FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profile - Gina Duffy
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"With the economy the way it is, financial literacy is now more important than ever."
When asked how she feels about the military community, Gina Duffy had a very simple response: "The military is my family."
Gina served as a Captain in the military for four years, and her husband has been an active duty Colonel in the Air Force for 22 years. They have relocated nine times in those 22 years.
Gina, a native of Buffalo, New York, has always had an active interest in financial matters and attained both undergraduate and master's degrees in finance. After leaving the military, she stayed at home to start a family and periodically taught finance classes through a university on base.
To add to her credentials, she applied to the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program. She hoped the accreditation would provide her with up-to-date information and get her more in-tune with the personal finance side of her finance work.
"With the economy the way it is, financial literacy is now more important than ever," said Gina.
Through the fellowship, Gina volunteered her time at the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Working at the Center taught her about the myriad resources available to military families. She found the online tools at SaveAndInvest.org very useful and often used the information learned in the accreditation training class "Money 101: A Plan for Dealing with Money and Divorce." She found the tips from the class particularly helpful in her counseling of young military couples.
Shortly after receiving her accreditation, Gina opened her own personal finance practice and joined EnrichFinance, a financial wellness company, as a partner. She also works with MHN Government Services, providing one-on-one counseling and financial readiness training to deploying members.
"I hope to focus more on serving the military community and growing my practice," said Gina. "This fellowship has helped me fulfill two of my passions—teaching very basic financial concepts and helping military families. It has also provided me with a very portable skill that will benefit me and my family as my husband continues to serve in the Air Force."