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Betty Meredith, CFA, CFP®, CRC® – Advocate for Retirement Security of the Mid-Market

Betty Meredith, CFA, CFP®, CRC® – Advocate for Retirement Security of the Mid-Market

Betty Meredith, CFA, CFP®, CRC® – Advocate for Retirement Security of the Mid-Market

Betty Meredith, CFA, CFP®, CRC®, is a leading voice on retirement planning for the middle mass and mass affluent markets.  She is the Director of Education & Research for the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE), whose purpose is to increase the retirement readiness of the American worker through professional retirement certification and continuing education, and the Managing Member of the International Retirement Resource Center.

Passion/Expertise

With close to $6.5 trillion in IRAs and the average 401k balance at $224,000 for those around age 60, there are a lot of people who need retirement decision-making help!

Betty Meredith is a retirement planning education design expert with over 25 years experience creating, producing and publishing application-oriented live, elearning, print and audio education and training for retirement professionals, employees, and consumers. Her specialties are:

  1. Retirement income and planning professional development CE programs
  2. Creating, producing and publishing application-oriented live, elearning, print and audio retirement and financial planning education and training for consumers, employees and advisors
  3. Participation in applied research studies that help advisors more productively and profitably meet the retirement preparedness and income management needs of clients and employees
  4. Financial & retirement readiness literacy education

Position/Experience

Betty Meredith has 30 years experience in financial services, over twenty of those years in employee, client, and professional retirement education with major financial services companies and employers. As InFRE’s Director of Education & Research, Betty oversees incorporation of research findings and best practices into InFRE’s retirement certification study, newsletter, and professional continuing education programs in order to help retirement advisors and counselors more effectively meet the retirement preparedness and income management needs of clients and employees.

As Managing Member of the International Retirement Resource Center, Betty brings retirement planning and income management training to retirement professionals in the public and private sectors.

Education/Certifications/Awards

Betty Meredith is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), and Certified Retirement Counselor® (CRC®). She earned a B.S. in Finance from Wayne State University.

Betty is a long-time member of the Society of Actuaries multi-disciplinary Post Retirement Needs and Risks committee, the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of American (PSCA), International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), the CFA Institute, the Society of Financial Services Professionals, and other professional associations.

Betty regularly participates in applied research studies with the Society of Actuaries, LIMRA, Mathew Greenwald & Assoc, Texas Tech University and other organizations. Best practices are then incorporated into InFRE’s retirement certification study and the IRRC’s professional continuing education programs in order to help retirement advisors and counselors more effectively meet the retirement preparedness and income management needs of clients and employees.


The Stage is Set for Serving the Mid-Market - Meredith and Harness   - YouTube clip View brief YouTube clips from recent Retirement

Resource Center webinars including Betty Meredith’s


The Stage is Set for Serving the Mid-Market.


Publications/Books

Betty Meredith is co-author along with Kevin Seibert, Managing Director of InFRE, of the professional education series on Managing Retirement Income. She is also the Editor of InFRE’s Retirement Plan Administrator Series and Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) Study Guides. She is the editor and a contributor to the popular quarterly newsletter about retirement readiness, income management, planning, concepts and trends, Retirement Insight and Trends. She is the author of three books:

  • Controlling Your Financial Future (Self-study book, licensable workshop, elearning course)
  • Securing Your Financial Future (Self-study book, licensable workshop, MP3 and workbook)
  • Finding the Right Financial and Legal Advisors for You (Self-study workbook)

Betty Meredith has also authored and/or appeared in dozens of consumer and employee retirement and financial planning education programs and publications since 1989, such as:

  • Featured in Robert Powell’s USA Today column: “What should a soon-to-be retiree do with their 401(k) savings?”, USA Today, June 3, 2015
  • Numerous articles in the Journal of Financial Planning
  • “How Prepared is the Retirement Industry for Meeting the Needs of Retiring American Workers?”, Financial Services Review, September 2008
  • Retirement Readiness NOW, US Federal Govt, and Retirement Readiness NOW, Benefits Officer Training, US Federal Govt
  • Please see Betty’s LinkedIn profile for an exhaustive list.

The Stage is Set for Serving the Mid-Market - Meredith and Harness - Retirement InSight and Trends article Read a summary transcript of Betty Meredith’s presentation The Stage is Set for Serving the Mid-Market in the 2nd Qtr 2014 issue of “Retirement Insight and Trends”.


Most Requested Presentations

Betty Meredith has been a regular speaker at national conferences for public and private sector employers and financial services firms on retirement education, retirement income management, and retirement readiness since 1994. Topis include:

  • December, 2011: What consumers want to know about retirement security, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) 2011 Symposium
  • November, 2010: Outsourcing Education Development, NPEA Annual
  • November, 2008: Trustees as Leaders in Financial and Retirement Literacy, IFEBP Annual
  • April, 2008: Framing the Issues: Retirement Income Questions Individuals Need to Answer, The Retirement Industry Conference, Hosted by LIMRA, LOMA, SOA, and ACLI
  • April, 2008: The Role of the Employer in Helping Employees Transition to Retirement Income,” LIMRA, LOMA, SOA, and ACLI The Retirement Industry Conference
  • February, 2008: Retirement Income Management Suitability: What your client understands – meeting the training challenges for advisors
  • October, 2007: Three Keys to More Effective Participant Education, SOA Annual Meeting
  • October, 2007: Retirement: Unraveling the Mystery and “Financial Education in the WorkPlace” Society of Actuaries Annual Meeting
  • September, 2007: Preparing Future Workers for the Retirement of the Future, PSCA Annual
  • April, 2007: Framing the Issues, Retirement Industry Conference, hosted by LIMRA, LOMA, SOA, and ACLI


Have Betty Meredith speak at your event!

Betty Meredith is an experienced speaker and keynote presenter on topics pertaining to retirement and the aging Boomer population.

Please contact us today via email or phone 847-686-0440 x102 if you would like to have Betty present at your conference or appear at one of your events, or to receive a free voucher to view a sample of one of our speaker’s work.



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Kevin S. Seibert, CFP®, CRC®, CEBS – Retirement Planning and Income Management Expert

Kevin S. Seibert, CFP®, CRC®, CEBS, is Managing Director, International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE).

He is a professional development trainer in retirement planning and retirement income management for advisors serious about working with the mid-market.

Passion/Expertise

Kevin has more than 30 years experience in retirement benefits, financial planning, and financial education. He is considered a leading expert on retirement income management, presenting at dozens of conferences and quoted in Investment News, Financial Planning Magazine, the Retirement Income Journal, and other financial publications.

Position/Experience

Kevin Seibert joined the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE) in 2003 and now serves as Managing Director. InFRE is the non-profit which confers the Certified Retirement Counselor® (CRC®) certification, a must-have for advisors who want to serve the retirement planning, risk and income management needs of the mid-market.

Prior to InFRE, Kevin was co-founder of Balance Financial Services, a Chicago area financial planning and consulting firm. Before founding Balance in 1988, he was a consultant for William M. Mercer, Inc. and was responsible for the implementation of compensation and employer provided benefit plans. Kevin was also Director of Marketing for a New Jersey based company specializing in the development and distribution of defined contribution and financial planning programs.

Presentations and Publications by Kevin Seibert

Kevin Seibert is co-author along with Betty Meredith, Director of Education and Research for InFRE, of a series of professional education courses on managing retirement income received by more than 15,000 advisors and retirement counselors since 2004 in live, print, elearning and audio formats.

Most Requested Presentations

  1. Retirement income management training and continuing education for professionals
  2. Sales meeting and conference presentations on retirement income
  3. Certified Retirement Counselor® training and education
  4. Employee workshops and seminars on retirement planning and retirement income management.
What attendees have said about these presentations...

What attendees have said about these presentations…

What attendees of Kevin’s presentations have said:

“Kevin is an outstanding presenter. He made the topic both interesting and easy to follow and understand. The points were presented in a most logical order and built upon one another to present a complete picture of issues facing public sector employees.”
“This presentation contained pertinent and realistic information.”
Some of the best information I have ever received about financial planning for retirement. Very happy I took this class. Important, useful information. Mind blowing!! Thanks, Mr. Seibert!!!”  

Education/Certifications/Awards

Kevin Seibert is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC®).

Kevin earned his MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin and received his undergraduate degree in finance from Miami University of Ohio. Serving as Treasurer and Executive Board member for the Greater Chicago Chapter of the International Society of Retirement Planners, Kevin played an active role in providing on-going retirement planning education to professional and employer members of this organization.

How can you schedule Kevin Seibert at speak at your event?

Kevin S. Seibert is an experienced speaker and presenter with a passion for providing industry-leading information to audiences. He is available to speak at your conference or appear at one of your events.

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Introduction to Managing Retirement Income – Kevin Seibert

There are 78 million reasons driving the need for a tremendous increase in the number of professionals prepared to competently help retiring American workers manage their retirement income.

Retirement income management is as much or more about managing retirement-specific risks as it is about producing income. It requires the assessment of all retirement resources in order to provide clients with the greatest potential for their money to last as long as needed.

Help your clients manage their retirement risks and better meet their retirement income needs whether they be for more income, consistency of income, access to wealth, or legacy desires.

Retirement Insight and TrendsVisit Retirement Insight & Trends, InFRE’s newsletter for retirement professionals, for a summary of this presentation.

Retirement Resource Center YouTube ChannelView a short clip of this presentation on our Retirement Resource Center YouTube Channel.

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