MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley
Money Matters Episode 85- Creativity on Demand - How to Ignite & Sustain the Fire of Genius W/ Michael Gelb

How creative are you? How do you know? How can you discover and develop your real creative powers? These questions lie at the heart of Creativity on Demand, and Michael Gelb explores them with an assurance and compassion that come from a lifetime of expert practice and deep reflection.

There's enormous interest these days in creativity. Businesses everywhere, for example, know that their survival and their success depend on a constant flow of new ideas for products and services.

Today we were joined live in the studio with New York Times Bestselling author, Michael J. Gelb to discuss his new book Creativity on Demand - How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

Also, we had the added bonus of visiting with Mezzo Soprano Deborah Domanski who will be appearing in "La clemenza di Tito" at Opera in the Heights to calebrate Mozart's birthday tonight.

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Category:Creativity -- posted at: 12:55pm PDT

So we made it through Christmas, but here it is January and we still are barely juggling the bills? How do you make a plan of attack to get back on track? Do you have a Christmas credit card hangover? 

We explored a cure for the Christmas credit card hangover w/Jennifer Guzman from Texas Capital Bank and Houston Money Week Partner.

Native Houstonian Jennifer M. Guzman lived in Washington, DC and San Antonio, TX before returning home to Houston.


Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science from George Washington University and a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Texas at San Antonio. During her undergraduate study, Jennifer worked for DC Reads, an organization with a mission to alleviate the illiteracy rate in Washington, DC among elementary school children. She tutored Pre-Kindergarten and Special Education students for two years. After moving back to Texas, Jennifer began volunteering full-time for two large non-profit organizations in San Antonio: Alzheimer’s Association and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Jennifer began working full-time for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas as Teen Program Manager where she designed and implemented leadership development programs for girls in 21 counties.


After graduating with her Master’s degree, Jennifer began working for Texans Can Academies in San Antonio at San Antonio Can High School and later at Houston Can Academy in development. She currently works for Texas Capital Bank in Houston. Jennifer has written several foundation grants and has developed many community partnerships to better organize her community.


Jennifer was named “Miss Gulf Coast USA” in 2004 and competed in the “Miss Texas USA” pageant under the “Miss Universe” system. She has served on many boards including Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts, George Washington Alumni Club in Houston and San Antonio, Bexar County Community Plan, Bexar County Young Democrats and YMCA of Greater San Antonio. Most recently she was elected to the George Washington University Alumni Association Board of Directors as a Member At Large where she will serve a 3-year term with the task of engaging alumni internationally. She has consulted with political campaigns in San Antonio. During the 2010 election, she worked with Dr. Masarrat Ali for the open Texas house seat in district 122 that runs through Bexar County.


Jennifer currently lives in Houston with her husband Matthew and their two children: Matthew (age 7) and Maverick (age 2). When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, cooking vegetarian and playing the piano.


You can follow Jenny on twitter  at @jenjentheguru or visit her online at:


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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 1:12pm PDT

Could falling oil prices actually be a good thing for certain industries in Houston? If Houston is doing well why is there such a large unbanked or under banked population compared to the rest of the country?

We explored both of these questions on a new monthly segment with Houston Business Journal's Legal and Money Reporter, Suzanne Edwards.


Edwards most recently comes from Shanghai, China, where she was an editor at SinoMedia and, before that, a contributor to China Economic Review. Edwards is an Austin native and interned at the Austin Business Journal, an affiliated publication. She began her journalism career as an intern at the Associate Press' Rome bureau.

Edwards graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and majored in journalism, as well as Asian cultures and languages. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin, as well as Italian and Spanish.

Edwards will focus her coverage for HBJ on following Houston's thriving financial industry, including banks, credit unions, wealth management, philanthropy, venture capital, private equity and more. She also will cover the highly competitive law sector in Houston, where expansions and M&A continue at a rapid pace.


You can follow Suzanne on twitter  at @HBJSuzanne or visit her online at:


We were also joined today by president of SimpleFi, Adam Potter. We discussed alternatives to payday loans such as credit blind programs that lend to indivduals without actually checking credit.   We discussed Financial Literacy in the workplace and how financial health can be related to physical health.


Adam, 35, served as a Marine Corps officer for 10 years, rehabilitating war and disaster ravaged populations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Asia. He also supported the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society financial wellness programs - which have successfully counseled troops into better financial behavior and away from predatory lenders.

He believes the work done by the military relief societies to recover troops who were overwhelmed by their expenses and debt should be continued in the private sector. Adam is an alumnus of John Hopkins University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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Category:Houston Economy -- posted at: 1:49pm PDT

In the past if someone wanted to rob you they would buy a knife. They would wait in a dark alley and when you passed by they would stick you up. With the invention of the locomotive the same thief was able to scale his business by robbing hundreds during a train heist. Fast forward to last year December. 1 out of every 3 Americans were exposed to the Target data breach last year. Millions of people had money and personal information stolen.  

With the recent SONY hack we are looking at the possibility of nation states versus nation states in a cyber warfare setting.

Today we were joined today by President of CMIT Solutions / Northwest Houston Suburbs, Camille Hamilton 


Camille Hamilton, Owner of CMIT Solutions/Northwest Houston Suburbs and has over twenty-nine years experience in the Information Technology industry. Prior to starting her own business in 2000, she worked primarily for Fortune 500 energy companies in their IT services departments. In 2000, she decided to bring her expertise to the small business sector and purchased a CMIT Solutions franchise.


Her experience of analyzing business processes and finding solutions to automate those processes allow her to help small and growing businesses. Her team of qualified and certified professionals allows CMIT Solutions to offer quality and affordable IT solutions. Her company’s goal is to become the leader in outsourced IT services to small and growing businesses. CMIT Solutions/Northwest Houston Suburbs was a finalist in November 2004 & was awarded in November 2005, the Small Business Award presented by the Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Council of the Lone Star College System.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 12:50pm PDT

I was on KPFT News yesterday doing a short spot on Getting Your Finances Straight for the New Year. If you missed it you can click on the link below to check it out.




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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm PDT

Doctors may be experts at treating patients. But when it comes to running their own businesses, many are making rookie mistakes. In an environment of rising health-care costs and declining reimbursement, many physicians often find themselves having to see twice the amount of patients to earn the same amount of money. The burden on physicians to navigate the cost of doing business while remaining cash-flow positive results in less than 20-20 vision when it comes to managing their finances. Sworn into practice by taking a vow to prescribe treatments that are good for their patients, most physicians simply don't have the time to focus their efforts on a regimen of financial fitness. Ultimately, it takes a dose of reality, such as poor budgeting that projects a delayed retirement, that propels physicians to seek financial advice.

We were joined today by Vicki Rackner MD who is the president of .

Dr. Vicki Rackner is a former surgeon and nationally noted expert on physician engagement. She helps financial services professionals acquire physician clients.

After treating tens of thousands of patients over her medical career and holding a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Medicine, she left the operating room to help all medical stakeholders partner more effectively.

You may have seen her quoted in the Wall Street Journal, on CNN or in the Washington Post, to name a few. You may have heard her interviewed on NPR. Or you may have read one of her books.


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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 1:16pm PDT