The Financial Diet is excited to announce the inception of its new digital events platform, The Studio at TFD! This year has been a year of evolution and transformation for our events strategy, and we are actively adapting to changing needs and creating fresh, unmissable digital experiences for our community that aid in overall growth, development and mindfulness.

To kick-off this new endeavor, we are launching a series of virtual workshops, which will take place twice a month and will feature honest, thoughtful and interactive discussions on a variety of topics, including: budgeting, wellness, mental health, investing, starting a small business, landing a new job, etc.

For $10, attendees will gain access to an action-driven talk between the facilitators/panelists, an interactive worksheet for each attendee to work along at home, a live Q&A session between the panelists and the audience, and an after-event chat room for attendees to join and continue the conversation.

Upcoming Workshops

Monday, November 30, 2020

How To Turn Any Project Into A Professional Brand

Join TFD co-founder and designer Lauren Ver Hage as she walks you through how to build a brand from scratch that looks professional and instills confidence in prospective customers and clients. Lauren will even be demonstrating these lessons in real time with the projects of two workshop attendees — she’ll build out their logos and branding essentials, as well as give them crucial tips on how to present and market themselves.

Each attendee who wishes to apply to be one of the two featured brand-building exercises must simply email a copy of their ticket to events@thefinancialdiet.com along with some basic information and existing branding from their desired project.

What Your Ticket Gets You:

  • Access to the full event (including a recording watchable at your convenience after the fact)
  • Participation in the live Q&A with Lauren
  • A downloadable workbook that takes you through the process of brand-building, from logo to color and font stories to digital placements
  • Access to early-bird pricing and discounts for upcoming events


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Debt-Free Tool Kit

This action-oriented workshop will feature financial educator and debt-free success story Cindy Zuniga as she gives attendees the tools needed to make debt a manageable part of their lives while working towards debt freedom. From new budgeting strategies, to the right goal maps and trackers, to the everyday practices to help stay focused and positive when it comes to debt repayment, this workshop will provide attendees all of the right resources to conquer their debts (no matter where they might come from).

What Your Ticket Gets You:

  • Access to the full event (including a recording watchable at your convenience after the fact)
  • Participation in the live Q&A with Cindy
  • A downloadable “Debt-Free Tool Kit,” featuring all of the various tools covered in the workshop as well as bonus material
  • Access to early-bird pricing and discounts for upcoming events


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Grown-Up Guide To Treating Yourself Like A Kid

In this highly personal workshop, TFD founder and CEO Chelsea Fagan will explore the concept of “treating yourself like a kid,” the lifestyle choice which has allowed her to regain control, maximize joy, and navigate COVID in a way that feels sane and sustainable. By using a few key tools most of us already have at our disposal — from digital calendars, to basic spreadsheets, to shared docs — Chelsea will walk attendees through the various structures and mindset changes that need to happen in order to “treat yourself like a kid” so that you can accomplish and move through life like a thoughtful adult.

What Your Ticket Gets You:

  • Access to the full event (including a recording watchable at your convenience after the fact)
  • Participation in the live Q&A with Chelsea
  • Exclusive templates and outlines from Chelsea’s own tools that can be edited to fit each life and schedule
  • Access to early-bird pricing and discounts for upcoming events


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Building Your DIY Investment Portfolio (At Any Income)

Investing expert and friend of TFD Amanda Holden will walk the audience through the entire process of building a DIY investment portfolio that meets your needs, achieves your goals, and can give you the confidence to sleep well through even the most turbulent market shifts. From understanding the key terms and foundational concepts, to learning about the nuances of “balancing a portfolio” in a way that works for you, to knowing how to use fintech to your advantage, this provides everything you need to get set up.

And best of all, these lessons work at any income and can be set into motion at any age — you do not need to be rich to have an investment portfolio, and the best day to get started building is today. Join us!

Key Takeaways:

  • Access to the full event (including a recording watchable at your convenience after the fact)
  • Participation in the live Q&A with Amanda
  • A downloadable workbook that takes you through the process of building out your investment portfolio, including cheat sheets, checklists, and interactive exercises
  • Access to early-bird pricing and discounts for upcoming events


Past Workshops & Events

Thursday, November 17, 2020

The Beginner’s Guide To Investing In Uncertain Times

For anyone who has been wanting to learn how to invest but hesitating to dive in (especially in such a chaotic year), this is the interactive workshop for you.

Join investing expert Amanda Holden as she breaks down everything you need to understand about the market, various types of investments, and how to get started on a solid plan (at any income level). In unpredictable times, it’s helpful to think long-term about your money, and this workshop will teach you how to do just that.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Actionable steps to get started investing at any level of income
  2. The most important investing concepts and terminology
  3. An interactive worksheet to start creating your own investing plan
  4. Crucial information to understand your employer retirement plans
  5. A breakdown of accounts to use if you’re self-employed
  6. Rules for protecting yourself and avoiding industry scams
  7. A live Q&A to answer your most pressing investing questions


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

How To Build, Repair, Or Totally Rehab Your Credit Score

If the words “credit score” have always left you feeling nervous, embarrassed, or totally confused, join financial expert Yanely Espinal on November 10 as she breaks down everything you need to know about credit and how to make yours the best it can be in easy, manageable steps.

Whether you are dealing with a less-than-good score, want to brush up your current score to excellent status, or are starting from zero in building credit, this interactive workshop is for you!

Key Takeaways:

  1. An easy-to-follow explanation of the credit score system and what you need to know about it
  2. A breakdown of how our host rebuilt her credit
  3. A walkthrough of common credit issues and how to solve them
  4. An interactive worksheet to get started on your credit-building plan
  5. A live Q&A answering all of your credit-related questions



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Recession Fears: What to Know & How To Prepare

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about a “coming recession,” and with how crazy 2020 has been, it’s not irrational to worry about how the economy will impact your finances. The good news, though, is that there is a lot you can do right now to understand, prepare for, and overcome your fear of a recession.

Join us on Tuesday, October 27 for an interactive workshop that will bring together economist Anna Gifty and personal finance expert Erin Lowry to give you everything you need to know, from the big picture to the individual action items. Stop worrying about a recession, and start recession-proofing your finances (and your mental well-being)!

Key Takeaways:

  1. An expert breakdown on what you actually need to know about recessions (vs what you can comfortably tune out)
  2. A media consumption “toolbox” for understanding and unpacking economic news
  3. A walkthrough on the key steps to recession-proofing your finances at any income
  4. Interactive worksheets to help regain your financial confidence and buffer your finances against future upheavals
  5. A live Q&A from our experts on all things recession


Thursday, October 22, 2020

3 Design Tools To Help You Reach Your Biggest Financial Goals

Join The Financial Diet co-founder & graphic designer Lauren Ver Hage on Thursday, October 22 for an immersive, interactive workshop that will teach you (and provide you take-home templates for) three of the most valuable visual tools and the specific financial goals they can help you conquer. From color mapping, to bullet journaling, to worksheeting, this workshop will give you the basics to reach your money goals while satisfying your creative itch.

Using visual aids to stay motivated and working towards your most difficult financial goals is one of personal finance’s best-kept secrets. And the best part is, you don’t need to be a professional designer to use these visual tools!

Key Takeaways:

  1. Downloadable, fillable templates for the design tools detailed in the workshop
  2. Hands-on instruction in using these visual methods and the specific financial goals they can help you reach
  3. A breakdown of the key design concepts needed to start thinking visually (and acting on your visualization)
  4. A live Q&A to answer all of your design and visual questions


The Big Reset 2020

On October 16th, 2020, The Financial Diet is hosting its first-ever digital summit, a day of workshops, q&as, live mentoring, and fun activities to help reclaim your future and hit the reset button on what has been a uniquely difficult year. From investing in a COVID economy, to emergency-proofing your money, to mental health strategies that make any crisis more manageable, this all-day summit will give you the tools you need to reset your direction and move towards a more sustainable and healthy 2021. You may not be able to control the world you live in, but you can control how you move through it. And the TFD fall summit is exactly what you need to move through the world in a much better way.

What Your Ticket Gets You:

  • Access to 15+ engaging sessions led by experts in the financial, lifestyle, creative and mindfulness industries
  • A hands-on downloadable workbook that outlines the tools and resources needed to mindfully and strategically save and invest money
  • Limited access to Live Q&A sessions with panelists
  • Access to the sessions and community network following the event
  • Virtual gift bag to use before and after event


How To Showcase Your Brand Online: 

The Basics of Building a Website

Join The Financial Diet co-founder & graphic designer Lauren Ver Hage on Monday, September 21 for a lunchtime interactive workshop about developing and elevating your brand’s identity through your professional website. Whether you are a freelancer, self-employed, or looking for a new job, this workshop is an accessible way to learn how to create a dynamic and beautiful website that will get you noticed.

This free event will include an action-driven talk on building an online presence, a step-by-step tutorial on designing a website using Squarespace, a copy of the presentation deck, and a live Q&A session between Lauren and the audience.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Practical and actionable tips for developing your brand identity and voice.
  2. Step-by-step tutorial on building your website on Squarespace.
  3. Presentation deck that outlines key talking points from the workshop.
  4. Offer code from Squarespace.com to help get you started.

Learn the importance of having a website that reflects your brand identity, and how it can help you stand out from the competition, especially during this ever-changing time we are living in.


A Practical Guide To Building A Sustainable Freelance Business

Working for yourself is immensely satisfying, but it comes with its share of obstacles, too. Join Brittany Hennessy, author of INFLUENCER: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media and Paco de Leon, founder of The Hell Yeah group, on Tuesday, September 15th for a lively, action-driven conversation about building your brand and your business as a freelancer.

From finding clients to building a social media presence to budgeting with unpredictable income, freelancers face a number of unique challenges. This workshop will help you navigate those challenges to build a successful freelancing business, whether it’s your side hustle or a full-time gig. You’ll get expert advice on dealing with taxes, building a loyal list of clients, and branding yourself in an authentic way.

The panel will be moderated by freelance writer and journalist (and former managing editor of The Financial Diet) Kristin Wong. This $10 event will include an action-driven talk between Brittany, Paco, and Kristin, along with interactive worksheets, a live Q&A session with all three panelists.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Practical and actionable tips on how to find new clients and build your brand as a freelancer
  2. Help with taxes and variable income
  3. Tips to marketing yourself online
  4. When (and how) to set up an LLC
  5. Exercises and worksheets to help map out your business — and your finances


How To Build Your Financial First Aid Kit (At Any Income), featuring Chelsea Fagan and Yanely Espinal

Join The Financial Diet founder Chelsea Fagan and personal financial expert Yanely Espinal on Tuesday, August 25 for an honest and interactive conversation about overcoming obstacles, setbacks, or late starts to create your very own financial “first aid kit.” Whether you come from a financially-challenged background, have experienced income instability recently, or generally have been wanting to build out the foundation of your finances, this workshop is an accessible way to gain the tools and strategies necessary to grow.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Practical and actionable tips for overcoming financial obstacles, shame, and setbacks.
  2. Foundational strategies and tools for creating your own financial first aid kit.
  3. Exercises and worksheets that will help hone your decision-making and financial confidence.

Learn to be your own financial support system through honest and sustainable planning, especially during this ever-changing time we are living in.


Managing Your Mental Health in a New Era
featuring Chelsea Fagan and Kati Morton

Join The Financial Diet founder Chelsea Fagan and therapist Kati Morton on Thursday, July 30, 2020 between 6:30pm – 8pm (EST), for an honest conversation about managing anxiety, finances, and our futures during this totally-new era we’re living in. Through continued planning and self-evaluation we can find within ourselves a more steady foundation of confidence and control.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Practical and actionable tips to manage anxiety
  2. Noticing anxious thoughts and changing them into positive ones
  3. Identifying money anxieties and finding ways to work around them

Start treating your mental and financial health with the care they deserve, especially in this new era that truly requires it.


Kati Morton holds a masters in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has a passion for education and empowerment, and shares helpful insights through her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/katimorton. Kati’s first book, Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health was released in December 2018. She hopes that by speaking candidly about mental health, and encouraging her viewers to reach out to get the support they need, we can remove the stigma associated with getting help.

You can find Kati’s episode of The Financial Confessions here, and her other interviews on the TFD YouTube channel here and here.


Staying Financially Balanced in a Chaotic Year
featuring Chelsea Fagan and Ismat Mangla

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, The Financial Diet founder Chelsea Fagan and business journalist Ismat Mangla hosted the inaugural workshop, which provided attendees with action-oriented solutions in navigating their finances during this totally chaotic year we are living in. Although things may feel scarier and more uncertain than ever, with the tools and strategies provided during this discussion, we are now better prepared for when things get out of hand or unpredictable.


Ismat Mangla is a veteran business journalist and content director at LendingTree, where she helps manage content on half a dozen personal finance websites. Her work has been published in Money, Fortune, Time, International Business Times and more. 




“Thank you, this was so needed!”


“Thanks for an incredible event! I saw Chelsea speak in Toronto shortly before the pandemic hit and it was awesome to rewire my brain to finance for a bit.”


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