Matthew S. Newman

Speaker, Author and Brain Cancer Survivor on a Mission to Inspire Others to Live in the Now

Equipping Audiences with Knowledge, Perspective and the Necessity for Financial Planning for the Future

Known for having grade 3 brain cancer and beating it, Matthew S. Newman is an inspirational keynote speaker for conferences, events and audiences looking for both motivation and action.

His talk, Starting At The Finish Line, tells his firsthand experience learning of his cancer diagnosis and the incredibly powerful asset of having one’s financial plans in order. He equips his audience with knowledge, perspective and the necessity for financial planning for the future.

Key Audience Takeaways:

  1. Stories of survival and perseverance that are as inspirational as they are motivating to get one to act.
  2. A straightforward look at financial planning and why it’s so critical to one’s legacy and family.
  3. A never-talked-about-approach to removing the emotion from life & death planning.
  4. A bolt of energy that leaves them looking forward to starting (or finishing) their own legal & financial plans.
  5. A sense of gratitude for taking action over one’s future.
  6. Tips on how you can help others with their individual financial plans through an easy-to-follow approach.
  • Starting At The Finish Line

The incredible story of dealing with the horrific challenges that cancer brings and having the fortitude to stay strong is so moving. All of our employees and participants could not say enough about it. As a wealth management firm, it brings to light the importance in all that we do – the best planning is recognized most when the challenges in life come our way no matter from which direction. This is an important story for everyone out there to hear!”
Marc L. Scudillo, CFP, CPA, MBA, CBEC, AIFA, Managing Director, Eisner Amper

It is captivating that Matt Newman has turned his life threatening situation into a learning experience for people. Being a financial advisor myself, Matt’s story confirms the need to plan for the unexpected. Matt is a true ambassador for reminding people the need to create a strategy and also to be a warrior in a fight to beat cancer.”
Rich DeMaria, President, Wealth Capital Group

I’ve had the privilege to know and work with Matt the past 10 years. Recently, I had Matt speak to two groups of my top prospects and clients to share his moving story. My group held on to every word, and walked away Inspired, Encouraged, and more prepared to help their own clients face challenges.”
Chris Cronin, Regional Vice President, Transamerica


A Few of the Organizations Matt has Spoken in Front of:

  • Transamerica
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Mass Mutual
  • Edward Jones
  •  Baystate Financial
  • EisnerAmper
  • RIA Channel
  • Raymond James
  • Wealth Capital Group
  • Mutual of Ohama
  • ESPN
Travels From:  Pennsylvania
City: Philadelphia
$10,001 to $15,000


Matthew S. Newman, a financial services wholesaler and father to three small children, was diagnosed with grade three astrocytoma (brain cancer) at 39 years old. Matthew’s memoir, Starting At The Finish Line, chronicles the journey that he and his entire family took together which got him to a place of clarity, understanding and appreciation. The book’s underlying message of why it’s important to get your financial planning in order is both inspirational and actionable.

His dedication to being a top performer at everything he does has led him to become the top wholesaler numerous times in his career, while also fighting cancer, running the Broad Street Run, doing Tough Mudder, writing books, and traveling the world to speak.


Starting At The Finish Line, tells Matt’s firsthand experience learning of his cancer diagnosis and the incredibly powerful asset of having one’s financial plans in order.

Areas of expertise

  • Financial Planning
  • Legacy Planning

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