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Financial Capability and Asset Building: Achievements, Challenges, and Next Steps

Date: September 24, 2020 and February 25, 2021
Location: Virtual Conference

The Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis and the Financial Social Work Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Social Work are hosting the Financial Capability and Asset Building: Achievements, Challenges and Next Steps (2020–2025) convening. The primary sponsor of the convening is the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), which supports the advancement of research and education in financial capability. This event is cosponsored by Grand Challenges for Social Work.

This two-part virtual convening will bring together scholars and educators to examine contributions in research, education, and practice; discuss challenges, and map out an FCAB agenda for the next five years. It aims to advance FCAB in research, education, practice and strengthen networks among FCAB scholars, educators, professional associations, and funders.

Part I: FCAB Policies: Race and Inequality in the COVID-19 Era
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Part II: Theory, Evidence, Education, and Practice in FCAB
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Part I  FCAB Policies: Race and Inequality in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Central Time

Agenda

Welcome: Mary McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School

Opening Remarks: Billy Hensley, President and CEO, National Endowment for Financial Education

Opening plenary: Devin Fergus, Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor, History and Black Studies, University of Missouri

Perspective: COVID-19 and FCAB – The Economy and Households: Where Do We Stand Now?

  • William (Bill) Emmons, Economist and Assistant Vice President, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Concurrent Research Panels

  • Research on and Testing Financial Capability Theory
  • Financial Capability and Wealth/Assets by Population
  • Access to FCAB

Lunch

  • YouTube poster session

Lunch Plenary: Jonathan Mintz, Founding President and CEO, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund

Concurrent Roundtables

  • Older Adults FCAB
  • Program Evaluation/FCAB
  • FCAB Concept Testing

Break

  • YouTube poster sessions

FCAB breakout sessions by topic

Report out & next steps

Part II  Theory, Evidence, Education, and Practice in FCAB

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Central Time

Agenda

Opening/Introduction: Michael Sherraden, Director, Center for Social Development

Opening plenary: Mae Watson Grote, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Financial Clinic

Discussant: Margaret Libby, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inclusiv

Perspective: COVID-19 and FCAB – The Economy and Households: Economic Forecast and Future Directions

  • William (Bill) Emmons, Economist and Assistant Vice President, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Concurrent Research Panels

  • The Social Work Profession and FCAB
  • FCAB Program Evaluation/FCAB Interventions
  • Family Finances and FCAB

Lunch

  • Youtube Poster sessions
  • FCAB topical discussion breakout sessions

Dean’s Panel: FCAB in Social Work Education: Addressing Inequality in Era of COVID-19

  • Darla Spence Coffey (invited), Executive Director, Council on Social Work Education
  • Jenny Jones, Dean, School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
  • Mary McKay (invited), Dean, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Martell Teasley (invited), Dean, School of Social Work, University of Utah

Funder’s Panel: Resources for Applied FCAB Research

  • Sarah Bainton Kahn, VP for Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase
  • Padmini Parthasarathy, Senior Program Officer, Haas Foundation
  • Jill Jones, Managing Director of Research, NEFE

Breakout Discussions: Moving Forward over the Next 5 Years

  • Strategic actions
  • Publishing
  • Special journal issues
  • New areas of research
  • PhD student discussion

Reports and Wrap-up