Medina Jett, CEO of a non-profit organization that provides financial literacy education for young people, will serve as the keynote presenter at a financial literacy conference for female students who are about to graduate, sponsored by Goodwin College and the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls under a Community Action Grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The one-day conference will take place on April 5 at Goodwin College. The keynote opens the program, after which participants will attend one of several concurrent breakout sessions on these topics: credit, salary negotiations, importance of saving, budgeting, and basic investing. The sessions will run through the rest of the morning and into mid-afternoon.
Jett is the CEO of Financial Literacy for All, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing financial literacy and financial wellness training for young people in high school, college, and those who have recently entered the work force.
The opening keynote will feature a fireside chat format in which Jett will engage in a dialogue with moderator Dr. Sandi Coyne-Gilbert, program director of Goodwin’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program. The topic is, “Glass Ceiling: Current Issues Facing Women in the Workplace.”
“Increasing financial literacy will help our female students who are about to enter the work force with personal financial management, salary negotiations, managing credit, and retirement planning,” said Dr. Laura Tordenti, Vice President for Student Affairs. “We are grateful to the American Association of University Women for its funding support and to the Aurora Foundation for partnering with Goodwin to deliver financial literacy training.”
“Aurora is pleased to partner with Goodwin College and AAUW to increase the financial literacy of women students in our community,” said Jenny Steadman, Aurora’s Executive Director. “Aurora’s grant-making seeks to help more women graduate from college in Greater Hartford, and we see financial literacy as a key skill that women students need to establish a sound financial footing while they are in school that they can build on as they enter their careers. Knowledge about budgeting, credit, and salary negotiation strategy will equip women to take control of their finances and build wealth for themselves and their families.”
An executive with 30 years of legal experience in the financial services industry, Jett is currently the CEO of Integrated Compliance Solutions Group, LLC (“ICSGroup”), an international compliance services firm, which she founded in 2008. ICSGroup provides the regulatory expertise and guidance to help investment advisory firms meet their regulatory obligations. ICSGroup serves clients throughout the United States, and recently expanded to Africa. ICSGroup is the only African American woman-owned compliance firm in the world.
Workshop presenters include: Terry Antoine, Director of Human Resources, Goodwin College; Jenny Bergeron, Financial Advisor, Athena Wealth Management; Thora Cowperthwaite, Regional Manager and Vice President, United Bank; Angela Crow, Senior Underwriter, Bank of America, Farmington; Katie Farrington, Financial Wellness Relationship Manager and Vice President, KeyBank; Jean McGill, Vice President of Human Resources, Goodwin College; and Patricia Shaw, Director of Career Services, Goodwin College.
Dr. Tordenti thanked the Student Affairs staff team that worked on this project for their efforts: Dr. Tamara O’Day-Stevens, Dean of Students; Nicole Miller, Director of the Educational Opportunity Program; and Veronica Hills, Student Engagement Director and Project Director.
To learn more about how Goodwin College supports students in all areas of their lives, please visit https://www.goodwin.edu/student-affairs/
Goodwin University is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin University was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.