Author Dale Alexander to visit Shelby County high schools

Published 8:51 am Thursday, January 4, 2024

FROM STAFF REPORTS

COLUMBIANA – Author Dale Alexander, best known for his insightful book “The Talk (about money)” is visiting Shelby County high schools in January to share insights with students eager to learn about financial literacy and responsible money management.

Alexander, a seasoned expert in personal finance, has dedicated his career to empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for financial success. His latest book, “The Talk (about money),” has gained widespread acclaim for its practical advice and easy-to-understand insights into the world of finance.

The book has been featured in numerous national media outlets and was gifted by the Georgia State Board of Education to all 120,000 graduating seniors in Georgia schools this past year.

Alexander is the president of Alexander & Company, which partners with Shelby County Schools to provide supplementary benefits to employees.

Alexander is set to speak to students from Montevallo High, Shelby County High, and Vincent High on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Grande Hall at Shelby County Arts Council. A free community event will also be on Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the same location. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Alexander will travel to Oak Mountain High and Chelsea High on Wednesday, Jan. 10, followed by Calera High and Helena High on Thursday, Jan. 11.

“Dale is passionate about practical financial planning and has spoken to employees with Shelby County multiple times, including sharing his insights with first-year teachers this fall,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Joel Dixon, who helped plan the event. “Dale’s energy and practical strategies got rave reviews from our new teachers when we met with them in the fall.”

The speaking engagements will provide students with a unique opportunity to engage directly with Alexander. The author will share anecdotes from his journey, discuss key concepts from his book and offer valuable tips on budgeting, saving and making informed financial decisions.

“The evening event, which is free and open to the public, is ideal for parents looking to give their children good, common sense tools for financial success,” Dixon added.

Alexander stated he hopes adults will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the public event on Jan. 9. He noted there are common questions most adults ask after attending one of his presentations.

“First, they question where this type of financial advice was when they were 18,” Alexander said. “Second, they say their parents never talked to them about money and third, they question what they need to do if they didn’t apply the financial principle of living off only 70 percent of their income when they first started earning money.”