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Financing Ambition

Laurel Road takes a deep-dive into financial wellness and success in the land of capitalism. Connect the dots that keep you on track to your dreams, with practical tips for everyday money and career moves that help shape the life you’ve always wanted.

A Laurel Road Podcast

Make smarter money moves.

You’ve got goals. Learn how to be courageous, shrewd, and radically honest about your money — and get one step closer to your dreams.

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Season 2: Episode 6

Unpacking a Summer of Student Loan News with JPG

In this episode, GradFin Senior Manager Joseph Price-Gault (aka JPG) joins us to unpack a summer of back-to-back student loan news, including a big SCOTUS decision, recent changes to income-driven repayment (IDR), a lawsuit against the one-time IDR account adjustment, and the return of student loan payments this Fall.

Season 2: Episode 5

Overcoming Financial Challenges During Residency

Dr. Nicolet Finger and Dr. Shiv Vyas discuss the financial challenges they've had to overcome during residency and the strategies they use to find financial peace of mind.

Season 2: Episode 4

Talking PSLF with Three Doctors Who Reached Student Loan Forgiveness

In this episode, three doctors talk about how they each achieved student loan forgiveness – ranging from $44,483 to more than $416,000 – through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how a GradFin student loan specialist helped them get there.

Season 2: Episode 3

I'm Also a Doctor, Part II: A Deep Dive with Dr. Ravitz and Dr. Atia

In this follow-up episode, take a deep dive with Drs. Ravitz and Atia to learn about the adventurous, ocean-related passions that help them disconnect, find balance, and become better doctors.

Season 2: Special Episode

Making Sense of Federal Student Loan Forgiveness in 2023 with Chris Walters

In this special episode, Chris Walters, GradFin’s founder and CEO, shares the current state of student loan forgiveness, current deadlines, and how borrowers can qualify for student loan forgiveness programs.

Season 2: Episode 1

Financial Tips for Match Day & New Residents with Dr. Shah and Dr. Cornejo

Listen to this discussion of Resident Match Day with a current and former resident, as they share advice for fourth-year med students and how to consider their finances before starting residency.

Episode 14

Pursuing Passions with the I’m Also a Doctor Docuseries

Listen to an in-depth conversation with three doctors from the I'm Also a Doctor docuseries following their extraordinary passions as they share how their inspiring passion projects and interests outside of medicine help make them better doctors.

Episode 13

Talking Physician Mortgages with Dr. Juneja and Dr. Shah

Listen to an in-depth discussion about the advantages of physician and dentist mortgages, and the unique challenges doctors face during the homebuying process in today’s real estate market, featuring guests Dr. Sanjay Juneja and Dr. Chirag Shah with Laurel Road's Head of Design, Eric Sutton and Laurel Road's Head of Mortgage, Eileen Derks.

Episode 12

Balancing Student Loan Stress and Mental Health with Financial Therapist, Aja Evans

Financial Therapist Aja Evans and Laurel Road’s Chief Marketing Officer Kaitlin Walsh-Epstein have a timely conversation about the connection between student loan debt and mental health, as they discuss the meaning of financial wellness, how to manage stress, and the challenges student loan borrowers will face when the federal student loan payment pause expires.

Episode 11

Managing Student Loans & Finances for Residents With Dr. Juneja and Dr. Shah

Dr. Sanjay Juneja and Dr. Chirag Shah share the financial advice they wish they had gotten as residents, discussing the financial challenges that residents face early on, including managing med school debt, how to balance saving and investing, and avoiding anxiety around money early in their careers.

Episode 10

Paying Off Debt With the Debt-Free Nurse, Allie Hall

Allie Hall, RN, also known as the Debt-Free Nurse on social media, is a financially savvy nurse who – within a period of just 18 months – paid off $46,000 of debt and saved $10,000. Now she talks to Laurel Road and our guest host, Financial Therapist, Aja Evans about how she's on a mission to help other nurses get out of debt, own their finances, and live their best lives by sharing her journey to becoming debt-free.

Episode 9

Talking Smart Finances With the OncDoc, Dr. Sanjay Juneja

Dr. Sanjay Juneja, MD, triple specialized in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. The social media star and founding medical partner of Doctorpedia.com, talks about what led him to a career in medicine, the financial challenges he’s faced as a doctor, and the pain points members of the healthcare community face when it comes to preparing and managing personal finances.

Episode 8

Nurse Julia on Diversity in the US Health Care System

Julia Eze, MSN, RN, NP-C, a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and entrepreneur, talks about what led her to a career in nursing, and her early experiences in the COVID-19 pandemic. She also offers insightful perspectives on the lack of diversity in the US healthcare system, and shares her thoughts on how the industry can improve experiences for under-represented patients with greater diversity on both sides of the bed.

Episode 7

Dr. Jennifer Tsai on the Personal and Professional Impacts of the Pandemic

Dr. Jennifer Tsai, optometrist and social media influencer, talks to us about what it's like to open a practice during the COVID crisis, her personal account of how she has been affected by racism towards Asian-Americans, and tips on how physicians can build their “digital resume”.

Episode 6

COVID-19 + Small Businesses: The Struggles, The Creativity, & The Future

We unpack the outlook for the future on both coasts with Lauren Herpich, owner and operator of a popular food tour group in Oakland, CA, and Rob Byrnes, president of East Midtown Partnerships, an economic development partnership overseeing one of Manhattan’s busiest small business districts.

Episode 5

COVID-19: A Roundtable Discussion With Front-Line Medical Workers

We chat with Dr. Akhilesh Sista, Dr. Michael Schaefer, and ICU Nurse Katie Taylor, all affiliated with NYU Langone Health at the center of the epidemic in NYC, on topics spanning from the nature of the disease, to its widespread medical and financial impacts on a very uncertain future.

Episode 4

Financial Advice for the Pandemic

We speak with Hannah Galin, Laurel Road’s rates and pricing maven, to uncover what near zero federal interest rates mean, and if taking out debt right now is the right thing to do. We also speak with Ken Raskin of KeyBank who, with his extensive experience advising clients through fiscal emergencies, shares his wisdom on how to stay financially and mentally sound in these trying times.

Episode 3

Let’s Talk About Finances, Baby

Netflix’s new show, “Love Is Blind,” has pushed the boundaries on what couples reveal to one another in their early relationships. Underscoring this radical honesty is a recent Laurel Road survey showing that it’s no longer taboo for millennial and Gen Z couples to discuss their financial baggage. Learn from our guest Alyssa Schaefer on how to be open and vulnerable around one of life’s touchiest subjects: your money.

Episode 2

Derek Peth on Side Hustles and Becoming an Influencer

Ever wondered what you could do with 500k+ followers? We tease out some tips from The Bachelor’s Derek Peth on influencer ‘best practices’, for those interested. We also get to the bottom of what makes a side hustle worthwhile, and whether or not you should consider having one.

Episode 1

OK Boomer. You're kinda awesome.

We discuss American higher ed, its staggering rise in cost, cultural and generational differences in paying for and choosing an education, and speak with a Boomer himself to get his take on those #millennialwoes.

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