Steven M. Hughes

Steven M. Hughes, Non-profit Founder, World Economic Forum Hub Curator & Financial Literacy Advocate

Steven M. Hughes

Personal Notes

I thought I’d always be the guy who was clueless about managing his money. College was a blast, but without any real financial education, I ended up throwing all caution to the wind. After repossessions, an eviction, and a 415 credit score, all by the time I was 24, I took a hard look at where I was headed and decided that I had to make a serious change. I’ve married theory with experience to transform my life over the last six years, and I look forward to bringing those hard-earned lessons to help your attendees do the same.



Steven Hughes is a NFEC Certified Financial Education Instructor and the Founder of Know Money, Incorporated, a non-profit organization that exists to create money savvy teens, college students, and young professionals in South Carolina. From his own life experiences, self-study, and ongoing research, Steven develops programs about budgeting, saving, investing, debt elimination, credit repair and recovery, and entrepreneurship.

In the summer of 2015, Steven was selected by the World Economic Forum to lead their efforts in a global initiative called the Global Shapers Community, a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Steven is the founding curator of the Columbia, South Carolina Hub.

Steven is a first-generation Jamaican-American and native of Columbia, South Carolina. He studied Human Resources at Clemson University and returned to Columbia in 2010 to pursue his passion for educating, motivating, and inspiring others. With more than 6 years of experience, he utilizes his organization and business skills to assist clients in reaching their financial, personal, and professional goals. As an entrepreneur, Steven has worked with individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to educate them and their members. He has worked with University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Columbia College, Midlands Technical College, Verizon Wireless, Sonoco Recycling, EdVenture Children’s Museum, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Midlands Education Business Alliance and others.