Camp Millionaire so much more effective than other financial education programs that exist?
  • Is there a particular age when kids are more susceptible to financial education?
  • What are three of the main points that you teach kids?
  • Isn’t learning about money dry and boring? How do you make a subject that many adults don’t like or don’t understand, easy for the kids to learn and apply?
  • Can a parent really teach their own kids how to handle money and invest wisely?
  • You teach kids and adults to start managing their money by dividing it into six Money Jars. What exactly are Money Jars?
  • Let's say a 13 year old comes out of one of your programs excited and ready to set up his Money Jars, start a little business and start learning about the stock market but he still sees his parents using credit cards to pay for things and hears them arguing about money all the time. How can you be sure that your information is going to stick?
  • Are all Camp Millionaire summer camp programs or do you teach shorter programs also?
  • Can you give our listens three things they can do at home to make sure their children grow up financially responsible and successful adults?

Creative Wealth Camp Millionaire Curriculum and Train-the-Trainer Workshop

  • Why is Creative Wealth's Train-the-Trainer workshop so powerful and effective?
  • Many of your testimonials talk about something called accelerated teaching. What is it and how does it make your program different?
  • Can anyone attend your Train-the-Trainer workshop?
  • Are there individuals that do better teaching your programs than others?
  • Will the teaching methods work in other industries?
  • What exactly is The Money Game?
  • Your literature talks about games, activities, role-playing. Can you give me an example of a game you teach?
  • Many financial literacy curriculums are free but yours isn't. Why?
  • Why do you call the people you train 'Coaches'?
  • Is there ongoing training for the people that go through your Train-the-Trainer workshop?
  • I undertand that you license your program. Can you explain that a little bit?

The Money Game® Financial Literacy Curriculum

  • What exactly is The Money Game? Is it a boardgame?
  • Why did you develop The Money Game?
  • What was the inspiration behind The Money Game?
  • What are the five most important lessons kids and teens learn from playing The Money Game?
  • What ages is the game appropriate for?
  • Do I have to have a background in teaching or financial planning in order to teach it?
  • What makes the Money Game more effective than most other financial education programs?
  • How is The Money Game different than what other people are teaching?

Creative Wealth for Women

  • Why did you decide to start a program just for women? Do they really need their own workshop?
  • You say in your literature and on your website that “having money is simply a matter of choice.” You mean all women have to do is ‘choose’ to have money and they will
  • You say you teach the women in your programs how to develop the right beliefs and attitudes about money. Isn’t that kind of new age?
  • You say money is a very emotional issue for women. Why more for women than for men?
  • What are the biggest mistakes women make in regard to money and preparing for their future?
  • Do you think that if women were better prepared to handle money and create wealth that America’s families would be strong and stay together more often?
  • What about men who don’t like it when their partners make more money than they do?
  • But aren’t you just creating a new generation of women whose main focus is having a lot of money? Isn’t that kind of materialist?
  • You talk about money meaning different things to men and women. Can you explain?
  • I’ve read that women are better investors than men but I have a hard time believing that. Can you give some examples of why this is so?
  • Why are women afraid of becoming ‘the bag lady?’ It’s not that bad, is it?
  • Isn’t investing complicated? How do you make it easy for women to understand?
  • What is the biggest thing you hear from women after they take your program? (They have hope!)
  • Why is educating women so critical to our kids becoming money savvy?
  • Why does a strong nation depend on women who are financially savvy?
  • What are the most important things women learn in your program?
  • What do women say after leaving your program? (They finally have hope!)
  • Can spending 2 days in a single workshop really make a difference? (YES!)

The Ultimate Allowance Book

  • Elisabeth, can you tell us why you started teaching kids and teens about money?
  • You say your mission is to “empower people to be responsible for themselves and the world.” What exactly do you mean by that?
  • You say in your book and on your website that having money is simply a matter of choice. You mean all you have to do is ‘choose’ to have money and you will?
  • Why did you decide to write a book about allowances?
  • In your book you talk about the three things parents need to do to raise money savvy adults. Can you share those three things with us?
  • Setting an example
  • Talking to your kids about money at every turn
  • Making sure kids gets tons of the right kind of money practice
  • What IS The Ultimate Allowance?
  • Can anyone use this method of allowance or do you have to have a certain amount of money?
  • In your book, you talk about teaching kids to think like a wealthy person. What do you mean by that?
  • But aren’t you just creating a new generation of people whose main focus is having a lot of money? Isn’t that kind of materialist?
  • Is there a particular age when kids are ready to learn about money?
  • Can a parent really teach their own kids how to handle money and invest wisely?
  • How does The Ultimate Allowance help parents make sure their kids grow up to be money-savvy adults, as you say?
  • So what does your allowance system teach kids?

Elisabeth Donati is available for interviews. Please call 805-957-1024 or her cell at 805-637-7888 for more information.