8/18 Featured Guest: Stephanie Ericksen

"Your Money" was excited to have Stephanie Ericksen on the show a few week's back. Stephanie Ericksen is vice president of Risk Products at Visa Inc., focusing on payment solutions that bring enhanced security to new payment technology channels and devices. Specifically, Ericksen is responsible for managing integration of Visa’s contactless and contact chip payment services and new form factors beyond traditional cards and the product platforms that enhance the security of Visa’s core product offerings. Since joining Visa in 1994, Ericksen has been actively involved in developing the global smart card implementation strategy and formulating business cases for Visa Smart Debit/Credit, GlobalPlatform and multi-application product offerings on contact and contactless chip cards and in mobile phones. Ericksen has also managed Visa’s participation in payment industry standards organizations such as GlobalPlatform, EMVCo and the Mobile Payment Forum. Catch a part of the show below as she talks a little bit about Visa's ongoing addition of microcomputer chips to credit cards and what the importance of this addition is. 

Kent Smetters

Kent Smetters is the Boettner Chair Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Interim Faculty Director of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER. He was the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and he subsequently served as a member of the U.S. Congress’ bipartisan Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Dynamic Scoring. Kent holds bachelor degrees in Economics and Computer Science from The Ohio State University as well as an MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He previously cofounded a national registered investment advisory firm that built a new technology platform, grew the firm to over 50 advisors and then sold the firm to a large, publicly-traded company. Growing up in a financially poor family, Kent donates his time to “Your Money” to help families work, save and set goals in order to achieve the most in life. Kent is often cited in major news outlets.