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Vicki Brackens has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur. She holds the ChFC designation from The American College. Currently she is the co-host of Financial Fitness, the longest running television show on the Syracuse, NY, PBS affiliate WCNY.
Her financial planning firm, Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC (BFSN) @ SAGE Mark Consulting, Syracuse, NY, focuses on investment planning and wealth management. At BFSN there are four principals that guide every client interaction: Advocate, Advise, Monitor and Motivate.
In 2008, Vicki created The World of Cheddar, LLC, a social enterprise dedicated to investigating the power of game play and game mechanics (also known as "gamification") on learning and behavioral change. The current focus is on learning and behavioral change in the area of financial literacy and financial decision-making.
Vicki serves as a Research Associate at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. She also serves on numerous local community boards including the Syracuse Area Salvation Army and The Raymond von Dran IDEA Board of Advisors (RvD IDEA). Over her career Vicki has been a thought leader in the area of financial literacy and financial education, and has been quoted in both local and national publications including Black Enterprise, Reuters, The Central New York Business Journal and Essence Magazine.