Seton Hall University's Financial Planning Association will welcome alumnus Joseph Testa '12 on Monday, February 18 to speak about his career path leading to his current role at ADP – and how networking helped him get there.
The Financial Planning Association (FPA) was established in 2018 at Seton Hall with the goal of increasing students' knowledge about personal money management and financial literacy. Founder and president of the club, Karmen Yap, formed the club after one of her peers said she wished she knew more about her own credit score.
"The purpose of FPA is to serve the Seton Hall community by carefully listening and actively engaging with students to cover the essentials of financial planning," said Yap. "We want those of all majors to be able to join us as we provide career and networking opportunities and explore the wealth management industry."
Joseph Testa graduated from Seton Hall in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He currently works with payroll solutions company ADP as a Resolution Support Specialist III, specializing in e-commerce and digital payroll. He is also an active alumnus and mentor within the Stillman School of Business, and often speaks to students on the importance of being involved on campus.
Testa's presentation is entitled "Mentoring, Networking, and Life after Seton Hall." He will share his knowledge on networking and money management to complement FPA’s mission of obtaining the resources needed to better understand personal finance.
With the help of the club’s faculty advisor, Stillman's Assistant Dean Mark Schild, Yap, FPA co-founders Brian Sumereau, Margaret Schantz and Juliana Arrabito, FPA was officially recognized by the Student Government Association in January 2019.
"The significance of FPA is that it is promoting and attracting students to the wealth management industry, which is one of the fastest growing industries in financial services," says Schild. "Seton Hall has just begun to offer a wealth management minor based around providing the education requirement to become a Certified Financial Planner. It is an incredible career and the FPA-NJ organization is a strong partner in helping to bridge the gap between the aging advisor and the next generation."
The club will teach those in the Seton Hall community that financial planning can be done with ease, provided the right resources. Joseph Testa will offer tips and tricks on how to obtain those resources and put them to use.
The event will take place Monday night in the Jubilee Computer Lab (524) at 7:30 p.m.