Investing 101: Getting Your Money to Work for You

When it comes to investing, our options can seem complicated and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Faculty and staff are invited to join Derek Brainard, for a lunchtime conversation about stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Learn the basics behind how they work, and how they can fit into the big picture!

Tuesday, April 11
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!
If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or

There will be healthy snacks 

Space is limited

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Derek Brainard Portrait

Derek Brainard is the Financial Literacy Coordinator at Syracuse University. Having lived most of his adult life dedicated to building a financially secure future for his wife and daughter, Derek’s messages on money and financial coaching have touched thousands of people in the greater Syracuse area. A Syracuse native and U.S. Navy Veteran of almost 7 years, Derek holds degrees in Music from Onondaga Community College and Thomas Edison State College. He also holds a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University. On active duty, Derek ran budgets for his command and counseled peers on Personal Finance. Upon completion of his service, Derek transitioned to Financial Services as a Financial Advisor for a major brokerage, where he helped hundreds of families plan for retirement, manage their goals, save for college, and achieve financial independence.