Upcoming Event: Financial education conference focuses on diversity in practice

The 2010 Financial Education in Oklahoma conference will focus on the challenges of providing financial education to populations of diverse ethnicity, age and gender at a time of growing financial pressures. The conference, hosted by the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will be held Wednesday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City. You can register online for the conference, which costs $25 and includes continental breakfast and lunch, by clicking here.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Kelvin Boston, a respected financial journalist, public speaker and best-selling author. He is the executive producer and host of Moneywise with Kelvin Boston, public television’s longest running multi-cultural financial affairs television series that explores the role of culture, race and gender. Boston is the author of Smart Money Moves for African Americans and Who’s Afraid To Be A Millionaire?

Other national speakers include:

  • Dr. Billy Hensley, National Endowment for Financial Education, on professional development strategies for educators;
  • Dr. Urvi Neelakantan, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, on the impact of gender;
  • Dr. Joyce Serido, Take Charge America Institute at the University of Arizona, on financial behaviors of youth and college students;
  • Dr. Janice Wassel,American Institute of Financial Gerontology, on the needs of the elderly.

Click here to register, or contact Steve Shepelwich for additional information at steven.shepelwich@kc.frb.org.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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