FCSW and CFO Jeff Atwater Host First Financial Education Summit
Palm Beach Post Story by Charles Elmore November 17, 2016 Click HERE to read the full story
Jupiter, FL (November 17, 2016) — Today, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) together with the Florida Department of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, launched Florida’s first Continuing the Conversation: Florida Financial Education Summit. This first Summit is the next step in the FCSW’s long-term effort to identify the critical, daily challenges of Florida women and their families, and provide answers to the most common concerns about personal finances.
“I commend the Commission on the Status of Women and its leadership for their efforts to help connect women with financial literacy resources that will enable them to better inform themselves and their families,” said CFO Jeff Atwater. “The Department of Financial Services has many programs to help Floridians at all stages of life with wise money management, and it is through our ongoing collaboration with public and private partners like the Commission that allows us to deliver valuable financial information to residents across our great state.”
The Summit was designed to bring together leaders at the local, county and state levels to learn about the challenges women and families are facing and to expand coalitions that will enhance the delivery of financial education both regionally and statewide.
“Studies show that 45% of Florida households, or 3.2 million families, are living paycheck to paycheck and are just one unexpected expense from financial catastrophe,” said FCSW Chair Patti W. Hamilton. “We recognized the real need for a coordinated effort among public and private service and financial organizations to educate women and their families on how to best access financial education and resources. The Summit successfully made those connections.”
More than 60 community leaders were in attendance at the Summit, which took place on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter and highlighted the educational resources and programs of eight different organizations, both public and private.
“The Summit was the perfect opportunity for Junior Achievement to highlight the numerous programs we offer to inspire and prepare young people to own their future success by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to prepare for the world of work, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace,” stated Claudia Kirk Barto, president of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast.
The Commission offered this event as part of its mission to recognize and support women of all ages as they strive to achieve their fullest potential. Additional information is available on the Commission’s website at fcsw.net, or by calling 850-414-3300.