IL State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka welcomes over 400 to Chicago conference
10/18/2006 - IL State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka welcomes over 400 to Chicago conference
(Chicago, IL) –At Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka’s sixth and final Smart Women Smart Money conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago Oct. 6, participants learned why addressing their financial needs are just as important as their personal needs and heard from successful strategies from an array of speakers.
“Women today lead very complicated and busy lives that often involve work and career responsibilities as well as family obligations,” Topinka told the crowd of 400. “In many cases they also struggle with financial debts or are worried about their future. That’s why we host conferences such as these. We want to offer useful information that can help reduce that emotional or financial burden.”
Comcast news anchor Lisa Aprati served as emcee and presenters included Dara Duguay, Director of Citigroup’s Office of Financial Education, Joy Schreder, Vice President-Agency for State Farm Insurance in the Great Lakes Zone, Margaret Murphy, Vice President of Investments with Morgan Stanley, Shinae Chunn, Director of the Women's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor, and Merri Dee, WGN TV.
This informational program is part of a series of Smart Women Smart Money workshops offered throughout the state by the Treasurer’s office, dozens of which have been held statewide, including within the Polish community. In addition to the conference series, Topinka has a dynamic Advisory Board for Women’s Issues whose activities range from an annual Woman to Woman awards program to initiatives for business owners and a strong outreach effort to educate Polish women about office programs, including the creation of materials that have been translated into Polish.
The advisory board has also published “The Financial Resource Guide for Illinois Women,” a free compendium of information for women of all ages. Copies were distributed at the conference and can also be obtained by calling 312-814-1700.