Learn the ins and outs of planning your retirement
It’s your future – and you’re worth it!
No matter where you are in your career – just starting, somewhere in the middle, or about to retire – attending one of my workshops is a must. I’ve got a range of topic specific workshops to suit both federal employees and everyone else that will teach you everything you need to know about retirement and federal benefits. You’ll have access to a chat room where you can ask questions and get your answers throughout the session. And the best part? You won’t need special software, just access to the internet – plus you can log in on any type of mobile device.
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed
I know how you feel. There’s a lot of misunderstood and confusing information out there when it comes to saving money, budgeting and planning for your retirement. What are stocks? Bonds? Annuities? What are the differences between Roth and Traditional investments?
If you’ve been feeling frustrated and maybe even a little angry because you feel like you should’ve already been taught these topics, you’re not alone. I’m here to simplify all those complicated terms and processes so you can finally breathe a sigh of relief and start taking action.
I’m going to show you exactly what will work for YOU.
I’ll take you from confused to empowered in just a few hours
Join in a virtual workshop and get the opportunity to untangle your finances, create a personal plan for retirement and learn how you can take care of your family after you pass away. Together, we’ll dive deep into core terminology and key benefits so you can make a more informed decision about what you need now, and well into the future.
Hi, I’m Debbie Hatch
I’m a qualified federal retirement specialist
I know how hard it is to make changes and sacrifices knowing it may be years before you ever reap any reward. Your retirement might feel like a distant dream, but I also know that time has a way of slipping away from us. It’s critical you start now. You can’t wait to plan for retirement until you are eligible. I’ve spent decades working with retirement and have seen it all. Not only have I helped thousands of employees, just like you, but I’m also living proof that you can have the life you want AND an amazing retirement at the same time.
After years of working as a federal employee myself, I started my own business and have been supporting people from all walks of life, understanding and master retirement planning. I’ve taught my signature program in the classroom, all over the world, for over 16 years. It’s time to bring it to you in the privacy of your own home – or office, coffee shop, or wherever you want to learn. Everyone deserves a shot at creating the future they desire. My life is a testament to this. It wasn’t always easy but I know that when you invest in yourself, anything is possible.
Virtual workshops currently on offer
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FEDERAL RETIREMENT: ELIGIBILITY & COMPUTATION
For federal employees
This 4hr class (option for full-day) contains an overview of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and its three financial benefits. We’ll talk about: eligibility and computation of the annuity itself; the FERS Supplement; Social Security retirement considerations and computation; and the Thrift Savings Program withdrawal options.
FINANCIAL LITERACY THROUGH THE THRIFT SAVINGS PROGRAM
For federal employees
This class provides information to employees about how to make a financial plan for retirement from square one. We talk about behavioral biases, various investment choices and explore in-class simulations showing how different choices provide different results.
BENEFITS FOR OTHER PEOPLE (AFTER YOUR DEATH)
For federal employees
This class provides information about Survivor Benefit decisions to be made at the time of retirement, Death Benefits available when an employee passes away prior to retirement, Dependent Children’s Benefits, and distribution of TSP as well as the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Benefits.
For federal employees
This class gives an overview of your federal insurance slate. We cover the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance, Health Benefits Program Dental and Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Long Term Care Insurance. We discuss eligibility for the programs, open season vs qualifying life event changes, costs before/after retirement, and things to be aware of as you move through your federal career.
SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE
Social Security retirement was created back in 1935. How is it, then, that so few people understand the program? Why are there so many misconceptions floating around? Are those Facebook memes really true? If the program isn’t going to be there when we’re old enough to collect, why are we paying into it? We’ll explore these questions together, and more.
PLANNING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE
This class provides information about how to make a financial plan for retirement from square one. You’ll learn how to develop a personal financial plan, budgeting, and behavioral biases that may hinder us and ways to work around those. Discussion of various investment choices and in-class simulations showing how different choices provide different results.
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DEBBIE IS KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT EACH ASPECT OF HER PRESENTATIONDebbie answered every one of my questions, and I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to ask.
THE BEST PART FOR ME, WAS THE PRESENTATION OF REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES, COMPUTATIONS, AND THE DISCUSSION OF CHOICES TO BE MADE AT RETIREMENT.Debbie has an independent, unbiased perspective regarding the retirement benefits options.
WHAT A WELL INFORMED INSTRUCTORShe kept my interest. The handbook and reference materials are outstanding.
I WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE TO OTHERSI was extremely impressed by Debbie’s incredible knowledge base. She is fantastic.
VERY THOROUGH DISCUSSIONS ABOUT A VARIETY OF DIFFICULT TOPICSInformative. Helpful. Well worth my time and money. I finally understand my options!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Great question! All standard workshops are 4 hours but there is the option to extend any of them to a full day (7hours). This will give us more time to answer your questions and go into more depth on the topic.
For the workshop schedule, get in touch with me and we can book you in!
For some of the workshops yes, but not for all. Currently I have 2 workshops (listed on this page) for everyone.
If you need to reschedule, get in touch with me on email and we can make arrangements.
Unfortunately not – if you miss the workshop, you miss out on all the magic.
All of my virtual workshops can be done in-person too!
I often host in-person live seminars all around the United States, so keep an eye out on social media for when I announce my next locations and dates. And just as a final thought, the hardest part of learning something new is just getting started. You’ve already begun your journey by just being here, and I’ll be there with you every step of the way. Retirement doesn’t have to be a pipedream – we can make it a reality!
More Success Stories
WHAT A GREAT CLASS!Debbie is a great instructor! Such a wealth of valuable knowledge.
BEST INSTRUCTOR I'VE EVER HAD!Professional and extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter. What I learned from this class will help me to help our employees. Thank you so much!
DEBBIE KNOWS HER STUFFThe fact that she was a federal employee herself definitely shows; and she loves what she does! I would recommend every federal employee take this class. It is helpful and well-structured to ensure everyone understands what they should start looking at for retirement.
DEBBIE IS EXTREMELY CONVERSANT IN ALL TOPICSNot only CSRS and FERS but also how civil service and military programs interface with Social Security, Medicare, etc. None of my questions were left unanswered. Since so much of retirement planning is essentially "self-help" and much of it are things employees don't work with regularly. This course is vital to ensure all the benefits and responsibilities are well understood.
I ORDERED THE BOOK AND READ IT IN ONE SITTINGIt’s so easy to understand. Such a quick read. I absolutely love it!
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