The Missing Link in Education

Education as a topic is of immense interest to me. I have seen what it has done for India i.e., created an educated populace that was primed for the opening of the capitalist pump in 1991, and positioned to harness economic opportunity to create immense economic growth and social value for India and Indians (e.g., great accumulation of wealth in American Indians, increased living standards, more jobs, hopefully an eventual reduction in poverty).

But as I go about my day to day life and interact with people both at work and socially, I can’t help but protest at the missing link in education worldwide: the lack of education on personal financial management and communication skills.

I feel the average individual I meet is relatively unequipped in both these skill sets which I believe have a disproportionate correlation with personal financial and professional success. Shouldn’t we be lobbying hard to get these courses included in both at the high school and college level?

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About rkmathoda

Ray Mathoda is a Los Angeles based Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of HausAngeles Inc., a leading source of Los Angeles focused Real Estate Consulting and Transaction Services.

Ray was previously Chief People and Efficiency Officer at Indymac Bank where she was responsible for the company’s people and expense related functions including human resources, global outsourcing, purchasing, real estate, Corporate IT and culture/communications.

Prior to joining Indymac, Ray was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, focused on resolving key Board and CEO-level strategic issues and designing/executing performance transformation programs at Fortune 1000 companies. While at McKinsey, Ray focused on the Media/Internet and Healthcare industries and was a co-leader of the Firm’s Healthcare Payor-Provider practice.

Ray graduated with an A.B. with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Ray also has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Ray is a City Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Los Angeles and a member of the Board for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.