Rebuilding the Road to Financial Stability Understanding and Addressing the Savings and Credit Needs of Lower-Income Americans Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 9:15am - 1:00pm U.S. Capitol Visitors Center The Great Recession exposed many potholes in the road to financial stability. Many Americans are living on the edge with few resources to lean upon during periods of unemployment or emergencies. Times are especially hard for those who already had limited means and low incomes to start. This event will bring together government regulators and experts on financial services regulations and social welfare programs to discuss how families utilize various liquid savings and credit options to meet their financial needs and how we can best repair the road and make the journey to financial stability a safer one. Keynote speaker, Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, will offer her perspective on economic inclusion, and its importance for our nation's economic health. With the engagement of private sector innovations, appropriate government regulations and community programs, our economic infrastructure can be strengthened to ensure that the road to financial stability remains open and accessible to all Americans. The convening is sponsored by the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus, The Asset Building Program of the New America Foundation, and the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin. Agenda 9:15am to 9:30am - Continental Breakfast 9:30am to 9:45am - Welcome 9:45am to 10:45am - Panel 1: Discovering the Potholes in the Road Michael Collins Assistant Professor and Faculty Director Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin Mae Watson Grote Executive Director The Financial Clinic Signe-Mary McKernan Senior Fellow/Economist Urban Institute Daniel Schneider Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy Princeton University 10:45am to 11:45am - Panel 2: Repairing the Road Ray Boshara Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Senior Fellow, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation David John Senior Research Fellow in Retirement Security and Financial Institutions The Heritage Foundation Ellen Lazar Senior Advisor to the Chairman FDIC Lauren Saunders Managing Attorney (Washington, D.C. Office) National Consumer Law Center 11:45am to12:00pm - Refreshment Break 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Keynote Presentation: Maintaining the Road Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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