Nisiar Smith: Empowering Philly Through Free Financial Literacy Education

Nisiar Smith: Empowering Philly Through Free Financial Literacy Education

Nisiar Smith is the CEO and Founder of The People’s Innovation Movement, a nonprofit that provides free financial literacy classes to Philadelphians. Nisiar also founded Philly Phinancial Literacy Week, which recently received a resolution from City Council making it an official annual city event.

Nisiar got his start in finance by walking into a bank when he was 18 and asking for a job. He worked his way up to being a credit analyst, and when he saw the data on Philly credit scores, he was taken aback. He came up with a plan to educate the masses about credit and empower them financially. When he pitched it to his bosses, they said no, because it wasn't profitable. So, he left the bank, and created a nonprofit organization from scratch.

In this episode, you'll hear the ups and downs of his journey, and he'll tell the story of how he’s made huge impact on the city before even graduating college.

 

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