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Navigating Personal Finances through COVID-19

The current economic climate has left many of us wondering if we are well-positioned financially, and how our financial goals, retirement plans, and investments may have been impacted. Making small changes today can lead to big results down the road. This series, led by Laura Ponder and Ronee Dakin, will offer guidance on how to prepare for different stages of your financial life and how to create a successful strategy that works for you.

Part 1 – February 11

Focus – Financial Goal Setting, Budgeting, and Taxes

Part II – February 18

Focus – Retirement Planning and Investment Strategies


When: February 11 & 18, 2021
Where: Online Webinar Recording (Part 1 and Part 2)
Speaker: Laura T. Ponder, CPA, MBA, Ronee Dakin, Retirement Plan Consultant, CEBS


Laura Ponder headshot

As the University's Controller, Laura Ponder is responsible for the oversight of Pepperdine’s financial reporting and accounting, finance operations, payroll, and tax functions. Prior to joining Pepperdine, she had a successful career as a Finance Director at University of Southern California. Mrs. Ponder obtained her CPA license during her time as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving a variety of higher education clients. She earned her BA in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and her Finance MBA from Pepperdine University.