Financial Literacy Conference
Our #2019FLC strives to highlight the critical importance of financial literacy, and to connect attendees with the resources and tools needed to enhance financial literacy efforts in their communities.
- A unique professional development opportunity for education, nonprofit, and community leaders across Oregon.
- Dedicated learning tracks for Financial Education Volunteers, Educators, and Nonprofit Partners.
- A diverse array of thought leaders and experts presenting on a wide range of financial literacy topics.
- Ample opportunity to network, share ideas, and build community around financial education.
The day will be kicked off with a keynote by Janet Bauer, Senior Policy Analyst at Oregon Center for Public Policy.
"I'm working but I can't make ends meet" Jobs in Oregon are easier to find now than they have been in decades. Yet many families aren't feeling the economic love. Janet will talk about how families are faring today in meeting their basic needs, what is holding them back from economic security, and some clues as to what we can do about it.
NEW THIS YEAR - Two Distinct Audience Tracks for Increased Financial Education Learning!
Financial Education Volunteer Track
Do you volunteer your time to teach financial education? Thinking about getting involved? Do you already bring financial education lessons to your community and want to fine-tune your approach? This track is for you!!
Breakout Session topics you'll see:
- The Emotional Content of Money
- Brain-Based Strategies to Overcome Barriers to Learning in Financial Education
- How to Prepare to Facilitate a Financial Education Workshop
- Diversity, Equity and Poverty
- Equitable Facilitation
Nonprofits and Educators Track
Do you want to increase your own personal finance knowledge and bring more resources and tools back to your students or nonprofit participants? This track is for you!
Breakout session topics you'll see:
- Crushing Student Debt!
- Financial Fun in the Classroom
- The Secrets of Compound Interest Revealed
- Financial Education and Counseling and the Military Community: Role and Relevancy of Non Profit Organizations
- Savings Opportunities all Oregonians Should Know About
- Building Hope, Building Community: Oregon IDA Matched Savings Initiative
- Still the American Dream ? How to prepare for a home purchase and ownership.
Financial literacy supporters have a critical role to play in Oregon's long-term health and success. We can't wait to see you in October!
In October 2018, Financial Beginnings Oregon hosted the 2018 Financial Literacy Conference (FLC), in Canby, OR. With close to 200 in attendance and $62,000 in sponsorships generated, the conference was a success. But beyond the numbers, feedback from attendees, speakers, and the Financial Beginnings Oregon team indicated the 2018 event was the best yet!
As Tom Moosbrugger, Development Director explained, the FLC, "was so successful that it enabled us to skip our annual gala altogether, allowing us to focus more of our time on doing other program work and building awareness in the community."
Attendees shared positive conference reviews, indicating they learned helpful money management tips and that they intend to more actively participate in their financial well-being. Educators and nonprofit and government employees also noted that the conference made them feel more confident teaching others about financial concepts.
The 2018 conference was framed around the theme of equity and inclusion, with several sessions addressing financial literacy through this lens. One panel discussed the unique financial literacy needs of the Latinx community and how one might take culturally sensitive approaches to addressing those needs. Another session, titled, "Equity, Inclusion, & Financial Empowerment," included a diverse panel of women who discussed how knowledge of issues surrounding economic disparities and inequities experienced by local communities of color can inform attempts to provide financial education. Financial Beginnings Oregon hoped to leave FLC attendees not only with a better grasp of their own finances and more prepared to increase financial literacy, but also with a greater appreciation, consideration, and sensitivity for the diverse needs that exist in their communities.
Moosbrugger noted, "Being 'prepared' to bring financial literacy into a community doesn't simply mean knowing how to balance a budget and access your FICO score; it also means understanding the unique needs and barriers of the communities with whom you're working and responding to those needs in a way that is respectful and sensitive."
Financial Beginnings Oregon Executive Director, Kate Benedict was very pleased with the event. From a highly regarded keynote delivered by Oregon State Treasurer, Tobias Read, to workshops and panels covering topics central to her team's work, Benedict was encouraged by the FLC and excited for the future. As Benedict explains, every time she shares with others what Financial Beginnings does, they respond by saying they wish the organization was around when they were in school. While Benedict is thrilled people recognize the value in what Financial Beginnings provides, she looks forward to the time when people instead say, "I learned from a personal finance workshop when I was younger, and it changed my life!"