KANSAS CITY (4/15/11)--Mazuma CU, in partnership with the Missouri Credit Union Association, was among the sponsors of personal finance guru Suze Orman’s appearance at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan., March 22. Orman, on a nationwide tour promoting her latest book, “The Money Class,” was in the Kansas City area as a guest speaker for local radio station, 98.1 KUDL FM, as part of its WomenWise Luncheon Series. Many businesses partnered with the radio station, but Mazuma CU was the only financial institution to sponsor Orman’s visit. “We felt it was important that a credit union sponsor Suze’s visit to the Kansas City area, since she is an advocate of credit unions,” said Rob Givens, president/CEO of the $420 million-asset financial institution. Orman, who works with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on educating the public about the similarities between NCUA and FDIC protection, has promoted the credit union difference and the advantages of using a credit card from a credit union. Credit union credit cards are typically lower in interest rates and fees. Several MCUA-affiliated credit unions attended the event, providing information to the public regarding the credit union difference. Mazuma CU conducted a drawing for 10 pairs of tickets for Orman’s appearance and gave them to members and an additional pair to a non-member. More than 1,100 members and consumers entered the drawing. Orman spoke to an audience of about 500 people. Due to the current economic situation, it may be necessary for people to lower their expectations of owning a home, she said. People should be realistic about their finances and, most important, must create their own version of the “New American Dream,” she said. In “The Money Class,” Orman wrote that many people fear the unknown because they are not sure what works for them now. “The truth is, you must learn to trust yourself. To follow a path that is right for you, to make choices that are realistic for you and your family,” she wrote.