What I offer

What I offer:

Money management workshops for women:
"Five Steps to a Successful Retirement," is the title of my workshop for women of all ages offering the basics of retirement planning. I provide facts about what women face in their later years and tools for taking charge of their financial futures --How to select a financial advisor, how to budget for the long-term and how to determine net worth. I cover Social Security, long-term health care, annuities and why women have bigger challenges when it comes to saving money and investing for the long-term. My goal is change the way women think about, plan and save for retirement.

Freelance business writing:
 My expert skills honed over 30 years of reporting and writing are available for your next writing project whether it might be a major speech or other important presentation. My business news column writing and news reporting have won regular recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists on topics such as personal finance, consumer issues and political opinion. I am the Smart Money columnist for the Portland Tribune and a weekly business news commentator on KXL 101.1 FM radio. My work has appeared in the Seattle Business magazine, the Seattle-Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, the Portland Business Journal, Vancouver Business Journal, Horizon Airlines magazine, Alaska Airlines magazine, The Reflector and The Columbian.

Event management/master of ceremonies:
As part of my career at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., I developed and presented the newspaper's annual economic forecast event, which attracts more than 500 attendees. The project evolved into the largest business gathering in Clark County, WA. As MC, I wrote the script and provided the podium transitions and introductions for nationally known guest speakers such as personal finance columnist, Michelle Singletary. I managed Q&A formats and introduced panelists. I can bring energy, humor and on-time management to your next public event.

On the air and on camera:
Stage training brings energy and focus to my television appearances. I have served as moderator for the televised Port of Vancouver Commission forum and provided interviewing services to CVTV, a cable television public access channel. I have appeared on KOIN-TV's AM Northwest and continue to do weekly radio business news commentary on KXL-101.1 FM in Portland, Ore.
I am the co-host with Joe Smith of the Smart Money series on TVCTV in Beaverton, Ore.

Professional background:
I am a working journalist with more than 30 years of experience. A baby-boomer, my career began during college at the Twin-Falls Times News, Twin Falls, Idaho. My business news reporting began at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash. in the late 1970s and continued at The Columbian daily newspaper in Vancouver where I reported, wrote and edited business, personal finance and economic news for 26 years. My weekly columns have regularly been recognized as outstanding by the Society of Professional Journalists. Many of those columns were devoted to money management, investing and consumer issues. The Columbian business section was twice named "Best in Business" top business news section in the U.S (for its size) by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

I am a graduate of the University of Idaho, a former (25-year) member of Rotary International and served on a regional advisory board for Umpqua Bank. I am a former board member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors & Writers.  I was named a "Woman of Distinction" by Washington State University Vancouver in 2009.

Julia Anderson