Darla Bishop



Introducing Dr. Darla Bishop, affectionately known as the FinanSis. Dr. Bishop has touched lives with her down-to-earth and engaging approach to money matters. Her unique gift lies in her ability to motivate individuals to transcend limiting beliefs about wealth and cultivate a positive financial mindset. 


Dr. Bishop’s witty and engaging delivery style blends practical advice with humor and relatable anecdotes for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. She firmly believes that empowering individuals with financial knowledge is pivotal in creating prosperous and resilient communities.


Dr. Bishop’s guidance on saving and budgeting has been transformative for countless individuals and families. Her practical advice has empowered them to take charge of their financial well-being, granting them the freedom to live life on their own terms.


Dr. Bishop stands out as an exceptional keynote speaker who not only imparts practical wisdom but also sparks meaningful change. She has delivered talks and presentations at various types of events, ranging from corporate conferences to academic seminars.



Money $mart Kids/Teens/Students is a highly engaging and interactive financial literacy workshop designed to educate young learners from grades 4-12 and college students about important money management concepts. This workshop is filled with fun activities, games, and exercises that make learning about money fun, easy, and accessible.


During the workshop, participants will learn practical money management skills, such as budgeting, saving, investing, and financial planning. The students will be exposed to various forms of debit and credit, checking accounts, loans, mortgages, and the importance of a good credit score. Participants will also be taught how to recognize common financial traps, such as scams, frauds, and high-interest loans, and how to avoid them.



Participants will complete a values and goals exercise, map their career journey to-date using a Lifelines framework and explore the differences between a “destination” career path and an “interesting assignment” career path. Time permitting we’ll also talk about the role mentors, sponsors, supporters/fans, coaches, and mentees play in our journey.


Topics include:


  1. What do you want from work?
    1. Is work the right place/source to attain those things?
  2. Destination careers vs interesting assignment careers- why careers don’t always look like a line
  3. Mapping your journey  
  4. Let’s talk about your team (mentors vs. sponsors vs. supporters/fans vs. mentees vs. coaches)



This workshop follows my book, How To Afford Everything and related podcast series

Participants will leave the session with an understanding of what a personal and household budget is and isn’t, the three types of savings we should all have, and how your personal financial habits and situation impact choices and trajectories as a student/alumni.


Topics include: 


  1. You got money for that?
    1. What a budget is and isn’t
    2. Fixed vs variable vs periodic expenses
  2. Other People’s Money
    1. Loans and debt
    2. Managing your credit
    3. Borrowing with a plan
  3. Umbrella Ella Ella
    1. The 3 types of savings
    2. Planning for graduation



Participants will leave the session with an understanding of what a personal and household budget is and isn’t, the three types of savings we should all have, and how your personal financial habits and situation impact your career choices and trajectories.


Topics include:


  1. Personal Finance 202
    1. What a budget is and isn’t
    2. The 3 types of savings
    3. Planning retirement
  2. How your personal finances impact your career choices
    1. Control = Confidence and Freedom
    2. Salary Negotiation and side hustles
    3. Time value of money
    4. Ability to pursue new opportunities
    5. Mental and personal well-being
  3. Three things to do this month to get your money in check
    1. Write or update your “how much my life cost me” list (some people call this the expense part of their budget) and compare that to how much income you have from all sources.
    1. Is there a gap? What are you currently doing about that gap?
    2. Confirm whether and how much you are contributing to your retirement account(s) and if you are taking advantage of the full company match?
  1. Review your company’s benefits portal to see if you’re missing out on ways to enhance your budget and/or resume?



Participants will walk through a decision tree they can use to determine if returning to or starting graduate education is the right next step.


Topics include:


  1. How to know if more school is the right next move
  2. Career status and goals (short, mid, long)
  3. Lifestyle considerations (childcare, partner/spouse work or school status, full time vs part time student)
  4. Do the dollars make sense? (financial implications now and later, cost of the education)
  5. Making a plan!



Facilitator will guide the participants through the Year Compass booklet (see 2022 version here). Note this is best for November/December.

About: YearCompass is a free booklet that helps you reflect on the year and plan the next one. With a set of carefully selected questions and exercises, YearCompass helps you uncover your own patterns and design the ideal year for yourself.

Learn from your mistakes, celebrate your victories, and set out a path you want to walk on. All you need is a quiet few hours and our booklet.

New year’s resolutions don’t work. YearCompass does— for more than a million people around the world since 2012.

Join us and design your ideal self! Source: yearcompass.com


“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”

— John Whitmore

What You will gain from coaching:


  • Identify what you really want from life and create your path to success and happiness
  • Learn to combine your strengths and your passions to create and build the career path of your dreams
  • Overcome fears, blocks, or disempowering beliefs that may be keeping you from success
  • No Longer feel like an imposter
  • Gain confidence and respect
  • Find your passion and your purpose
  • Become healthier physically and emotionally
  • Determine your short and long-term goals
  • Create your action plan
  • Learn to become proud of yourself and your accomplishments
  • Live the enriched, rewarding life you deserve.