Lunch & Learn: Financial Planning Series

Next date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

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Representatives from the Financial Planning Association - DFW will provide information on various aspects of financial planning to save for major life events, from retirement and how to save for college to how to save for a home purchase. Each presentation is free and will be conducted via Zoom, followed by a Q&A session.

Feb. 9: Required Minimum Distributions

What do I need to know about Required Minimum Distributions?

Learn about all of the new laws passed concerning Required Minimum Distribution from IRA’s and other retirement accounts. We will discuss the current rules and how they apply and some strategies that can help manage RMDs.


About the presenter

Photo of financial planner Wes Shannon After working decades in the insurance and financial services industry, Wes Shannon left insurance to do full-time financial planning and investment advising. He is the founder of SJK Financial Planning (SJK are the initials of Wes’ children).

Wes has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Planning from the University of North Texas. Wes is a Certified Financial Planning Professional™. He is an active member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisers (NAPFA), XY Planning Network (XYPN) and a member DFW chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

He enjoys the outdoors, participating in backpacking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping. He likes to cook, garden and read. He has a passion for old movies and is a Turner Classic Movie fan. Wes says, “I love good story telling, that’s what I look for in old movies."  Expect Wes to listen to your story and dreams and then work in a sincere manner to help you reach those dreams.


April 13: Saving for College

How to Save for College

Join us to discuss all things about Saving for College! We will talk about financial aid, tax-advantaged savings plans and the cost of a college education. We will cover the two different types of 529 accounts, Coverdell Education Savings accounts and Series EE and I Bonds. The presentation will also show you how to do a quick calculation to estimate future education costs.


About the presenter

photo of financial planner Shirley Stevens Shirley White-Stevens is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified College Planning Specialist. As a college planner, her goal is to help families who do not qualify for need-based financial aid to reduce the overall costs of private school and college and to ultimately be able to save more money for retirement. She has authored numerous articles on educational funding, and serves as a registered advisor for the NICCP and She holds degrees from Ursinus College and has done graduate work at Temple Medical School and the University of North Texas.  

She has authored numerous articles on educational funding, and serves as a registered advisor for the NICCP and Shirley is one of a select few who have earned the honor to be named as one of “America’s Top Financial Planners” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. She was named “Best Financial Planner” in Allen/Fairview for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 by Star Local Media readers. She was recognized by D Magazine as one of the best financial planners in the DFW area in 2020.

Aug. 17: Saving for a Home

Are you wanting to start saving for a home but don’t know where to start? The DFW Financial Planners Association will discuss what you need to know about saving for a home and some strategies to get you started.


Oct. 12: Baby Boomers Guide to Social Security

Is it time for you to start drawing Social Security? Do you know if you should claim benefits now or delay? Are you unsure about what it entails and what you need to do? DFW Financial Planners will provide information on what you need to know to be ready for this next step in your life's adventure.



About the Presenter

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Jan G. Valecka, CFP® is the owner of Valecka Wealth Management a boutique wealth and investment management firm. Her financial career began at Morgan Stanley and after 17 years at a major wire house and obtaining the CFP® designation, she founded Valecka Wealth Management. Becoming independent gave her the opportunity to offer comprehensive financial planning, objective investment advice and customized strategies to her clients. As an industry veteran since 1988, she has had the opportunity to help guide investors over the last three decades. Her mission is to help you simplify your financial life with planning.






About the Financial Planners Association of DFW

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the primary membership organization for financial planning practitioners who want to master the practice of financial planning, and who are committed to shaping the future of the profession.


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