How HR Leaders Can Help Employees Avoid Robbing Themselves of Future Financial Success
Alok Deshpande

Virtual Think Tank Series

How HR Leaders Can Help Employees Avoid Robbing Themselves of Future Financial Success

Friday, October 30, 2020 • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

During times of uncertainty, people panic. Job losses, pay cuts, furloughs and the continuing pandemic have heightened uncertainty. As a result, employees are making short term financial decisions that may deprive their long term security. As an HR Leader, you see it and want to help. But how?

Personal financial situations can get complex, quickly. Implementing effective and engaging financial wellness programs is hard. And, then there’s the ongoing uncertainty that makes some typical “bad” choices, appropriate.

Join us for a candid discussion on what employers can do to help their employees with money during uncertain times. We’ll get real on what works, what’s controversial and how the current environment changes the role of employers in financial health. Lastly, we will cover the often elusive ‘ROI’ discussion for financial wellbeing and wellness more broadly.


    Alok Deshpande
    Co-Founder and CEO

    Alok Deshpande is the co-founder and CEO of SmartPath, a corporate financial wellness provider delivering human-centric, unbiased coaching. Alok started SmartPath in 2010 to offer effective and consistent guidance to the middle class. Today, SmartPath reaches tens of thousands of individuals every year through financial education and coaching programs at leading corporations nationwide.

    “It’s been a dream come true helping families move from chaos to confidence with their finances.”

    Alok is the author of Fuel: The Most Important Number in Your Financial Life , serves as a thought leader for the Wall Street Journal, and regularly appears as a financial expert on CNN, ABC, NBC, Employee Benefits News, BenefitsPro, HR Future and HR Daily Advisor , among others. In 2020, Alok also received the Emory University School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Award in recognition of superior teaching of medical students and dedication as a mentor.

    Prior to launching SmartPath, Alok was a Manager at Bain & Company where he served as an advisor to Fortune 500 financial service and technology companies. He received a BBA with high distinction from Emory’s Goizueta Business School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is an alumnus of the prestigious startup accelerator Y-Combinator.

    Alok is a member of Lead Atlanta, a leadership development and community education program, and stays active in his local community through volunteering and nonprofit board positions. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Nina and son Deven.

    For more information about Alok and SmartPath, visit

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